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Springfield Fire Commissioner Grateful for Help During Tornado



    Joseph Conant says the terrible June 1 disaster was handled incredibly, and that the city and fire department really came together (Published Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014)

    (NECN: Steve Aveson, Springfield, Mass.) – One year after tornadoes decimated western Massachusetts, people are still struggling, but there have been a number of people helping each other.

    Springfield fire commissioner Joseph Conant says he was blown away by the help they received, by as far away as Boston.

    “Within a 24-hour period, we had every building searched twice to make sure no one was inside.”

    Four or five people from the Springfield Fire Department had their homes completely destroyed.

    “It’s tough to deal with an emergency when you’re dealing with your own emergency,” says Conant.

    The fire commissioner says it was amazing to see everyone pull together, from the city to the fire department.

    Conant says they are still waiting for money from the federal government because their bottom line has been affected and they need to put their budget together.

    “I believe under the Mayor’s leadership the city can be rebuilt.”

    Steve Aveson has more.