Hearing on Detroit (MI) Fires Blames Response Missteps

A hearing on the “firestorm” that ravaged Detroit neighborhoods last month cited missteps by the Detroit (MI) Fire Department and other agencies, according to a report in the Detroit Free Press. One citizens told the Detroit City Council that firefighters took 90 minutes to respond to a September 7 fire which destroyed seven of her neighbors’ homes.

Council members claimed that the fires could have been contained with a quicker response and better communication between emergency response agencies; they also decried the state of power lines in the area, which contributed to the wind-fueled fires. The hearing also heard testimony that of 25 off-duty firefighters called in to help with the fires, only 14 came in. The council is considering two pieces of legislation to avoid a similar occurrence in the future.

Read more about the hearing at the Detroit Free Press HERE.

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