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Springfield is a town of approximately 9,200 people and has an area of 49.6 square miles. It is located in South Central Vermont and shares a border with Charlestown, New Hampshire along the Connecticut River. The Springfield Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency medical service to the Town of Springfield, in addition, the fire department provides fire protection and emergency medical service to the village of Baltimore, VT (area of 4.7 square miles). The fire department responds to approximately 2,300 requests for service a year, including emergency and non-emergency responses.
 
The Fire Department is a combination department with total combined staffing allotted to 50 members. The career staff of twelve consists of a Fire Chief, Deputy Fire Chief, four Captains, and six Firefighter/EMT-I's. In addition to their duties as Fire Chief and Deputy Chief both administrative positions hold the duties of Health Officer and Deputy Health Officer, respectively. The on-call members are the balance of the fifty and consists of an Assistant Chief who acts as the liaison between the on-call staff and the career department and a complement of six to ten Firefighter/EMT-B's who are station coverage certified, allowing them to back-fill the station or provide shift coverage when needed, Fireground Accountability/Safety Officers and a number of firefighters and driver/pump operators.
 
The full time firefighters work a four shift rotation, two ten hour day shifts followed by two fourteen hour night shifts followed by four days scheduled time off. All fire department members are required to live within the Fire Department's coverage area and be able to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Normally a shift consists of two personnel, a Captain and a Firefighter/EMT-I. When an ambulance or fire engine responds to a call, two other qualified personnel, Career and/or Call, must respond to and cover the station, until the duty shift returns.
 
In addition to the normal firefighting and emergency medical service duties, members of the fire department have also received training and certifications in a number of specialized areas. Some of these areas include Vehicle Extrication, Hazardous Materials Operations, Hazardous Materials Decontamination, Technical Rope Rescue and Ice Rescue. The Fire and EMS service is ever changing, and members of the Fire Department constantly train and drill to hone their skills and stay up to date with new innovations and techniques.





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