Tri-State Generation hires private security firm

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BY RYAN SHERIDAN
Daily Press writer
Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association has added private security guards and is completing a fence at the entrance to the Craig Station power plant. The power plant has been working to improve security since the Sept. 11 attacks. The Craig station is listed on a federal list of national infrastructure sites that could be a possible terrorist target.
Colorado Security Professionals of Grand Junction has been supplying security guards since Oct. 22, and the fence is slated to be finished this week, said Tim Driver, operations superintendent for the Craig station.
"We'll be working with [Colorado Security Professionals] for three months, then long term with a security company," he said. "This week is the goal to complete the gate."
The Craig station is looking at different security firms to enter into a long-term agreement with, but no decision on which company has been made, Driver said.
Tri-State plans to have security guards in place through the duration of the retrofit of the Craig station scheduled to begin this summer.
"These steps will be in place for the rebuild project, which is scheduled to last two to three years," Jim Van Someren, Tri-State spokesman, said. "We're ramping up other security measures, but these steps will be in place for several months."The private security is stationed at the Craig power plant 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The guards check the identification of all employees and visitors entering the facility.
The fence will be operated by a code key issued to employees, but the guards will still be stationed at the entrance, Van Someren said.

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