Businesses Give $8m for Detroit First Responders

The city of Detroit has received a boost from corporations who are hoping to make the struggling city a safer place. Penske Corp. Quicken Loans Inc., General Motors Co., Ford Motor Co., Chrysler Group LLC and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, together donated $8 million to improve the city’s fleet of emergency vehicles.

“Working together we can transform our city,” said Mayor Dave Bing in a press conference at City Hall. Along with Detroit’s financial struggles have come increases in crime and major budget shortfalls to essential city functions. The gift equates to 23 EMS units and 100 police cars, helping the city improve response times and emergency care.

According to the Detroit Fire Commissioner and members of the police department, the donation is much needed. Aging and inadequate vehicles have plagued both departments, and the new units will be able to replace the entire EMS fleet for the fire department.

“After years of challenges with aging EMS units that rotate in and out of service, a brand new fleet of ambulances will allow us to provide a higher level of emergency services to Detroit’s citizens,” said Detroit Fire Commissioner Donald Austin in a press release.

For Roger Penske, of Penske Corp., working with various businesses with ties to Michigan and working with the city of Detroit was a simple decision, “We can work together and drive positive momentum in our city.”

Source: Journal of Emergency Medical Services