Why Don't Chiefs Stay?
"If we looked at detection time, that might have bigger impact," Warpehoski continues. "What if, instead of twenty-four more firefighters, we hired three more fire inspectors to install more smoke detectors? There's currently no discussion at council of [resident] education and the importance of smoke detectors."
Warsinski agrees. Asked the most effective way to reduce the severity of fires, he replies, "Smoke detectors."
"Economic growth and new development are what prevent fires," Warsinski continues. "In 1970, Ann Arbor was 2 percent sprinklered. A few years ago it was up to 60 percent in the downtown central business district because of all the new construction and safer building codes."
Under Chuck Hubbard, the AAFD has also given more attention to fire prevention. "When I came into this position [in 2011], I wanted to make a priority out of preventing fires," the outgoing chief recalls, "so I tripled inspections.