Springfield’s fire chief says bringing back a residency requirement for new city workers would do nothing to improve his department’s readiness or response.
Fire Chief Ken Fustin says there is no operational benefit to requiring firefighters to live within the city limits.
He acknowledges that firefighters who live outside Springfield are less likely to engage in community activities here, like coaching youth sports teams.
But Fustin says there are many more important things for his department to be concerned about.
The residency issue could be back before aldermen soon, after Springfield voters approved an advisory referendum on the issue this week.