Yes, it’s the law. When safe, slow down, pull over to the right, and stop. Always use your turn signal to indicate your intentions, and travel at a safe speed. However, if your car is already stopped, and you don’t have anywhere to pull over stay put until the emergency vehicle goes around you. Never slam on the brakes and stop in the middle of the road when you see emergency vehicles approaching.
Do not tailgate, "draft," or follow an emergency vehicle closely. Not only is this illegal, you run the risk of collision as vehicles pull back out into traffic after the emergency vehicle goes by.
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Grand Junction Fire Department serves the community with both ambulance and fire crews. All of the firefighters in Grand Junction are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT- B or I) or EMT-P (Paramedics) and all of the fire engines carry medical equipment to care patients before the ambulance arrives.
We are called to help the public with many different situations including helping people after a fall, investigating smoke or hazards, and helping people after car accidents. We typically do not rescue cats from trees. People should call Mesa County Animal Control at 970-242-4646 for animal related problems.
Our stations are staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Crews work 24 hour shifts from 8 am to 8 am the next morning. We have three different shifts each working 56 hours per week.
Call our Community Outreach office at 970-549-5858 to schedule tours of the fire stations or safety education at your facility.
Our Ride-Along Program allows citizens to join us in the day-to-day operations of the Department and accompany crews on calls. You can request a ride along online, call 970-549-5800, or email the Fire Department.
Apparatus responding to calls are frequently canceled, or the first arriving unit finds that the call is not an emergency and tells the units to respond in a non-emergency mode. Emergency lights and sirens are used when responding to life threatening calls.