The Grand Junction City Council votes to officially make the Grand Junction Fire Department the sole provider for emergency service within the city's service area.
Members of the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce came together Monday to protest the decision to phase out American Emergency Response, who has serviced the Grand Valley for 10 years. Although the public did have its say Wednesday, council members still voted to give the initiative the go?ahead.
Several members of the public came forward during the public hearing, arguing the plan to make the Grand Junction Fire Department the only ambulance provider, has too many holes and created unnecessary burdens for tax payers. The Fire Department's plan will cost more than $600,000 over the next five years, to acquire more staff ambulances and other needs. According to AMR, their bid for the five?year contract would not have cost the city anything, however, while 28 AMR employees stand to lose their jobs, the company says they will abide with the decision.
Another concern aside from the tax payer costs is the deadline date of July 1st set for this initiative. During Monday's City Council workshop, Grand Junction Fire Chief Rick Beaty said the department would not be ready by that date, but says once final approval is given his staff will work diligently to put this plan into place as quickly as possible.