Three fire districts in Mesa County now have new life saving technology thanks to a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The grant for nearly 140–thousand dollars helped buy high tech gear that was delivered to the De Beque, Lands End, and Plateau Valley Fire Protection Districts this week. In all, 37 Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus's were given to the three fire districts. Mesa County Emergency Department Director Kimberly Bullen says keeping first responders safe is a top priority for the county. This is the first time the De Beque Fire Department has ever recieved brand new fire equipment. EMS and fire related calls in the area up 7 percent from last year, and Fire Chief Nick Marx says this new life saving apparatus is sure to be put to good use. Marx adds that the population in the small western slope town has grown to about seven hundred people. The De Beque Fire Protection District covers more than 780–square miles.
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