DETROIT (WWJ) – There’s just some things you can’t do without. WWJ’s Rob Sanford reports Detroit firehouses are having problems with keeping supplies of toilet paper and other necessities.

Detroit firefighters say they have a shortage of things like soap, hand towels, and even toilet paper at their firehouses. The reason?

The department is moving to a new purchasing and inventory system to become more efficient in determining needs.

Fire Commissioner Donald Austin tells the Free Press, a temporary lag was caused by a change in purchasing in July. But some say the problem existed even before that time.

The problem is so bad in some places the firefighters have taken collections among themselves to buy some supplies.

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