Fire and police looking to hire after new tax increase

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Thanks to voters passing Measure 2B was last week, the Grand Junction fire and police departments are looking to hire.

The fire department says its the biggest recruiting push they've had in the department's history.

They want to add an additional 20 staff members to each fire station in the city.

Both departments say they want to hire local, but national recruiting is an option too, and the tax money available in 2020 will help bring more first responders to the Grand Valley.

"Lets say there's a firefighter in Florida that wants to come work here, they can go somewhere in Florida and take the test and say they want to work for Grand Junction Fire, and then we get their information. So we are researching those alternatives right now to see what is going to best meet our needs," said Deputy Chief for GJFD, Chris Angermuller.

The Grand Junction Fire Department says if you want to be a competitive candidate for the department, make sure you get your EMT certification.

They said they will consider candidates with no prior firefighting experience if they have that certification.



 
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