Hamtramck Firefighters Association
IAFF Local 750
PO Box 133
Hamtramck, MI 48212

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2012 GOLF OUTING
The Hamtramck Firefighters Local 750 are pleased to invite you to our Annual Golf Outing and Benefit. Along with being a fundraising and fellowship event for the Hamtramck Firefighters, a generous charitable donation will be made to the Hamtramck Goodfellows.

This event will be June 2, 2012 and held at:
Maple Lane Golf Club
33203 Maple Lane Drive
Sterling Heights, MI 48312-6213


Registration due by May 16, 2012 For questions please call Hamtramck Fire House (313) 876-7778 or contact event coordinator Michael Young via phone (248) 789-3623 or e-mail.

A flyer for this event is available for you to print and post. Sponsorship & Registration is also available!





Posted 03.21.12 @ 05:30 PM EST

PARK CLEAN-UP DAY
The Hamtramck Firefighters in conjunction with Preserve our Parks, People's Community Services and the Mayor’s Office will be holding a park clean-up day!

Veteran's Memorial Park on Saturday March 31st starting at 8:30 a.m. 

Please click here to print a flyer!





Posted 03.15.12 @ 04:13 PM EST

FIGHT FOR AIR

Members of the Hamtramck Firefighters are participating in the Fight for Air Climb to raise money for the American Lung Association - please make a donation and help! Help fight asthma, lung cancer, COPD and dozens of other lung diseases by making a contribution!

The 2012 Fight For Air Climb Detroit will be held on Sunday, March 4th at the Detroit Renaissance Center. The Full Climb is 70 flights for a total of 1,035 steps and is timed. The Half Climb is 40 flights for a total of 585 stairs and is untimed.

Click here to make a donation.





Posted 02.26.12 @ 04:01 PM EST

PROMOTIONS
Congratulations go out to Hamtramck Firefighter's Christopher Sanchez, Matthew Wyszczelski and Michael Young on their promotions. Chris was sworn in as Fire Captain, Matt as Fire Lieutenant and Michael as a Fire Motor Engineer.

Chris has been long been active with the St. Florian March and has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 18 years. Matt has served on many different positions on our E-Board and has been with the Department for 14 years. Michael currently serves as Secretary on our E-Board has been with the department for 6 years.

Pictures





Posted 02.22.12 @ 04:33 PM EST

FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS
St. Florian Church, located in Hamtramck hosts an annual Firefighter March & Mass the first Saturday in May.

This marks the feast day of St. Florian, patron saint of firefighters. Firefighters are invited to participate in a march from the Hamtramck firehouse to St. Florian Church for a special Mass (there is no obligation to attend or participate in the Mass).

Departments with an Honor Guard are encouraged to join us and all rigs are welcome; please contact us in advance so that we may plan accordingly.

All firefighters, retirees and their families are welcome to come. This is an opportunity for firefighters to unite in brotherhood.

Firefighters March & Mass
May 5, 2012 - procession starts at 3:00 pm


Please print and post a flyer. More info about St. Florian and this event here.





Posted 02.20.12 @ 11:45 AM EST

MARK SWIDER TO RETIRE
Congratulations go Captain Mark Swider as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. Captain Swider's last day of work is scheduled for Friday, February 17th after serving 25 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department, raising through the ranks as Firefighter, Motor Engineer, Lieutentant and serving the last few years as a Fire Captain.

Mark has served many years as a Hamtramck Firefighters Association Executive Board member, including President.

RETIREMENT PARTY
Thursday April 12, 2012
5:00 pm until ??

PLAV Post 10
11824 Jos. Campau (map)





Posted 02.15.12 @ 11:21 AM EST

HAMTRAMCK GOODFELLOWS
On Friday, December 2nd the Hamtramck Firefighters and other volunteers will be hitting the streets selling the Hamtramck Review Newspaper with proceeds benefitting the Hamtramck Goodfellows.

The Hamtramck Goodfellows have been serving this community for over 97 years. Each year around this time, people from all walks of life join the “old newsboys” network and collect donations to pay for holiday meals for those in need. Many of the beneficiaries of Goodfellows holiday meals are children and the elderly.

We would like to extend our sincere thanks for your past support and invite you to join the Goodfellows for our collection drive this year. The drive begins Friday, December 2, 2011 and continues throughout the month of December. Every dollar collected is spent right here in our community.

Donations can be mailed to:
Hamtramck Goodfellows
c/o Hamtramck Fire Department
2625 Caniff
Hamtramck, MI 48212






Posted 12.01.11 @ 11:21 AM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING 2011 WRAP UP
Certified Investigations International
(888) 873-6535
7 Brothers Bar
11831 Joseph Campau / 365-6576
Southfield Firefighters 
Sachs Waldman PCSuzy's Bar
2942 Evaline / 872-9016
Jean’s Bar
12002 Jos. Campau / 892-9689
Ross Coated Fabrics
9451 Buffalo / 874-3710
Polish Market
10200 Jos. Campau / 873-6110
Polonia Restaurant
2934 Yemans / 873-8432
Brilliant Smiles
30050 Hoover Road / 586-573-7506
Florian Dental
2460 Florian / 875-1700
Jurkiewicz |AMP|amp; Wilk Funeral Home
2396 Caniff / 365-9600
Hamtramck Loyal Order of Moose
9421 Conant / 871-9115
Allen BrothersApollo Fire Equipment
800-626-7783
Hamtramck Fraternal Order of Police #109Boulevard Trumbull Towing
1-800-ROAD-AID
Polish National Alliance Council 122
10211 Conant / 871-8783
Campau Botsford Service
12045 Jos Campau / 365-7548
Caniff Electric Supply
2001 Caniff / 365-8144
Mostek Paint & Glass
11515 Jos. Campau / 365-7100

Also thanks to: DC Sports, Dave & Buster’s, Maria’s Comida,Better Made, Flower To Flour, Celina’s Sportsbar, Baker’s Streetcar, Lisa Crandall, Detroit Repetory Theater, New Palace Bakery, Regal Lanes, Dooley's Pub, Slow's BBQ, Little Caesars Hamtramck, Maine Street, Morley's Candy, Srodek Campau Quality Sausage, Detroit Red Wings, Mr. C's Car Wash, Mike Ostin, Gregory Jurzak, Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle, Fischer, Sage & Caroline...




Posted 10.21.11 @ 11:30 AM EST

FIREFIGHTERS IN PINK

Every Friday in October, your Hamtramck Firefighters will be wearing pink duty shirts in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This is part of a nationwide campaign by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) supporting women in their fight against cancer. The “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaigns help raise money and awareness for the fight against breast cancer.

For IAFF members, losing the blue and donning the pink is a way to support women in their fight against all cancers. Because many fire fighters have been affected by cancer, it’s been an important issue for IAFF members.

“Sadly, cancer has affected all of us in one way or another,” says IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger. “I hope our membership will take this resolution to heart and help raise awareness and dollars for this important cause.”

More info available here.





Posted 09.29.11 @ 10:21 AM EST

STEVE PARUK TO RETIRE
Congratulations go Chief Steve Paruk as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. Chief Paruk's last day of work is scheduled for next week after serving nearly 27 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department, raising through the ranks as Firefighter, Motor Engineer, Lieutent, Fire Marshal and serving the last few years as a Fire Chief.

Steve has also served as Hamtramck Firefighters Association in past including Treasurer and Vice President. No party is planned at this time.





Posted 09.23.11 @ 12:32 PM EST

NO FESTIVAL FOR HAMTRAMCK FIREFIGHTERS
We regret to inform all of our friends and patrons that the Hamtramck Firefighters will not be a part of the 2011 Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Once again, the organizers have made it impossible for your Hamtramck Firefighters to take part in this event.

As a part of the community for nearly 100 years and traditionally a large part of the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, this disheartens all of us. This affects not just us firefighters - who look forward to meeting and greeting the community we serve; but also the public - who can meet their firefighters in a friendly setting and pick up our ‘World Famous’ chili, mugs & t-shirts. Most importantly, without our fundraising efforts we will not be able to support our charities to the level that we have in the past.

During Labor Day Weekend we will be continue our ongoing efforts to support MDA (the Muscular Dystrophy Association) by collecting in front of the Hamtramck Firehouse on Caniff (at Mackay). We will also have a limited number of our t-shirts and mugs for sale at the station. Please take a second and stop in, say ‘hi,’ pick up a Hamtramck Firefighters mug or t-shirt and support MDA.

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Posted 08.26.11 @ 11:18 AM EST

PAUL "PAVEL" SHARON TO RETIRE
Congratulations go to Lieutenant Paul "Pavel" Sharon as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. Lt. Sharon's last day of work is scheduled for September 14th, 2011 after serving 25 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department, raising through the ranks as Firefighter, Motor Engineer and serving the last few years as a Lieutenant.

After roll call at 7:30 AM the next morning (September 15th), the crew will take Pavel for his traditional "last ride" - a small celebration with breakfast will follow at the P.L.A.V. Post 10 (map).

