Eighteen of 21 volunteer firefighters from New Mexico’s Cuba Fire Department resigned last night. The town’s mayor denies there is a lack of support of firefighters. Training seems to be the big issue. According to KOAT-TV, the town is left with virtually no fire protection:
“It’s hard for us as well, as you can tell we love this department. We love this community, (the) people in the community, and that’s who we’re there for,” Cuba Fire Chief Alyssa Short said.
The firefighters said politics are to blame for their departure.
Some firefighters are telling us they’re sick of a lack of support from city leaders, who they claim are refusing to send them to EMT training and are not getting them new equipment.
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