From the official city of Hamtramck Facebook:

Your Hamtramck Firefighters responded to multiple weather related events, notably a 2-alarm fire on Trowbridge St. between Jos. Campau and Gallagher. The HFD along with our mutual aid partners DFD and HPFD battled through extreme heat and hazards to keep the fire from extending further.

Pictures by Karen Majewski, Ian Perrota and Cheryl Lynn.



In a surprise move, the Hamtramck Firefighters took on the Sterling Heights Police in the 2019 Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Contest. Last year, we bested Sterling Heights Fire 99-58 at the Annual American Polish Festival.

Sterling Heights Police – 53

The Hamtramck team was once again led by Bill Diamond who ate 26 delicious Srodek pierogi; Bill was followed up by Joe LaFever at 21, Brook Boelter (20), Jon Davis (18), Chad Kersten (17) and Chris Babisch (7).

We look forward to defending our championship in 2020.




The Hamtramck Firefighters take on Sterling Heights Firefighters once again in the Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Contest. Last year, we bested Sterling Heights 99-58 – with Bill Diamond devouring 42 of the delicious Srodek delicacies alone.  

Your Hamtramck Firefighters lead the series 2-1.

Once again, Sterling Heights Firefighters have issued a challenge to the Hamtramck Firefighters to a rematch at the Annual American Polish Festival on the grounds of The American Polish Century Club, located near Hoover & 14 Mile Rd. at 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, MI 48312.

The Firefighter vs Firefighter Pierogi Eating Contest is Sunday, April 14th at 3:15 PM.  Our friends from Srodek’s are holding another pierogi eating challenge that is open to the general public on Saturday, April 13th at 3:15 PM – also at the American Polish Festival.

Come and cheer for the Hamtramck Team!



Hamtramck Firefighter jumps into action to help shooting victim

From Click On Detroit:

An off-duty Hamtramck firefighter was celebrating his own bachelor party nearby. He risked his life trying to save Howard.

He said he quickly realized Howard had been shot multiple times and performed CPR before paramedics arrived.

“We’re thankful we had one of our guys — who is well-trained — to offer what aid they could,” said Hamtramck Fire Union President Andy Oleksiak.

Although they tried to save him, Howard died from his injuries.



Thanks to all those that attended the 2019 Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian March & Mass.

(Thanks to Mayor Majewski for her photos).



Saturday May 4, 2019
March Leaves the Hamtramck Firehouse at 3:30 pm
 – please arrive early!!
Mass starts in St. Florian Church at 4:00 pm (there is no obligation to participate in Mass).

The Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is May 4, 2019.  

St. Florian Church and Parish, also located in Hamtramck – along with the Hamtramck Firefighters host an annual Firefighter March and Mass. This celebration of firefighters past and present occurs the first Saturday in May along with the annual Strawberry Festival.

The St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is a unique event that marks the feast day of St. Florian, patron saint of all firefighters. Please join us in commemorating this occasion by participating in this formal March. The March leaves the Hamtramck Firehouse at 3:30 pm and will travel east on Caniff St. then south on Jos. Campau. The procession will then turn west onto Florian St. and continue to St. Florian Church. A Mass honoring firefighters and St. Florian is celebrated in the church at 4:00 (you are not obligated to attend or participate in the Mass).

Departments with an Honor Guard are encouraged to join us and all rigs are welcome. Please contact the Hamtramck firehouse in advance so that we may plan accordingly.

All firefighters, retirees, and their families are welcome to participate in this very special celebration. This an excellent opportunity for all firefighters to unite in brotherhood and remember their fallen heroic comrades. This will also be a great time to enjoy the Strawberry Festival where great food, drink, and music will end the days’ activities.

Printable flyer available here.

Click here to join on Facebook!


Ice, wind and other factors can cause a power line to fall to the ground, onto your house or garage or dangle in the air. Power lines can carry more than 500,000 volts of electricity and are very dangerous. Stay away from downed lines and call 911 in the event of a downed line. 

• Power lines can hurt or kill you – even if they are not sparking.
• Stay away – and keep children and pets away from electric lines.
• Do not touch anything in contact with a downed line – including fences and vehicles.
• Do not touch someone being shocked by a power line.
• Do not drive over a downed line and stay in your vehicle if it come in contact with a power line.

Always assume that a power line is energized. Stay away from power lines – do not touch them – Call 911.


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!

Download a high resolution printable copy here.


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