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Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Dept looking at options after voters say no to Issue 2B

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It is time to move forward from the 2017 local election. For the winners it is pushing ahead with promises. For the losers it is either moving on or re-grouping. Manitou Springs Volunteer Fire Department is one of the groups analyzing a loss with issue 2B.

The department asked voters for $3.9 million for a training facility. 77% of Manitou voters said no.

Post election there is an open letter to citizens of Manitou on the department Facebook page. It says firefighters accept the outcome and remain dedicated to public safety. “Our first priority is to keep this community safe and politics comes way down the line,” said volunteer member, Rev. David Hunting.

The department also wants to clear the air after all the campaign rhetoric. The letter breaks down numerous elements of the proposal firefighters feel were misleading or misunderstood before election day.  "While we respect the voters’ decision on this first time through, we continue to hope to have this in front of the incoming administration here in Manitou Springs and make this a priority to really underscore the need for training for all our volunteers," said Hunting.

Volunteer firefighters are breaking down the issue after the election, because it remains important to the department. Whether that means going to the new city council looking for other funding sources or coming back on another ballot down the road remains to be decided.

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