There's a lot of speculation at the moment but the rumour going around is that the patrollers were fired because of a dispute with a relative of the owners. Apparently the relative was caught in a closed area, had their pass pulled but then kicked off about it and ran crying to the owner who subsequently fired some of the most experienced and best people on hill.
If true the patrollers have been subject to absolutely shameful, arrogant and reckless behaviour from the owner. They deserve huge props for their dedication, professionalism and most of all for their balls in risking their jobs and standing up to the owners over this. I hope it works out for them and that the owners get what they deserve.