Pavel - or the “Uke” - is headed to retirement and has plans to spend lots of time in his garage, watching TV, fishing and working. Take a second and stop in and say goodbye to one Hamtramck’s best and bravest.

Any questions please call the firehouse: 313 876-7778.
Print a flyer.





Posted 08.24.11 @ 01:28 PM EST

HELP US RAISE MONEY FOR MDA
Hamtramck Firefighters Local #750 will be among the dedicated heroes raising funds for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and will be out in the community on August 14th, 21st, and 28th at Jos. Campau/Holbrook and Caniff/Conant intersections. These dedicated heroes, with the generous support of the community members want to raise money in the quest to overcome this life changing disease.

Committed to the eradication of neuromuscular diseases, the Michigan Professional Firefighters Union (MPFFU), members of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), is a longtime friend and supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Fill-the-Boot drives are the primary means by which the IAFF has raised $450 million for MDA since 1954. Last year, MPFFU locals raised $390,000 for MDA.

For several years, MPFFU members in Hamtramck have hit the streets to bring help and hope to “Jerry’s Kids”. Fill-The-Boot funds support MDA’s services locally and nationally, including medical clinics staffed with specialists in muscle disease and accessible summer camps for kids. Local clinics and camps benefiting from Fill-the-Boot funds include Children’s Hospital in Detroit, the Michigan Institute for Neuromuscular Disorders (M.I.N.D.) in Farmington Hills, and 3 weeklong session of summer camp at Camp Cavell in Lexington. Local research is currently being performed at Michigan State University, Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. There are over 1,800 families affected within the Metro Detroit area.

Founded in 1950, MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive service, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributions.





Posted 08.24.11 @ 10:23 AM EST

DIAMOND & SEVAKIS PROMOTED
Congratulations go out to Hamtramck Firefighter's Bill Diamond and Paul Sevakis on their promotions. Bill was sworn in as Fire Lieutenant and Paul as a Fire Motor Engineer.

Bill has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 16 years and is the current Hamtramck Firefighters Association President. Paul has been with the department for 6 years.

Pictures





Posted 08.24.11 @ 10:06 AM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING 2011
On Friday, October 7th the Hamtramck Firefighters present another night of haunted fun at the Bowling Alley! We'll be at Regal Lanes in Warren (map, on Mound Rd. just north of I-696). Tickets will be available soon!

$25 gets you three games with 9-Pin No Tap, tons of cool door prizes, Mystery, pizza and more. Strike Ball and a 50/50 raffle will also be available. Costumes are not required - but are very welcomed and we will present a prize for best costume.

Check in starts at 8:30 PM, with bowling starting around 9:00. For details call (or e-mail) John Dropchuk or Jim Carden at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Lane sponsorships range from $75-$150.

Check out and print our flyer here, please print and post it! Sponsorship info posted here.

Click here for pictures from last year, or here for pics from 2008, here for 2007 or here 2006!





Posted 07.19.11 @ 06:18 PM EST

LADY COSMOS HAVE FIREFIGHTERS TO THANK
By Alan R. Madeleine (from Hamtramck Review)

When Fallyn West, Head Coach of the Hamtramck High Lady Cosmos girls basketball team, first started searching for money to get her girls some T-shirts for warm-ups, it must’ve seemed like a half-court shot.

Turns out that, with the help of the Hamtramck Firefighters Local 750, she was able to practically walk it down the lane for the jam.

“I had an end-of-season meeting with my A.D., and then right after that I was driving out of the city, toward I-75, and saw the fire station,” West says. “I was inspired to stop in and talk to them.”
It turns out the firefighters were just coming back from a run. It also turned out they were quite approachable on the issue, West said.

“They were really nice. But, they did ask me to put the request in writing,” she continued. The fire station was the first place she thought to go to request a donation. Apparently, her instincts for this kind of thing are pretty good.

“I went to them because of what they stand for,” West says.

Once armed with a request in writing, it was an easier process to get the union to approve that request, notes Bill Diamond, Hamtramck Local 750 President.

“We ended up approving $500 as a donation to the Lady Cosmos,” Diamond went on. “Rather than the T-shirts they had requested, they’re going to end up getting full warm-up suits. Our logo will appear on their bags, as well as on the right shoulders of the suits.”

Asked what other things the union sponsors, he didn’t miss a beat.

“The MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) is, of course, our biggest recipient. On that note, we’re going to set up a table at every Hamtramck High home basketball game, the guys’ and the girls’ teams both, with our ‘Fill the Boot’ promotion.”

Additionally, the firefighters of Local 750 have been involved lately with the fight against cystic fibrosis, largely because of a toddler here in town who is stricken with the disease. Their charity golf outing on June 12 will generate money they hope can go straight to that family. (more)



Posted 05.26.11 @ 11:12 PM EST

MDA BOOTCAMP
Hamtramck Firefighters Association President Bill Diamond and member Jim Carden attended the Muscular Dystrophy Association MPFFU Boot Camp. In 2010, we raised $2,000 - despite not being a part of the Annual Hamtramck Labor Day Festival, where we tend to collect a large portion of our annual donation.

The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is an American organization which combats muscular dystrophy and diseases of the nervous system and muscular system in general by funding research, providing medical and community services, and educating health professionals and the general public.






Posted 05.26.11 @ 11:09 PM EST

GOLF OUTING
The Hamtramck Firefighters Local 750 are pleased to invite you to our Annual Golf Outing and Benefit. Along with being a fundraising and fellowship event for the Hamtramck Firefighters, a generous charitable donation will be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in care of Scotty’s Army.

This event will be June 12, 2011 and held at:
Oak Ridge Golf Club
35035 26 mile Rd.
New Haven, MI 48048

Registration due by June 1, 2011 For questions please call Hamtramck Fire House (313) 876-7778 or contact event coordinator Michael Young via phone (248) 789-3623 or e-mail.

A flyer for this event is available for you to print and post. Sponsorship oppurtunities are also available!

Scotty Has Cystic Fibrosis, he is 2 years old.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is a devastating genetic disease that affects tens of thousands of children and young adults in the United States. Research and care supported by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is making a huge difference in extending the quality of life for those with CF. However, we continue to lose precious lives to CF every day. That's why your help is needed now more than ever to ensure that a cure is found sooner - rather than later. To learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, visit cff.org.

The Hamtramck Firefighters are joining Scotty’s Army to help find a cure!





Posted 04.26.11 @ 10:48 AM EST

FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS
St. Florian Church, located in Hamtramck hosts an annual Firefighter March & Mass the first Saturday in May.

This marks the feast day of St. Florian, patron saint of firefighters. Firefighters are invited to participate in a march from the Hamtramck firehouse to St. Florian Church for a special Mass (there is no obligation to attend or participate in the Mass).

Departments with an Honor Guard are encouraged to join us and all rigs are welcome; please contact us in advance so that we may plan accordingly.

All firefighters, retirees and their families are welcome to come. This is an opportunity for firefighters to unite in brotherhood.

Firefighters March & Mass
May 7, 2011 - procession starts at 3:00 pm


Please print and post a flyer. More info about St. Florian and this event here.





Posted 04.11.11 @ 04:32 PM EST

RALLY AGAINST EFM LEGISLATION
The Senate added amendments to the Emergency Financial Manager legislation so it now has to go back to the House for another vote. This is our last chance to stop the bill.

Please contact your Representative everyday and tell them to oppose the EFM legislation. You should also contact the Governor's office and tell him to veto the legislation.

Members of the Hamtramck Firefighters have participated in several rallys both in Lansing and Dearborn against this and other legislation.








Posted 03.13.11 @ 06:21 PM EST

PACZKI DAY 2011
Fat Tuesday brings us another Paczki Day – the delicious Polish “super” doughnut that brings long lines to bakeries throughout Hamtramck, MI. Paczki Day is Tuesday March 8th this year.

The Hamtramck Firefighters will be at Celina's Sportsbar starting at 9:00 am and all day and night long on Fat Tuesday providing their “World Famous” mugs, t-shirts and jell-o shots.

Due to circumstances beyond our control, we will not be at Celina's Sportsbar for Paczki Day. We will announce any alternate plans as soon as possible.





Posted 02.22.11 @ 03:33 PM EST

FIGHT FOR AIR

Members of the Hamtramck Firefighters are participating in the Fight for Air Climb to raise money for the American Lung Association - please make a donation and help! Help fight asthma, lung cancer, COPD and dozens of other lung diseases by making a contribution!

The 2011 Fight For Air Climb Detroit will be held on Sunday, March 6th at the Detroit Renaissance Center. The Full Climb is 70 flights for a total of 1,035 steps and is timed. The Half Climb is 40 flights for a total of 585 stairs and is untimed.

Click here to make a donation.





Posted 01.30.11 @ 11:36 AM EST

MARK SWIDER PROMOTED TO CAPTAIN
Congratulations go out to Hamtramck Firefighter Mark Swider on his promotion. Mark was sworn in as Fire Captain.

Mark has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 24 years and has served as Hamtramck Firefighters Association President and other roles in the Hamtramck Firefighters Association.





