Detroit Fire Department Escaped ‘Internal Memo’ Reveals Idea to Expand Ride-Along Program to Paid Firefighter Tourism

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Detroit Fire Department is facing a city budget in trouble and has had to lay off firefighters. Fire Commissioner Don Austin, according to an internal memo, is considering expanding a civilian ride-along program to invite firefighters from ho-hum not so busy stations around the world to have a shot at some get down Motown-style real firefighting.

“That’s not the answer, no. We need firefighters, our laid off guys back. That’s what we need.”

— Darnell McLaurin with DFAA Local 344

Carlie LeDuff from myFOXDetroit explains what it might be like …

“Are you a firefighter from a sleepy corner of this planet? … don’t feel much like a man ’cause you don’t get much action? The city of Detroit is considering having firefighters pay for a day to fight some real fires.

You might …
You can fight fires.
You can help pull hose.

You can help pull hose.
You get to save babies.

Check out Tourist paying to help fight Detroit’s fires” Is this idea for real?

Detroit Fire Department Box Alarm at Temple and Woodward … Oops! at 0:54.

Detroit Fire Department in April 2011. Check out the dog at 3:19 (

Detroit Fire Department in April 2012. “Central, send us a truck with a working aerial.” They get Ladder 10’s working aerial with no pumps (

Detroit Fire Department in August 2012. (

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