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

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin attends the 'BURN' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the AMC Lowes Village on April 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22: Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin attends the 'BURN' Premiere during the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival at the AMC Lowes Village on April 22, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)

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.

Read the whole story at Free Press