Michigan Fire Department Plagued by Equipment Problems

Timely assistance from a neighboring fire department enabled the Allen Park (MI) Fire Department to continue providing service despite the fact that its equipment was out of the service.

The situation unfolded last week when all the department’s ambulances were knocked out of service with various mechanical problems, according to the Press & Guide (http://bit.ly/1dPeZUd).

After calling a number of nearby departments, Allen Park firefighters were able to enlist the help of the Dearborn Heights Fire Department.

Fire Chief Douglas LaFond said the current fleet of trucks are old and breaking down more quickly than they can be maintained, and he has written a grant proposal to get funding for a new ambulance.

Read more about the situation at http://bit.ly/1dPeZUd.

The cities are both suburbs located in the Detroit metro area.

For more on fire apparatus maintenance and related issues, consider Combining Apparatus Safety, Maintenance , and Training, The Economy and Apparatus , and Apparatus Purchasing: Back to Basics.

For more on mutual aid considerations, consider The Mutual -Aid Box Alarm System and MUTUAL AID SINCE SEPTEMBER 11, 2001.

CORRECTION: The first paragraph initially indicated the department to be Dearborn Heights. This was incorrect and has been fixed.

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