Springfield Fire Department

Springfield Fire Department
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A new grant could allow the Springfield Fire Department to expand service to the city by adding more personnel. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Program (SAFER) grant worth $654,505 means another seven firefighters.

“This grant gives us an opportunity to bring members on board and to enhance the delivery of services to the city we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Fire Chief Chad Pennington said.

The grant funding is incumbent upon approval by the Springfield City Council, which will consider the measure at its September 5 meeting.

City of Springfield

Construction is underway on a new training tower for the Springfield Fire Department.  The $600,000 four-story tower will be built at the department’s Training Annex, 3131 S. Clifton.  It will replace the tower at 1201 S. Campbell, which is more than 60-years-old.

The new tower will contain multiple stairwells, a residential training prop, ventilation props, a forcible entry training area and more.

Springfield Fire Department

The Springfield Fire Department moves into phase 2 of Project RED Zone (Reduce, Educate, Deliver) in Grant Beach this Saturday to distribute free smoke alarms. Teams will canvass the neighborhood; going door-to-door replacing outdated smoke alarms and changing batteries, at no charge.

Phase 1 reached all 2300 homes in the West Central neighborhood, which is at the highest risk for fires and fire deaths, according to data gathered by the city of Springfield.

David Pennington
City of Springfield

Following a national search, Springfield has promoted from within in naming David Pennington the city’s new fire chief.

Pennington, currently assistant fire chief, will assume the new role on May 28. He replaces David Hall, who took an emergency preparedness role with Missouri State University earlier this year.

Springfield Fire Department

A new program in Springfield seeks to lower the number of house fires in high risk areas. According to the city’s fire department, the number of deaths from fire in Springfield is among the highest in the United States.

“We know that one fire death is too many, five is way too many especially for a community our size we need to do a better job reducing those numbers,” said Cara Erwin, spokesperson for the Springfield Fire Department.

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