New Fleet Vehicles for Fire and Police Departments
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Grand Junction Fire and Police Chief will now be able to secure their own emergency response vehicles.
The $57,000 decision was passed unanimously by City Council Wednesday night.
Currently, the chiefs have to drive their own personal car to and from emergency situations which can be a liability.
"Obviously they would have to obey the laws of any other citizen because they wouldn't have the opportunity to have lights and sirens as they would now in a marked vehicle, so they could actually get to the scene more quickly, more safely and actually be in communication with the incident command en route," said Jay Valentine with the city of Grand Junction.
The compensation stipend that the chiefs usually get for driving their own vehicles would be reserved and put towards the purchase of the new emergency response vehicles instead.
City officials say the decision is "budget neutral."