Jackson Hole Fire/EMS is pleased to announce that Fire Station 7, located in Adams Canyon, will have at least one (and on most days, two) career fire and emergency medical services (EMS) personnel on staff daily, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
“We have been diligently preparing for this over the past few months,” said Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Fire Chief Stephen Jellie. “Our goal is to have 24 hour/7 days a week coverage by the first of the year.”
In addition to dramatically improving emergency response times in the neighborhoods in and around Rafter J and South Park, resources from Station 7 will be at least ten minutes faster responding to calls in the southern portions of Teton County; as a result, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS will be able to provide faster secondary response service to the south of Town and West Bank.
The addition of career personnel to a very active volunteer station will allow Station 7 to be a true combination of Fire and EMS, which Chief Jellie says is ideal for having the most efficient organizational staffing alignment.
“Career staff will support, bolster, and fully integrate with volunteer staff, not replace them,” said Chief Jellie. “This staffing model will allow us to serve the most people as fast as we can, and as often as we can, and that is what we are here to do.”