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Springfield Firefighters to Build Homes in Nicaragua

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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.

According to a news release, the group will help begin construction on a 25-house project. The work will take place alongside the families who will receive a home. In addition to construction, the team will be visiting medical clinics, feeding centers, banks, businesses, shacks, and established housing projects. The group also plans to visit a local fire station.

The Rainbow Network currently works with 111 rural Nicaraguan communities, or about 42,000 people, in medical clinics, feeding centers, primary schools and helps with high school scholarships, small loans for businesses, and housing.

Scott joined KSMU in November 2012. He had previously served five years as news director for KETR-FM, the public radio station in Commerce, Texas. A graduate of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Scott enjoys producing human-interest stories, among other pieces that educate and engage the community. When not at work, he’s often taking part in outdoor activities, exploring new areas and restaurants, or staying up-to-date with the latest news and information. Scott was born and raised in Shenandoah, Iowa.