Study backs fire station for Pear Park

Consolidating fire services between Grand Junction and Clifton will benefit an underserved Pear Park area, while faster incident response times benefit everyone.

This, according to an anticipated fire services study released Tuesday.

“Construction of a station in Pear Park area will benefit properties in Grand Junction and the Clifton Fire Protection District,” the study said in conclusion.

Consolidation and collaboration were major themes of the final report completed by Matrix Consulting Group, a firm commissioned by the Mesa County Fire Chiefs Association to study local fire needs. The findings were made public in a meeting Tuesday at Grand Junction City Hall.

Pear Park’s fire protection needs are currently shared by the Grand Junction and Clifton fire departments, and both departments respond to calls in the area. Both have facilities roughly equidistant from Pear Park. The lack of a station in Pear Park has raised concerns about response times for an incident in the area.

Officials have broached the idea of building a fire station possibly staffed by firefighters from Grand Junction and Clifton, or, possibly splitting ambulance and fire responsibilities in Pear Park between Grand Junction and Clifton.

The Matrix study also touted benefits of consolidating services between the East Orchard Mesa and Palisade departments. A combined agency would potentially expand volunteer staffing, the study notes.

“Unifying through an intergovernmental agreement will allow existing systems of governance and taxation to be preserved,” the study said.


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