From Senator Debbie Stabenow and Senator Gary Peters:

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced that the Hamtramck Fire Department has been awarded assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant program. The Detroit-area fire department will receive over $2.3 million and use the funding to support the hiring of firefighters and the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters.

“Our firefighters put their lives on the line every day to protect our families, homes, and communities,”said Senator Stabenow. “These resources will help the Hamtramck Fire Department make sure there is always someone there to answer the call in an emergency.”

“Families in Hamtramck depend on the fire department to keep their community safe,” Senator Peters said. “Having a fully staffed and properly trained department is critical in ensuring the well-being of the Michiganders it serves.”

Eligible fire departments in Michigan and across the country can apply for Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grants. These competitive grants provide money to guarantee departments are appropriately staffed with qualified professional and volunteer firefighters. More information about the grant can be found by clicking here.

The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants (SAFER) was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the NFPA (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).


More U.S. fires are reported on the 4th of July than any other day – fireworks account for two out of five of those fires.   The safest way to celebrate is attend a public firework show – the Hamtramck School Recreation Department is having a fireworks program at Keyworth Stadium on July 30th.

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.



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fowling-flyer-2016_lrJoin the Hamtramck Firefighters on October 22, 2016 for a Halloween party you won’t forget – right here in Hamtramck! THe Hamtramck Firefighters’ Haunted Fowling returns at Fowling Warehouse!

Fowling is an enjoyable and lively 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 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).

As with our past ‘Haunted’ events, there will be a prize for best costume, plenty of cool door prizes, raffles, drink specials and more!

Hamtramck Firefighters Haunted Fowling   (Join our Facebook Event Page)
Saturday, October 22 at 7:00pm – 10:00pm
(please arrive early for check-in, Fowling will start promptly at 7:00 pm)
$25 per person – Tickets available now – please contact us for details.

Fowling Warehouse 
3901 Christopher St, Hamtramck, Michigan 48211 (map)
e-mail or call the firehouse (313) 876-7778 for more details

Please click here to download a printable copy of our 2016 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).

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Join us at the 36th Annual American-Polish Festival on July 8-10th.  The event is on the grounds of The American Polish Century Club. The festival is located in Sterling Heights – on Maple Lane just north of 14 Mile Rd (map) –  just a few miles from Hamtramck. Poles are the second largest ethnic group in Michigan and are a significant part of the history of Detroit.  The American-Polish Festival draws thousands of friends and families from all around Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Our spirited festival features live music and dancing. Highlighting our Festival are the biggest names in Polka Music, along with finest Polish Dance Ensembles in Michigan. The festival also features the 4th Annual “Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge”

We’ve been invited by our friends at Srodek’s Quality Polish Food and the Sterling Heights Firefighters to join Pierogi Eating Challenge – where the HFD will face the SHFD to see who can eat the most pierogi.  This event happens Sunday July 10th at 6:30.

There is also a Hamtramck Reunion Day scheduled on Saturday, a Srodek Pierogi Challenge at 2:45 (open to the public) and all kinds of fun.  Admission is only $2 – with free parking!

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100Congratulations to Hamtramck Firefighter Nicholas Mancina on being named Firefighter of the year!  Nick has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since January 2006, he is also currently serving on the Hamtramck Firefighters IAFF Local 750 Executive Board as 1st Vice President and supervises our “Coffee Fund.”

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

Nick and others will be recognized at the Annual HCI Spring Fling Annual Community Awards Event on May 20th at the PNA Hall.  Tickets are $25, dinner at 6:30 with Community Awards at 7:30.  (Facebook event page).

Congratulations to all those receiving Community Awards:

· Hamtramck Police Department Officer of the Year: Investigator Dennis Janowicz
· Hamtramck Reserve Officer of the Year: Pawel Machowski
· HPD Civilian Employee of the Year: Amela Catic
· Hamtramck Fire Department Firefighter of the Year: Nicholas Mancina
· Business of the Year: Hamtramck Drugs
· Organization of the Year: Popps Packing
· Resident of the Year: Chris Wilinski
· Community Service Project of the Year:  Hands-On Hamtramck and the Guerilla Road Repair — Leader of both: Jeff Salazar
· Janet L. Akins 36 years of employee service, 31st District



As the warmer weather sets in, the grills come out.  Here are some grill safety tips to consider will cooking outdoors.


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2016-FF-MarchThe Hamtramck Firefighters and St. Florian Church host the annual Firefighter March & Mass. This event marks the feast day of St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters and a great opportunity to unite in brotherhood.

Firefighters and retirees are invited to participate in the March, which starts at the Hamtramck Firehouse and travels south down Brombach to St. Florian Church for a 4:00 PM Mass. Friends and family are invited to join us. Honor Guard and Fire Apparatus are welcome to join us. Please contact us in advance so that we may make proper arrangments.

Please arrive early for refreshments and drinks at the firehouse. St. Florian is also holding their annual Strawberry Festival during this weekend. Free drink tickets for the Strawberry Festival will be given to those participating in the March.

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May 7, 2016
The March leaves the HFD at 3:30 PM, Mass is at 4:00 PM. Please arrive early.  Refreshments will be available prior to the event.

Mass starts at 4:00 (there is no obligation to attend or participate in the Mass).


Hamtramck Fire Station is located at  2625 Caniff
The Firehouse is about 2 blocks east of I-75 from the Caniff exit.

St. Florian Church is located at 2625 Florian


Map to Hamtramck Firehouse

Map to St. Florian Church


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