Join the Hamtramck Firefighters on Friday, June 16th at Hazel Park Bowl for our Back to the ’80’s Bowling Fundraiser.  Put on your acid wash jeans, Members Only jacket, hoop earrings or your 1980’s best and celebrate the Decade of Indulgence with us and night of bowling fun.

$25 per person gets you 2 games of 9 pin no-tap, shoe rental, 2 slices of pizza and a shot of Fireball. 50/50, Mystery and 300 Game raffles will also be available.  Contact us for details on our $50 sponsorships.

 Hazel Park Bowl is located between John R. and Dequindre – north of Woodward Heights (9 1/2 Mile).

Back to the ’80’s Bowling Fundraiser (Facebook Event Page)
Friday, June 16th at 7:45 pm (check in starts at 7:00)
$25 per person – $50 to sponsor
Check out and print our flyer

Hazel Park Bowl 
24211 Hughes, Hazel Park, MI 58030  (map)

Contact Bill Diamond, Jim Carden or Jon Davis for more info – firehouse (313) 305-4503.



Grilling Safety

As the warmer weather sets in, the grills come out.  Here are some grill safety tips to consider will cooking outdoors.

  • Grills should only be used outside – not on a porch, balcony or inside at all.
  • Your grill should be placed at least 10 feet away from any building and clear of overhangs including trees and branches.
  • Make sure your grill is clear of windows. 
  • Keep children and pets away from the grill area.
  • Clean your grill before and after every use.
  • Never leave your grill unattended.
  • Never use gasoline on a grill.
  • Never add lighter fluid or fuel to an already lit grill.
  • If you smell gas, turn off your grill immediately!
  • Do not turn on or light a gas grill with the lid closed.


Printable pdf version

Firefighter of the Year: Vincent Caporuscio

Congratulations to Hamtramck Firefighter Vincent Caporuscio on being named Firefighter of the year!  Vinny has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since January 2014, he also supervises our “Coffee Fund.”

The Firefighter of the Year and other honorees are sponsored by the Hamtramck Community Initiative (HCI) – whose mission is to revitalize neighborhoods, reduce crime and build community capacity through civic and community engagement.  HCI started as federal “WEED & SEED” project in 2006 and today we continue to serve as a resource for block clubs, as a fiscal agent for community minded groups and home of the Citizen Patrol.

Vinny, and others will be recognized at the Annual HCI Spring Fling Annual Community Awards Event on May 19th at the PNA Hall.  Tickets are $25, dinner at 6:30 with Community Awards at 7:30.

Congratulations to all those receiving Community Awards!

Clothes Dryer Safety

Almost 3,000 home fires per year are caused by clothes dryers, resulting in $35 million in damages.  The leading cause of these fires is a failure to properly clean and maintain them.  Proper maintenance and attention to lint filters are important to maintain a safe home.

  • Have your dryer installed and serviced by a professional.
  • Do not use the dryer without a lint filter.
  • Make sure you clean the lint filter before or after each load of laundry.  Remove the lint that has collected around the drum.
  • Make sure a air exhaust vent pipe is installed and not restricted.  Clean this vent pipe on a regular basis.
  • Make sure to use the right plug and outlet.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Do not overload your dryer.
  • Turn the dryer off if you leave or go to bed.
  • Make sure that your home has proper smoke detector installations.


Click here for printable pdf version.


Hamtramck Firefighters once again performed the traditional duties at St. Florian Church by standing guard over the tomb of Jesus.  This custom originated in Poland and happens every Holy Saturday.  St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters – we are proud to continue this in Hamtramck and we appreciate the invitation and hospitality of Fr. Frankowski, the staff and parishoners of St. Florian.

Standing guard today were Capt. Bill Dickens, Lt. Matt Wyszczelski, M/E John Dropchuk, M/E Michael Young, M/E Eric Stoddard, FF Nick Mancina, FF Andy Capo, FF Vinny Caporuscio, FF Marc Motyl, FF Chad Kersten, P/FF Jon Krajewski and Chief Dan Hagen.


Congratulations and welcome to Hamtramck’s newest Firefighters: Jon Krajewski and Brendan MacDonald. The new “boots” were sworn in today by City Clerk August Glitschag and welcomed by Fire Chief Dan Hagen, City Manager Katrina Powell, members of the HFD and others.  Jon and Brendan now begin their one year probation as Firefighter 1.  We wish them a long, successful and safe career.  

(Pics from WD and RC)


The Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is May 6, 2017.  

This annual event honors firefighters, past and present, with a parade of firefighters and fire apparatus from across Michigan and Ontario.

The march leaves from the Hamtramck Fire Department and travels south down Brombach Street, ending at St. Florian Church. Following the march, there will be a 4:00 pm Mass to celebrate St. Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters.

This event also serves to kick off the Annual St. Florian Strawberry Festival.

Printable flyer available here.


Hamtramck Fire Department

St. Florian Church


Change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries when Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th.  2 of 3 home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke detector.  

Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside of every exterior door and on every floor of your home.


Carbon Monoxide (CO) is called the invisible killer, it is an odorless, colorless gas and can be found in fumes while running cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

Every year, more than 400 Americans die from CO poisoning, with more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 hospitalized.  Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. 

Printable PDF version


climb_fy17_poster_flyer_firefighter-detroit-9-15-2016-2_hffOnce again, members of the Hamtramck Fire Department are joining the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb.  The Fight for Air is one of the American Lung Association’s signature fundraising events. These unique events are hosted in prominent skyscrapers, stadiums or arenas and challenge participants as they walk, run or race up hundreds of steps – here in Detroit, we will be climbing to the top of Renaissance Center!  The funds we raise support research, education and patient programs to help the millions of Americans impacted by asthma, COPD, lung cancer, air pollution and other lung diseases.

We will be climbing to all 71 floors or 1,050 stairs in full firefighter turnout gear to support this cause… but, we need your help!

You can donate by visiting our pages on the ALA Website:
Hamtramck Firefighters Team page

  William Dickens
  Matthew Wyszczelski
  John Dropchuk
  Vinny Caporuscio
  Nick Seward
  Dan Hagen

You can also help by purchasing an ALA “Cloud” at PLAV Post 10, Polish Sea League and at Edie’s Food Truck.

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