EDDY COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) - For now, most volunteer fire departments in Eddy County say they will not walk off the job as threatened.
That announcement comes just days after the Malaga Fire Department shut down in protest.
The fire departments say they have a serious issue with the county manager and other administrators.
Wednesday night, nine of the 10 remaining volunteer fire crews held a meeting with county commissioners where they agreed to hold off on a walk-out for the next 90 days as long as the county starts to listen to their needs and concerns.
“As far as the departments are concerned, we'd like to provide the same service we always have,” said volunteer firefighter Sonny Hope. “We don't want to have a walk out. We don't want to have any problems. It just hasn't been able for us to do that.”
The problem between the volunteers and the county started nearly six months ago.
The firefighters say they have no confidence in the county's emergency manager who oversees them.
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