GJFD looks to improve Pear Park response time

By: Joseph Dames Email
By: Joseph Dames Email

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- Reducing the time to it takes to get to an emergency fire is the goal for all fire departments, but right now it takes a little too long to get to one specific area in the outskirts of Grand Junction. Now fire officials are looking to make some changes.

With the specific locations of the current fire stations across Grand Junction, Pear Park is just a bit of a stretch when it comes to response time. Fire officials say that specific area could have its own fire station.

When the call comes in and the sirens start sounding, you want the quickest response to your home if a fire breaks out.

“A fairly high number of calls in that area annually and they can certainly use service that would be much more quickly provided for that area if there was a station there,” deputy fire chief Jim Bright said.

Some residents in the Pear Park boundary agree that a new station would extinguish a lot of worries knowing help is around the corner.

"If there was a fire in one of the fields or in one of the backyards, the response time would be critical," Pear Park resident Susan Haines said.

Right now, Fire Station No. 2 responds to Pear Park, but it can take some time.

On a normal drive, it takes more than 10 minutes to get from station two to the Pear Park area. Even with sirens and a truck, the 2012 response time is outside of the recommended four minute window.

That's 1,727 incidents, 1,417 EMS trips and 239 fires that can't be reached in the recommended travel times set by the Fire Protection Association.

“Not only will it improve the services in that area, it will be a great benefit and provide additional services for the valley floor," Bright said.

For now, five existing stations serve our area, but fire authorities say that Pear Park addition would put the fire out on additional need.

“[The] station is something that we are doing quickly, and certainly station 6 is going to really assist our response times," GJFD spokesperson Mike Page said.

As of now, fire officials say they are waiting for grants to help with design's for the particular location for the new fire station. Officials say they have few spots in mind, but 30 ¼ Road and D ½ Road is the ideal location.

Fire officials say the station is currently in the cities capital improvement plan for the design and land acquisition this year.

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