Posted 11.29.10 @ 10:47 AM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING 2010 WRAP UP
Thanks to everyone for making the 2010 Hamtramck Firefighters Haunted Bowling Fundraiser our most success bowling event ever. Special thanks to all of our sponsor and all of our bowlers...

2010 Sponsors
Shadow Bar
11425 Jos. Campau / 365-1446
7 Brothers Bar
11831 Joseph Campau / 365-6576
Sachs Waldman PCHazel Park Firefighters
Sterling ServicesSuzy's Bar
2942 Evaline / 872-9016
New Dodge Bar
8850 Joseph Campau / 874-5963
St. Florian Church
2626 Poland / 871-2778
Polish Market
10200 Jos. Campau / 873-6110
Hamtramck Federation of Teachers
Brilliant Smiles
30050 Hoover Road / 586-573-7506
Hippo's Bar
11641 Conant / 893-5633
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home
2396 Caniff / 365-9600
Payette & Associates
(734) 676-2451
Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage
9601 Jos. Campau / 871-8080
Apollo Fire Equipment
800-626-7783
Certified Investigations International
(888) 873-6535
Zerelli's Bakery
42171 Garfield Rd / (586) 286-4650
Hamtramck Fraternal Order of Police #109Boulevard Trumbull Towing
1-800-ROAD-AID
Amerisource
9145 Vincent St.\ (866) 992-2100
Maine Street Restaurant
11650 Jos. Campau / 368-0500
Polish National Alliance Council 122
10211 Conant / 871-8783
Campau Botsford Service
12045 Jos Campau / 365-7548
Small's Bar
10339 Conant / 873-1117
People's State Bank
9252 Joseph Campau / 875-2000

 J&J Fire Truck Repair & Fleet Service
14014 E 11 Mile Rd Warren, MI /(586) 777-9030

 

Also thanks to: Sterling Oil, DC Sports, Dave & Buster’s, Maria’s Comida, Red Flannel Factory, Better Made, Jiffy Mix, New Dodge Lounge, flowertoflour.com, Celina’s Sportsbar, Baker’s Streetcar, Jessica Poljanac, Lisa Crandall, Polonia, Redford Theater, Detroit Repetory Theater, New Palace Bakery, Regal Lanes, Conant Caniff Mkt, Fischer, Sage & Caroline...

Congrats to Kevin Huber and Michelle Trzin for winning best costume.

Click here for pictures from the event.





Posted 11.14.10 @ 10:50 AM EST

HAMTOWN HARVEST FESTIVAL
The Hamtramck Firefighters will participating in the first Hamtown Harvest Festival on October 16th &17th in the huge heated tent located in the municipal parking lot located off of Jos. Campau on Yemans Street - between the Polish Village Cafe and Polonia (or behind the old Shopper's World) (map). We will be selling our "World Famous" firehouse chili, mugs and t-shirts!

Entertainment for the weekend includes The Polish Muslims, Eddie Blazonczyk & The Verstones and Danny D on Saturday; Duane Malinowski and The Howling Diablo's on Sunday... as well as a lederhosen "Hot legs" contest, Bavarian shot girls, beer pong and the Hamtown Hayride. Michigan Wines and authentic Polish German beer will be served and Eastern Market vendors will be selling Halloween decor.

Admission is $5 for adults, kids are free!





Posted 10.10.10 @ 11:57 AM EST

OKTOBERFFEST
No festival? No problem...
OKTOBERFEST

Featuring the return of our
World Famous
Chili & Mugs
Entertainment by The Flying Crowbars (evening) & Chuck E (day)
(T-shirt & guest bartenders, too!)

Saturday, October 2nd - The fun starts at noon!

New Dodge Lounge (map)
8850 Jos Campau
Hamtramck, MI, 48212

Print out a flyer!





Posted 09.02.10 @ 11:30 PM EST

NO FESTIVAL FOR HAMTRAMCK FIREFIGHTERS
The Hamtramck Firefighters have a very long and proud tradition of being a major part of the Hamtramck Labor Day Festival. Sadly, this year the Festival organizers have made it impossible for us to continue that nearly 30-year involvement.

No “World Famous” chili will be available nor will anyone be sporting a 2010 Hamtramck Firefighters Mug or T-Shirt from our usual spot on Jos. Campau.

It’s unfortunate that this year, organizers have refused to work with the Hamtramck Firefighters to help continue this tradition and relationship. We’ve been a part of the community for nearly 100 years and we continue to proudly protect lives and property in Hamtramck. Money we raise during Festival weekend helps the many charities we support throughout the year; we will do our best to make sure funds are still available for those that need our help.

We’d like to thank our faithful patrons that come from all over and ask them to please check our website (hamtramckfirefighters.com) as we have several possibilities for alternate activities this Labor Day Weekend.


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Posted 08.24.10 @ 04:58 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING '10
On Friday, November 5th the Hamtramck Firefighters present another night of haunted fun at the Bowling Alley! We'll be at Regal Lanes in Warren (map, on Mound Rd. just north of I-696). Tickets will be available soon!

$25 gets you three games with 9-Pin No Tap, tons of cool door prizes, Mystery (2 games), pizza and more. Strike Ball and a 50/50 raffle will also be available. Costumes are not required - but are very welcomed and we will present a prize for best costume.

Check in starts at 8:00 PM, with bowling starting shortly after 9:00. For details call (or e-mail) John Dropchuk at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Lane sponsorships range from $75-$150.

This year, we're putting a focus on Michigan based goods and businesses. If there's a Great Lakes State product you'd like to see us recognize, please pass it along!

Check out and print our flyer here, please post it!

NEW: Sponsorship info posted here.

Click here for pics from 2008, here for 2007 or here 2006!





Posted 08.05.10 @ 06:04 PM EST

INTERNATIONAL FIRE FIGHTER COVER
Your Hamtramck Firefighters appear on the cover of the May/June issue of International Association of Fire Fighters' magazine 'International Fire Fighter.' The photo is taken from a fire on July 26, 2009 on Hanley street (original story). Click here for a closer look at the cover.

Pictures are by and courtesy of Jason Frattini and Eastwood Photography.





Posted 07.01.10 @ 04:26 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Chester Hall, who passed away recently.

Chet served the Hamtramck Fire Department for many years before retiring in the late 1970's as fire chief. He is remembered fondly by all.

We are unaware of any funeral service details at this time.





Posted 05.14.10 @ 02:31 PM EST

BILL DICKENS PROMOTED
Congratulations go out to Hamtramck Firefighter Bill Dickens on his promotion. Bill was sworn in as Fire Lieutenant by Hamtramck City Clerk T. Edwin Norris and was given his Lieutenant's badge by Chief Steve Paruk.

Bill has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 13 years and has served as the Hamtramck Firefighters Association President for the last two.

More pics.





Posted 02.16.10 @ 02:44 PM EST

HAMTRAMCK FIREFIGHTERS AGREE TO TAKE CONCESSIONS
HAMTRAMCK FIREFIGHTERS AGREE TO TAKE CONCESSIONS
Package Saves City Money, Protects Lives and Saves Jobs

The Hamtramck Firefighters Association have agreed to a one-year concession package with the city. Back in October 2009, City Manager William Cooper announced that the current economic situation had taken its toll and layoff s or concessions would be a necessity for all city departments. Under the worst case scenario outlined by Mr. Cooper, 16 firefighters would be laid off.
Just this past October, the Hamtramck Firefighters signed a multi-year agreement that included totally revamping their holiday program. These changes alone would save the city over $90,000 annually. Despite that, the city is still reeling with American Axle’s shutdown, a drop in state revenue sharing and the expiration of a TIF agreement.

We simply cannot provide the level of service that the citizens of Hamtramck deserve with manpower that low. The risk to the safety of residents and firefighters increases dramatically with lower staffing levels; Rather than risk lives and property, we opted to work out an agreement with city management. Hamtramck Firefighters officials met with the city manager several times and proposed concessions that would save the city money without cutting staffing levels.

Hamtramck Firefighters President Bill Dickens said of the new agreement “in these trying times, we thought it would be in everyone’s best interest to work with the city and Mr. Cooper rather than risk the safety and well being of the people of Hamtramck. The same great fire protection and EMS care that the people of Hamtramck expect and deserve will continue and we look forward to a brighter tomorrow for Hamtramck.”

Read the Press Release





Posted 02.16.10 @ 02:35 PM EST

PROMOTIONS
Congratulations go out to three Hamtramck Firefighters who were promoted today. Chris Sanchez was promoted to Fire Captain, Bill Diamond to Fire Lieutenant and Mike Wagenschutz to Motor Engineer. Chris has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 15 years, Bill for 14 and Mike for four.

They fill a vacancy's created by the retirement of Capt. Patrick Kondrat. All were sworn in by Hamtramck City 31st District Court Judge Paul Paruk in the 31st District Court room.





