Detroit Executive Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins credits the growing participation of Angel’s Night citizen volunteers with the continued decline in arson fires being seen throughout the city.
The three choppers are equipped with cameras that transmit back pictures to their truck parked at the Butzel Community Center.
Executive Fire Commissioner Donald Austin noted a 55% drop in arson fires in 2011 versus the same three-day period a year earlier, in 2010.
With the final tally in — it looks like a huge victory for Angel’s Night volunteers and the city of Detroit.
The three night Angel’s Night period begins Saturday night in Detroit to help cut down on arson fires in the city.
There are mixed messages circulating as to whether or not Detroit firefighters are ready for a weekend some expect to be riddled with arson.
Detroit Mayor Dave Bing praising the efforts of Angel’s Night volunteers who patrolled streets over the weekend. City officials are calling the slight uptick in the number of fires reported “manageable and consistent.”