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Detroit firefighters are getting help from a national charity

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio
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Detroit firefighters are getting some help from a national charity to buy some basic equipment.

The National Firefighters Endowment is trying to raise $100,000 to pay for gloves, boots and flashlights.

“We’re hoping to step in and help get their back, help get provisions for them (and) make sure that they have everything they need to do their job safely,” says Shane Parkins, who’s with the endowment.

Detroit’s is one of the busiest fire departments in the country.  One of the reasons is the high volume of arson fires in the city. 

Donations can be made at Detroitmutualaid.com.   On the website, different Detroit ladder and engine crews list their needs.

The blight of Detroit firefighters was featured on a recent segment of the CNN program ‘Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown’.  

The hour-long program looked at the different challenges faces by the city and its residents.  One part of the program looked at Detroit’s firefighters, who must battle fires using equipment and uniforms that Bourdain described as “moldering and shambolic.”

“But they fight on,” added Bourdain.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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