GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) – On Sunday, the Grand Junction Fire Department held an open house at Fire Station 3.
“If you see next to it, we’re tearing down the old station,” Fire Chief Ken Watkins said. “We built this new station to accommodate growth and, you know, to have a better station for our troops to respond to.”
Chief Watkins said the station is really designed for safety and response time.
“The stations are designed with air filtration systems and good separation between base and living quarters so we’re keeping firefighters as safe as possible,” Watkins said. “The other thing is that they’re designed so that no matter where the firefighter is in the station, they can quickly get to the trucks to respond.”
On the open house, a memorial ceremony honored the 415 first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.
“This was the greatest loss of firefighter lives in a single incident,” Watkins said. “So that’s a huge issue for us in the first responder community. But what’s also important is that we also want the community to not forget that either.
To honor the memory of the first responders, the community planted flags in front of the fire station.
“These flags will remain raised throughout the week to help the community recognize as they pass the fire station that we remember those lives lost by the firefighters, police officers, paramedics and paramedics who passed by,” Watkins said.
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