Fire station has new, but temporary, home
Firefighters at Grand Junction’s Station 2 temporarily have moved into a home across the street as their Patterson Road headquarters are being remodeled.
They are housed in a city-owned home on the Matchett Park property, 2854 Patterson Road.
About $650,000 is being spent on renovations to add more sleeping quarters, to redo the kitchen area, and to provide more office space to the station at 2827 Patterson Road. The project is intended to supply an additional ambulance, for a total of three, at Grand Junction Fire Department’s busiest station.
The project was paid for with funds after construction costs were paid on the downtown Public Safety Center’s police and fire station remodel, and new fire administration building. The projects were funded by $32.7 million in Certificates of Participation. The financing allows the city to pay off the debt in annual lease payments over the next 30 years.
Grand Junction Fire Department Spokesman Mike Page said the high call volume at Station 2 can affect the department’s response times if engines or ambulances have to be called from other stations.