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    Unhappy Flint, Michigan Fire Dept's sad reality

    FLINT, Mich. (AP) - Five houses thought to have been torched by
    arsonists might still be standing if this cash-strapped city had
    not scrapped its fire prevention bureau, the interim fire chief
    The decision to close the bureau was "ill-advised and not in
    the (city's) best interests," Dandre Williams said in a memo to
    City Council members.
    The council received the memo Monday after asking for an
    evaluation of the city's fire equipment. In his response, Williams
    said some of that equipment is in "abysmal condition" after going
    sometimes for years without proper maintenance.
    The council did not discuss specifics of Williams' memo, The
    Flint Journal said in a Wednesday story.
    The fire department's problems have been aggravated by what
    Williams called Flint's "musical chairs" government.
    In the 14 months since the council voted to close the fire
    prevention bureau, Michigan's fourth-largest city has had two
    mayors, two fire chiefs and a back-and-forth battle with the state
    over control of its finances.
    The council eliminated the fire prevention bureau in June 2001
    as part of an effort to slash the city's 2001-02 budget by $16
    million. But a state board voted July 8 - when Flint's deficit had
    reached an estimated $40.3 million - to name a manager to control
    Flint's finances.
    Ingham County Circuit Judge James Giddings returned control of
    the city's purse strings to Flint officials Sept. 3. Both sides are
    waiting for the Michigan Court of Appeals to uphold or reverse
    Giddings' decision.
    Two Flint Police Department members now investigate suspicious
    fires. But even Hamtramck and Highland Park, which are under
    state-appointed financial managers' control, both have fire
    marshals, Williams said.
    This summer's suspected arsons have underscored problems with a
    department whose ranks have plummeted by more than 40 percent since
    January 2001, from 180 firefighters to about 106 as of early July.
    Williams' memo contained a bleak assessment of the fire
    department's equipment.
    A 1996 fire engine experienced a major drivetrain problem
    because its transmission fluid had not been changed. Repairs cost
    $10,000, but a shop that had done business with Flint in the past
    refused to do the work because it was owed $40,000 by the city.
    On other vehicles, the oil was changed but oil filters sometimes
    went 15 years without being replaced, the chief said.
    The state fined the fire department $151,200 last year after
    inspectors found more than 90 safety violations, more than
    one-third of them involving vehicles. The fine was later reduced.
    Rico Phillips, a spokesman for the Flint Firefighters Union,
    said he was "extremely surprised but very satisfied" by the
    frankness of Williams' memo to the council.
    "I hope the spending priorities will focus on public safety,"
    Phillips said.
    Mayor James Rutherford said he had not seen the memo but planned
    to discuss fire department issues with Williams.

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    Flint is in bad shape, But you can only blame the people that have run the city for the past couple of years. The city knew that G.M. was going to move. Yet they still spent money like they had some coming in. Flint is becoming a ghost town and will only get worse because the fire and police protecton is going to be cut even more before it is done. If I worked at Flint Fire Dept. I would be looking for a new job......

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    I am sorry to hear this.
    May we never forget our fallen, worldwide.

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    ALmost as bad as Detroilet .............YIKES !
    IACOJ both divisions and PROUD OF IT !
    Pardon me sir.. .....but I believe we are all over here !
    ATTENTION ALL SHOPPERS: Will the dead horse please report to the forums.(thanks Motown)
    RAY WAS HERE 08/28/05
    LETHA' FOREVA' ! 010607
    I'm sorry, I haven't been paying much attention for the last 3 hours.....what were we discussing?
    "but I guarentee you I will FF your arse off" from>
    http://www.firehouse.com/forums/show...60#post1137060post 115

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