GJFD trains for rope rescues; Hopes for more public safety money

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- In Western Colorado, most love to explore the outdoors, but that can come with dangers.

The Grand Junction Fire Department has been training for rope rescues. In Bangs Canyon, the crews were recreating rescues. The skills, they said, can be used in more places than just canyons, like elevators, or tall buildings.

However, GJFD said they need new equipment to match their new training, as they search for ballot language to ask taxpayers for more public safety money in the spring.

"With the new technology, we've got new equipment, so we're updated the skills we've already known, and we're learning those skills with new equipment,” said Ben Blehm, Captain at the GJFD.

The GJFD and Grand Junction Police Department have an open house Thursday night to talk about their new public safety ballot initiative. The still do not have language for it.

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