Posted on: July 15, 2016

West Ildereen fire victim identified as 37-year-old Ryan Turnbough

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The medical examiner has positively identified the victim of Tuesday’s standoff and subsequent fire as 37-year-old Ryan Turnbough. It will be several weeks before toxicology results are returned. The case is still under investigation.

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Posted on: July 13, 2016

Preliminary autopsy shows fire to blame for death of man found inside burned home Tuesday

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The investigation into a fatal house fire on West Ildereen continues. While the final report may take several weeks, a preliminary autopsy conducted by the Greene County Medical Examiner's Office indicates the man found inside the burned home Tuesday afternoon likely died of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. The autopsy found no signs of trauma on the body.

Police and firefighters were called to the 900 block of West Ildereen around 10 a.m. Tuesday morning. A woman told police and fire investigators that a male, known to her, barricaded himself inside the home and set it on fire. She was able to escape the home and then reported that she heard several shots fired from inside the house.

Springfield police officers arrived on scene and attempted to establish negotiations with the man but were never able to make contact.

Once firefighters were able to put out the fire, Fire Marshals began the process of determining the cause of the fire when they located a deceased victim inside. While investigations by the Springfield Fire Department are ongoing, the autopsy did not indicate any gunshot wounds to the victim.

Due to the extent of injuries, the medical examiner will use dental records to identify the victim. This may take several weeks.

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

Keep fire hydrants visible and clear of landscaping and grass

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. That’s the message the Springfield Fire Department wants to communicate regarding the need to keep fire hydrants visible and clear of landscaping and overgrown grass.

A fire this morning on East Southview is a stark reminder of this adage because fire crews were unable to locate the nearest hydrant, requiring them to locate a different hydrant farther away. The house suffered significant damage.

“To me, a fire hydrant is a symbol of history, character, and safety and security. I don’t understand why many want to hide them behind landscaping, particularly when it can have serious consequences,” says Fire Chief David Hall.

Or, as Fire Marshal Epps puts it, “the eyesore isn’t the hydrant, it’s a burned-out home.”

The department has the following reminders for those with hydrants on their property:

• Hydrants must not be camouflaged or disguised in any manner.
• No plants or grasses are to be planted around hydrants.
• Fences and other objects must be at least three feet from hydrants.
• Hydrants are not to be repainted except by authorized personnel and only the approved color for the location of that hydrant.
• Emergency personnel and those with metered devices are authorized to operate hydrants.
• Notify authorities if you suspect unauthorized use of a hydrant.

The color of the paint indicates whether it is a public or private hydrant. Firefighters are trained to look for specific colors during an emergency.

"When it’s dark and flames are shooting in the air, there are a million things going through the firefighters' minds about what they need to do," Hall added. "The ability to quickly locate a hydrant can mean the difference between saving a home or not. Possibly even a life. Fortunately, in this case, everyone was able to escape the home.”

As City Utility crews flush hydrants, or as they are reported, any vegetation that obscures hydrants will be removed. Hydrants that are not painted the authorized color will be repainted.

Fire officials ask residents to ensure the hydrants in their area are clear of obstructions and painted the appropriate color. Residents that have hydrants in need of service can contact City Utilities at 417-831-8393.

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Posted on: July 5, 2016

House fire on East Southview due to illegal fireworks

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The Springfield Fire Department has determined that the cause of the fire in the 2400 block of East Southview early this morning was due to the use of illegal fireworks. Fire crews were called to the home just after midnight when the occupants were awakened by a working smoke alarm and were able to escape the blaze.

Crews arrived to find the home was heavily involved in fire on their arrival, but were unable to locate the closest hydrant due to extensive landscaping around the hydrant. In addition, first arriving crews were met with hail of bullets and casings due to large amounts of ammunition being stored in the garage where the fire originated. While the apparatus was hit, no damage occurred. Also, no firefighters were injured.

