Entries by JD


The US Fire Administration reports that space heaters are involved in 74% of fire-related deaths. Purchase a space heater that is approved by a safety testing agency like UL that has an emergency shut off and is plugged into an outlet with a GFI.

NEVER leave a space heater unattended. Space heaters should be placed on flat, level, non-flammable surfaces and not near drapery, bedding or anything flammable.

Keep kids and pets away from heaters. 

Never use your oven to heat your home.

Have heating and chimneys cleaned and inspected annually.

Ensure that you have a working smoke detector and CO detector – make sure to test them regularly!

If you smell gas, call 911.


Full printable copy available here.


Twice as many fires occur on Thanksgiving than on a normal day. That’s more than 4,000 fires – most in the kitchen. Be thankful and play it safe, make sure your household has a plan in place in the event of an emergency and that your smoke detectors work!

  • Never leave your food unattended and make sure all the handles of pots and pans on the stove are turned inward.
  • Keep kids away from the stove and knives!
  • Avoid loose or baggy clothing near the stove.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Do not use water to put out a grease fire.

We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!


Printable PDF version.


We’d like to thank everyone for their support of Haunted Fowling 2018 and helping to make it a tremendous success. Special thanks to Chris, Noni, Mara, Todd and all of friends at the Fowling Warehouse. Congratulations to Jon Krajewski for best costume. Pictures posted here.

Thanks to all of our fowlers and our amazing sponsors:

A&E Heating & Cooling Al-Haramine CTE Alexis Krot CTE Andrea Karpinski
Baker Streetcar Bar Bozek’s Market Detroit Metro Airport Firefighters Dunwell Printing
Flowers by Deb J’s Silkscreens Little Caesars of Hamtramck Maine Street Restaurant
Metro Baking Mike O’Hearon PLC Mostek Paint & Glass Motor City Sports Bar
Nicole Amanda Photography PFIA Planet Ant PLAV Post 10
PNA Council 122 Polish Sea League Ross Coated Fabric Small’s Bar
Srodek’s Quality Polish Food Sterling Oil Steve’s Party Store Sucher Tire
Sunset Hookah Suzy’s Bar Trixie’s Bar Walter’s Shopping Place
Wheelhouse Detroit Whiskey in the Jar ZamZam Restaurant 18th Street Deli
  Caniff Electric Supply Conant Caniff Market  

Special thanks to: Srodek’s Quality Polish Food, Planet Ant, Conant & Caniff Market, Better Made Snacks, Slow’s BBQ, Detroit Repetory Theatre, Hunter House Burgers, Michigan Theater, MJR Theaters, CJ Barrymore’s, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Cranbrook Science Museum, Meadow Brook, Mr. C’s Car Wash, Great Escape, Detroit Institute of Arts, Genie’s Wienies, Jimmy John’s Field, Pewabic Pottery, Harlequin Tattoo, Sterling Services, KD & Chris Matelic, program and sign artwork by John Dropchuk and pics by Joanie Wilding.






Since it’s time to “fall back”, your Hamtramck Fire Department, in conjunction with Energizer Battery’s “Change your Clock, Change your Batteries” campaign, is giving away FREE 9-volt batteries for your residential smoke detectors.

Those interested in obtaining these FREE batteries, must contact the Fire Marshal at (313) 305-4503 ext. 225 or stop by the firehouse at 2625 Caniff, between 9 AM and 5 PM.

You can set up an appointment for installation or bring in your smoke detector and we will swap out the old battery with a new one. This program will start November 1st with a limit of two (2) batteries per household until the batteries are gone.

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Halloween Safety

Halloween is Wednesday, October 31st!  Don’t forget to play it safe while trick-or-treating, or while decorating your house.

  • Wear a costume that is flame retardant.
  • Make sure the costume is bright and has reflective material or tape.
  • Avoid long or billowing fabric.
  • If wearing a mask, make sure the eye holes are large enough to see out of.
  • Dried flowers, cornstalks and other dried items are highly flammable – keep these and other decorations away from flame and heating sources!
  • Use a flashlight or battery operated candle instead a candle in your jack-o-lantern.


Download a printable version here.


Everyday, seven people die in a house fire. Children and the elderly are those most likely to lose their lives.

Smoke alarms save lives. Having a properly installed and working smoke alarm increases your chances of surviving a house fire by nearly half. It is estimated that almost 900 deaths per years could saved if all homes had working smoke alarms.

Michigan law requires UL listed smoke alarms in every home. They should be installed in each bedroom, outside of each sleeping area and in each floor of a home. If you do not have a smoke alarm, you can request from the Red Cross (click here).

Smoke spreads fast in a house fire and a smoke alarms can give you the time you need to get out quick. Make sure you that your home is properly equipped and that your family – especially kids are instructed on what to do when one goes off.

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Everyone is invited to the Hamtramck Firefighters’ Field Day at Pulaski Park on Saturday, September 8, 2018! Join us for free food and drinks, fun games – including a moonwalk for the kids! 

We’ll be serving up our ‘Word Famous’ Firehouse Chili, hot dogs and more (Vegetarian and Halal options available!  Stop by for a great time and visit with your Hamtramck Firefighters!

September 8, 2018
Pulaski Park (Lumpkin at Edwin/Norwalk – map)
11:00 am until 3:00 pm
sponsored by Hamtramck Firefighters – IAFF 750



The City of Hamtramck is hiring to immediately fill 4 vacant Fire Fighter positions. These are full time, non-SAFER grant Fire Fighter positions.

Requirements: 18 year or older, MFFTC Firefighter I & II, EMT Basic license or higher. Must pass a written test, with a minimum of 75%, as provided by Empco at the time of application (this must be completed on your own). Must have valid Candidate Physical Agility Test (CPAT) by October 7, 2018.

Applications are due by September 7th.

More information on the City of Hamtramck website.

John Dropchuk to retire

Congratulations go Fire Motor Engineer John Dropchuk as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. M/E Dropchuk’s last day of work is scheduled for Thursday, July 19th after serving over 25 years with the city of Hamtramck.

John has been with the HFD since August, 1999 and with the city of Hamtramck since November 1992.  He joins his father Sam as an HFD Retiree.


Friday July 20, 2018
Following HFD Roll Call (which is 7:30 am)

PLAV Post 10
11824 Jos. Campau (map)



On October 27, 2018 Haunted Fowling is back at the Fowling Warehouse in Hamtramck.  Get your fowl on with the Hamtramck Firefighters for our annual Halloween Party – of course, there will be 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 fun 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 27 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(please arrive early for check-in, Fowling will start promptly at 7:00 pm)
$25 per person – Tickets now available – at the Hamtramck Firehouse and the Fowling Warehouse.
Tickets also available soon.

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

Please click here to download a printable copy of our 2018 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!