Springfield Fire Department

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.

David Pennington
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David Pennington has be tapped as Springfield’s interim fire chief. He temporarily replaces David Hall, who retired from the Fire Department last month to take a position with Missouri State University.

Springfield Fire Department
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After years of evaluation the Springfield Fire Department may soon come to a decision how to better service the city.  Resources have been moved to high demand areas of the city before but Fire Chief David Hall believes other options should be explored.

“We’ve pretty much made all the moves that we could do to maximize our usage without either closing a fire station or relocating those resources to other areas of the city or by having additional staffing or equipment,” said Hall.

Springfield Fire Department

Fire deaths in Springfield rose in 2016 despite a reduction in residential fires overall.  The Springfield Fire Department’s year-end report shows firefighters responded to 220 residential fires last year, down six percent over 2015 and 14 percent since 2012.  But, with five deaths in 2016, fire-related fatalities were up 25 percent over 2015 and 57 percent over 2012.

David Hall
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Springfield’s Fire Chief is stepping down to become Missouri State University’s first emergency preparedness manager.

MSU announced the hire Thursday. In a statement, David Hall said the position seemed like a natural progression for him personally and professionally.

Hall has worked for the Springfield Fire Department for 27 years, and as fire chief since 2009.