Is the Detroit Fire Department covering up for Deputy Chief Robert Shinske, who previously was suspended for driving his city-issued SUV to a bar?
It was another bad day for Detroit’s aging fleet of rigs.
On the day that Mayor Mike Duggan’s administration disputed our 18-month investigation into the city’s dangerously defective fire engines and ladder trucks, at least four rigs broke down.
Long-awaited help is on the way for the beleaguered Detroit Fire Department.
Making matters worse, two chiefs couldn’t respond because their trucks wouldn’t start.
This is a very serious situation because the Fire Department fights more than a dozen house and building fires a day.
It was a frigid, frustrating and overwhelming 14 hours for Detroit’s exhausted firefighters.
Perhaps most eye-opening wasn’t the number of fires but the fallouts from budget cuts.