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An ordinance being proposed by the Springfield Fire Department would affect owners and landlords of all one or two family rental properties.

The department wants to require them to install smoke alarms on every level, in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.  Landlords and property owners would also be required to install a new battery in all alarms at least once a year.

Rainbow Network

Future homes in Nicaragua will come in part from the help of four Springfield firefighters who are heading to the Central American country.

As part of the Rainbow Network, a Springfield-based non-profit, Captain Jeff Prior, Rescue Specialist Matt Lyon, Firefighter Daniel Speights and Firefighter Matt Fields will leave January 11th for the underdeveloped nation.

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The Springfield Fire Department says 2014 brought three percent more house fires and 50 percent more fire-related injuries compared to 2013.

There were 236 house fires in the city last year and 14 people were injured. The department points out that the figures are better than those of three years ago. 2011 brought 280 house fires and 29 fire-related injuries.

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The Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield Fire Department have unveiled a new website resource and PSA as part of the Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative.  The awareness campaign provides resources to the increasing number of families affected by the growing problem of compulsive hoarding.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.

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The Springfield Fire Department hopes more women will consider a career in firefighting--the vast majority of its employees are men.  So, it’s hosting an event tomorrow designed to generate interest among the female population.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The Girls on Fire event is designed to give women information about firefighting as a career so they can decide if the Springfield Fire Department would be a good fit for them. 

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