Springfield Fire Department

Springfield Fire Department

Fire deaths in Springfield rose in 2016 despite a reduction in residential fires overall.  The Springfield Fire Department’s year-end report shows firefighters responded to 220 residential fires last year, down six percent over 2015 and 14 percent since 2012.  But, with five deaths in 2016, fire-related fatalities were up 25 percent over 2015 and 57 percent over 2012.

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Springfield’s Fire Chief is stepping down to become Missouri State University’s first emergency preparedness manager.

MSU announced the hire Thursday. In a statement, David Hall said the position seemed like a natural progression for him personally and professionally.

Hall has worked for the Springfield Fire Department for 27 years, and as fire chief since 2009.

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Based on a new study, the Springfield Fire Department could move staff and firefighting apparatus from two of its stations.

According to a news release, the fire department is conducting a staffing and deployment study that it hopes will “significantly improve its responses within the community.”  The study uses analytics software to evaluate a variety of factors:  from the number of fire and EMS incidents to response times.  It also looks at the number of responses where the fire department isn’t meeting the national standard for apparatus and personnel.

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Kids can stop by twelve Springfield Fire Department stations from 6 to 8 tonight for trick or treating. The To find the station closest to you, view a list of all station addresses here

While trick or treating, the Springfield Fire Department reminds families to stay safe and encourages all trick-or-treaters to follow these simple safety tips.

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Free fire extinguishers and smoke alarms will be given to families with young children in October.  It’s a partnership between the Springfield Fire Department and Parents as Teachers.  The families were identified through in-home surveys done by PAT educators.

Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety educator with the fire department, says 250 fire extinguishers will be given out along with $2500 in smoke alarms.

She’s confident the free fire safety devices will save lives.