Entries by JD

POLAR PLUNGE 2018


On February 3rd, Hamtramck Firefighter Jason Abbey will be taking the “Polar Plunge” to raise funds for Special Olympics Michigan. He will dress up in costume and plunge into Lake Fenton and freeze his fur for a good cause.

Proceeds from these plunges help supports year-round sports training and athletic competition for more than 23,000 children and adults with intellectual disabilities in Michigan. The ultimate goal of Special Olympics is to help persons with intellectual disabilities participate and receive respect as members of their communities.

Please help Jason and Special Olympics Michigan by making a donation today.

Jason’s Polar Plunge Page

 


FIGHT FOR AIR

Once 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 up and then down the Ally Detroit 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 all 62 floors or 1,278 steps in full firefighter turnout gear to support this cause… but, we need your help!   (Unfortunately, due to space limitations we only have two members participating this year – so your assistance is needed more than ever).

You can donate by visiting our pages on the ALA Website:

Hamtramck Firefighters Team page
Matthew Wyszczelski
Dan Hagen


PUT THE FREEZE ON WINTER FIRES

Home fires occur more in winter than in any other season. Be fire smart! 

Heating fires are a leading cause of home fire deaths.  Half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn was too close to the heating equipment.

Remember: candles, stoves and ovens are not to be used for heating and should be used with caution! Keep kids away!


UNDER ATTACK

Your Hamtramck Firefighters have taken cut after cut over the years – including reductions in pay, retirement and healthcare. Now, state legislators are preparing new bills to cut retirement and healthcare even more.
Earlier this year, Governor Snyder appointed a Task Force that has made proposals and recommendations that worked for everyone. However, it looks like this will be ignored and these new bills will drastically cut the retirements that we’ve worked so hard to maintain.

We need your help – it only takes a minute to assist us. Please contact your local Representative and Senator (find there here) and tell them to leave firefighter and police retirements alone!

HAUNTED FOWLING 2017 WRAP-UP

We’d like to thank everyone for their support of Haunted Fowling 2017 and helping to make it a tremendous success.  Special thanks to Chutt, Laura, Morgan, Nate and all of friends at the Fowling Warehouse.  Congratulations to Andrea & Michael Young for best costume. Pictures posted here.

Thanks to all of our fowlers and our amazing sponsors:

18th Street Deli
ABC Computers
A&E Heating & Cooling
AFSCME Local 666
Al-Haramain
Allie Brothers Uniform
Andrea Karpinski for City Council
AXA Great Lakes
Baker Streetcar Bar
Battle Tested CrossFit
Boostan Cafe
Boulevard & Trumbull Towing
Bozek’s Market
Caniff Electric Supply
Detroit City FC
Detroit Zen Center
Dot Com Web Productions
Dunwell Printing Co.
St. Florian
Flowers By Deb
Hamtramck Historical Museum
Hamtramck Police ROA
Hamtramck Recycling
Hamtramck Public Schools
Hamtramck Recycling
Hazel Park Firefighters
The Jeffery Group
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home
J’s Silkscreens
Kyle Smith Agency
Imperial Supermarket
Little Caesars of Hamtramck
Maine Street Restaurant
Metropolitan Baking Co.
Mostek Paint & Glass
Motor City Sports Bar
New Dodge Lounge
New Palace Bakery
Nicole Zukowski Photography
Polish-American Credit Union
Planet Ant

PLAV Post 6
PLAV Post 10
Polish Sea League
Roy’s Electric
Seward Peck & Henderson
Srodek’s Polish Food
Sterling Oil
Steve’s Party Store
Sucher Tire
Suzy’s Bar
The Resource Network
Trixie’s Bar
Wheelhouse Detroit
White Star Night Club
Whittie Law Center
XL Fireworks

Heating Safety

Winter is coming – make sure your furnace is ready!

Change your air filter before heating season begins. Get an annual furnace check up (try our friends at A&E Heating & Cooling or another reputable service center). Test your carbon monoxide detector. Keep the area around your furnace and all heating appliances (like hot water tanks, stoves and fireplaces) clear, make sure kids stay clear of these areas and do not store gasoline and other flammable liquids like paint out of the area, too.  These are just a few tips to help keep you and your family safe (see below for more).

Heating fires are a leading cause of home fire deaths.  Half of the home heating fire deaths resulted from fires that started when something that could burn was too close to the heating equipment.

Link to printable pdf

SCHOOL TRAFFIC SAFETY

There are an average of 134 people killed every year in school related traffic crashes.  More school-aged kids are killed between 7:00-8:00 AM and 3:00-4:00 PM than any other hours of the day – almost half of those killed were between the ages of 8-13 years old.

• SLOW DOWN!
• always yield to pedestrians – always use extreme caution, especially in school zones
• never pass a school bus on the right
• never block a crosswalk
• don’t double park
• obey all traffic signals and signs
• obey school bus lights – yellow indicates it is preparing to stop, red indicates it is stopped and children are loading or unloading and you must stop and do not pass until the lights are off
• don’t block intersections, fire lanes (never block the driveway in front of a firehouse!!)
• the area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous
• don’t drive distracted! do not use your phone or eat while driving
• teach your kids how to walk to school safely – use crosswalks and how to cross the street properly

full, high resolution printable pdf: school traffic safety

FALL RAFFLE

The Hamtramck Firefighters are hosting a Fall Raffle!  A $5 ticket gets you a chance to win one of four prizes:

1st Prize – $1,500
2nd Prize – $500
3rd Prize – $300
4th Prize – $200

Tickets are on sale now and are available from any Hamtramck Firefighters Association member and are also available at select local businesses. The raffle drawing will be held during our Haunted Fowling event at the Fowling Warehouse.

Winners need not be present to win. Portion of proceeds benefit Hamtramck Firefighters Association, IAFF Local 750 Charities.