Emergency Medical and Ambulance History
The GJFD utilizes dual-role (EMS and Fire) personnel and single role personnel (EMS only) in the delivery of fire and emergency medical services. This means that all firefighters are also trained to function in a medical role. The Department requires that all sworn personnel maintain at least an EMT-Basic certification level. Our goal is to staff each primary response vehicle at the advanced level of service (EMT-Paramedic) on all calls for service. The Department has always responded to emergency medical requests throughout our history. In 1959, records indicate there were 870 total calls, 418 were rescue calls. In 1988, the number of EMS calls had increased to 2,489, about 75% of the total call volume. In 2009, the EMS numbers were 11,288 calls (31.4 calls per day) , about 86% of total call volume. In the early 70’s, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) became the standard level of care and in the late 1970’s, Paramedic-level care was introduced into the Fire Department. This required a significant change in the amount of education and equipment for the responders. EMT training courses average 160 hours while Paramedic-level courses include 1200 hours of additional training. On July 1, 2006, the City of Grand Junction Fire Department became the sole provider of ambulance transport services in the Grand Junction Ambulance Service Area (ASA). The quality of services has remained excellent and we have met and exceeded the Mesa County response-time standards each month of operation.