Springfield Fire Department

Scott Harvey / KSMU

The Springfield Fire Department will ensure you have working smoke alarms and your fire extinguisher is properly in place, among other safety precautions, as part of its home safety survey campaign.

It’s asking citizens to sign up for the free safety survey so it can check for common fire hazards. The goal is to survey 200 Springfield homes this year.  


An ordinance being proposed by the Springfield Fire Department would affect owners and landlords of all one or two family rental properties.

The department wants to require them to install smoke alarms on every level, in every bedroom and outside each sleeping area.  Landlords and property owners would also be required to install a new battery in all alarms at least once a year.

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.

KSMU archives

The Springfield Fire Department says 2014 brought three percent more house fires and 50 percent more fire-related injuries compared to 2013.

There were 236 house fires in the city last year and 14 people were injured. The department points out that the figures are better than those of three years ago. 2011 brought 280 house fires and 29 fire-related injuries.

Theresa Bettmann / KSMU

The Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Springfield Fire Department have unveiled a new website resource and PSA as part of the Safe and Sanitary Homes Collaborative.  The awareness campaign provides resources to the increasing number of families affected by the growing problem of compulsive hoarding.  KSMU’s Theresa Bettmann has more.