Detroit's Under-Funded Fire Departments Use a Soda Can For a Fire Alarm

Where absent money leaves gaps, ingenuity fills in. Nowhere is that more true than in Detroit's fire departments, where, as Detroit Free Press reporter Tresa Baldas shows us, a soda can full of jangling coins and screws alerts the Motor City's long-suffering heroes when there's an emergency. » 9/06/14 9:00am 9/06/14 9:00am

Firefighters In Drag Hitch Up Skirts To Put Out Truck Fire

No, it's not some new firefighter hazing. The Sauk Centre Fire Department — a 30 member all-volunteer firefighting crew — was fundraising at a St. Patrick's Day parade, dressed in drag to entertain the crowd — because, you know, pretending to be women is funny. When the fire began to spread, they hitched up their… » 3/20/12 6:15pm 3/20/12 6:15pm

Detroit Auto Show: Fallen Firefighters Memorial Rig

Tucked into a corner of the basement is a 1937 Seagrave Safety Sedan, known amongst fire truck junkies as the Detroit Safety Sedan and it represents one of the more interesting untold stories here at Detroit. When a firefighter falls in the line of duty, there is a longstanding tradition of using a firetruck as the… » 1/16/08 1:00pm 1/16/08 1:00pm

Hybrid Moments: Firefighters Train for Gas/Electric Rescues

While describing a car wreck in our high school yearbook, we once wrote, "Cars and trucks and things that go also stop. Sometimes with deadly results." Some of these cars are now hybrids, which require a different methodology for rescue workers attempting to extricate accident victims from vehicles with 200 to 280… » 9/08/05 5:39am 9/08/05 5:39am