timberland shoes uk administration clash as Cotopaxi fire protection hangs in the balance
FREMONT COUNTY, Colo. It described as a power struggle in Cotopaxi as departures and administrative changes affect the Deer Mountain Volunteer Fire District.
Firefighters say the situation came to a head during a Monday board meeting when new members were appointed, including a new fire chief who had previously served in the position.
In response, one firefighter said most of the 20 member crew resigned or was fired, blaming the administration for failing to comply with safety codes and regulations.
However, the board president said only seven firefighters, including the then current chief, had left.
The two sides disagree on whether the situation leaves the public with reduced fire protection or emergency medical services.
The district will hold a special meeting Friday to further discuss the situation.
One firefighter said a citizen group has formed and is considering legal action.
Conflicts within rural fire departments are not unusual in southern Colorado. The Four Mile District of Teller County experienced a similar situation last year.