DETROIT – The Detroit News has reported on newest effort in the city’s Angels’ Nights activities to help combat the well-known rash of fire activity.
During the Halloween period the Detroit Fire Department, according to Fire Commissioner Don Austin, will use foam in its efforts to fight structure fires. The department also plans to on patrol in fire apparatus between the hours of 3:00 and 6:00 a.m., when the level of Angel’s Night volunteers are low.
Austin told the Detroit News that although the foam is costly, reportedly over $600 per 55-gallon drum, the financially strapped department will find money for it in the budget.
Neighboring firefighters from Dearborn, Warren, Southfield, Hamtramck and Highland Park will be assisting the Detroit Fire Department while the police department watches gas stations and picks up youth on the streets during the late evenings and early mornings.
In 2010 there were a reported 169 suspicious fires. There were 119 in 2009.
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