This Town borders Springfield and last I knew, a large part of the FD was staffed by part timers or volunteer firefighters. They had some interesting characters on there too so this is the last thing a PD Chief needs to deal with on top of his own Department. I believe this idea is as foolish as civilian flaggers and the loss of Quinn. East Longmeadow Fire Chief Richard Brady will retire at the end of the year. Instead of selecting a new replacement, selectman Jim Driscoll wants to double dip by having Police Chief Doug Mellis step in to fill the void. "We look at the bottomline in everything we do, so we look at savings in every single department," Driscoll says. In a tight economy, all towns are asked to trim where they can, but in this case, East Longmeadow only has 7 firefighters working an 8am-4pm shift. "The police chief has his issues, the fire chief has his issues. Just one person cannot handle it and it will have a major impact on this town," says former East Longmeadow fire chief, Robert Wallace. Wallace watched another Bay State town adopt the policy and fail. "12 months later, they went back to a police chief, fire chief. Both departments fell apart," he says. Driscoll says that comparison isn't fair because East Longmeadow has a different population. However, the latest census reports East Longmeadow is the third fastest growing town in Hampden County. Nearly 16,000 residents live here and they're saying, now is not the time to skimp on safety. "I don't think you compromise safety for dollars and I don't think the savings will amount to as much as we were told tonight," says resident Mike Raschilla. The town will vote on the measure during a May 16th town meeting at the high school.