Quick, get the water hose! Blandford, MA, a town of 1200 in the western part of the state has no fire department as of Tuesday when the entire 10 member volunteer force resigned in an ongoing dispute between the fire chief and the select board.

The problem comes down to who appoints new fire fighters? Who has that vested  power?

According to Massachusetts law, it's the fire chief who gets to make appointments, but the select board, who holds the purse strings, insists that it must have a bigger say in the matter! In the meantime, surrounding communities will be covering any of Blandford's fires.