Springfield Fire Department

How Local Emergency Services Shifted After 9/11

Sep 11, 2014
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13 years ago, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., many of whom were firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders. As the nation has since reshaped its emergency services, KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports on the difference locally.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, local emergency services evolved to better prepare its staff for emergency response and terrorism-related incidents.

“Certainly no doubt about that I think the assessment that it shook the first responder communities is spot on.”

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The City of Springfield Community Survey gauges citizen satisfaction in various areas. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details on the results of this year’s survey, which is distributed every three years.

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The Springfield Fire Department will be able to accept a FEMA grant for safety equipment.  Springfield City Council unanimously approved a bill Monday, agreeing to pay a ten percent match.  The city’s share will be $$63,948 with federal funds totaling $575,538.

The money will be used to pay for 90 SCBA’s (self-contained breathing apparatus), which are needed when firefighters must enter smoke-filled buildings or when responding to chemical spills.

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Springfield City Council could decide tonight a bill that would provide money for safety equipment for the city’s firefighters.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant is administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.  According to Springfield’s assistant fire chief, Dave Pennington, it’s a yearly grant application that allows fire departments to apply funds for tools and equipment for fire safety.

See a Child Left in a Car? Call 9-1-1

Jul 18, 2014
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With temperatures predicted to rise next week, so will the chance for heat-related incidents. As KSMU’s Taylor Vance tells us, that includes an increased risk for children left in hot cars.


Randy Villines, assistant fire chief with the Springfield Fire Department, says the city has not had such a case this year. But as the temperature rise, the department is prepared.