Detroit Halts Plan to Hire 100 Firefighters

After news that Detroit — which has faced controversy over delayed 911 calls and shuttered fire stations — was going to hire 100 firefighters, plans have changed, reports CBS Detroit.

Union leaders had been working on a plan to move fire stations and supply them with new equipment. The plan is set for release in mid-September.

Apparently in the interim, planned hiring is on hold indefinitely.

The move comes amid reports Fire Commissioner Don Austin is looking to outsource firefighters’ agility training to Schoolcraft College in Livonia.

Officials say the city’s financial problems have left the fire department short-staffed to cover what in Detroit amounts to an average of 20 fires a day.

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