Posted 11.06.09 @ 04:34 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING WRAP UP
2009 Haunted Bowling Sponsors
Shadow Bar
11425 Jos. Campau / 365-1446
7 Brothers Bar
11831 Joseph Campau / 365-6576
Polish Village
2990 Yemans / 874-5726
Hazel Park Firefighters
Sterling ServicesHamtramck Review
New Dodge Bar
8850 Joseph Campau / 874-5963
St. Florian Church
2626 Poland / 871-2778
Friendly Roosevelt Bar
3424 Caniff / 874-3329
Roy's Electric
11950 Jos. Campau / 369-0400
Brilliant Smiles
30050 Hoover Road / 586-573-7506
Whiskey In The Jar
2741 Yemans / 873-4154
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home
2396 Caniff / 365-9600
Payette & Associates
(734) 676-2451
Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage
9601 Jos. Campau / 871-8080
Women of the Moose Chapter 2095
9421 Conant Ave / 871-9115
Certified Investigations International
(888) 873-6535
Metrotech Automotive Group
1301 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48226 / 784-9010
Hamtramck Fraternal Order of Police #109Boulevard Trumbull Towing
1-800-ROAD-AID
Hamtramck Loyal Order of Moose #1670
9421 Conant Ave / 871-9115
Maine Street Restaurant
11650 Jos. Campau / 368-0500
Polish National Alliance Council 122
10211 Conant / 871-8783
Campau Botsford Service
12045 Jos Campau / 365-7548
Polonia
2934 Yemans / 873-8432
CouplesPlayPlace.com
 Councilperson Catrina Stackpoole
Thanks to: Shadow Bar, Polish Village, Sterling Services, Srodek’s Campau Quality Sausage, Polonia, Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Lions, BANDitems, Q Prime Management, Main Street Newspaper, Bavarian Inn, Panera Bread, Glory Supermarket, Baker’s Streetcar Bar, Motor City Sports Bar, New Dodge Bar, Buddy’s Pizza, Mr. C’s Carwash, Maria’s Comida, Little Caesars Pizza, New Palace Bakery, Mike’s Comics & Games, MJR Theaters.

Special thanks to: The Tiedt’s, Margaret Wyszczelski & Nikki Carden, DC Sports, Regal Lanes.

Pictures to come...




Posted 10.30.09 @ 11:14 AM EST

PATRICK KONDRAT TO RETIRE
Congratulations go to Captain Patrick Kondrat as he leaves the Hamtramck Fire Service. Captain Kondrat's last day of work is scheduled for October 27th, 2009 after serving 25 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department, with 9 of those years as Fire Captain.

After roll call at 7:30 AM the next morning (October 28th), the crew will take Patrick for his traditional "last ride" - a small celebration will follow at the Friendly Roosevelt Bar (map).

A retirement party for Capt. Patrick Kondrat will be held starting at 8:00 PM on Saturday January 30th at PLAV Post 10 (11824 Jos Campau). Finger food and hors d'oeuvre's will be served. (PLAV Post 10 is located on Jos. Campau north of Caniff, click here for map.





Posted 10.27.09 @ 10:25 PM EST

ENGINE 3
The Hamtramck Fire Department welcomed their new rig into service on Friday, September 11th. Engine 3 (E-3) is a KME Pumper on a Spartan chasis with a 1500 GPM Waterous pump with a 425 horsepower Cummins ISL engine. E-3 is now our frontline attack rig, E-2 becomes our command rig and E-1 is now our back-up engine. Engine 4, in service since 1980 is being retired after 29 years of service.

The last truck to carry the name Engine 3 was a Dodge FTI Pumper From 1965-1993.

Please click here for a larger image. Thanks to Brad Noyes for use of his photo.





Posted 09.12.09 @ 05:46 PM EST

STERLING OIL FIRE


On Thursday morning, August 27th the Hamtramck Firefighters were on a scheduled tour of St. Florian church. From the bell tower, smoke was spotted and within minutes they were on scene at Sterling Oil. Located in the city's northeast side, Sterling Oil houses and blends industrial lubricants including hydraulic oils, greases and petroleum products for other companies such as Dow and ExxonMobil.

Soon after arrival, an "all hands in" call was made for all off duty personnel and mutual aid was requested from Highland Park and Detroit. Area residents, including those from the neighboring Col. Hamtramck Housing were evacuated and railroad traffic was interrupted. A multitude of agencies including the DEQ and the EPA were called in for clean up. The fire was under control and contained within several hours.

Media coverage: Detroit Free Press (pics), Fox 2, WXYZ Channel 7,Detroit News, Click On Detroit, ABC News, WWJ, Trading Markets, AP: You Tube, You Tube.

We have our photos here.

UPDATE: New pictures added - 09-25-2009.





Posted 08.28.09 @ 06:47 PM EST

WORLD FAMOUS STIMULUS PACKAGE
Your World Famous Hamtramck Firefighters return to the 2009 Hamtramck Festival with a Stimulus Package! The Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, Friday September 4th through Monday September 7th. We will be serving beer and drinks in our World Famous mugs and our Stimulus Package t-shirts will be available... our world famous chili will be available in a limited basis (first come, first serve!!) - so get there early! (Check back here soon for 'Stimulus Dollar' coupons).

This is the 29th Annual Hamtramck Festival and we will be in our usual spot on Holmes at Jos. Campau. We hope to see you there!

Stimulus Buck coupons are now here available for you to print and use at our booth@






Posted 08.28.09 @ 10:59 AM EST

HANLEY STREET FIRE
The Hamtramck Firefighters responded this house fire on Sunday, July 26th on Hanley street just east of Joseph Campau. At about 3:00 PM, E-1, E-2 and R-1 reponded, E-1 returned for our T-1 to set up aerial ladder operations.

THanks to Eastpointe Firefighter Jason Frattini, also of Eastwood Photography who provided these amazing pictures. Please make sure to check his site for the rest of these photos.





Posted 07.27.09 @ 06:26 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING '09
It's yet another night of haunted fun at the bowling alley! On Saturday, October 24th at Regal Lanes (map; In Warren, on Mound Rd. just north of I-696), the Hamtramck Firefighters will be having another fun and exciting evening of bowling! Tickets are available now

Once again, $25 gets you three games with 9-Pin No Tap, door prizes, Mystery, Pizza and more... Strike Ball, 50/50 will also be available. Costumes are not required - but are very welcomed (prize for best costume).

Check in starts at 9:00 PM, with bowling generally starting after 9:30. For details call (or e-mail) John Dropchuk at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Lane sponsorships range from $75-$150. Please print out our bowling flyer and post it somewhere.

For sponsorship information, please click here to download our informational package.

Click here for pics from last year, here for pictures from 2007 or here from 2006!





Posted 07.27.09 @ 06:08 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Zigmund "Ozzy" Ozimkowski, who passed away June 22, 2009. Ozzy was father to former Hamtramck Firefighter Dan Ozimkowski.

Ozzy was a FireFighter for the City of Hamtramck for 30 years. Memorial Mass Saturday 11 a.m. at St. Ronald Church, 17701 15 Mile Rd. (Between Groesbeck and Garfiled). Memorials to Hospice of Michigan or Alzheimer's Association appreciated.

Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book".





Posted 06.24.09 @ 10:54 AM EST

SLEZAK FUNDRAISER
Former Hamtramck Firefighter and current Sterling Heights Firefighter, Chris Slezak was recently diagnosed with Adult Lymphocytic Leukemia. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy. Chris is a loving husband and father of three and has dedicated his life to serving the community.

Please click here to check the Sterling Heights Firefighters website for various events to benefit Chris and his family including a Bone Marrown Donor Program on June 19-20 at the Sterling Heights Station #5 on Ryan Rd, (the test only takes 10 minutes and is only swab to the cheek!), other events include a Wine Tasting, Bowling and a Hair Cut-A-Thon.

We hope everyone can take a moment to help out; donations can be sent to: SLEZAK FAMILY ASSISTANCE FUND 41632 Stonehenge Manor Drive, Clinton Township, MI 48038





Posted 06.18.09 @ 06:47 PM EST

NEW BOOTS
On March 27, 2009 the Hamtramck Fire Department added Jason Abbey to its ranks as a Probationary Firefighter. Jason has served with the Fenton Fire Department and other Fire Department's in the past.

On June 17, 2009 Dennis Wolfe joined the Hamtramck Fire as a Probationary Firefighter. Dennies has served with the various Fire Department's including Highland Park and Macomb Twp.

Both Jason and Dennis are now members of the full time, professional Hamtramck Fire Department and hold the rank of Firefighter 1 and must complete a one year probationary period. Both "boots" were sworn in by Judge Paul Paruk of Hamtramck's 31st District Court under the leadership of Hamtramck Fire Chief Steve Paruk.

More pics.





Posted 06.18.09 @ 10:49 AM EST

ST. FLORIAN TOMB & MARCH
The Pastor of St. Florian Church once again asked the Hamtramck Firefighters to hold a special guard over the tomb of Jesus on Holy Saturday, the Saturday before Easter ( this year it fell on April 11). It's a tradition in parts of Poland for Firefighters to take this special watch. Click here for pictures.

The 11th Annual St. Florian March and Mass was held on May 2 - St. Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. Hamtramck is proud to be the home of St. Florian Church and has welcomed us with this annual march and mass. Pictures from this year are here. Thanks to all those that participated including Southfield, Windsor, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Frenchtown, Eastpointe all the others.





