As of this writing, the station is beginning day 3 of no phones, no computer and no printer, which means no alert system. Instead, department radios are being monitored around-the-clock for calls in their area.
Detroit Fire Wooden Block Alert System
Firefighters tend to be creative and industrious by nature, so it is no surprise that firefighters at this station have come up with a method to circumvent the currently broken system.
On cold days, like today, firefighters are presented with extra challenges. Porch stairs, sidewalks and roads become slick from the water used to put out the fire. You don’t walk, you slide your boots along like skates so that you don’t wind up with your backsides on the ground. In an effort to dry your gear between fire, every square inch of radiator space becomes a precious commodity.
You think and say things you would never would any other time of the year. Here are a few of my favorites.
In the Detroit Fire Department, when an emergency call comes in the firefighter on watch rings a bell. It sounds a lot like a school bell. It serves as an alert to firefighters who may be scattered throughout the house that their services are needed.
Detroit Fire, like many other departments, have stations that