Entries by JD


Members of the Hamtramck Fire Department were recognized for their actions while providing automatic aid to a fire on Mackay Street, just north of Hamtramck’s border. 

The Hamtramck Fire Department was the first to respond and two Hamtramck firefighters also suffered burns trying to rescue a child, who unfortunately passed away from his injuries. Four other children, including a 6-month-old and 5-year-old, were rescued and received injuries in the blaze along with two adults in the home.


Be prepared when cold winter weather strikes! 

  • Plan two ways out of your home in event of emergency.
  • Test smoke alarms at least once a month.
  • Clear your sidewalk and porch of snow.
  • Keep fire hydrants clear of snow! If there’s a fire hydrant near your home, take a few minutes to shovel around it – there should be at least three feet of clearance around it.
  • Check on your neighbors – especially the elderly!
  • If your heat goes out, dress in extra layers of clothing. 
  • Drive slowly in the snow and ice. It takes longer to stop and turn!
  • When shoveling snow, push it rather than lift. When you must lift, lift with your legs.
  • Use safety precautions when using space heaters listed here! Remember, your stove or oven is not a safe alternate home heating source.

Remember: we’re open 24/7 – in case of emergency call 911!

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Once again, members of the Hamtramck Fire Department have decided to make Every Step Count by climbing with the American Lung Association’s Fight For Air Climb to raise funds for healthy lungs and healthy air. The funds we raise will help provide patient education, support research and advocacy efforts for everyone living with lung disease including COPD, lung cancer and asthma.

There is no elevator to a cure; we have to take the stairs.

This year, we will be climbing the One Woodward Building in downtown Detroit. One Woodward was designed by Minoru Yamasaki, who went on to design the World Trade Center in New York.

We will be climbing all 55 floors or 1,108 stairs in full firefighter turnout gear to support this cause… but, we need your help!   
Donate and join our team today, together we can make Every Step Count!

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

Hamtramck Firefighters Team page
Matthew Wyszczelski
Joe LaFever
Dan Hagen


It’s the Holiday Season in Hamtramck. Christmas Trees and lights look beautiful, but also present an increased fire risk that can turn the season of celebrations into a nightmare. It’s important to remember fire safety all year around – especially during the holidays!

  • 43% of Christmas tree fires are caused by lighting or electrical issues.
  • If you have a live or “real” Christmas tree – water it every day!
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is at least 3 feet away from a heat source.
  • Christmas, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day are the biggest days for candle fires. (More about candle safety here).
  • Follow manufacturer’s guidelines and inspect lights before hanging decorative lights.
  • Turn off these lights before going to bed or when leaving your home.
  • Space heaters should be used cautiously! These are meant as temporary heating and should never be used with an extension cord.
  • Never run an extension cord under a rug and make sure to use quality cords.
  • Make sure your smoke detector is working – test it regularly!

The Hamtramck Firefighters wish you and yours a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and safe Holiday Season!



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There are approximately 24 candle fires everyday in the US. Accidental candle fires account for 4% of residential fires.  December is the peak time for candle fires. Following a few basic safety tips can help keep your family and home safe.

  • Never leave a lit candle unattended.
  • Never burn a candle on or close to anything flammable.
  • Keep candles away from children and pets.
  • Use flashlights during a power outage.
  • Don’t burn a candle all the way down.
  • Burn candles in a well ventilated room.
  • Burning candles should be at least 3″ away from one another.

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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.


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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!


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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.


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