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Detroit: Civilian fire deaths at 7, the latest two children

Fire union officials say the department lacks the resources to protect its civilians

CBS Detroit - WWJ

DETROIT — Seven people in Detroit have died so far this year in fire-related incidents.

Dan McNamara, President of the Detroit Firefighters Association, said they’re seeing increased response times and a higher number of casualties and injuries after the city’s fire department shut down 15 fire companies due to public safety cuts last year. But McNamara said the city’s administration isn’t doing anything about it — and that’s why the union is suing the city for negligence.

“The city of Detroit has been fighting the union in court. We’re saying that the city is obligated to provide proper fire response and fire services, and they are negligent in meeting the charter obligations,” he said.

Full story: Under pressure: Detroit firefighters struggle as casualties rise, resources diminish

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