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Springfield Fire Department breaks ground on new training tower
Construction began this week on a new four-story, $600,000 training training tower that will be built at the Springfield Fire Department Training Annex located at 3131 S. Clifton. The tower will replace the more than 60-year-old tower at 1201 S. Campbell. The new tower will feature multiple stairwells, a residential training prop, ventilations props, forcible entry training area, and more. This tower has been designed to be versatile, with a heavy emphasis on providing firefighters with the basic skills they need to serve the public.
This tower will be utilized by various agencies throughout the state and region. The Springfield Fire Department has established training partnerships with Missouri Division of Fire Safety, Ozarks Technical Community College, University of Missouri Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Greene Country Fire Training Association, as well as many individual regional fire departments and police agencies.
"This new facility in essence will become a regional training asset to introduce more firefighters in the workforce," said Springfield Fire Department Division Chief of Training Olan Morelan. "It will help ensure our firefighters are fully prepared to protect the citizens of our community in a variety of emergency situations."
The training tower is expected to be completed December 2017. This project is funded through the City of Springfield's level property tax.
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For media only: For more information, contact Division Chief of Training Olan Morelan at 417-874-2330.