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The City of Springfield and Clark State College have just built a new fire station that also houses the local fire academy. It is the first station of its kind in Ohio.

According to City Manager Bryan Heck, this house at 2040 S. Limestone S. replaces the station on Pleasant Avenue.

“The students are right in the middle of the action and have access to all the equipment.”

“This is an exciting day for our partnership with Clark State,” Heck said during the station’s grand opening on July 8.

Most of the $9 million Station 8 functions as a regular fire station with modern equipment, amenities, a modern kitchen, and private sleeping and shower areas for a crew of four to five people per shift.

“Fire stations are often viewed as a community landmark because they serve a purpose. And they serve our community when things are at their worst,” Heck said.

A smaller area houses Clark State’s Fire Academy, which includes training labs and classrooms. Approximately 225 people attend the academy each year, including career firefighters, volunteers from rural stations, and students.

“Students are right in the middle of the action and have access to all the equipment,” said Sharon Evans, vice chair of Clark State’s board of directors. Evans said this agreement is the first in Ohio and shows the city’s commitment to its residents.

“It shows citizens that we are using the money wisely. We are doing the right thing with their money. We have the most modern equipment and the state-of-the-art 7Lettart program. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Evans said.

The Clark State Fire Academy begins classes in mid-August. Jeremy Linn, the firefighter The training program director at Clark State College said the choice of the location of Station 8 was intentional.

“It’s only three blocks from our fire training center on the main campus on Auburn Avenue. As soon as we’re done with the classes, we load them into the apparatus, drive three blocks and they’re at the training center,” said Linn. He has also been with the Springfield Fire Department for 29 years.

According to Springfield City Manager Bryan Heck, the city is working on additional partnerships to build two more stations.

The new Station 6 on Ohio 41 will be a joint station of the Springfield Fire Rescue and Springfield Police Division. Station 5 on the west end of the community will house Box 27, an all-volunteer group that directly supports the Springfield Fire Division.

The cost of both stations is about $7 million. The opening is planned for 2025.