BLANDFORD, Mass. (WWLP) - For the last two days, the Town of Blandford has been operating without a formal fire department, but it does have a number of temporary fill-ins.
There are a number of people in town calling themselves volunteer firefighters, but it's not because they want to, or have any experience.
Just two days after Blandford's fire chief and department suddenly resigned, the town has an interim department.
"There is no technical fire department in Blandford, there is a group of people who have stepped forward to fill the gap and we're trying to work with the folks where we've had the issue," said Blandford Selectman Adam Dolby.
Dolby told 22News, people with and without experience have stepped forward to help the town. This, after a dispute between the former fire chief and selectman Bill Levakis boiled over.
The chief resigned Tuesday and the entire department went with him.
"Not too surprised, the small-time government always seems to be in conflict here in Blandford," said Blandford's Randy Gilman.
Former firefighter Alan Vautier has been appointed "Officer in charge of the volunteers," a role similar to chief although not one he planned on.
"I do not want to stay on as chief, I want to just help the town and get the protection back in the town that's always been there," Vautier said.
Dolby insists the town of Blandford is protected with mutual aid from surrounding towns. Although residents hope to have their own, experienced firefighters back soon.
"I am disappointed. We have a house here, I have a business in town and for medical emergencies I think we really need the fire department they've always been very responsive to everything me or my neighbors have ever needed," said Blandford's Hazel Holman.
There is a public meeting in Blandford Friday night at the town hall at 7:00 p.m.