Within the Grand Junction ambulance service area, the Grand Junction Fire Department and American Medical Response currently handles emergency calls. However, that was changed when the Mesa County Commissioners decided to hand over all service to the Grand Junction Fire Department.
During its workshop Monday, the Grand Junction City Council was briefed by Grand Junction Fire Chief Rick Beaty on the implementation plan. The initiative, which will be voted on by council members and forwarded to county commissioners, would currently cost the city's general fund more than $600,000 over the next five years to finance the service switch. Twenty eight AMR employees stand to lose their jobs in the transition.
There was a large turnout on hand hoping to speak in opposition to the plan, however, with city council acting as a guiding tool for the county commission, the council voted 4-to-3 to direct staff to continue with the development plan for the Grand Junction Fire Department to become the area service provider.
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