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Detroit firefighters claim new boots unsafe

The boots, they say, were expensive but low quality

By FireRescue1 Staff

DETROIT — Detroit firefighters say they are worried about the new boots purchased by their department.

The boots are fire certified, but they are not the ones that firefighters agreed to buy this past summer, according to FOX 2 Detroit.

Firefighters complain that they are ill-fitting, lack support, and nails sometimes go through the soles.

This summer, Detroit had the option of going with a bid as low $106 per pair and a high bid of $118 per pair. The city decided to go with the higher bid, possibly because that bid came from a Detroit-based contractor, which can charge more due to a city ordinance. That was designed to help Detroit businesses.

Had the city gone with the lower bid, 200 more pairs could have been purchased.

FOX 2 tried to speak with the fire commissioner and the mayor's chief procurement officer, but was no calls were returned.

The Detroit Fire Department was previously embroiled in another spending controversy when firefighters complained there wasn't basic necessities in the firehouse like toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

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Mark Normington Mark Normington Wednesday, December 05, 2012 1:51:11 PM Are you kidding me?
Todd Atherton Todd Atherton Wednesday, December 05, 2012 2:08:33 PM Wow!!! No sure of the brand but man those just look cheap. I didnt event think there was any departments still issuing rubber boots.
Ray Nebiker Ray Nebiker Wednesday, December 05, 2012 3:31:19 PM What's unsafe about rubber boots?
Charlie Smith Charlie Smith Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:16:39 PM You cannot get much of a fire boot for $100.....
Brad Brown Brad Brown Wednesday, December 05, 2012 4:47:31 PM Mayor Bing at it again.
Darrin Struble Darrin Struble Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:27:36 PM Are the black rubber boots?
Darrin Struble Darrin Struble Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:27:53 PM Too much??? lol
Johnny Murdock Johnny Murdock Wednesday, December 05, 2012 5:45:08 PM Sad. Now retired, I managed PPE procurement in a fire department (300+ paid-on-call personnel) for over 20 years. In PPE, one should by the best (or near to it) of what's available. I prefer & we buy leather boots for a lot of reasons, but there are some good rubber boots out there. The boots I viewed in the video, although undoubtedly meeting NFPA minimum criteria, were not even top of the line in 1992, much less in 2012. From what I saw in the video, those rubber boots are at the bottom in terms of protection & safety.
James Carrier James Carrier Wednesday, December 05, 2012 7:10:44 PM Mark my word the Detroit Fire Department personal or the finest in the World at attacking of fire and putting it out. I work in the fire insurance business and I've seen department all across the US in action, Detroit Fire Fighters are unbelievable at attacking and knocking down a fire. What you would really appreciate about them though is the fact, that they work in 3rd World Conditions. The firehouses are falling apart, they don't have proper equipment, simple items like toilet paper are sometimes an issue. The men and women of the Detroit FD are truley the definition of a public servant.
Chris Spearling Chris Spearling Thursday, December 06, 2012 6:32:37 AM Correct me if I'm wrong, but the $12 difference allowing 200 extra pair to be purchased means that they bought 2400 pair of boots, and couldn't get a better price break on a better quality boot!
Deez Nuts Deez Nuts Friday, May 23, 2014 11:50:38 AM Charlie LeDuff is one of the best advocates for Detroit in general, but he really does his best work when fighting for the firefighters.

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