Posted 06.02.09 @ 09:32 PM EST

PROMOTIONS
Congratulations go out to four Hamtramck Firefighters who were promoted today. Steve Paruk was promoted to Fire Chief, Paul Wilk to Fire Marshal, Paul Sharon to Lieutenant and Andrew Oleksiak to Motor Engineer. Steve has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 24 years, Paul Wilk for 18, Paul Sharon for 22 and Andrew for three. Both Chief Paruk and Fire Marshal Wilk have served with the Hamtramck Firefighters Executive Board, Paul Sharon is a former Firefighter of the Year and Andrew is a current union Steward.

They fill a long standing vacancy from within the department. All were sworn in by Hamtramck City 31st District Court Judge Paul Paruk (Steve's brother) in the 31st District Court room.

More Photos





Posted 02.25.09 @ 02:40 PM EST

PACZKI DAY
Fat Tuesday brings us another Paczki Day – the delicious Polish “super” doughnut that brings long lines to bakeries throughout Hamtramck, MI. The Hamtramck Firefighters with the New Dodge Lounge present the First Annual Paczki Cup, an eating contest featuring delicious New Deluxe Bakery Paczki to be held shortly after noon on February 24, 2009.

The Hamtramck Firefighters will be at the New Dodge Lounge all Fat Tuesday providing their “World Famous” mugs, t-shirts and paczki. Entertainment from The Polish Muslims, Jotown, Square Pegs and other bands will be playing throughout the day – and once again WRIF radio (101.1 FM) will be broadcasting live. The fun starts at 7:00 AM and lasts all day long.

Entry for the Paczki Cup starts at 9:00 AM and is limited to 5 contestants. This year’s champion will have their name inscribed on the “Paczki Cup” and win 4 tickets to a Detroit Pistons game; second place will receive tickets to a show at the Gem Theater. Runner’s up will be provided gift packs provided by Jagermeister and others.

Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) is February 24th, New Dodge Lounge is at 8850 Jos. Campau (map).





Posted 02.15.09 @ 04:52 PM EST

PROMOTIONS & NEW BOOT
Congratulations go out to two Hamtramck Firefighters who were promoted today. Greg McBryar was promoted to Lieutenant, and Mike Crandall to Motor Engineer. Greg has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since July, 1990 and Mike since September, 1999 - both have served as a union executive board members.

They fill vacancies created by the retirement of Mark Sylvester. All were sworn in by Hamtramck City Clerk T. Edwin Norris.

We also extend a warm welcome to Jonathon Davis as he also was sworn in by Mr. Norris to join the Hamtramck Fire Department as a probationary Fire Fighter!

More Photos





Posted 01.30.09 @ 04:22 PM EST

SYLVESTER TO RETIRE
Lieutentant Sly's last day of work is officially January 28th, 2009 after over 25 years serving with the Hamtramck Fire Department as a Firefighter, Motor Engineer and Lieutenant (and with Hamtramck DPW). Mark has served as Hamtramck Firefighters Association President, Chairman of Goodfellow and was honored as Firefighter of the Year.

Details for a retirement party honoring Lt. Mark "Sly" Sylvester. The party is slated for February 28th at the Polish Sea League in Hamtramck (map); $10 includes a buffet style dinner of old Firehouse favorites and cocktails. Polish Sea League is located on Edwin Street on the northeast corner of Brombach (about 1/2 mile south of the
Hamtramck Fire Station.

Persons attending are kindly asked to RSVP or purchase tickets by contacting Lt. Greg McBryar at the Hamtramck Fire Station at (313) 876-7778.





Posted 01.21.09 @ 03:59 PM EST

THE BIG GAME – SUPER SUNDAY
THE BIG GAME – SUPER SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2009

Come watch the big game with your Hamtramck Firefighters! Our big screen televisions will show the big game from pre-game to post-game! A full meal, snacks and drinks (beer, wine & pop) are included. More fun and excitement will be also available!

$30 GETS YOU IN & INCLUDES:
Food (Full meal and snacks!)
Drinks (beer, wine, pop included)
Watch the big game on our big screens!
Prizes & More available!

POLISH AMERICAN CENTURY CLUB
33204 Maple Lane
Sterling Heights, Michigan 48312

(Hoover Rd. turns into Maple Lane as you cross north over 14 Mile Rd. We are the east driveway approximately 1/8 Mile north of 14 mile Rd)
Doors open at 4:00 PM.

Call Jim Carden for details (313 876-7778)

Print out our flyer here.





Posted 01.19.09 @ 11:48 PM EST

A&R PACKING FIRE
On Sunday December 2nd, 2008 fire struck A&R Packing on Andrus & Lumpkin streets. E-1, E-2 and R-1 responded with the on duty unit 1 crew. An "all hands" call-in crew of firefighters spent the night at the scene fighting the blace with assistance from Highland Park.

From the Detroit Free Press (also see WXYZ-TV)
Fire destroyed part of a Hamtramck pork processing plant, forcing firefighters to battle the blaze surrounded by pigs’ feet and hocks.

Members of a four-person cleaning crew at A and R Packing, 2211 Andrus, noticed smoke coming from the roof in the back corner of the building at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hamtramck Fire Capt. Ron Cichecki said. They tried to douse the area of the more than 40-year-old building with a fire extinguisher. But flames quickly spread through the facility, which cleans, smokes and packages pigs’ feet, hocks and necks and other pork products.

Most of a storage and processing building was destroyed, Cichecki said. But the building across the alley, just east of I-75 near the Holbrook exit, that houses the plant’s refrigeration equipment was undamaged, he said.


Click here for photos from Dennis Walus. Thanks to Mr. Walus for sharing pictures his with us, please visit is his website: Detroit Firepix. (More pics over at Hamtramck Star).

Video from YouTube user gmanore:






Posted 12.04.08 @ 06:20 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest condolences to the friends and family of Walt Harris. The Detroit firefighter was killed in the line of duty at a house fire on November 15th, 2008. He was stationed just south of Hamtramck at Detroit Engine Company #23.

From the Detroit Free Press:
Detroit firefighter. Husband. Father of six. Minister. Motorcyclist. Real estate agent. Mentor. Mediator. Engine-house cook.

Walter Harris was a busy man, and his family and friends say those descriptions only begin to capture someone they remember wrapping his huge arms around them in loving hugs, shaking with loud belly laughs and asking, before meals: “You mind if we say grace?”

His son, James Hill Harris, also a Detroit firefighter, said his father was “big, strong, a protector. He showed me what a real man is.”

Harris, 37, died early Saturday morning when a roof collapsed on him during a fire in a vacant house on Detroit’s east side. Officials said the blaze was deliberately set. Four other firefighters were treated and released at Receiving Hospital.

Harris was a 17-year DFD veteran who had spent his entire career in the 109-year-old station on E. Grand Boulevard west of Mt. Elliott that houses Rescue Squad 3 and Engine Co. 23. He was to have been promoted to sergeant in the coming weeks.

From Michigan Professional Fire Fighters:
We regret to inform you of the death of
Walter P. Harris
Senior Firefighter
Engine 23, 6th Battalion

(Active)
Lived: 9/11/70 to 11/15/2008
Served: 3/11/1991 to 11/15/2008

Died in the line of duty.

Visitation:
Community Christian Fellowship
8131 E. Outer Dr.
Detroit, MI. 48213
Thursday, November, 20, 2008; 4 to 9 pm.

Service:
Second Ebenezer Church
14601 Dequindre St.
Detroit, MI. 48212
Friday, November 21, 2008; 10:00 am.





Posted 11.16.08 @ 11:19 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING WRAP UP
We'd like to thank everyone for making our 2008 Haunted Bowling Event the most successful yet! Regal Lanes was again packed full with the most bowlers we've had at our bowling fundraiser. We'd like to thank everyone for showing up and filling the house! Congrats to Bob & Tiffany for grabbing best costume.

Special thanks to this years sponsors:
Shadow Bar
11425 Jos. Campau / 365-1446
Hamtramck Police FOP #109
Sterling Services
1530 Commor / 248-356-3556
Hamtramck Fed. Of Teachers
New Dodge Lounge
8850 Joseph Campau / 874-5963
Caniff Electric Supply
2001 Caniff / 365-8144
Mostek Paint & Glass
11515 Jos. Campau / 365-7100
Record Graveyard
10201 Jos. Campau / 870-9647
R & R Fire Truck Repair 751
Doheny Dr. Northville, MI / (248) 344-4443
Bozek's Market
3317 Caniff / 368-6752
The Friendly Roosevelt Bar
3424 Caniff / 874-3329
Glory Supermarket
9032 Jos. Campau / 873-1010
Maine Street Restaurant
11650 Jos. Campau / 368-0500
National City Bank
11300 Jos. Campau / 366-3201
Brilliant Smiles - Tony P. Corsi DDS
30050 Hoover Road / 586-573-7506
Srodek's Campau Quality Sausage
9601 Jos. Campau / 871-8080
Digigraphx
(586) 755-1130
DannyDLive.com


And an extra thank you to the following for their assistance:
Nicole Diamond, Nicole Carden, Jennifer Tiedt, Michelle Trzin & Jessi Poljanac, Tony & Steve of DC Sports.

