The Springfield Fire Department has released their 2018 Annual Report.
The department reported the purchase of new equipment, success with the Project RED Zone program and response to nearly 18,000 incidents.
“2018 saw the benefits of a supportive community with the arrival of the first fire apparatus funded through the Level Property Tax and the preparation for the addition of new Fire Station 13 on West College Street,” Fire Chief David Pennington said in a statement. “I wish to express my appreciation to all who have made the department, our programs, and our community better and more safe because of our partnerships in the community.”
Among the additions to the department were enhancements of the training facilities for the department. A 44-foot-tall tower includes various props that allow for different training scenarios in a two-story building with sprinklers, interior and exterior staircases. The structure on the training annex property cost $578,000 and was funded by the Level Property Tax.
They also added a “Class-A” burn facility that replaced their flashover simulator. The facility has multiple burn rooms and a search maze for rescue training. The facility was paid for using cost savings from other department projects.
The department attended 441 community events reaching over 33,000 residents, gave over 2,600 people tours of fire stations and installed over 2,800 smoke detectors.
The department also partnered with Springfield Public Schools on the Explore program on the elementary level, CPR and fire safety classes, and taught forensics to students in Springfield high schools in a lesson on fire investigations.