detroit firefighters association http://michiganradio.org en Detroit fire commissioner resigning http://michiganradio.org/post/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 http://michiganradio.org Detroit fire commissioner resigning Detroit firefighters are getting help from a national charity http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-firefighters-are-getting-help-national-charity <p>Detroit firefighters are getting some help from a national charity to buy some basic equipment.</p><p>The National Firefighters Endowment is trying to raise $100,000 to pay for gloves, boots and flashlights.</p><p>“We’re hoping to step in and help get their back, help get provisions for them (and) make sure that they have everything they need to do their job safely,” says Shane Parkins, who’s with the endowment.</p><p>Detroit’s is one of the busiest fire departments in the country.&nbsp; One of the reasons is the high volume of arson fires in the city.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15247 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit firefighters are getting help from a national charity Detroit firefighters win right to depose top city officials http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-firefighters-win-right-depose-top-city-officials <p></p><p></p><p>Detroit firefighters have won the right to subpoena and depose top members of Mayor Dave Bing’s administration.</p><p>The firefighters union is suing the city. They say that decisions to close firehouses have jeopardized public safety in violation of the city charter and national fire protection standards—and have left targeted areas of&nbsp;the city virtually without adequate service.</p><p>Detroit Firefighters Association President Dan McNamara says they’re&nbsp;“looking for the decision-makers,” and they want them under oath.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 18:21:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 11076 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit firefighters win right to depose top city officials