Pics posted!! Click here for pictures from this year's Haunted Bowling! Also available: 2007 and 2006.





Posted 11.04.08 @ 06:36 PM EST

BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Hamtramck Public School Employees
vs.
Hamtramck Firefighters


Date: Wednesday, November 13th
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Hamtramck High School Community Center
Fee: $1.00 w/HPS ID; $3.00 w/o ID

Come cheer on your favorite Hamtramck Public School Teacher or Staff Member as they take on Hamtramck’s finest Fire Fighters on the court!

This night is guaranteed to be exciting! Don’t miss out! Concessions will be sold. All proceeds from this event will go to the Hamtramck Good Fellows.

This event is presented by the Hamtramck Recreation Department.
For more information please call 313-893-5520 or visit the High School Community Center at 11350 Charest.





Posted 10.19.08 @ 01:14 PM EST

HELPING MDA
The Hamtramck Fire Department battled more than fires as firemen collected $2,075 in their “Fill the Boot” campaign to combat neuromuscular diseases. Firefighters from Hamtramck volunteered their time August 31st to ask passing pedestrians and motorists in Downtown Hamtramck to make donations to support the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). They also held their 1st annual charity golf outing at St. Johns Golf Club in Plymouth, MI on August 8th, 2008, with proceeds going to support MDA.

Click here to read the entire press release from the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

from left Firefighters Matt Larivee, President Matt Wyszczelski, Paul Sevakis, Justin Wynne, VP Paul Wilk and Justin Corsi.





Posted 09.19.08 @ 04:28 PM EST

WORLD FAMOUS
Your World Famous Hamtramck Firefighters return to the 2008 Hamtramck Festival! The Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, Friday August 29th through Monday September 1st. We will be serving beer and drinks in our world famous mugs and our t-shirts will also be available both in a new 2008 design... our world famous chili will be available in a limited basis (first come, first serve!!) - so get there early!

This is the 28th Annual Hamtramck Festival and we will be in our usual spot on Holmes at Jos. Campau. We hope to see you there!

Pics from last year are posted here.





Posted 08.14.08 @ 12:41 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING
It's another night of haunted fun at the bowling alley! On Saturday, October 25th at Regal Lanes (map; In Warren, on Mound Rd. just north of I-696), the Hamtramck Firefighters will be having another fun and exciting evening of bowling! Tickets are available now

Once again, $25 gets you three games with 9-Pin No Tap, door prizes, Mystery, Pizza, Pop and more... Strike Ball, 50/50 will also be available. Costumes are not required - but are very welcomed (prize for best costume).

Check in starts at 9:00 PM, with bowling generally starting after 9:30. For details call (or e-mail) John Dropchuk at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Lane sponsorships range from $75-$150 --please click here for our sponsorship information. Please print out our bowling flyer and post it somewhere.

Click here for pictures from last year's Haunted Bowling or here from 2006!





Posted 08.10.08 @ 12:18 PM EST

ASBESTOS AWARENESS
If you happen live in a house that was built before the 1970s, there’s a good chance that asbestos was used in its construction. Even if your house was built since then, asbestos may still be found in some areas. In fact, only houses built within the last 10 years or so should be free of insulating asbestos, although it could very easily have been used in other forms.

This knowledge may instill fear in many homeowners, but, a little knowledge can reduce anxiety. Once the background and use of asbestos is known, the homeowner should be able to recognize potentially dangerous situations. After being informed about the ways in which asbestos must be safely handled, the homeowner can be assured that proper safeguards are being taken. With widely prevalent asbestos use in construction during the early part of the 1900’s, and in hundreds of products since then, it’s been the subject of much research. Much has been learned about it and the threats it can pose. Inhalation of asbestos is the only known cause of pleural mesothelioma, a rare cancer that affects the lining of the lungs.

Continue reading here or learn more about asbestos by clicking the banner below:



Posted 04.07.08 @ 04:28 PM EST

GOLF OUTING
The Hamtramck Firefighters Local 750 are pleased to invite you to the First Annual Golf Outing and Benefit. This event will be August 8, 2008 and held at:
St. Johns Golf Course (map)
44045 Five Mile Road
Plymouth, MI 48170
Registration due by July 1, 2008 For questions please call Hamtramck Fire 313-876-7778 or the event coordinator Michael Young 248-789-3623 or e-mail mikeyallen2420@yahoo.com.

For more details and info, please look at our flyer.

Click here for photos.





Posted 04.06.08 @ 12:14 PM EST

MCDOUGALL STREET FIRE
On Sunday March 16th, 2008 fire struck this house on McDougall Street, just south of Carpenter - near the Hamtramck/Detroit border. E-1, E-2 and R-1 responded with the on duty unit 2 crew.

Click here for photos from Paul Bassett. Thanks to Mr. Bassett for sharing pictures his with us.

More pics from this fire are available, please click here for photos from Rick Nohl of EmergencyServiceImages.com. Thanks to Mr. Nohl for sharing pictures his with us.





Posted 04.06.08 @ 12:01 PM EST

ST. FLORIAN MARCH & MASS
This years annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass will be held on May 3rd.

March leaves Hamtramck firehouse at about 3:00 PM - march participants should arrive early!! Mass starts at 4 PM (you are not obligated to attend or participate in mass).

Other details will be announced shortly. For a brief history of the event and about the origins of St. Florian please click here.






Posted 03.18.08 @ 11:43 AM EST

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED
From the City of Hamtramck website:
The City of Hamtramck is Accepting Applications for:
PROBATIONARY FIREFIGHTER/EMT
Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2008. Qualified Applicant must present Valid Western Wayne Testing Written and Agility Score, a copy of his/her Firefighter I and II Certificates and an EMT License.

Should you have any questions call Javonna Neel at (313) 876-7700.





Posted 03.18.08 @ 11:41 AM EST

PROMOTIONS & NEW BOOT
Congratulations go out to three Hamtramck Firefighters who were promoted today. Ron Cichecki was promoted to Captain, Mark Swider promoted to Lieutenant and John Dropchuk to Motor Engineer. Ron has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since May, 1993, Mark since December, 1986 and John since August 1999 - all have served as a union executive board members.

They fill vacancies created by the retirement of Andy Lorio. All were sworn in by Hamtramck District Court Judge Paul Paruk.

We also extend a warm welcome to Justin Wynne as he also was sworn in by Judge Paruk to join the Hamtramck Fire Department as a probationary Fire Fighter!





Posted 01.24.08 @ 03:17 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Stanley Kmiec, who passed away January 21, 2008. Stanley served with the Hamtramck Fire Department where he retired as a lieutenant in February 1980, he also served with various other veteran organizations and was a long time member of the Hamtramck Goodfellows.

He will be laid out at the Krot Funeral home on Wednesday 2-8 (prayer service at 6:30), funeral will be Thursday at 10:00 at St. Ladislaus.





Posted 01.23.08 @ 09:57 AM EST

PACZKI DAY
The Hamtramck Firefighters will be taking over the 3141 Bar (formerly the Locker Room) this Paczki Day; the bar is located on the corner of Caniff & Charest streets. We'll be throwing a party that includes our famous firehouse chili, jello shots, drink specials, entertainment, contests... there's gonna be some of those famous "paczki" donuts there, too!

Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) is February 5th, the 3141 Bar is located at 3141 Caniff (map), the fun starts at 7 AM and runs all day.





Posted 01.18.08 @ 09:48 AM EST

LORIO RETIRES
Details for a retirement party honoring Captain Andy Lorio. The party is slated for March 15th at the Polish Sea League in Hamtramck (map); tickets are available now at through the Hamtramck Firefighters for $5.

Captain Lorio's last day of work is officially January 10th, 2008 after over 31 years serving with the Hamtramck Fire Department as a Firefighter, Motor Engineer, Lieutenant and as a Captain.

You can call the firehouse at 313 876-7778 for tickets and more details.





Posted 01.10.08 @ 11:19 AM EST

LEHMAN STREET FIRE
Just before noon on Saturday, December 15th, fire struck this occupied house on Lehman Street between Gallagher and Conant. A five men crew initially responded with E-1 and E-2; Rescue 2 was on a medical call at the time of the run and responded shortly afterward; E-1 was sent back to quarters to respond with the Aerial Tower and an extra crew was also called in. Fire spread to the attic of the house to the west but was quickly contained, water supply was again an issue as the crew dealt with hydrant problems.

Click here for photos from Dan Jasina. Thanks to Mr. Jasina for once again sharing pictures with us.





Posted 12.17.07 @ 02:18 PM EST

HIPPO'S KIDS
On Friday the Hamtramck Firefighters responded with Santa Claus! A yearly tradition, Santa arrived to visit with "Hippo's Kids: a group of special needs children organized by school employee and local tavern owner John "Hippo" Hypnarowicz and his wife Mary. Santa took pictures with the kids and passed out presents. The Hamtramck Firefighters assisted along with other volunteers and entertainers.

