Diamond, Wyszczelski, Sevakis, Corsi Promotions

Congratulations to Hamtramck Firefighters Bill Diamond, Matt Wyszczelski, Paul Sevakis and Justin Corsi on their promotions.  These promotions were necessitated by the retirement of Fire Marshal Ron Cichecki.  The ceremonial swearing in was performed by Judge Alexis Krot.

Bill Diamond – who has been with the HFD since 1995 and was serving as Fire Captain, was promoted to Fire Marshal.
Matt Wyszczelski – who has been with the HFD since  1998 and was serving as Fire Lieutenant, was promoted to Captain.
Paul Sevakis – who has been with the HFD since 2006 and was serving as Motor Engineer, was promoted to Lieutenant.
Justin Corsi – who has been with the HFD since 2007 and was serving as Firefighter, was promoted to Motor Engineer.

Congratulations and best wishes to all in their new ranks and duties. Pics available here.

100 YEARS AT HOUSE 2 – FIREFIGHTER MARCH

On May 5, 2018 the Hamtramck Firefighters celebrated the 100th Anniversary of our current home – the Hamtramck Firehouse on Mackay and Caniff.  The firehouse was built in 1918 and was known as “House 2.” In the mid-1970s, House 2 became our sole home when “House 1” (located on Jos. Campau and Grayling) was closed.  To celebrate the centennial, we had a luncheon prior to the St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass. 

We’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to Srodek’s Quality Polish Food, Polish Village Cafe and Edie, Jenn & Michele for helping make this event a huge success.

We are selling t-shirts to commemorate the centennial of our home on “Caniff & Mackay.”  You can pre-order a t-shirt by clicking here.  Pre-orders are only being taken until May 15th, delivery is expected in early June.

You can view pictures from both the 100th Anniversary Celebration and the 20th Annual St. Florian Firefighter March here. Thanks to Joanie Wilding for her photographs.

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.

grilling_safety_tips

Printable pdf version

WHEELHOUSE DETROIT HAPPY HOUR

Join our friends at Wheelhouse Detroit (- Hamtramck) for snacks, comradery, tunes and beverages at their monthly ‘First Friday Happy Hour’ on Friday. May 4th. This month will benefit the Hamtramck Firefighters.

Enjoy their Cinco de Mayo Edition: Enjoy tacos from our neighbors at Dos Locos Tacos, cerveza from Axle Brewing Co. and we’ll mix up some margaritas. Due to popular request, we are bringing back the infamous DJ REC AKA Chedda Bob on the turntables. He promised a night of 80s music.

The fun begins at 5:00 on Friday, May 4th (which is International Firefighters Day).

Detroit Wheelhouse – Hamtramck
9401 Jos. Campau (at the corner of Florian St.)
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Ron Cichecki to Retire

Congratulations go Fire Marshal Ron Cichecki as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. FM Cichecki’s last day of work is scheduled for Thursday, May 3rd after serving 25 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department.

Ron has been with the HFD since May, 1993 and has risen through the ranks as Firefighter, Motor Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and serving the last few years as a Fire Marshal.  He joins his brother Walt as an HFD Retiree.

RETIREMENT PARTY
Thursday May 3rd, 2018
Festivities begin at 3:00 pm 

Polish Sea League
2601 Edwin (map)

 

Firefighter of the Year: Chris Monge


Congratulations to Hamtramck Firefighter Chris Monge on being named Firefighter of the year!  Chris has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since April 2015

The Firefighter of the Year and other honorees are sponsored by the Hamtramck Community Initiative (HCI). HCI’s 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 continue to serve as a resource for block clubs, as a fiscal agent for community minded groups and home of the Citizen Patrol.

Chris, and others will be recognized at the Annual HCI Spring Fling Annual Community Awards Event on April 20th at the Gates of Columbus Hall.  Tickets are $25, dinner at 6:30 with Community Awards at 7:30.

Congratulations to all those receiving Community Awards!

 

FIREFIGHTERS TO STAND GUARD AT ST. FLORIAN

On Holy Saturday, March 31st – your Hamtramck Firefighters will once again be standing guard over the tomb of Jesus at St. Florian Church in Hamtramck. We will be there between noon and 4:00. The church will also be conducting Święconka – the traditional Polish blessing of Easter baskets.

This has become a tradition for us as it is tradition in parts of Poland. St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighter and we are proud to carry this one on in Hamtramck.

St. Florian Catholic Church (map)
2626 Poland
Hamtramck, MI 48212

ST. FLORIAN FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS

Saturday May 5, 2018
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).

NEW ROUTE – The 2018 Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian March and Mass will travel from the Hamtramck Firehouse on Caniff & Mackay to St. Florian Church using a new route. The parade will now travel down Hamtramck’s main street: Joseph Campau Ave.

The Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is May 5, 2018.  

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.

Maps and more info on our Event Page.

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