December 1 Dedication of DFS – Springfield Campus
The official dedication ceremony of the Department of Fire Services Springfield campus will be held by at 10 a.m. on December 1, 2015 at 100 Grochmal Avenue, Springfield, MA. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito will join State Fire Marshal Coan, Springfield Mayor Sarno, legislators and fire officials in the ceremony.
From North or South: Take Interstate 91 to the Mass Pike (I-90) then follow the directions below.
From the East and West: Take Mass. Pike (I-90) to Exit 6; go straight through the toll booth. At the traffic light, turn left onto Interstate 291 and immediately take the first right, Exit 6. Go straight through the first stop light at Fuller Road. At the second light, turn left onto Route 141 (East Main Street which turns into Worcester Road). Go for one mile then turn left onto Grochmal Avenue. The campus is less than one-quarter mile on the left.
This $13.4 million project was built on the site of the former Springfield Fire Training Center that the state bought from the city. Transforming this facility into a state-of-the-art training facility that can be accessed by all firefighters has long been a goal the western MA fire service.
The new building is roughly 18,000 sq ft with classrooms, locker and shower facilities, and three fire apparatus bays. In addition to being a firefighter training facility, it also provides 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 training staff is housed at the facility as part of a unique state-local partnership.
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