The Springfield Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Springfield, Massachusetts. The department is one of the oldest established fire departments in the United States.
|Springfield Fire Department|
|Established||January 17, 1794|
|Annual calls||15,953 (2012)|
|Annual budget||$19,149,354 (2012)|
|Commissioner||Bernard J. Calvi|
|Facilities and equipment|
In the 1670s, Springfield was burned to the ground during the King Philip's War. As a result, the settlers started to focus on the need for fire protection. Technology of the time limited this protection to a simple bucket brigade. On January 17, 1794 citizens formed a volunteer fire club that agreed to "preserve the lives and property of each other from destruction by fire". This was the start of what would become the Springfield Fire department and makes it one of the oldest established fire departments in the country.
This volunteer department was supplemented by aid from the Springfield Armory until the late 1800s. In 1852 the town was incorporated into a city and this called for a new fire organization. Years later in 1872, the department transitioned to an all paid department. This transition brought about the establishment of a central telegraph alarm system and the creation of a gravity-fed, reservoir water system which is still in use. In 1913, the Department became one of the first municipal department in the country to be completely motorized, using Knox fire engines manufactured in Springfield.
The Springfield Fire Department operates out of 8 fire stations.
|1||605 Worthington St||Engine 1||Ladder 1|||
|3||382 White St||Engine 3||Ladder 3||District Chief 2|||
|5||15 Odessa St.||Engine 5 (Quint)|||
|8||33 Eastern Ave||Engine 8||Ladder 8||Rescue 1|||
|9||1212 Carew St||Engine 9||Ladder 9||Haz-Mat. Unit 1, Arson/Bomb Squad Unit||District Chief 1|||
|10||2729 Main St||Engine 10|||
|12||1265 Parker St||Engine 12||Brush 1|||
|16||14 Massreco St||Engine 16|||
Throughout the history of the Springfield Fire Department, several fire companies have been disbanded.
* Engine 2 - 14 Massreco St. * Engine 4 * Engine 6 - 25 Mill St. * Engine 7 - 605 Worthington St. * Engine 11 * Engine 13 - 157 Pine St. * Engine 14 - 1045 Sumner Ave. * Engine 15 - 833 Page Blvd. * Ladder 5 - 15 Odessa St. * Ladder 10 - 2729 Main St. * Ladder 12 - 1265 Parker St.