The cause of the fire was determined to be fireworks. The occupants had been shooting off fireworks, which are illegal in the city limits of Springfield. They then picked up their trash and placed it in the residential trash cart inside the garage. The materials inside the cart ignited, heavily damaging the home.

According the Fire Chief David Hall, “Every year we plead with the community to take the dangers of fireworks seriously. Unfortunately, no one ever thinks that anything will go wrong. We know they do. We are very fortunate that no one was injured because that isn’t always the case.”

The Fire Department wants to remind everyone that fireworks are illegal in the City of Springfield because of the damage, injuries, and deaths that have been caused by them within the City over the years. Please leave fireworks to the professionals.

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Posted on: June 29, 2016

Updated: Area fire departments warn about dangers of fireworks

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With the 4th of July holiday nearly upon us, area fire departments are joining together to warn citizens about the dangers of fireworks. Despite recent rains, most of Southwest Missouri is still abnormally dry, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center. This increases the risk of fires due to the use of fireworks. With that in mind, the Queen City Fire Chiefs ask citizens to remember the following this upcoming holiday:

•In the city limits of Springfield, fireworks are prohibited. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.
•Fireworks are also prohibited within the city limits of Rogersville.
•In Nixa, the discharge of fireworks is permitted on July 4 only between the hours of 2:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.
•In Battlefield, consumer fireworks may be set off from July 1 to the 6th only and between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. On the 4th of July, fireworks may be used until midnight.
•In Willard, fireworks are permitted beginning at noon on July 4th and must be completed by 12:30 a.m. on July 5.
•In Ozark, fireworks may be discharged on July 2 and 3 from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. and on July 4 and 5 from 9:00 a.m. until midnight.
•In Republic, fireworks can only be discharged on the 4th of July between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and midnight.

Despite varying ordinances, the Queen City Fire Chiefs agree fireworks are best left to the professionals. In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 reported fires, including structure fires, vehicle fires, and outside fires.

In addition to fires, fireworks can also cause injuries including serious burn and eye injuries. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.

If you do decide on setting off fireworks, please remember the following tips:

• Even sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. In 2010, there were an estimated 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers, according to CPSC.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
• Supervise children properly. Never allow them to play with or ignite fireworks. Educate them about the dangers of fireworks.
• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals.
• After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

Ordinances will be enforced in areas where fireworks are not allowed. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.

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Posted on: June 20, 2016

Springfield Fire Chief David Hall recognized for outstanding leadership

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The Springfield Fire Department is proud to announce Chief David Hall was named the 2016 recipient of the O. Franklin Kenworthy Award for Outstanding Leadership June 14 at the annual alumni meeting of Leadership Springfield. Hall ...Read more »

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Posted on: June 3, 2016

Springfield fire Captain Graduates from Executive Fire Officer Program

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The Springfield Fire Department is proud to announce that Captain Heith Aldridge has graduated from the National Fire Academy's (NFA) prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

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Posted on: May 3, 2016

Burn demonstration rescheduled for Thursday

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The Springfield Fire Department will show the dangers of hoarding during a live burn demonstration Thursday, May 5, 2016. The side-by-side burn was postponed Wednesday due to high winds.

It will be the first of its kind and wi...Read on...

Safe and Sanitary Homes Program
Posted on: May 3, 2016

Burn demonstration postponed due to high winds.

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO HIGH WINDS. STAY TUNED FOR INFORMATION ON WHEN IT WILL BE RESCHEDULED.

The Springfield Fire Department will show the dangers of hoarding during a live burn demonstration Wednesday, May 4, 20...Read on...

Safe and Sanitary Homes Program
Posted on: May 3, 2016

Burn demonstration to highlight dangers of excessive clutter

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The Springfield Fire Department will show the dangers of hoarding during a live burn demonstration Wednesday, May 4, 2016. The side-by-side burn will be the first of its kind and will show the impact hoarding and excessive clutter...Read on...

