Congressman Richard E. Neal, Undersecretary for Criminal Justice Andrew Peck, State Fire Marshal Peter J. Ostroskey, Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and public safety and fire officials dedicated a new Search and Rescue Training Prop at the Department of Fire Services’ Springfield campus. The prop was funded by a federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The new training prop allows firefighters to practice searching for and rescuing victims in a fire without taking the live fire training building out of service. In addition, this new prop has one room where live fire training can also take place. State Fire Marshal Ostroskey said, “This prop increases the flexibility of the training schedule particularly for the Career and the Call/Volunteer Firefighter Recruit Firefighter Training Programs and for the Springfield Fire Department.”