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