Almost entire Cuba fire department quits

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CUBA, N.M. (AP) — Almost the entire volunteer firefighting department in Cuba has quit, raising concerns about protection for the small northern New Mexico town.

KOAT-TV reports that 18 of the town's 21 firefighters turned in their helmets Tuesday night.

Some firefighters told KOAT they quit because of a lack of support. They say the city has refused their requests for new equipment and EMT training.

Sandoval County Deputy Fire Chief Jess Lewis said his department will respond to fires in Cuba. But he says with so few volunteers to help response times will suffer.

Cuba's mayor told KOAT he blamed the exodus on the hiring of a new fire chief for the town.