Stephen Henderson talks with LOVELAND Technology’s John Grover and Motor City Muckraker’s Steve Neavling about the outbreak of fires around Detroit and its effects on the city itself.
- Causes: “Fire is one of the most transformative forces working on the city today,” says Grover, with fifty percent of all fires caused by “suspicious causes” or arson.
- City Funding: Steve Neavling says that the Detroit Fire Department has been underfunded for some time, with Mayor Duggan diverting funds away from the department and towards the Detroit Land Bank.
- Equipment Issues: Neavling discovered that lack of funding has caused the Detroit Fire Department to use broken-down trucks and reuse dirty or broken equipment. Additionally, firefighters have had no additional training in some cases, making on-the-job training essential.
You can find a link to the results of LOVELAND Technologies’ study here
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