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 mid-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.
March 10, 2014 - Progress Report
The state Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM) is in the process of awarding the contract bid to W. J. Mountford Co. of South Windsor CT. Once the paperwork is completed, the contractor will be mobilizing on-site with construction trailers and equipment. The first step will be demolition of the existing building, so the office staff has been relocated. As soon as the weather warms up, repairs to the live fire training building (burn building) will take place. DFS will continue to use the drill yard and the burn building for firefighter training during the construction phase.