The Grand Junction (CO) Fire Department recently opened its sixth fire station, marking the occasion with an “uncoupling” ceremony. When the pandemic is over, officials plan to have some kind of open house for the community so residents can get a look at the stations and see how their tax dollars were spent.
The new station will house 22 first responders working three shifts; a ladder truck, brush truck, two ambulances, and two ATVs.
Officials say the station had been planned for 15 years. Construction of the building took seven months, and crews began responding from the new station on November 9, 2020.
The station will serve an area housing around 9,500 people.
The 10,000-square-foot building has a diesel exhaust system on the apparatus floor, a gym, a kitchen, and sleeping areas. An alert system has also been installed in the station so alerts can be heard in any area.