911 FOR ALL EMERGENCY CALLS WITHIN THE
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD
The Springfield Fire Department provides
fire suppression, emergency medical
first response, rescue, hazardous material
response, fire prevention, fire safety
public education services within the
city limits, as well as mutual aid assistance
to other fire departments throughout
Robertson County. The department consists of twenty-nine (29) full-time firefighters, twelve (12) volunteer firefighters and one (1) office manager who continuously man fire stations in three (3) shifts, twenty-four hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Firefighters
respond from two (2) stations that include
the Main Fire Station in the central
sector of the city and the David N.
Greer Fire Station in the southeast
sector of the city.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE VEHICLES
The department is equipped to respond
with three (3) front-line pumper trucks,
one (1) reserve pumper truck, one (1)
100-foot aerial platform ladder truck,
and one (1) brush fire truck.
As of February 1, 2012; the Springfield Fire Department has an Insurance Service Office Public Protection Classification of 3. This classification is often referred to as the ISO Rating. This rating helps to determine insurance premiums paid by homeowners and businesses. The highest rating is a Class 1 and the lowest rating is a Class 10. There are 1,017 fire departments in the State of Tennessee and thirty-eight (38) have a Class 3 designation. Only five (5) have a higher class rating.”
The NFPA 101-Life Safety Code, 2006 edition,
as promulgated and adopted by the National
Fire Protection Association Codes, as
adopted by the State of Tennessee, including
all appendices, addenda and supplements
thereto have been adopted as the City
of Springfield fire code.
The International Fire Code, 2006 edition,
as prepared and adopted by the International
Code Council, including all appendices,
addenda, and supplements thereto has
been adopted as the City of Springfield
fire prevention code.
The mission of the Springfield Fire
Department is to promote a safe community
free of fires and hazards and to better
serve our citizens and visitors with
professional, efficient, emergency and
Training is critical to the department's
success and the training committee strives
to utilize the latest in technology
for developing and presenting classroom
instruction. Seventy-three percent (73%)
of the department's personnel are certified
fire professionals by the State of Tennessee
Commission on Firefighting. Every employee
receives training in CPR, vehicle extrication,
defensive driving, hazardous materials,
and medical first response.
Personnel strive to train for a minimum
of 240 hours each year including a 40
hour in-service training course scheduled
annually. The volunteer firefighters
train on the fourth Tuesday of every
month and also participate in portions
of the 40 hour in-service training program.
In addition, many of the firefighters
train on their own in preparation for
The Springfield Fire Department strives
to inspect each commercial and industrial
building twice a year, including nursing
homes and the local hospital. The properties
are inspected for fire hazards and safety
issues. These inspections
are conducted according to the NFPA 101-Life Safety Code, 2006 edition, and the International
Fire Code, 2006 edition. If you have
any questions about the safety of your
building please contact the department
at (615) 384-4381.
The department issues very few burn permits and only under circumstances that are in full compliance with the rules of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Bureau of Environment, Division of Air Pollution Control’s Chapter 1200-3-4, entitled “Open Burning.” The burning of tires, roofing shingles, painted lumber, pressure treated lumber, plywood, cardboard, household garbage, rubber or plastic products is prohibited.
A permit is required for any type of open burning within the city limits. Burn permits may be obtained during normal business hours at the Main Fire Station located at 203 Central Avenue. Burning is permitted during daylight hours only. There is no charge for the permit. Persons wishing to make inquiries may call the Fire Department at (615) 384-4381.
Any person or persons caught burning without a permit shall be issued a citation and, if found guilty, may be punished in accordance with the penalties authorized under city code or state law.
RAPID ENTRY KEY LOCK BOXES
The Title 7, Chapter 6 of the Springfield Municipal Code requires that the following structures or properties must be equipped with a rapid entry key lock box system at an accessible location near the main entrance of the structure or property or at such other location approved by the Springfield Fire Department:
- All new commercial and industrial buildings;
- All new commercial and industrial buildings protected by an automatic alarm system or automatic suppression system, or such buildings that are secured in a manner that restricts access during an emergency;
- New multi-family residential dwellings that have restricted access through locked doors and have a common corridor for access to the living units or mechanical rooms;
- Any new building that the Springfield Fire Department determines lack of access may result in loss of life or extensive property or environmental damage, based on factors including, but not limited to, fire load, occupant load, exposures, building construction, or storage or handling of hazardous materials;
- New residential complexes where it is determined that lack of access may result in the loss of life or extensive property damage based on factors including, but not limited to, occupant load and building construction; and
- All new properties having security gates or devices which limit access to the building or property.
The provisions of this chapter do not apply to those new structures where a twenty-four (24) hour, seven (7) day a week on site security force is present, provided members of the security force respond to all fire department responses with the correct means of accessing the affected buildings or areas. This chapter also does not apply to new owner occupied one and two family dwellings.
All rapid entry key lock boxes shall contain the following:
- Labeled keys for locked points of ingress or egress, whether on the interior or exterior of such building or property;
- Labeled keys to all fire alarm panels;
- Labeled keys to elevator rooms and controls;
- Labeled keys to all locked electrical or mechanical equipment rooms; and
- Other labeled keys as may be required by the Springfield Fire Department.
