Detroit Evening Report: Detroit adds ambulances for summer months after signing emergency contract

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The Detroit Fire Department is expanding its services to include an average of 40 running ambulances per day during the summer months.

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Executive Fire Commissioner Chuck Simms says the department entered a $500,000 four-month contract with Macomb Universal Ambulance Services to provide the additional support. The summer months are among the busiest times of year for the fire department.

“This will be the largest number of ambulances on the street serving Detroiters that we have seen in decades,” Simms said. “We expect this to be a short-term transitional measure.”

Simms also shared 40 cadets are expected to join the department after graduating next month, with possibly up to 100 more joining by the end of the year.

Simms says the department will reevaluate the need for additional support after the contract ends.

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  • Nargis Rahman
    Nargis Hakim Rahman is the Civic Reporter at 101.9 WDET. Rahman graduated from Wayne State University, where she was a part of the Journalism Institute of Media Diversity.