Detroit, Hamtramck consider sharing fire services

Hamtramck and Detroit are exploring a relationship to share fire services at a time when both communities are cutting public safety to fill budget gaps.

“The financial realities force us to think outside the box,” Hamtramck City Manager Nervus Nazarko told Detroit City Council this morning. “We would support anything that would make financial sense and keep the level of services where they are now.”

Any agreement would require approval from Mayor Dave Bing, whose office is expected to meet soon with Hamtramck officials.

Council members said they were open to exploring the idea.

“I think this is definitely a concept that is worth taking a serious look at,” Councilman Ken Cockrel Jr. said today.

Detroit union members urged council to reject any agreement with Hamtramck, saying Detroit can’t handle one city, let alone two.

Detroit firefighters are working with fewer trucks and equipment at a time when fires are on the rise.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.