Update 12:50 p.m. There appears to be a firestorm brewing in Carbon and the village fire department won't be around to put it out.
The village office has placed the operational status of the Carbon Fire Department on hold until further notice.
The announcement doesn't give a reason for the decision, but Carbon Fire Chief Marty Morgan is not happy.
"I'm going to phone AUMA (Alberta Urban Municipalities Association) and find out if they can actually change a bylaw in an emergency meeting not offered to the public," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "I'm going to take the letter that was sent around from Kneehill County and I want to take it door to door. I want to talk to everybody in Carbon and let them know what their council just did,"
A statement from the village office, which refused to talk just yet, says the slack will be picked up by the Drumheller, Acme and Linden Fire Departments, but Morgan doesn't think that's enough.
"(With) a structure fire in town, not a chance," he snorted. "You'll lose not just the one that it started in, but both of them next door to it now because your fire trucks are 25-30 minutes away."
"Honestly, I don't even care if I get reinstated as fire chief," claimed Morgan. "I really would like to because we held our elections and out of two people that ran, our fire department thinks I'm the best one for that position, but at this point I don't even care if I'm reinstated. I want the fire department reinstated so we can actually help the people, which is the reason why we joined the fire department."
We are still awaiting word from the Village of Carbon.
More problems for the people of Carbon.
The village office has notified Kneehill County that, effective immediately and until further notice, the Village of Carbon is placing the operational status of the Carbon Fire Department on hold.
No reason was given for the move and the village office has refused to comment until they have a statement prepared.
A statement from Kneehill County says they have made arrangements with its municipal partners to ensure continued and uninterrupted fire and emergency services to Carbon.
We'll have more on this story this afternoon.