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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.

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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.

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The Springfield Fire Department hopes more women will consider a career in firefighting--the vast majority of its employees are men.  So, it’s hosting an event tomorrow designed to generate interest among the female population.  KSMU’s Michele Skalicky has more.

The Girls on Fire event is designed to give women information about firefighting as a career so they can decide if the Springfield Fire Department would be a good fit for them. 

How Local Emergency Services Shifted After 9/11

Sep 11, 2014
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13 years ago, nearly 3,000 people lost their lives during the attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., many of whom were firefighters, police officers, and other emergency responders. As the nation has since reshaped its emergency services, KSMU’s Briana Simmons reports on the difference locally.

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, local emergency services evolved to better prepare its staff for emergency response and terrorism-related incidents.

“Certainly no doubt about that I think the assessment that it shook the first responder communities is spot on.”

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The City of Springfield Community Survey gauges citizen satisfaction in various areas. KSMU’s Simone Cook has details on the results of this year’s survey, which is distributed every three years.