Grand Junction (CO) Welcomes New Engine to Fire Station 5

The department's latest truck is a “clean cab concept” designed for firefighters’ safety on call.


According to a report from Western Slope Now, the Grand Junction (CO) Fire Department (GJFD) engaged in a tradition that dates back to the 1800s when it sprayed down its latest arrival with water from the one its replacing.

The GJFD’s latest truck is a “clean cab concept” designed for firefighters’ safety on call. One of its greatest features is how it decreases the members’ risk for cancer.

GJFD Chief Ken Watkins says the engine is set up so firefighters do not place their potentially contaminated gear on it after a fire or coming back from a hazardous material or other type of call.

This is the GJFD’s first public ceremony since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Per their tradition, guests can join in welcoming the latest addition by drying off the exterior then pushing it into the station.

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