Bye bye pop can. That's what the Detroit Fire Department might soon be saying soon to its rigged-up emergency alert system, which could get replaced — for free — by one of several philanthropic software companies who recently learned just how bad things are in Detroit.
For Deputy Fire Commissioner John Berlin, the offers to help have been humbling. Calls have come in from as far away as California and Oregon.
“It overwhelmed me,” Berlin said of the outpouring of support. “We need so much. ... What I was humbled by was that there was nothing negative said about the city of Detroit, or the bankruptcy. It was simply that they wanted to help. And that set me back a little bit. It humbled me.”
.....Detroit firefighter Paul Fillmore said technological upgrades are long overdue. He noted that the department once had a code red system that automatically rang the fire bell at the stations, but it’s been decades since that’s been in place. Instead, firefighters are improvising with pop cans.
.....Berlin said for now, fire officials are still gathering information from the interested parties who want to help. He said he wants to make sure that a company’s donation is used to its fullest potential.
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