A mass exodus of volunteer firefighters has left a small New Mexico town with virtually no fire protection, reports KOAT 7 Albuquerque.
One by one, 18 firefighters turned in their helmets at the station. Only three firefighters decided to stay.
The firefighters said it was a decision that was years in the making.
“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 equipmen
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