With Hamtramck and the Metro area under a Hazardous Weather Outlook, it’s important to remember these Heating Safety tips from the NFPA.  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.

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IMG_3638The Hamtramck Firefighters surprised 10 kids and their families to take them shopping for Christmas! First stop was the Hamtramck Firehouse where we cooked up a pancake breakfast for the kids and their families, including a visit and photo with Santa Claus on a firetruck. All of us then went for a bus ride to Meijer – where the kids were able to shop with a firefighter, picking up a few “must haves” for the holiday season – including warm winter clothes and of course: toys!!

“Sharing is caring” – this year we increased those we helped from 2 families in previous years to 10 kids. Those needing assistance were chosen with the help of Rose with People’s Community Services.

Thank you to People’s Community Services, Trinity Transportation and Meijer for their help in making this happen!

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HAMTRAMCK, MICHIGAN: The Hamtramck Fire Department was evaluated by Insurance Service Offices (ISO) in September of 2015. ISO has completed its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in Hamtramck the resulting classification is a Community Class 4. The ISO rating is what most insurance companies use when figuring your homeowner’s insurance premium.

ISO scores the community using three factors: Receiving and Handling Fire Alarms up to 10 points, Fire Department up to 50 points, and Water supply up to 40 points. After using a complicated formula, ISO assigns an ISO Protection rating of Class 1 through Class 10. A Class 1 is the best and Class 10 is the worst. The Hamtramck Fire Department was last rated in October of 2014 as a Class 5.

Hamtramck Fire Chief Paul Wilk credits the better class rating to the increased amount of Training by the Fire Department, the Auto-Aide Response Agreement, and the Fire Command Officers hard work and dedication.

This new classification may affect your property insurance, call your insurance company and see what ISO classification they have your property classified as.  


Fire Chief Paul Wilk




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The 2015 Hamtramck Firefighters Stair Climb TeamThe Fight for Air Climb 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.

You can donate by visiting our pages on the ALA Website:
Hamtramck Firefighters Team page
Matthew Wyszczelski
Joe LaFever
Vinny Caporuscio
Nick Seward
Marc Motyl
Chris Siewert
Chris Monge


On January 16, 2016 the Hamtramck Firefighters Stairclimb Team will be hosting a Fowling Fundraiser to benefit the Fight For Air Stair Climb.   This will be a “no frills” event – with all the proceeds benefitting the American Lung Association Fight for Air!

ala-fowling-lgHamtramck Firefighters Fight for Air Fowling Fundraiser (Facebook Event page)
Saturday January 16, 2016
8:00 PM until 10:00 PM
(please arrive early for check-in, Fowling will start promptly at 8:00 pm)

The Fowling Warehouse (map)
3901 Christopher
Hamtramck, MI 48211

Minimum Donation is only $15 – with all proceeds going directly to American Lung Association Stair Climb Team.  Tickets are available now at the Hamtramck Fire Station – or contact us to make arrangements.

The 2015 Hamtramck Firefighters Stair Climb Team

What is Fowling? Fowling is an exciting and fun game that combines 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 past time at the Fowling Warehouse website.  (Don’t worry – this is all for fun and there will be plenty of help to assist you through your games).

Fowling requires signing a waiver.  You can fill this out and have it ready prior to the event – it will help save a little time. Fowling Warehouse Waiver (pdf file).

Please click here to download a printable copy of our ALA Fowling Flyer (pdf file).



We wish everyone a very happy and safe Thanksgiving!


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Haunted Fowling 2015

coverThanks to everyone for their help in making Haunted Fowling 2015 a huge success! Full photo gallery here – thanks to Joanie Delikat Wilding for the pictures!

 Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home

St. Florian

Polish Sea League

Srodek’s Quality Polish Food

Baker Streetcar Bar

7 Brothers

Maine Street Restaurant

PLAV Post 10

Roy’s Electric

Bozek’s Market

Bon Bon Bon

Sterling Services


Hamtramck Moose Lodge 1670

Red Baron Enterprises

Southfield Firefighters

A&E Heating & Cooling


Boulevard Trumbull Towing

Dunwell Dry Goods

Caniff Electric Supply

Whiskey in the Jar

Hamtramck Recycling

Motor City Sports Bar

Little Caesars of Hamtramck

Southfield Firefighters

Hazel Park Firefighters – local 1414

PNA – Council 122

AXA Equitable

Apollo Fire Equipment

ABC Computers

J’s Silkscreens

Henriettahaus Coffee Roasters

Metropolitan Baking Co.

Delite Cafe & Deli

Giarmarco, Mullins & Horton, PC

Campau Botsford Service

XL Fireworks

Planet Ant

special thanks to:  The Fowling Warehouse, all of our Fowlers, Allstate Home Leisure – Manager Billy Grabowski, Srodek’s Polish Food, Bon Bon Bon, Polonia, Motor City Sports Bar, Bumbo’s, Kowalski, Genie’s Wienies Coney Island Chili, Angel & Tiny Acres, Planet Ant, Rock City Eatery, Green Lantern Pizza, Better Made Snack Foods, Better Made in Michigan by Karen Dybis, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Pistons, Greenfield Village, The Whitney, Cheesecake Factory, MJR Theaters, Emagine Theaters, Detroit Repertory Theater, Mr. C’s Car Wash, Dave & Busters (Utica), ISC Services,  Goldfish Swim School, Skyzone, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle, Slow’s BBQ, Sweet Lorraine’s Cafe & Bar,  Lisa, Eric & Andrea, Fischer, Sage & Caroline.


Halloween is Saturday 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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Heating Safety

Now that autumn has set it and temperatures are cooling down, here are some important heating safety tips that we should all keep in mind.  Heating equipment is a leading cause of home fire deaths – remember to test smoke alarms monthly!!


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Senators Stabenow, Peters Announce Support for Hamtramck Fire Department

From Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters:

afg_fire_grant_logo_thumbU.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters today announced support for the Royal Oak Fire Department for fire prevention and the Hamtramck Fire Department to help improve its operations and boost safety in the community. This support comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to Firefighters grant program.

“Fires continue to threaten the safety of families in communities across Michigan,” said Senator Stabenow. “These new resources will help the Royal Oak Fire Department prevent fires and give the Hamtramck Fire Department the tools they need to safely protect their community.”

“It is essential that first responders have the necessary resources to protect themselves when responding to an emergency,” Senator Peters said. “This funding will help ensure that firefighters in Hamtramck can continue safeguarding their community and the Royal Oak Fire Department can c
ontinue promoting fire prevention efforts and public safety.”

Royal Oak Fire Department in Oakland County will receive $63,524 to buy smoke detectors for families that cannot afford detectors. Hamtramck Fire Department in Wayne County will receive $166,910 for safety and operations.

The Assistance to Firefighters Grant program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). These competitive grants help fund professional training programs, update equipment and facilities, and provide new supplies to help first-responders handle hazards efficiently and effectively. Fire prevention grants enhance public safety through activities such as fire prevention education and awareness. More information about these grants can be found at