Pictures here.





Posted 12.16.07 @ 11:45 AM EST

BURGER STREET FIRE
At about 4 AM on November 24th, fire struck this house on Burger Street near Fleming - across the street from Kosciouszko Middle School. A seven man crew responded with E-1, E-2 and Rescue 1; E-1 was sent back to quarters to respond with the Aerial Tower. An extra crew was also called for and the oncoming shift also responded for relief - the initial response crew was finally released at 9:00 am. Both flats of this two-story home were occupied - our response was hindered by the original call coming in as a fight.

Click here for photos from Larry Garcia - of Venu Pix. Thanks to Mr. Garcia for sharing these pictures.





Posted 12.07.07 @ 05:27 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Ted Morawski, who passed away November 9, 2007.

Ted served with the Hamtramck Fire Department where he retired as a captain. He will be laid out at the Jurkiewicz-Wilk Funeral home (corner of Caniff & Brombach) on Sunday 5-9, Monday 1-9 (prayer service at 6:30), funeral will be Tuesday at 9:30.





Posted 11.09.07 @ 02:51 PM EST

BOWLING WRAP UP
We'd like to thank everyone for making our 2007 Haunted Bowling Event the most successful yet! Regal Lanes was jam packed with the most bowlers we've had at our annual bowling fundraiser. We'd like to thank eveyone for showing up and packing the house! Congrats to Eric & Michelle for grabbing best costume. Special thanks to this years sponsors:

Polish Village
New Dodge Lounge
Sterling ServicesCaniff Electric
The Friendly Roosevelt BarSeven Bros.
Polish MarketR&R Fire Truck Repair
CPI ContractingDigigraphx
Maine Street RestaurantThe Citizen
Hamtramck Federation of TeachersPNA
Hippos of HamtramckMostek Paint & Glass
Golani Dental Care
Certified Investigations International
Sachs WaldmanAmerisource
Jurkiewicz-Wilk Funeral HomeLocker Room
Bright Smiles - Tony P. Corsi, DDS 
  
We'd also like to thank the following for their prize donations...
Sterling Services, Detroit Pistons, Detroit Lions, Detroit Red Wings, Buddys Pizza, Dave & Buster's, Panera Bread, Little Caesars, Bavarian Inn, Under the Eagle, Zerelli Bakery, New Dodge Lounge, Joanne McBryar, New Palace, Detroit Threads, Sen. Carl Levin, Donna Evans (Housing), Cathy Gordon (New Dodge), Polish Art Center, Srodek's, Michelle Trzin, Shelly Scott, Whiskey in the Jar, Turtles, Stan's Grocery, A&C, Keg & Bottle!

And an extra thank you to the following for their assistance:
Nicole Diamond, Nikki Comfort, Lisa Dombrowski, Shelly Scott, Victoria Guy, Jennifer Tiedt, Michelle Trzin, Tony of DC Sports.

Pics posted here (press play button in lower right to begin).





Posted 11.09.07 @ 01:17 PM EST

BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Pics posted
Hamtramck Public School Employees
vs.
Hamtramck Firefighters


Date: Wednesday, November 14th
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hamtramck High School Community Center
Fee: $2.00 per person

Come cheer on your favorite Hamtramck Public School Teacher or Staff Member as they take on Hamtramck’s bravest Fire Fighters on the court!

This night is guaranteed to be exciting! Don’t miss out! Concessions will be sold. All proceeds from this event will go to the Hamtramck Goodfellow.

This event is presented by the Hamtramck Recreation Department. For more information please call 313-893-5520 or visit the High School Community Center at 11350 Charest.

Pics posted here





Posted 10.23.07 @ 06:14 PM EST

DICKENS & WYSZCZELSKI PROMOTED
Congratulations to Bill Dickens and Matt Wyszczelski on their promotions to Motor Engineers. Bill has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since December, 1996 and Matt since January, 1998 - both have served as a union executive board members.

They fill long standing vacancies in the Motor Engineer ranks. Bill and Matt were sworn in by Hamtramck District Court Judge Paul Paruk. (pics)

We also extend a warm welcome to Thad Carroll as he joins the Hamtramck Fire Department!





Posted 10.12.07 @ 02:02 PM EST

KINSMAN & ROJEK RETIRE
A party honoring Motor Engineer Dan 'Rodan' Rojek will be held immediately following his last shift as a Hamtramck Firefighter on October 27th at the Friendly Roosevelt Bar located at 3424 Caniff (map). The festivities begin at about 7:30 am. Rodan's last day of work is scheduled for October 26th, 2007 after 30 years serving with the Hamtramck Fire Department.

You can call the firehouse at 313 876-7778 for details.

Congratualtions and best wishes also go to Motor Engineer Bill Kinsman, who retired on September 26th after nearly 34 years on the department. Any party details will be announced as they become available.





Posted 09.26.07 @ 12:51 PM EST

3 DIGIT RAFFLE
The Hamtramck Firefighters are sponsoring a 3 Digit Raffle that with one ticket, gives you 23 chances to win. Your ticket gives you a 3 digit number - during the month of October 2007, if that number is drawn on the 3 Digit evening lottery on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday - you win $100; if you match on a Wednesday you win $300!

If the raffle ticket for the daily number has not been sold, a drawing from the pool of raffle tickets stubs for the tickets sold with take place at 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM the same day.

Tickets are available now! For more info contact any Hamtramck Firefighter, call the station at 313-876-7778 or e-mail today!

Click here for winners!

License #X64203



Posted 09.05.07 @ 12:05 PM EST

HAUNTED BOWLING
JUST A FEW DAYS AWAY!!
It's another night of haunted fun at the bowling alley! On Friday, October 19th at Regal Lanes (map), the Hamtramck Firefighters will be having another fun and exciting evening of bowling! Once again, $25 gets you 3 games, door prizes, shoes, and more. Costumes are not required - but very welcomed (prize for best costume). Check in starts at 9:00 PM, bowling generally starts 9:30-10:00.

Lane sponsorships start at $75. For details call (or e-mail) John Dropchuk or Bill Diamond at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Please click here for our sponsorship information, or here for flyer.

Pics from last year!





Posted 08.25.07 @ 12:08 PM EST

WE'RE BACK
The Hamtramck Firefighters are making a return to the 2007 Hamtramck Festival! The Festival will be held Labor Day Weekend, Friday August 31st through Monday September 2nd. We will be serving beer and drinks in our famous mugs and our t-shirts will also be available both in a new 2007 design... our world famous chili will be available in a limited basis (first come, first serve!!) - so get there early!

This is the 27th Annual Hamtramck Festival and we will be in our usual spot on Holmes at Jos. Campau. We hope to see you there!

Pics posted here.





Posted 08.21.07 @ 09:50 AM EST

BELMONT FIRE
On Sunday, August 19 the Hamtramck Firefighters responded to a house fire on Belmont street near Gallagher. Our best efforts were hindered when an adequate water supply could not be found from the hydrants on Belmont.

We would like to thank the citizens and retirees that assisted us on scene, your help was vital in helping us to protect the houses on either side.

Video from WDIV, channel 4.





Posted 08.21.07 @ 09:43 AM EST

DENNIS OLEKSIAK RETIRES
A party honoring Motor Engineer Dennis Olé Oleksiak will be held immediately following his last shift as a Hamtramck Firefighter on August 30th at the Friendly Roosevelt Bar located at 3424 Caniff (map). The festivities begin at about 7:30 am. Olé's last day of work is scheduled for August 29th, 2007 after nearly 34 years serving with the Hamtramck Fire Department.

You can call the firehouse at 313 876-7778 for details.





Posted 08.10.07 @ 05:42 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Clemens Zuliniski, who passed away June 16, 2007. Clemens was a great uncle to current Hamtramck Fire Lieutenant Paul Wilk.

Clem served with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 20 years and retired as a captain. Prior to his service as a firefighter, Capt. Zuliniski served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1940-1945 receiving two purple hearts in the Asiatic conflict. Shortly after his time in Hamtramck, Clem moved to Tennessee, where a service will be held on Wednesday (more info).





Posted 06.19.07 @ 08:33 AM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Edward Oleksiak, who passed away May 18, 2007. (More info)

Ed served with the Hamtramck Fire Department until 1965 and was past commander of PLAV Post 10, Hamtramck and the American Legion Post 155, Hamtramck. Ed is also uncle to current Hamtramck Firefighter Dennis Oleksiak and great uncle to Andrew.





Posted 05.19.07 @ 09:46 AM EST

ARBITRATION AWARD
We have posted the entire Arbitration Award from the American Arbitration Association's arbitrator, E.R. Scales. The case centered around seven central issues which were awarded to the Hamtramck Firefighters, three of these issues were conceded to by the city and settlement was stated for the record; the remaining issues centered on Minimum Manning, Chain of Command, Motor Engineer Pay, Holiday/Birthday/Emergency Day Pay and Accumulated Time Off clauses in the contract ratified in February 2006.

