- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - A new $13.4 million regional fire training academy has opened in western Massachusetts following 25 years of planning.

The Springfield Republican reports (https://bit.ly/1IoAsG3 ) Massachusetts Fire Marshal Stephen Coan said at Tuesday’s opening that the Springfield facility will greatly improve opportunities for area firefighters who had to travel far for their training in years past.

In addition to more training opportunities, officials say the new academy also boasts larger classroom space.

Coan says the facility represents a great partnership between Springfield and the state.

Springfield Fire Commissioner Joseph Conant says the city will continue to train its own firefighters on the grounds of the former Norris J. Quinn Fire Training Center.


Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, https://www.masslive.com/news/

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