Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Utility backs off on cutting gas to Detroit fire stations
Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse in Detroit came word over the weekend that DTE Energy had sent the city a gas shutoff notice for its fire stations.
Seems the city owes DTE 10s of thousands of dollars for natural gas service to keep the firefighters warm and keep the stoves operating so they can eat.
They were supposed to shut them off on Monday. But after the Detroit News contacted the utility, DTE decided to hold off pulling the plug and work with the city to get the money owed.
I don't think there's a fire department in the nation - perhaps the world - that's busier than Detroit's. The other day there were more than 80 fires in one night. And Devil's Night - the night before Halloween - is fast approaching. Sadly, a time when people go out and set fires for "fun."
Working conditions for the brave men and women of the Detroit Fire Department are bad enough as it is. They don't need to be worrying about whether the gas will be shut off while they are out of the firehouse saving lives.