Fire, police facilities get upgrades

Departments doing best they can to run efficiently, spokesman says

The Grand Junction police and fire departments are making do with what they have.

In light of voters recent rejection of a multimillion-dollar proposal to build a new public safety facility for the city and a couple new fire houses, both departments got some needed upgrades Tuesday.

The Grand Junction Fire Department received a new, 10-foot-by-12-foot storage shed. The Grand Junction Police Department received a new, monster-sized green generator, which also will serve 911 dispatch and the Fire Department in the event of a power outage.

“We are trying to make our facility as functional as we can,” Fire Department spokesman Mike Page said, as he watched a flatbed truck from Mor Storage Sales deliver the shed.

After driver Chuck Ross dropped the shed into place, he took a 4-foot-long bar and muscled it square so it sat neatly in the southwest corner of the police and fire departments’ shared parking lot on Pitkin Avenue, between Sixth and Seventh streets.

“This is probably the most efficient way to gain a little space,” Page said.

The materials stored in the shed will be fire prevention/public-education supplies. Among the items are old doors from house fires, which illustrate the level smoke rises to during a blaze, coloring books and fake fire (made of colored plastic) the department uses in education programs.

The items are being removed from the department’s brick building to create more office space, Page said.

The shed cost approximately $2,000, Page said.

A few feet northwest of the new fire shed, workmen from Grand River Electric were busy installing a new, 600-amp, backup, diesel generator. The $39,500 unit will supply backup power for the police and fire stations, said Dave Roth of Grand River Electric.

“The 911 server inside has a 40-minute battery, so if it is longer than 40 minutes (a blackout) ... this takes over, powers the 911 service and keeps their lights on,” Roth said.

The generator occupies a parking spot formerly used by SWAT at the rear of the police station, 625 Ute Ave.


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