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NM town's only 2 certified firefighters quit

They cited unqualified commanders for quitting

By Mike Bush
Albuquerque Journal

TORRANCE COUNTY, N.M. — These days, people who live in the northwest corner of Torrance County who experience a fire and call 911 for help may find themselves less than satisfied - maybe even devastated - by the response.

Fire District 2's only two certified firefighters have recently quit or been fired, leaving the area west and immediately southwest of Moriarty without an effective fire response team.

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Chris Jung Chris Jung Friday, December 21, 2012 6:33:25 PM Wow
Roger Sandoval Roger Sandoval Saturday, December 22, 2012 7:29:33 AM My question is how did an inexperienced , unqualified , uncertified person become chief? We the firefighters elect our officers , so how does this happen? As a Lt. with Firefighter 3 completed , I am completely behind those who resigned due to unqualified Commanders , we put our lives in the hands of Incident Command when on a scene. I have to have complete confidence in IC in order for me to do my job safely and come out of a structure alive. It is up to the firefighters to do something about this issue. WOW!
Fred Steneck Fred Steneck Saturday, December 22, 2012 11:53:54 AM Rule #1 is that the Chief is in charge Rule #2 refer to rule #1 The Chief is in charge. If you do not like the rules then leave the game. There can not be more than one person. in charge at a fire scene. Most Fire Departments the chief is in charge and in most cases is elected by his or her peers just like in any sort of democracy. If you do not like the Chief do something about it, find a new Chief or do what you did leave. Just because you. do not think he or she is qualified because maybe they donít have the same paper certs. that you have and you think you have all the answers then you should get elected and run the fire department. Leadership and Respect gets the job done in the Fire Service. No mater who the Chief is. And for all that read this and are in the Fire Service depend on yours and only your own awareness to the tough job that we do to keep your self safe. So be safe out there and always remember rule #1.
Justin Smith Justin Smith Saturday, December 22, 2012 12:28:11 PM The chief is in charge until they do something that endagers the safety of firefighters or the public...then rule #1 is out the window...blind allegiance kills firefighters, I'm in charge of my safety first and foremost
Chris Jung Chris Jung Wednesday, December 26, 2012 1:18:22 AM Easy, You have people that get "voted"" in by popularity, sometimes a board of directors elects someone that wont give them grief about silly little things like regulations and costly stuff like training. If they only had 2 certified people in the department, I am betting that overall there was not a large pool of qualified people.. And I know some people will say they can be experienced and do good.. true, but you can also be experienced and do it the wrong way for the last 20 years, and it is still wrong... I have seen departments where the fire chief was basiclly related to several board members, and that chief was there because they allowed the board to dictate what went on, on the fire ground, not just in the admin or executive side of things. It happens. IMHO, they did right, they attempted to let the higher ups know of their concerns and resigned rather than in their opinion foolishly risk lives.. What I would do if I lived in that town would be to buy a couple of extra fire extinguishers, and up my insurance..

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