Join the Hamtramck Firefighters on October 21, 2017 for the return of Haunted Fowling! Join us at the Fowling Warehouse for our annual Halloween Party –  join us and get your fowl on, where will have our block of fowling lanes set up with plenty of cool door prizes, raffles, drink specials and more! Don’t forget to wear your costume, we will have special prize for best costume!

In case you don’t know by now, fowling is an enjoyable and lively game with elements of bowling, football, and horseshoes.  Fowling has been an exciting addition to Hamtramck – appearing on all over local media.  You can learn more about this new and unique sport at the Fowling Warehouse website.  (Don’t worry – this is all for fun, there will be plenty of help to assist you with this game).

Hamtramck Firefighters Haunted Fowling   (Join our Facebook Event Page)
Saturday, October 21 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(please arrive early for check-in, Fowling will start promptly at 7:00 pm)
$25 per person – Tickets available soon – please contact us for details.

Fowling Warehouse 
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, Michigan 48211 (map)
e-mail or call the firehouse (313) 305-4503 for more details

Please click here to download a printable copy of our 2017 Hamtramck Firefighters Haunted Fowling Flyer (pdf file).

We are hoping for help from our friends and local businesses for sponsorship a donations – please click here for that information (.zip file).

Click here to join on Facebook!


Join us at the June 27th Detroit City Football Club match against FC Indiana at Keyworth Stadium. We will be asking for you to help us “Fill the Boot” as we collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Money raised in Hamtramck stays in our community to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. 

For more than 60 years the IAFF have stood on the front lines for MDA, working together to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.

“Fill the Boot” is a tradition in which fire fighters hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Keyworth Stadium is located right here in Hamtramck – on Roosevelt St. at Gallagher.  We will be outside the main gate starting prior to gametime. 

Fireworks Safety

More U.S. fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day. Every year, thousands of people are treated in Emergency Rooms for firework related injuries. In 2015, 11 people were killed using fireworks over the holiday and almost 12,000 were treated for injuries.  The safest way to celebrate is attend a public firework show.

You can fire your legal, store-bought fireworks on federal holidays including the 4th of July – and the day before and the day after that holiday.   You cannot set off fireworks in parks, parking lots, or on public property.  You must be 18 years or older to buy and use fireworks and you can’t be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

If you must ignite fireworks, here are some tips:

  • Never allow children to use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Follow label warnings and use common sense.
  • Hamtramck houses are very close to one another, avoid using fireworks nearby.
  • Have water ready – either a large bucket or a hose.
  • Light one firework at a at time.
  • Never relight a firework!
  • Properly dispose of spent fireworks – soak them in water.
  • Do not use fireworks in windy or dry conditions.



Click here for a printable pdf version.

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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.


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.




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

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