The Grand Junction Fire Department will graduate 13 new firefighters today. As an all-hazards department, and the largest fire and EMS service between Salt Lake City and Denver, the skills they learned in fire academy reflect the wide variety of emergencies they will respond to in their careers. These new recruits completed a 13-week fire academy and a three-week EMS orientation academy to learn firefighting, technical rescue, emergency medicine protocols, hazardous materials, and fire prevention. Today, their hard work will pay off as the recruits become firefighters. The graduation will be live-streamed on the GJFD Facebook page and can be viewed there.
These 13 new recruits will begin their career inside the firehouse starting next week alongside the opening of GJFD Station 8. While their training provides a foundation for all-hazards service, the new firefighters will spend the next year to year-and-a-half of their career working with their assigned crews to build expertise and excellence as they perfect and apply the skills they have learned throughout the academy.
For more information on today’s graduation contact the Community Outreach Office at (970)549-5800 or by e-mail at GJFirePIO@gjcity.org