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Posted on: August 26, 2015

Aaron Goddard Memorial Blood Drive Scheduled for Thursday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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 nearly $1,200 for SPD's crime prevention and neighborhood watch programs, and SFD's fire education and prevention efforts.

Restaurant co-owner Kiki Hu says her husband Johnny Tang came up with the idea because he
wanted to give back to the community.

"We are so blessed and he felt that since he came here 14 years ago, he had nothing. Now he hasa restaurant and a family," she explained. "It's now time to contribute back to society."

Tang also owns Max Orient in the Battlefield Mall Food Court.

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For more information, contact: Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, 417-864-1009 (office) | 417-380-3352 (cell), cscott@springfieldmo.govRead on...

Posted on: July 27, 2015

Fire Department Annual Report highlights a memorable year

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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: July 23, 2015

First half of 2015 shows significant drop in fires

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Fires in the city of Springfield during the first half of the year are down 28% over the same time period last year. There were 349 fires between January 1 and July 1 of 2015, compared to 484 fires between January 1 and July 1 of ...Read on...

Fire Prevention in Apartments
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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Home Fire Spinkler Coalition
Posted on: June 26, 2015

Reminder: Illegal to set off fireworks in the city

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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Posted on: May 13, 2015

After a safe start to 2015, May fires raise concerns for firefighters

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Despite a decrease in home fires during the first third of 2015, recent large fires in two Springfield apartment complexes highlights the need to remind tenants to focus on safety.

During the first third of the year, structure fires were down 26% in Springfield and residential fires were down 21% over the same time period last year. But so far in May, two major apartment fires have caused 5 injuries and displaced more than a dozen families.

Fire marshals say Sunday morning's fire at Madison Tower was caused by combustibles being too close to the stovetop. The fire started when the stovetop was turned on unintentionally. Several tenants needed to be rescued by firefighters when they were unable to escape due to the smoke. Three of them were treated for smoke inhalation.

Careless smoking is to blame for a fire Tuesday night at Sunshine Terrace. The tenant improperly disposed of his cigarette butt which then caught his couch on fire. The man suffered burn injuries when he tried to carry the flaming cushions into the bathroom to put out the fire.

In both incidents, smoke alarms sounded, but neither building has a sprinkler system.

The fires highlight the need for tenants of multi-family housing to take fire safety seriously.

  • Keep combustibles at least 3 feet away from cooking equipment at all times.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking on the stovetop so you can keep an eye on the food.
  • Completely put out cigarettes by extinguishing them in a deep sturdy ash tray. Empty the ash tray often by first dousing the cigarette butts in water.
  • Make sure your smoke alarms are working. Test them by pushing the test button.
  • Always evacuate when a smoke or fire alarm sounds.
  • Know how and when to use your fire extinguisher. They should only be used on small and contained fires. Remember the acronym P.A.S.S. - Pull the pin. Aim the nozzle. Squeeze the handle. Sweep back and forth at the base of the fire.
  • Never try and carry flaming items out of the room. At a minimum, this will help spread the fire. At worst, it could be deadly.

    During the first third of 2015, careless cooking was the leading cause of all building fires (34.5%), followed by chimney/flue fires (29%), careless smoking (12.5%), intentional (12.5%) and electrical (11%).

    For more fire safety resources for apartment residents, visit our website.

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    Fire Prevention in Apartments
  • Posted on: February 26, 2015

    Springfield Fire Department honors 2014's Firefighter and Fire Officer of the Year

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    For Immediate Release

    During its annual awards ceremony Wednesday evening, more than 50 Springfield firefighters were honored for exemplary achievements during 2014.

    Among the honorees was the crew from Engine 8A, who on August 15, 2014 pulled Carme...Read on...

    Posted on: February 19, 2015

    Three deaths being investigated in house fire

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    The Springfield Police Department is investigating the suspicious deaths of three adults where a house fire occurred this morning at 2246 N. Roosevelt. At 6:34 a.m., the Springfield Fire Department was dispatched to the fire which...

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    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Springfield firefighters encourage residents to heat homes safely this winter

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    Despite the warmer temperatures, Springfield Fire Marshals have investigated a string of house fires caused by home heating recently. In the last week, Springfield Fire crews have responded to 5 fires caused by home heating, inclu...Read on...

    Heating Safety Tip Sheet
    Posted on: February 9, 2015

    Springfield Firefighters Encourage Residents to Heat Homes Safely This Winter

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Despite the warmer temperatures, Springfield Fire Marshals have investigated a string of house fires caused by home heating recently. In the last week, Springfield Fire crews have responded to 5 fires caused by home heating, inclu...Read on...

    Heating Safety Tip Sheet
    Posted on: September 3, 2014

    Springfield Fire Department receives $2,000 grant to promote fire safety

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    During a presentation Wednesday, the Springfield Fire Department received a check from FM Global in the amount of $2,060. The grant will help fund 4,000 fire safety activity books which will be distributed to Springfield elementary school students during Fire Prevention Month in October.

    "It is important to the Springfield Fire Department to provide every student with life-saving fire safety education," said Fire and Life Safety Educator Cara Restelli Erwin. "These activity books ensure that safety education continues at home."

    Each year, the Springfield Fire Department visits Kindergarten through 5th grade classes at more than two dozen schools. In 2013, firefighters provided fire safety lessons for more than 6,000 students. These fire safety activity books will allow children to better retain the lessons learned by not only providing follow up activities at home, but also involving the entire family in their efforts to make their homes fire safe. These books include a number of educational activities including a home fire escape plan, crosswords, home hazard checklist, sorting "hot" and "not hot", coloring pages with fire safety messages and more.

    "We are grateful to FM Global for it's contribution," said Fire Chief David Hall. "Our prevention program is far more successful with the help of organizations like FM Global."

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    Posted on: September 2, 2014

    Media Advisory: Springfield Fire Department to receive $2000 grant from FM Global

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    MEDIA ADVISORY

    What: Representatives with FM Global will be on hand to present the Springfield Fire Department with a check for $2,060 to pay for 4,000 fire safety activity books for students from Kindergarten through 5th grade.

    When: Wednesday, Sep...

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