All key lock boxes shall be installed on the front of the building near the main entrance door or between four (4) and six (6) feet above the ground, unless otherwise approved. All building and property owners are required to do the following:
- Install a rapid entry key lock box system;
- Provide the proper keys to the Springfield Fire Department for the required access;
- Notify the Springfield Fire Department when the locks or keys have been changed; and
- Keep the immediate area of the rapid entry key lock box free and clear of any and all obstructions.
The Springfield Fire Department shall designate the type of key lock box system to be implemented within the city limits of Springfield. The cost of purchase or installation, along with any cost associated with the implementation of this program at a specific property, shall be borne by the business owner or the person(s) charged with the responsibility for the building or the occupancy of the building.
PUBLIC EDUCATION AND STATION TOURS
The personnel of the Springfield Fire
Department would be pleased to present
a program at your next civic club meeting,
church or school. The department is
very active at city schools during Fire
In 2004 the Springfield Fire Department
received a grant to purchase a fire
safety house. The house is used for
fire prevention training and educational
programs. If you are interested in having
a public education program presented
at a location of your choice, please
contact Firefighter James Elmore at
National Fire Prevention Week is always
the second week in October of each year.
If you have a group interested in visiting
one of the fire stations, please give
us a call at (615) 384-4381 to schedule
a station tour.
OPTICOM TRAFFIC SIGNALING SYSTEM
During the fall of 1996 the City of
Springfield initiated the installation
of a state of the art emergency preemption
signaling system for traffic lights.
The system, marketed under the name
Opticom, is designed by the 3M Corporation.
The City of Springfield was one of the
first cities in the middle Tennessee
region to install this technology.
The system allows public safety vehicles,
while responding to emergency calls
for service, to have the flow of traffic.
Each fire apparatus is equipped with
a signaling device that triggers the
approaching traffic light to turn green,
allowing the fire apparatus the right
Please remember to always move to the
right and stop when emergency vehicles
are approaching with flashing lights
FIRE HYDRANT PROGRAM
The City of Springfield has 921 fire
hydrants within the city limits. Every
April each hydrant is flow tested, serviced
and painted. The cap color indicates
available water flow from the hydrant.
The bonnet (top) of each hydrant is
painted white for increased visibility
color represents the following
Blue - Water flow capacity
of greater than 1500 gpm with
a residual pressure of at
Green - Water flow capacity
of greater than 1000 gpm with
a residual pressure of at
Orange - Water flow capacity
between 500 gpm and 999 gpm
with a residual pressure of
at least 20psi.
Red -Water flow capacity
less than 500 gpm with a residual
pressure of at least 20psi.
Note: gpm = Gallons per Minute psi
= Pound per Square Inch
Siren Warning System
The City of Springfield has installed
an outdoor warning system using an
Omni-directional high powered voice
and siren system. The system is used
to notify the public in the event
of tornado warnings and other types
of potential natural and man-made
The system consists of fifteen (15)
pole mounted units located within
the city limits of Springfield. The
system is tested regularly on the
first Saturday of each month at noon.
The units are sited at the following
- Highway 41 South and Gregory Road
- Highway 41 South and Stacy Springs
- Springfield Public Works Department
- The Legacy Club House
- Legacy Drive and Gallop Drive
- Hillside Drive and Lakeside Drive
- Perry Drive and Poplar Avenue
- Locust Street behind the Senior
- Highway 431 South and Watson Road
- Highway 161 North and Charles Ralph
- Highway 41 North and Legion Field
- Travis Price Park
- Highway 41 South and Kirby Street
- Westside Circle
- Lawerence Lane
Samples of the warning tones may
be heard at www.whelen.com
Region Wide Radio System
The City of Springfield public
safety departments have recently brought
into service the new trunked radio
system that is being installed throughout
all of Tennessee Homeland Security
District 7, which includes Robertson,
Montgomery, Cheatham, Dickson, Houston,
Humphreys and Stewart counties. The
new radio system allows public safety
departments within a county, within
neighboring counties, or throughout
the homeland security district to
communicate with one another individually
or collectively in the event of a
natural or man-made emergency or disaster.
In the event of an emergency or potential
emergency the City of Springfield
has the capability of notifying all
cable television customers of the
nature of the emergency by running
a streaming video announcement on
all cable television channels.
With a few exceptions, the possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Springfield. Regulations pertaining to fireworks can be found in Title 7, Chapter 5 of the Springfield Municipal Code.
AUTOMATIC SPRINKLER AND STANDPIPE REQUIREMENTS
An approved automatic sprinkler system shall be provided for newly constructed buildings or structures and for newly renovated buildings or structures. Renovated shall mean fifty percent (50%) or greater of the gross square foot area of the building or structure. The automatic sprinkler system shall only be provided to that portion of the building or structure which is being renovated. Regulations pertaining to automatic sprinkler and standpipe systems can be found in Title 7, Chapter 7 of the Springfield Municipal Code
Main Fire Station
203 Central Avenue
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Main Business Office: (615) 384-4381
Facsimile: (615) 382-2238
David N. Greer Fire Station
Station Number 2
1005 Bradley Drive
Springfield, Tennessee 37172
Office: (615) 382-2242
Facsimile: (615) 382-2238
Jimmy Hamill, Acting Fire Chief