Response Snafu Prompts Review of Detroit Report Policy

Nov. 30, 2023
Firefighters said they were out of service doing paperwork from a previous incident.

While the closest Detroit firefighters didn't respond to a crash Monday, there was no delay in getting assistance. Another unit was dispatched. 

The crew of Engine 1 said they were filling out paperwork and refused the call, WDIV reported.

Department policy says that reports should be completed at the run they were just on. 

Explaining the response, Detroit Fire Department Commissioner Chuck Simms told reporters: "...I want to emphasize that we had an ambulance on the scene in about four minutes, and we had fire companies on the scene in seven minutes. They carry water and extraction tools as well.”

Simms added that the incident is under review.