Sounds as if Detroit Firefighters were battling the elements outside, battling with apparatus, and battling injuries over a 14 hour period last night and early this morning. Â Take a chance to read what our brothers and sisters in Detroit were up against.
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Motorcitymukraker.com – “It was a frigid, frustrating and overwhelming 14 hours for Detroitâ€™s exhausted firefighters.
Between 2 p.m.Â and 4 a.m. Tuesday morning, three firefighters were injured, the cityÂ didnâ€™t have enough rigs to respondÂ to fires and wind knockedÂ down hundreds of power lines.
The culprit â€“ an ill-equipped fire department and strong winds that howledÂ into the early morning.
During the 14-hour period, the understaffed fire departmentÂ responded to more than 200 calls for fires, people trapped in cars and downed trees and power lines.
The department was so overwhelmedÂ that some downed power lines sparked for up to 45 minutes before available fire rigs were available. Shortly before 4 p.m., firefighters were unable to save a burning house on the 14000 block of OhioÂ because there were no extra fire engines available. At about the same time, a fire engine malfunctioned at the scene of a commercial building fireÂ at Alfred andÂ Orleans.
Making matters worse, Engine #29Â was stuck inside its quarters because the power went down, and mostÂ fire stations donâ€™t have backup generators at a time when they are most needed.
More than a dozen fire engines wereÂ tied up babysitting downed power lines to keep the live wiresÂ from harmingÂ residents.Â In some cases,Â firefighters babysatÂ downed lines for more than eight hours because DTE Energy wasÂ backed up.
During the 14-hour period, 10 houses were on fire, which is about average.Â Firefighters also rescuedÂ people from three cars that were chargedÂ withÂ electricity from downed power lines.”…Continue Reading Here