Feldman's view: Take care of these new emergency vehicles - FOX 13 News

Feldman's view: Take care of these new emergency vehicles

Posted: Updated:
DETROIT (WJBK) -

We've been telling you they were coming for months. Today, the City of Detroit was parading out the first wave of brand new EMS rigs and police cruisers on Woodward Avenue.

The vehicles come with an $8 million donation from the business community.

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing helped welcome the 10 ambulances and 15 police cruisers during a ceremony earlier today.

The remaining 13 EMS units are being outfitted and are expected to hit the streets before the end of the year. A total of 100 police cruisers will eventually be added.

And so today we get a batch of new vehicles to beef up the city fleet.

Will it matter?

It's my view that it hasn't before.

This is an issue that has been with us for nearly 40 years. We've blown it before, lets not do it again.

This time, the new vehicles are a gift from the business community. We owe it to them to never go back an re-trace these embarrassing steps of asking for free vehicles to keep our people safe.

Here's a shocker for you: My very first day on the job here in Detroit was at this television station on December 6th, 1976.

My first assignment was to go downtown and take pictures of Mayor Coleman Young, because he was taking delivery of a new fire truck.

I asked, why is that a big story in this big of a city?

My bosses said, because the fire trucks are breaking down and the city can't get to the fires in time.

Sound familiar?

Back in December of 1976, they told this new reporter... "Here's how you should end your story. Telling the people that things are getting better, because they are."

They were that day, and they are today. But will they be tomorrow?

We should have learned something in nearly 4 decades.

Let's hope that we finally did.

  • Murray FeldmanMurray FeldmanMore>>

  • Money Monday: Social media safety

    Money Monday: Social media safety

    Monday, July 7 2014 9:31 AM EDT2014-07-07 13:31:18 GMT
    The internet is like an elephant -- it never forgets. While spoken words leave little trace and are quickly forgotten, written words endure in the online environment. Whatever you post, tweet, update, share -- even if it's deleted immediately afterwards -- has the potential to be captured by someone, somewhere, without your knowledge.
    The internet is like an elephant -- it never forgets. While spoken words leave little trace and are quickly forgotten, written words endure in the online environment. Whatever you post, tweet, update, share -- even if it's deleted immediately afterwards -- has the potential to be captured by someone, somewhere, without your knowledge.
  • Money Monday: No one has a crystal ball on the market

    Money Monday: No one has a crystal ball on the market

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:44 AM EDT2014-06-30 14:44:05 GMT
    Jonathan Citrin of Citrin Group talks about how make investments after so-called experts were flat wrong about predicting how the market will perform.Play the video in the player to see his interview with Murray Feldman.Click here to learn more about the Citrin Group.
    Jonathan Citrin of Citrin Group talks about how make investments after so-called experts were flat wrong about predicting how the market will perform.Play the video in the player to see his interview with Murray Feldman.Click here to learn more about the Citrin Group.
  • A CEO's exit interview: Alan Mulally on his 8-years at Ford

    A CEO's exit interview: Alan Mulally on his 8-years at Ford

    Wednesday, June 25 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-06-25 20:17:56 GMT
    Five short videos in what could be described as an exit interview to the media.  For business people of all kinds, there is some real insight to be had here as Murray Feldman poses questions that go beyond the auto industry.  Alan Mulally is candid with his answers.
    Five short videos in what could be described as an exit interview to the media.  For business people of all kinds, there is some real insight to be had here as Murray Feldman poses questions that go beyond the auto industry.  Alan Mulally is candid with his answers.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Grosse Pointe Park's new farmer's market seen by some as a barrier to Detroit

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:25 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:25:26 GMT
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
    Some Detroiters are calling for a boycott of Grosse Pointe Park after the city built a farmer's market that they believe cuts off access to and from Detroit.
  • Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Detroit teen recovering after basketball accident at park

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:51 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:51:50 GMT
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.
    A Detroit teen is seriously hurt after an accident at a Detroit park. He has a long road to recovery ahead, but has a strong support system that isn't giving up hope.

  • Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Man shot, killed during carjacking on Detroit's west side

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:37:16 GMT
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
    A man was shot to death in an attempted carjacking on Detroit's west side, according to police.
Powered by WorldNow

FOX 13 / WTVT-TV
3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices