The Springfield Fire Department will be take over a lease for the Children’s Safety Village that's on the campus of the University of Illinois, Springfield, if an ordinance placed on the consent agenda passes.
The village currently houses members of the Springfield Fire Department, who have been using the facility for special training and fire safety demonstrations for children.
Glenna Mason, Chairman of the Children Safety Committee, says that the building is being donated to Springfield’s Fire Department so they can continue to work with children on fire safety.
Mason says it’s an estimated $450,000 donation to the fire department.
Assistant Fire Chief Greg Surbeck said that taking over the property won’t impact their budget as the SDpringfield Fire epartment already pays the utilities there. A nominal fee of $10 a year leased for the property will be paid to UIS for the property.