Donald Austin en Detroit fire commissioner resigning <p>Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin is resigning.</p><p>Austin had to deal with declining city budgets and rising discontent among the city’s firefighters during his tenure as Detroit Fire Commissioner.</p><p>He was hired by Mayor Dave Bing in 2011 to oversee Detroit’s overworked fire department.</p><p>In announcing Austin’s resignation, the outgoing Detroit Mayor praised his leadership of the fire department.</p> Tue, 03 Dec 2013 20:57:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 15519 at Detroit fire commissioner resigning Detroit fire boss: Let vacant buildings burn down <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">DETROIT (AP) &mdash; Detroit&#39;s fire boss suggests his department could adjust to a looming 15 percent budget cut by letting some abandoned buildings burn to the ground and using firefighters and even Navy Seabees to demolish vacant structures.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px;">Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin says he&#39;s creating three proposals for Mayor Dave Bing to consider in making deep reductions from the current budget year&#39;s $183 million spending plan.</span></p> Sun, 22 Apr 2012 18:02:49 +0000 The Associated Press 7141 at Detroit fire boss: Let vacant buildings burn down