Politics & Government
4:07 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Detroit to receive new fleet of emergency vehicles

Detroit will soon have a new fleet of emergency vehicles.

An order released by emergency manager Kevyn Orr will allow the city to accept corporate donations of vehicles.

Orr determined that this order will "play a vital role in ensuring continuity of essential services and restoring financial stability to the City of Detroit."

Among the corporations donating vehicles to the city of Detroit include: Blue Cross Blue Shield, Chrysler, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Quicken Loans, The Kresge Foundation, Penske, Platinum Equity, and FirstMerit.

This is a part of The Active and Safe Campaign, a $50 million public-private partnership aimed at increasing safety, health, and overall well-being in the city of Detroit.

$8 million of this funding will be used to lease 123 emergency vehicles for the city. 

These vehicles will be owned and maintained by a nonprofit corporation and replace Detroit's aging and deteriorating fleet of emergency vehicles.

- Marlon Phillips, Michigan Radio Newsroom