Poverty Is Not an Accident

Poverty Is Not an Accident
Nelson Mandela

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Volunteer fire dept. closure disputed

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the mayor squirms about insurance liability while the largest fire in New Mexico history threatens to take out his village: priceless.

Volunteer fire dept. closure disputed

The decision left Jemez Springs without a fire department for two-and-a-half days with the massive Las Conchas fire burning nearby and the nearest fire departments more than 20 minutes away.
“We feel we have been slighted by the mayor I feel firmly that it is his job and the council's job to keep us in business instead of shut us down,” the fire chief said.
The mayor is sticking to his decision.

“It's to protect the village it's the liability issue on several different counts you can't have a unlicensed person driving and heaven forbid that they're actually be an accident,” mayor Temple said.
The situation did not change until Saturday afternoon when the fire chief presented Mayor Temple with copies of the firefighters' licenses.

However the battle is not over, there is still other paperwork that needs to be filed.

“You can see when people are really stressed for time they want to fight the fire, clean their fire engines and work on their engines who wants to do the paper work but unfortunately we live in a bureaucratic society,” mayor Temple said.

The chief says his department will do whatever it takes to stay open.
“We live here we love this area and this is where our roots are and we don't want to see it burn. This is why we do what we do,” the fire chief said.

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