Springfield Fire Department

Marc Becker and Michael Kuss
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Four area firefighters will receive an international award for helping rescue a family from floodwaters.  The Springfield Fire Department says rescue specialist Marc Becker and firefighter Michael Kuss, along with Logan-Rogersville firefighters Grant Peters and Roy Harris will be recognized by the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals at their conference in South Bend, Indiana for a swiftwater rescue incident to which they responded on May 29, 2015.

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The Springfield Fire Department is warning the public to unplug toasters when they’re not being used because the appliances might cause fires.

A recent fire in a Springfield apartment complex is believed to have started with a plugged-in toaster that hadn’t been used in several days.  Fire officials say an investigation of the fire revealed that the toaster, which was plugged into the wall, was the only heat source in the area where the fire started.  The unit sustained $6000 in damage.


The Springfield Fire Department is beefing up its fire prevention and safety education efforts to the tune of $27,000.

On Tuesday it officially accepted the grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. It requires a five percent match from the department. Officials will use the money to expand existing fire safety efforts, including purchasing 1,000 smoke alarms, 250 fire extinguishers, 50 escape ladders and a part-time program coordinator.

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The Springfield Fire Department responded to nearly 16,000 calls for service in 2015, with just over half of those medical emergencies.

The numbers were released Tuesday in the department’s annual report.

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Each year, the Springfield Fire Department hosts an awards ceremony to honor its personnel.  At the annual event last night, dozens were recognized.  Among them were several members of Springfield Water Rescue Team who performed dangerous swift water rescues during flooding over the last year.  Two civilians who went into a burning house in January to rescue two young were also honored.

Assistant chief of operations, David Pennington, was named Fire Officer of the Year and rescue specialist, Jeff Elliott, was named Firefighter of the Year.