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2019 First Responder Tax Dollars at Work


2019 Ballot Initiative 2B- First Responder Tax

In April 2019 voters approved a 0.50% sales tax increase to fund needed expansions at Grand Junction Police Department and Grand Junction Fire Department. These funds are necessary to provide the services our community expects as our population continues to grow.


Fire Department Updates

 Where we're headed:

  • 8 Fire Stations Serving Grand Junction
  • 173 Firefighters, EMTs, and Paramedics
  • 19 Administrative, Fire Prevention, Training, and Community Outreach Personnel

 What the First Responder Tax means for you:

  • Building Fire Station 6 (2020), Fire Station 7 (2022), and Fire Station 8 (2024.)
  • Purchasing response vehicles and equipment to supply the three new stations.
  • Recruiting, hiring, and training 57 firefighters, EMTs, and paramedics.
  • Hiring 3 additional administrative staff to support them.

Progress So Far:

  • Hired: Training Officer, 21 firefighters to provide staffing needed for Station 6, academy for these recruits began March 30th. 
  • Purchased: Protective equipment and uniforms for firefighter recruits.
  • Construction for Fire Station 6 began March 23rd. Expected to be completed Fall 2020.
  • Through regular replacement purchasing, existing vehicles are being reallocated  to serve at Station 6 when it opens.
  • Station 6 updates available weekly!

 Rendering of GJFD Station 6


Police Department Updates

Where we're headed:

  • 142 Sworn Personnel
  • 108 Non-Sworn Personnel

 

What we do:

  • Patrol
  • SWAT
  • Bomb Squad
  • Crime Scene Processing
  • Regional Communication Center/Incident Dispatch Team
  • Crisis Intervention/Co-Responder Team
  • School Resource Officers/CMU Officers

 

What the First Responder Tax means for you:

  • 18 Additional Sworn Personnel
  • 13 Additional Civilian Support Positions, including additional code compliance and crime scene/lab personnel
  • Training and Equipment necessary for new positions

 

What's the Plan:

  • Recruiting efforts are well underway and the passage of the First Responder Tax has allowed us to expand those strategies and focus more aggressively on lateral recruits who want more from their career.
  • We want to recruit by focusing on the lifestyle of Western Colorado and the GJPD.
  • We've established a well-rounded recruiting team who works collaboratively at all levels of our agency to bring the best of the best to serve our community.
  • Continue with sensible and sustainable growth, while not compromising our high hiring standards.