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.
July 1, 2013 – Progress Report
The Springfield expansion project is currently in the design development phase, and by the end of July the project is expected to move into the construction design phase. The project is on track for demolition of the existing building in January of 2014 followed by 17 months of construction. Training will continue to take place during construction, but office space will have to be moved temporarily.