The video above from WDIV-TV, which includes a close call shot by CTV out of Toronto, was taken last night during a two-alarm vacant warehouse fire at John R and State Fair. Alertpage Text Alert Notification Service provided the radio traffic from the incident.
WDIV-TV says one of the firefighters on the roof is part of a group of firefighters from The Netherlands visiting Detroit on their own to learn from the city’s firefighters. WXYZ-TV reports that crew is actually from neighboring Belgium. Here’s an excerpt from a report filed yesterday:
“We know that Detroit has a lot of fires. So, there’s no better place to learn about firefighting than Detroit”, said Marc Opstal from the fire department in Zaventem, Belgium. “We have good prevention. We don’t have that much vacant buildings. So, we don’t get to see fire that much. And in order to really learn something, this is very good place for us”.
The Belgian firefighters arrived in town Sunday to spend the week training with Detroit firefighters, and what they learn here in the city is so valuable that each Belgian firefighter paid their own way to way to get here. They’re even using vacation time for the learning experience.
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Also on STATter911 …
- Detroit close call revisited: Additional video from warehouse & other Detroit fires with Belgian ride-alongs. Plus more on the controversial Charlie LeDuff comments. – October 2, 2012
- UPDATE – Belgian firefighter says TV reporter wrong that they paid $2K each for Detroit FD ride-along/training. LeDuff rains on critically acclaimed ‘Burn’ local premiere. – September 29, 2012
- UPDATED – Raw video now added: Detroit couple jump to escape fire before firefighters arrive. – December 21, 2011
- Caught on video: Church steeple collapses during fire. – March 27, 2013
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