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Based on a new study, the Springfield Fire Department could move staff and firefighting apparatus from two of its stations.

According to a news release, the fire department is conducting a staffing and deployment study that it hopes will “significantly improve its responses within the community.”  The study uses analytics software to evaluate a variety of factors:  from the number of fire and EMS incidents to response times.  It also looks at the number of responses where the fire department isn’t meeting the national standard for apparatus and personnel.

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Kids can stop by twelve Springfield Fire Department stations from 6 to 8 tonight for trick or treating. The To find the station closest to you, view a list of all station addresses here

While trick or treating, the Springfield Fire Department reminds families to stay safe and encourages all trick-or-treaters to follow these simple safety tips.

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Free fire extinguishers and smoke alarms will be given to families with young children in October.  It’s a partnership between the Springfield Fire Department and Parents as Teachers.  The families were identified through in-home surveys done by PAT educators.

Cara Erwin, Fire and Life Safety educator with the fire department, says 250 fire extinguishers will be given out along with $2500 in smoke alarms.

She’s confident the free fire safety devices will save lives.


Marc Becker and Michael Kuss
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Four area firefighters will receive an international award for helping rescue a family from floodwaters.  The Springfield Fire Department says rescue specialist Marc Becker and firefighter Michael Kuss, along with Logan-Rogersville firefighters Grant Peters and Roy Harris will be recognized by the International Association of Water Rescue Professionals at their conference in South Bend, Indiana for a swiftwater rescue incident to which they responded on May 29, 2015.

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The Springfield Fire Department is warning the public to unplug toasters when they’re not being used because the appliances might cause fires.

A recent fire in a Springfield apartment complex is believed to have started with a plugged-in toaster that hadn’t been used in several days.  Fire officials say an investigation of the fire revealed that the toaster, which was plugged into the wall, was the only heat source in the area where the fire started.  The unit sustained $6000 in damage.