DETROIT

Fire Official Offers New Ideas For Cuts -- Including Letting Vacant Homes Burn

04/23/2012 08:25 am 08:25:22 | Updated Jun 23, 2012

By Tammy Stables Battaglia

The head of the Detroit Fire Department, ordered to cut 15% from his 2012-13 budget, is considering some novel approaches to firefighting and addressing the proliferation of vacant houses in the city.

Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin, who was appointed last May after retiring as an assistant chief in the Los Angeles Fire Department, said he's creating three different proposals for the mayor to consider. The department's 2011-12 budget was $183 million.

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