Safe and Sanitary Homes Program
Posted on: May 2, 2016

Deadly house fire caused by unattended candle

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The Greene County Medical Examiners report shows 24-year-old Timothy L. Stain died of smoke inhalation from a house fire in his home on March 12, 2016. Springfield Fire Department investigators determined the cause of the fire wa...Read on...

Posted on: March 16, 2016

Springfield Fire Department Annual Report highlights accomplishments and future goals.

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The 2015 Annual Report captures the sites, stats and news from the Fire Department. Along with stunning photos from the year, the report highlights the accomplishments of a very busy Water Rescue Team. As the result of two major ...Read on...

2015 Annual Report
Posted on: March 16, 2016

Springfield Fire Department Hosts Residential Sprinkler Summit

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A burn demonstration will be the highlight of a daylong event aimed at educating attendees about residential fire sprinklers. The Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit includes information on the differences in systems, the costs, p...Read on...

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Posted on: March 16, 2016

Local, statewide organizations collaborate, bring Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit to Springfield

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Learn about residential fire sprinklers at the Missouri Home Fire Sprinkler Summit from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on March 23, at the Springfield Police and Fire Training Center, 2620 West Battlefield Road in Springfield. The event is h...Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2016

Victim in morning house fire identified

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The victim from the fire at the Forest Hills Apartments in the 2900 block of East University Street this morning has been identified as 24-year-old Timothy L. Strain. The results of the fire investigation are pending until the out...Read on...

Posted on: March 12, 2016

Fatality fire in 2900 block of East University Street

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The Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to an early morning fire at the Forest Hills Apartments in the 2900 block of East University Street, which left one victim dead. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 at 4:54 a.m. The fire i...Read on...

Posted on: February 29, 2016

Walmart Neighborhood Market donates $1000 to free smoke alarm program

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The Springfield Fire Department is expanding its free smoke alarm program to ensure families have adequate smoke alarm protection. Smoke alarms more than double a person's chances of surviving a fire. To increase these odds even m...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2016

Springfield Fire Department honors bravery and valor during annual awards ceremony

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Dozens of Springfield Fire Department personnel were honored during this year's annual awards ceremony. Among those honored were several members of Springfield Water Rescue Team who performed dangerous swift water rescues during f...Read on...

Posted on: February 23, 2016

Springfield Fire Department Awards Ceremony honors the best of the best

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The Springfield Fire Department Annual Awards Ceremony will be held tonight, Tuesday, February 23rd at the Ramada Oasis Ballroom. The Fire Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year will be named during the ceremony, and crew...Read on...

Posted on: January 28, 2015

Report reveals risk of fire injury in Springfield

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A new report released by the Springfield Fire Department outlines the causes and frequency of fire related injuries in Springfield. Using data collected by Fire Marshal investigative reports and fire crew data, the report was crea...Read on...

2005-2015 Fire Injury Report.
Posted on: January 15, 2016

Investigators look into cause of fire that claimed life of 4-year-old

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Investigators continue to look into the cause of a Thursday house fire that resulted in the death of 4-year-old Ben Garrison early Friday morning. The 4-year-old was home with his father and 18-month-old brother when the fire brok...Read more »

Posted on: December 11, 2015

Springfield Fire Department's ISO rating improves 5 points

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The Springfield Fire Department has received the final results of the community’s recent formal Insurance Services Office (ISO) evaluation. The department is pleased to announce that out of 100 possible points, Springfield receive...Read on...

Posted on: December 9, 2015

Springfield Fire Recruits Prepare to Graduate from Academy

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Seven Springfield Fire Department recruits will graduate from the Springfield Fire Academy Thursday evening, after four months of training.

The recruits spent time both in the classroom in the field, learning everything from me...Read on...

Posted on: November 24, 2015

Springfield Fire Department shares tips for avoiding cooking fires this Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, good food, and sadly, sometimes holiday tragedies. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 76 cooking fires in Springfield. At 22%, cooking fires are the leading cause of stru...Read on...

