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      Flint angels' night emergency plan unveiled

      In 1994 the city of Flint responded to more than 200 fires in city limits.

      On any night the Flint Fire Department is overwhelmed with calls they call for help to areas like Clio, Mount Morris, Burton and Flushing. In past angels?? nights those stations have manned the fire stations inside the city of Flint. But this year is different, the extra help is staying on stand by outside of the city at their respective stations.

      "We should have a full compliment of staffing for that night with extras," said Flint Chief of Fire David Cox Jr.

      And with help from community watchdogs like Flint's Blue Badge Program the city is keeping 5 of 6 police mini stations open.

      "If I can sit and answer a phone some place and it would free up one officer to be back on the streets patrolling the city of Flint then that's what I want to do," said Blue Badge volunteer Tracy Austin.

      The mini stations are acting as hubs for anyone to call report and prevent crime if possible.

      "Volunteers come all over the community; there are crime watch volunteers that come and volunteers from the college," said Austin.

      Increasing police and volunteer patrols proving successful in the past. So Michigan State Police are sending three extra cars.

      "Just having the presence of the patrol cars whether its State Police, Flint Police, local police the idea is to see us out there to help perturb crime," said Trooper Josh Dirkse.

      6 fires in 2012 kept area fire departments busy; but manageable for the professionals inside the city.

      So Chief of Fire David Cox Jr. is keeping mutual aid on stand by outside the city, and providing the same service as any other night.

      "Everyday of the year our purpose is to go out and extinguish fires if they happen and keep the community safe," said Cox.

      If you are interested in joining the Blue Badge Patrol??s efforts you can sign up through the city to get involved.