Hamtramck Firefighters once again performed the traditional duties at St. Florian Church by standing guard over the tomb of Jesus.  This custom originated in Poland and happens every Holy Saturday.  St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters – we are proud to continue this in Hamtramck and we appreciate the invitation and hospitality of Fr. Frankowski, the staff and parishoners of St. Florian.

Standing guard today were Capt. Bill Dickens, Lt. Matt Wyszczelski, M/E John Dropchuk, M/E Michael Young, M/E Eric Stoddard, FF Nick Mancina, FF Andy Capo, FF Vinny Caporuscio, FF Marc Motyl, FF Chad Kersten, P/FF Jon Krajewski and Chief Dan Hagen.


Congratulations and welcome to Hamtramck’s newest Firefighters: Jon Krajewski and Brendan MacDonald. The new “boots” were sworn in today by City Clerk August Glitschag and welcomed by Fire Chief Dan Hagen, City Manager Katrina Powell, members of the HFD and others.  Jon and Brendan now begin their one year probation as Firefighter 1.  We wish them a long, successful and safe career.  

(Pics from WD and RC)


The Hamtramck Firefighters St. Florian Firefighter March & Mass is May 6, 2017.  

This annual event honors firefighters, past and present, with a parade of firefighters and fire apparatus from across Michigan and Ontario.

The march leaves from the Hamtramck Fire Department and travels south down Brombach Street, ending at St. Florian Church. Following the march, there will be a 4:00 pm Mass to celebrate St. Florian, the Patron Saint of Firefighters.

This event also serves to kick off the Annual St. Florian Strawberry Festival.

Printable flyer available here.


Hamtramck Fire Department

St. Florian Church


Change your clocks and smoke alarm batteries when Daylight Savings Time begins March 12th.  2 of 3 home fire deaths result from fires in homes with no smoke detector.  

Smoke alarms should be installed in every bedroom, outside of every exterior door and on every floor of your home.


Carbon Monoxide (CO) is called the invisible killer, it is an odorless, colorless gas and can be found in fumes while running cars or trucks, small engines, stoves, lanterns, grills, fireplaces, gas ranges, or furnaces. CO can build up indoors and poison people and animals who breathe it.

Every year, more than 400 Americans die from CO poisoning, with more than 20,000 visit the emergency room and more than 4,000 hospitalized.  Symptoms of CO poisoning include headache, dizziness, weakness, upset stomach, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. 

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climb_fy17_poster_flyer_firefighter-detroit-9-15-2016-2_hffOnce 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 to the top of Renaissance 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 to all 71 floors or 1,050 stairs in full firefighter turnout gear to support this cause… but, we need your help!

You can donate by visiting our pages on the ALA Website:
Hamtramck Firefighters Team page

  William Dickens
  Matthew Wyszczelski
  John Dropchuk
  Vinny Caporuscio
  Nick Seward
  Dan Hagen

You can also help by purchasing an ALA “Cloud” at PLAV Post 10, Polish Sea League and at Edie’s Food Truck.

Thanksgiving Safety

We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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Haunted Fowling 2016 Wrap-Up

We’d like to thank everyone for their support of Haunted Fowling 2016 and helping to make it a tremendous success.  Special thanks to Chutt, Laura, Dennis, Morgan and Alex and all of friends at the Fowling Warehouse.

2016 Haunted Fowling Sponsors

18th Street Deli
A&E Heating & Cooling
A&M Group
AXA Great Lakes
Baker Streetcar Bar
Boulevard & Trumbull Towing
Bozek’s Market
Bumbo’s Bar
Caniff Electric Supply
Conant Caniff Market
Dunwell Printing Co.
St. Florian
Flowers By Deb
Hamtramck FOP Lodge 109
Hamtramck Recycling
Hamtramck Public Schools
Hazel Park Firefighters
Hell Fire Detroit
Holbrook Market
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home
J’s Silkscreens
Krown Supermarket
Little Caesars of Hamtramck
Maine Street Restaurant
Metropolitan Baking Co.
Hamtramck Moose Lodge
Mostek Paint & Glass
Motor City Sports Bar
New Dodge Lounge
New Palace Bakery
Nicole Zukowski Photography
Polish-American Credit Union
Planet Ant

PLAV Post 10
Polish Sea League
Roy’s Electric
Srodek’s Polish Food
Sterling Oil
Sucher Tire
Suzy’s Bar
Whiskey in the Jar
Detroit Zen Center


Special thanks to: all of our Fowlers, Fowling Warehouse & Staff, Srodek’s, Polish-American Credit Union, Better Made Snack Foods, Sister Pie, MJR Theaters, Genie’s Wienies Coney Island Chili, Kowalski, Jiffy Mix, Polonia, Bronco Printing, Amicci’s Pizza, Lake Brothers Beer Co, Stan’s Grocery, Nicole Zukowski Photography, Detroit Threads, Bavarian Inn, Wheelhouse Detroit, Detroit Repertory Theatre, The Henry Ford, Green Dot Stables, Motor City Casino, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Dave & Buster’s Utica, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Piast Institute, Joanie Wilding, Fischer, Sage & Caroline.


Don’t forget when you “fall back” and change your clocks tonight, that it’s also time to check your smoke alarms. If you have an older model smoke alarm – replace the batteries! Working smoke alarms saves lives – 2 of 3 fire deaths result from fire in homes with no working smoke alarms.

Be safe, check your smoke alarms – and change batteries if needed – when you change your clocks Sunday, November 6th.



Join us at the 3rd Annual Metro D 10 Alarm Chili Challenge on Saturday November 5th at the Detroit Zoo.  We will be serving our ‘World Famous’ Firehouse Chili to support wife and babies of Detroit Police Captain Ken “Shark” Steil – a 46-year old, 20-year veteran of the DPD, father of a 3- and a 5-year-old – who was killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

The event starts at noon and goes until 4 PM.  Admission is $10 to enter the Zoo and $10 at the door.  (Map to the Detroit Zoo).