On Nov. 30, 2012, the state Dept. of Capital Asset Management (DCAM) finally closed on the Springfield Fire Training Center. The state paid $2M for the 6.6 acre facility and now the process of renovating and equipping it to become the Mass. Firefighting Academy-West begins. On this page are concept drawings from the designers of how the building will look and you can see there are many similarities to Department of Fire Services (DFS) headquarters in Stow. The anticipated move-in date is fall 2015. Transforming this facility into a state-of-the-art training facility that can be accessed by all firefighters has been a goal the western MA fire services has pursued for a long time and is now becoming a reality.
The new building will be roughly 18,000 sq ft with classrooms, locker and shower facilities, three fire apparatus bays. In addition to being a firefighter training facility, it will also provide office space for the Mass. State Police Fire Investigation Unit’s West Team and the Code Compliance and Enforcement Unit’s western MA staff. Special Operations vehicles will also be stationed there. The Springfield Fire Department will also maintain a presence at the new facility housing their training coordinator and using other office space.
The Mass. Firefighting Academy is already training firefighters at the facility which eases some of the strain on the headquarters in Stow and makes the training more accessible to firefighters in the western part of the state.
October 6 Groundbreaking at DFS – Springfield Campus
On October 6, 2014, State Fire Marshal Stephen D. Coan, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant, western Mass. fire chiefs and state building officials officially broke ground on the Department of Fire Services Springfield Campus. This $13.4 million project is being built on the site of the former Springfield Fire Training Center that the state bought from the city. It is expected to be completed in 2015.
August 2015 Update
It is hard to believe that it in a few short months construction will be completed and DFS will be moving in this fall. The Mass. Firefighting Academy is accepting applications for a Career Recruit Firefighter Training class that will start mid-October. Work on the interior of the building is coming along and it is really starting to take on its final shape.
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