Springfield Fire and Emergency Services is an organization of dedicated professionals who are committed to serving the community by protecting life, property, and the environment.
The City of Springfield has seen a recent, dramatic increase in the use of illegal fireworks. Complaints about their usage has been coming in to both the Fire and Police Departments on a nightly basis for the last several weeks.
The Springfield Fire Department wants to impress upon members of the public the fact that fireworks are illegal in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and to educate them on the dangers inherent to their use, especially in a densely populated urban setting.
The following is an educational handout from the Department of Fire Services entitled "Stay Safe". It is a summary of the fires and burn injuries that occurred in Massachusetts last year. Note that one-quarter of the fireworks burn injuries in Massachusetts happen to children under 10 yrs old.
We urge you to keep your kids safe, and leave the fireworks to the professionals.
Key Dates for the Firefighter Exam
- Application Opening: October 28, 2019
- Application Deadline: February 4, 2020*
- Notices to Appear for Written Test Emailed: March 7, 2020
- Written Test Date: March 21, 2020
Examination Fee: $200*
* There is an additional $50 late fee for applications received after February 4, 2020. Applications will NOT be accepted after February 18, 2020.
Please visit the website for more information: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/2020-municipal-firefighter-exam
The Springfield Fire Department does not fill swimming pools. Please contact a local pool vendor for pool filling needs.
Being prepared is the best way for you, your family, your neighbors, and your community to survive a disaster. Visit westernmassready.org for information on making sure you and your family are prepared.
Western Mass Ready IRAA has a special section with in preparedness information specifically for Individuals Requiring Additional Assistance.
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Springfield Massachusetts Weather. (Weather provided by Springfield DPW located at 70 Tapley Street, Springfield MA.)
Residents Encouraged to Prepare Now
Hurricane hazards come in many forms for the Springfield Metropolitan area: High winds, tornadoes, and flooding. This means it is important for your family to have a plan that includes all of these hazards. Look carefully at the safety actions associated with each type of hurricane hazard and prepare your family disaster plan accordingly. But remember this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense.
You should be able to answer the following questions before a hurricane threatens. Here are links to some tips from the NOAA National Hurricane Center Hurricane Preparedness web site:
- What are the Hurricane Hazards for the Springfield area?
- What does it mean to you?
- What actions should you take to be prepared?
- What actions should you take when a hurricane threatens?
When a Hurricane Watch is issuedYOU SHOULD:
- If you are without power, call Eversource at 781-4300 and report your outage. An automated system can walk you through the process.
- Turn off your lights (except one) and unplug major appliances and electronics to prevent electrical overload when the power is restored.
- Leave one light on so you'll know when power is restored.
- If your neighbor's power comes back on but yours does not, call Eversource. There may be damage that they are unaware of.
When You Call Eversource
- Be prepared to give your account number, name, telephone number and address, as well as a cross street.
- Tell them if you have heard anything out of the ordinary, can see an accident, can see sparks or know of downed trees or poles in your neighborhood. Be as specific as possible as this information is helpful when restoring power.
- Ready.gov emergency preparedness guide
Prepare for Emergencies
- Connecticut River water level forecast
from the National Weather Service
- National Weather Service forecast for Springfield, MA
- CDC Guide to seasonal flu
- FEMA for kids