Future plans for GJFD

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO News)-- Grand Junction’s Fire Department is turning 130 this year. After all those years of service, the department is looking forward to future developments.

Station #6 is in the design phase. Staff says they are currently recruiting personnel for station #6 as it’s still on track to be done by next Fall.

“Last night at city council, they approved a contract for construction, and so we will get our contractor on board,” says GJ Fire Chief, Ken Watkins.

Soon we’ll start to see the effect of Measure 2B that was passed in April, as it will increase the number of both police officers and firefighters on the streets.

“It’s a half-cent sales tax that will go into effect on January 1st. About $6.3 million is going to the fire department and about $3.3 million to the police department,” says Watkins.

Tuesday’s election also playing an important part in the department’s future plans. They say road improvements only help with response times.

But the department says they need the community’s support to get accredited. Accreditation is an international recognition that the fire department is maintaining high standards and that they are doing quality service to the community. Part of receiving accreditation is through feedback. The department says that need to gather input from community stakeholders and from their own department. They will be receiving department stakeholder feedback next week.
If they are accredited, they will need to reapply every five years.

“We certainly want to hear if folks are not happy with it either,” says Watkins, “Give us some opinion of how they think we’re doing and what they’d like to see maybe a little bit different,”

If you were unable to attend Thursday’s meeting but would still like to provide feedback, you can still participate by completing the online survey. The survey ends on Friday at 5pm. http://bit.ly/GJCommunitySurvey19

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