- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - Software companies are offering to help Detroit after a consultant disclosed during the city’s bankruptcy trial that a can filled with screws alerts firefighters to emergencies.

Deputy Fire Commissioner John Berlin says the offers have overwhelmed and humbled him. He tells the Detroit Free Press (http://on.freep.com/Zjhxap ) that calls have come from as far as California and Oregon.

A can knocked over by paper from a fax machine is one way the fire department learns about emergencies. Firefighter Paul Fillmore calls it “silly” but “reliable.”

Detroit is pledging to spend millions on fire department improvements if a judge approves a plan to get out of bankruptcy.

George Faucher of CorreLog, a software company in Tampa, Florida, says he’s offering a free solution that’s a “thousand times” better than a can.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com

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