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Posted on: November 10, 2015

Fire incident contained at quarry

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A truck working in a mine at Springfield Underground near Haseltine Road, north of Chestnut, has caught fire. Springfield Fire Department responded, and 7 employees and 17 individuals from nearby businesses and homes were evacuated safely out of an abunda...Read more »

Posted on: November 10, 2015

Fire Department responds to vehicle fire inside quarry

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Springfield Fire Department has responded to a vehicle fire inside the quarry, located near Haseltine and Chestnut. Officials are using an abundance of caution to ensure the safety of those in the area. More information will be provided as it becomes ava...Read more »

Posted on: October 1, 2015

Springfield Fire Department concludes Fire Prevention Month with record-breaking numbers

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Fire Prevention Month has come to a close and nearly 10,000 Springfield children are now a little safer thanks to the dedication of a team of Springfield Firefighters. During 16 days in October, thirty-one firefighters volunteere...Read on...

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Posted on: October 30, 2015

Keep little ghosts and goblins safe on Halloween night

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While Halloween is a favorite holiday for most families with young children, it does pose several safety risks. Children younger than 12 should be accompanied by a parent or responsible adult while trick-or-treating. Older childre...Read on...

Posted on: October 22, 2015

Save a life and learn how to save your own today at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks

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The Springfield Fire Department, Battlefield Fire Protection District and Community Blood Center of the Ozarks are partnering to help save lives this Fire Prevention Month.

Those who donate blood 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today at Communit...Read on...

Posted on: October 1, 2015

Springfield Fire Department kicks of Fire Prevention Month with visits to 10,000 children

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October is Fire Prevention Month. The Springfield Fire Department will once again use the designation as an opportunity to educate Springfield citizens about fire safety. In cooperation with Springfield Public Schools and several ...Read on...

Fire Safety for Students
Posted on: September 30, 2015

Springfield Fire Department receives 400 smoke alarms to install in area homes

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Four hundred Springfield homes will now be a lot safer, thanks to a donation of smoke alarms from The Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield, Meek’s – The Builder’s Choice, Metro Appliances & More and the HBA Charitable ...Read more »

Posted on: September 29, 2015

Media Alert: Springfield Fire Department to receive 400 smoke alarms

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During a presentation Wednesday, the Home Builders Association of Greater Springfield will announce the donation of 400 smoke alarms to the Springfield Fire Department's free smoke alarm program. The Springfield Fire Department wi...Read on...

Posted on: September 17, 2015

Springfield Fire Department provides fire safety education to middle and high schoolers

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Members of the Springfield Fire Department are going back to high school. As part of a new fire safety program aimed at middle and high school students, educators with the Springfield Fire Department will visit numerous schools te...Read on...

Fire Safety for Students
Posted on: September 10, 2015

Corrected News Release: Investigators confirm names of individuals killed in Springfield house fire

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Corrected news release: The Springfield Fire Department can now confirm the identities of the two individuals killed in a house fire September 7. While the final autopsy report is pending, using medical records, the Greene County ...Read more »

Posted on: September 7, 2015

Fire marshals confirm the remains of two individuals were found inside burned house

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Springfield Fire Marshals have confirmed that the remains of two individuals were found in the debris of an overnight house fire in north Springfield. Firefighters responded to the two-alarm fire on the 2000 block of North Grant j...Read more »

Posted on: August 26, 2015

Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled for Thursday

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The Springfield Fire Department encourages you to help save a life during the Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive tomorrow. The drive, held in conjunction with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks, will be held Thursday, August...For more information about Aaron Goddard

Posted on: August 25, 2015

CreAsian restaurant to donate half of Sept. 9 gross sales to Springfield Police and Fire

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CreAsian restaurant, at the northwest corner of Chestnut and Campbell in Springfield, will again
donate half of its gross sales Wednesday, Sept. 9, to the City's Police and Firedepartments.

Last year's donation netted nearl...Read on...

