So the Mayor of Detroit finally takes action against an inept and ineffective fire dept administration, is it too little, too late?
I don’t know who in their right mind would take on a fire department with so many problems as Detroit. Budget cuts, response problems on both the fire and EMS sides of the house, low morale, and the list goes on. My hat is off to the mayor for taking action that should have been taken years ago.
The issue in Detroit stemmed from a missing wallet that was stolen from a residence during a carbon monoxide call. This issue was supposedly “resolved” by the chief of their battalion, and no investigation into who stole it was made. This is unusual, considering how in my department if something was stolen there would be an investigation into who did it, or at least who had access to the item at the time. Apparently here it is narrowed down to 2 personnel, and one who was unsupervised and not performing a task. Much of the information regarding the specific who and where was redacted.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think that they resolved the issue appropriately from a house perspective, taking up a collection to pay for that driver’s license that had to be replaced and the money that was supposedly in it. However, the Chief should have done more to investigate beyond taking up a collection. I guess we can call this “Walletgate.”
Now, FDNY promoted a logistics chief over the current EMS chief, John Perrugia, in the wake of the Mayor’s unhappiness over the EMS response during the snow storm. They even added a bugle to the EMS chief position.
This is a little unusual, considering how ambulances are not snow plows. If FDNY really wants to criticize anyone over the response to the snow storm, they should complain about the Sanitation Department, who’s job during the snow storm was to clear the streets of snow. The fact that they did not perform this function is what kept ambulances from reaching their intended destinations.
One would think that FDNY would have a plan for such an eventuality, but I guess not. I was on an episode of EMS Garage where we spoke a lot of preparedness, and how FDNY and the City of New York have prepared so much for terrorism that they forgot about the natural disasters, and the same could be said about any emergency plan. We have forgotten about natural disasters and worry more about other people doing something.