Thanksgiving Safety

We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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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!


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
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


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.


• 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


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.


If you can hear thunder, you are within striking distance of lightning. Look for shelter inside a home, large building, or a hard-topped vehicle right away. Do not go under tall tress for shelter. There is no place outside that is safe during a thunderstorm. Wait at least 30 minutes after the last thunder before leaving your shelter.

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Join the Hamtramck Firefighters on October 21, 2017 for the return of Haunted Fowling! Join us at the Fowling Warehouse for our annual Halloween Party –  join us and get your fowl on, where will have our block of fowling lanes set up with 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 enjoyable and lively 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 21 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 through our website.

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

Please click here to download a printable copy of our 2017 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).

Fall Raffle
There’s another chance to leave Haunted Fowling a big winner with our Fall Raffle.

Click here to join on Facebook!


Join us at the June 27th Detroit City Football Club match against FC Indiana at Keyworth Stadium. We will be asking for you to help us “Fill the Boot” as we collect money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Money raised in Hamtramck stays in our community to help free kids and adults from the harm of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger. 

For more than 60 years the IAFF have stood on the front lines for MDA, working together to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.

“Fill the Boot” is a tradition in which fire fighters hit the streets or storefronts asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA, using their collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger. Donations benefit MDA’s shared mission to find research breakthroughs across diseases; care for kids and adults from day one; and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Keyworth Stadium is located right here in Hamtramck – on Roosevelt St. at Gallagher.  We will be outside the main gate starting prior to gametime. 

Fireworks Safety

More U.S. fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day. Every year, thousands of people are treated in Emergency Rooms for firework related injuries. In 2015, 11 people were killed using fireworks over the holiday and almost 12,000 were treated for injuries.  The safest way to celebrate is attend a public firework show.

You can fire your legal, store-bought fireworks on federal holidays including the 4th of July – and the day before and the day after that holiday.   You cannot set off fireworks in parks, parking lots, or on public property.  You must be 18 years or older to buy and use fireworks and you can’t be under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

If you must ignite fireworks, here are some tips:

  • Never allow children to use fireworks.
  • Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.
  • Follow label warnings and use common sense.
  • Hamtramck houses are very close to one another, avoid using fireworks nearby.
  • Have water ready – either a large bucket or a hose.
  • Light one firework at a at time.
  • Never relight a firework!
  • Properly dispose of spent fireworks – soak them in water.
  • Do not use fireworks in windy or dry conditions.



Click here for a printable pdf version.

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