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Fire Department Annual Report highlights a memorable year

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Reaccreditation and the first ever Collective Bargaining Agreement are among the historic events outlined in the 2014 Annual Report of the Springfield Fire Department. The Annual Report highlights the continued commitment of the Fire Department, as the yearly calls for service continued to climb in 2014 to an all time high of 15,298.

Placed on a visually appealing backdrop of historic photos and interesting facts, the report includes a summary of notable accomplishments of each of the Department's four divisions.

The complete Report can be found on our website.

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2014 Annual Report
Posted on: June 26, 2015

National organization recognizes Springfield Fire Department's sprinkler education efforts

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The national, nonprofit Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition (HFSC) has named Springfield Fire Department a “Built for Life Fire Department” for its efforts to help Springfield citizens understand the life-saving importance of installing fire sprinkler systems in homes.

The HFSC established this new designation with federal Fire Prevention and Safety Grant funding, as part of a national campaign to increase the number of fire departments that teach about home fire sprinklers.

More than 80 percent of all U.S. fire deaths happen in homes, killing more than 3,000 people each year. Fire safety experts agree that increased installation of home fire sprinkler systems could dramatically reduce this national toll. Fire sprinklers detect a fire automatically and control it early on, limiting deadly smoke and heat and saving lives. Each sprinkler is activated by heat and only the sprinkler closest to the fire will operate by spraying water directly on the flames. Smoke cannot set off a fire sprinkler.

“Fire sprinkler systems do more than any other fire protection technology can and they belong in places where people are at greatest risk – the home,” said Springfield Fire Chief David Hall. “In addition to protecting men, women and children who live in the home, fire sprinklers also protect firefighters.”

The Springfield Fire Department encourages anyone looking to build a new home or remodel their current home to talk with their builder about having a fire sprinkler system installed. Free information is available at HFSC’s website: www.HomeFireSpinkler.org.

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Posted on: June 26, 2015

Reminder: Illegal to set off fireworks in the city

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The Springfield Fire Department would like to remind city residents that it is illegal to set off fireworks within the city limits. Novelty items such as small sparklers, snappers, party poppers and snakes are allowed, but should be handled with care.

In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on Independence Day than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, each year, fireworks cause more than 15,000 reported fires, including structure fires, vehicle fires, and outside fires.

In addition to fires, fireworks can also cause injuries including serious burn and eye injuries. In 2013, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,400 people for fireworks related injuries; 55% of 2014 emergency room fireworks-related injuries were to the extremities and 38% were to the head. The risk of fireworks injury was highest for young people ages 0-4, followed by children 10-14.

With that in mind, the Springfield Fire Department is asking all residents to follow these tips this 4th of July:

• Even sparklers can be dangerous. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals. In 2010, there were an estimated 1,200 injuries associated with sparklers, according to CPSC.
• Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap.
• Supervise children properly. Never allow them to play with or ignite fireworks. Educate them about the dangers of fireworks.
• The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public display conducted by trained professionals. • After the firework display, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over, they may still be active.

Over the holiday period, the Springfield Fire and Police Departments will enforce the City’s fireworks ordinance. All fireworks will be confiscated and tickets may be issued.

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Posted on: June 17, 2015

Springfield Fire Department warns about dangers of flash flooding

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With the increased potential for strong rains and flash flooding this week, the Springfield Fire Department would like to remind you of the danger posed by moving water, and encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown.

Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related death in the United States, with 80% of all fatalities in flash floods resulting from drivers ignoring obvious warning signs on open roads, or driving around marked flood barricades placed by public safety personnel.

Remember that it is never wise to wade or drive into floodwater. Water over a road, no matter how deep, can hide washed out roads with as little as six inches of moving water being capable of floating and carrying away a vehicle.

The Springfield Fire Department would like to encourage you to Turn Around, Don’t Drown, when faced with water covered roads. Take an alternate route or wait until the water recedes. If you are in need of assistance, dial 911.

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