The Hamtramck Firefighters Executive Board worked very diligently to negotiate an amicable settlement with city officials before consistent, flagrant violations of our contract continued and escalated. Our current agreement with the city was ratified February 13, but largely ignored by city manager Don Crawford and Chief Jim Szafarczyk until June 21 when they reduced the ranks of the already depleted Fire Department to 14 by laying off 6 firefighters.





Posted 05.15.07 @ 01:20 AM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Art "Archie" Widzinski, who passed away April 17, 2007.

Art served with the Hamtramck Fire Department for 38 years and was chairman of the Hamtramck Goodfellows for many years, he also served our country during World War II and was Hamtramck's 'Veteran of the Year' in 2003. Archie is remembered fondly by all.





Posted 04.18.07 @ 05:22 PM EST

RETIREMENT PARTIES
Ticket's are now on sale for two retirement parties! A party honoring Lt. John "Chuck" Watson, who retired in July 2006 will be held on April 28th at the Polish Sea League located at 2601 Edwin (corner of Brombach (map). The festivities begin at 6:00 pm, a $5 ticket inlcudes a buffet of firehouse favorites and a guest. Chuck retired with nearly 30 years with the Hamtramck Fire Department and served as Lieutenant since 2003.

Chief Jim Szafzarczyk has annouced his retirement and a party will be held in his honor on May 18th at the PNA Hall at 10211 Conant (at Belmont, map). $25 inlcudes food, music and drinks. Jim has served the Hamtramck Fire Department since 1973 and held the rank of chief since 2000.

You can call the firehouse at 313 876-7778 for tickets or any other information.






Posted 03.23.07 @ 03:51 PM EST

LOCKED UP FOR MDA
By being excluded from the Hamtramck Festival in 2006, the Muscular Dystrophy Association's (MDA) coffers were a little lighter than normal from the Hamtramck Firefighters. To try to help offset that, Hamtramck Firefighters Association President Mark Swider has volunteered to be "locked up" by the Greater Detroit West Chapter of MDA.

On March 22, Mark will be "locked up" by MDA Officials along with other area people in effort to raise awareness and money for what we've come to lovingly call "Jerry's Kids." Funds raised for MDA will remain local to provide help and hope to families that are affected with one of the 10 neuromuscular diseases covered by MDA. They provide payments and repairs on wheelchairs, leg braces and send children to MDA Summer Camp. All of these services are provided at no cost to those that have been diagnosed with a neuromuscular disease with help from contributions from you!

You can donate online at the secure MDA site located here! That site is protected by Verisign, using 128 bit SSL Encryption! You can also Download and mail (or deliver to the firehouse) a donation form here (or here in Word format).





Posted 03.06.07 @ 01:53 AM EST

ST. FLORIAN MARCH & MASS
This years annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass will be held on May 5th.

March leaves Hamtramck firehouse at about 3:00 PM - march participants should arrive early!! Mass starts at 4 PM (you are not obligated to attend or participate in mass). There is also a chili cook off this year at 5 PM.

There is also a chili cook off at 6PM and Keith Famie of the Survivor television series and of channel 7 will be filming for an upcoming special.

Other details, including history of the event and details about the origins of St. Florian can be found here.






Posted 02.15.07 @ 02:18 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Stanley Sulek, who passed away December 25th, 2006.

Lt. Sulek served with the Hamtramck Fire Department before retiring in 1970s as a lieutenant and is remembered fondly by all.





Posted 01.08.07 @ 09:51 AM EST

3 DIGIT RAFFLE
Looking for a little extra cash to pay off those Christmas bills? We can help.

The Hamtramck Firefighters are sponsoring a 3 Digit Raffle that with one ticket, gives you 23 chances to win. Your ticket gives you a 3 digit number - during the month of January, if that number is drawn on the 3 Digit evening lottery on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday - you win $100; if you match on a Wednesday you win $300!

If the raffle ticket for the daily number has not been sold, a drawing from the pool of raffle tickets stubs for the tickets sold with take place at 7:30 PM - 8:00 PM the same day.

Tickets are available now! For more info contact any Hamtramck Firefighter, call the station at 313-876-7778 or e-mail today!

License #X64203

Winners Info



Posted 11.26.06 @ 06:20 PM EST

BOWLING WRAP UP
Once again, thanks to all for supporting our 2006 Bowling Event. Thanks to their assistance and to all those that attended or donated, the event was an amazing success!

Congrats to Walt Cichecki for a perfect 300 game and to Sandy for taking home Best Costume. An amazing time was had by all and we can't wait to see you again next year or at our next event!

THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Jurkiewicz & Wilk Funeral Home
Mackay & Caniff / 365-9600

Polish Village
2990 Yemans / 874-5726

Polish Sea League
Edwin & Brombach / 872-8772

Seven Brothers Bar
11831 Joseph Campau / 365-6576

The Friendly Roosevelt Bar
3424 Caniff / 874-3329

Amerisource
AmerisourceSupply.com / 313-924-0696

CPI Contracting
CPIcontracting.com / 810-794-7256

Caniff Electric Supply
2001 Caniff / 365-8144

New Dodge Lounge
8850 Joseph Campau / 874-5963

Jean’s Bar
12002 Joseph Campau / 892-9689

New Dodge / Jean’s Bar

Maine Street Restaurant
11650 Joseph Campau

J’s Silkscreens
Rhinoprint.com / 586-779-5456

Alison Paton, PC
615 Griswold, Detroit / 965-5000

Moose Lodge #1670
9421 Conant / 871-9115

Villa Realty – John Ulaj / Owner Broker
3022 Caniff / 758-0133 and 32600 Telegraph Ste 100, Bingham Farms




...and special thanks to: Nicole Diamond, Michele Wilk, Lisa Dombrowski, Monica Suchodolski, Victoria Guy, Sara Difranco, Jennifer Tiedt, Steve Graus of DC Sports, Polish Village, Srodek’s, Detroit Red Wings , Detroit Lions, Buddy’s Pizza, Polonia, Polish Market, Conant Caniff Mkt, Stan’s Grocery, Keg & Bottle, Turtle & Inky’s, Walter’s Party Shoppe, Detroit Threads, Baker Streetcar Bar, Pizza Marvelous, Regal Lanes ...and to all of our bowlers!

We've posted pictures from the event here.




Posted 11.09.06 @ 10:51 AM EST

WELCOME & PICS
The Hamtramck Firefighters Association, IAFF Local #750 welcomed 5 new members into their ranks at the last Union Meeting on October 3rd. Probationary Firefighters Bill Head, Jeremy Grundy, Mike Young, Paul Sevakis and Matt Larivee all took their oaths and were welcomed by all members.

The Hamtramck Fire Department recently welcomed three new members as probationary Firefighters - Mike Bourdow joined last week and Joe LaFever and Dan Oleksiak (who shares a last name with two of our current members, but is no known relation) start this week. Also, Lt. Chris Sanchez rejoined our ranks last week after a little hiatus.

Pics are posted here of a fire on Yemans Street, near Brombach. This took place the morning Saturday September 30th - photos courtesty Dennis Oleksiak.





Posted 10.06.06 @ 03:47 PM EST

RETIREMENT SET FOR WALT
The Hamtramck Fire Department's Master Mechanic Walt Cichecki is retiring. Walt would have had 30 years on the job in December 2006. His last day is set for Friday, October 13th.

A party will be held on Friday, October 13 at Turtle & Inky's on Carpenter, just west of Jos. Campau at 11 AM. All are welcomed to celebrate Wally's last day on the job - food and drinks will be available.

Pics posted here. Thanks to everyone that showed up and Turtle & Inky for hosting!





Posted 10.06.06 @ 03:37 PM EST

BASKETBALL CHALLENGE
Hamtramck Public School Employees
vs.
Hamtramck Firefighters and Police


Date: Wednesday, October 18
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Hamtramck High School Community Center
Fee: $1.00 with student ID
$3.00 adults or without student ID

Come cheer on your favorite Hamtramck Public School Teacher or Staff Member as they take on Hamtramck’s finest Police and Fire Fighters on the court!

This night is guaranteed to be exciting! Don’t miss out! Concessions will be sold. All proceeds from this event will go to the “Save Our Recreation Committee.”





Posted 09.23.06 @ 01:12 AM EST

BOWLING
NO FESTIVAL FOR US THIS YEAR!?! So, come bowl with us! On October 28th at Regal Lanes (2633 Mound Rd. Warren, MI 48092), the Hamtrmack Firefighters will be having an evening of bowling fun. $25 gets you 3 games, shoes, door prizes, special red pin, door prizes and more. Costumes are not required - but very welcomed (prize for best costume).

Lane sponsorships start at $75. For details call John Dropchuk or Bill Diamond at the Hamtramck Firehouse: 313-876-7778. Please click here for our sponsorship information, or here for flyer.

Pics here!!





Posted 09.10.06 @ 05:59 PM EST

NO FESTIVAL FOR FIREFIGHTERS
The Hamtramck Firefighters will not be participating in the 2006 Hamtramck Festival. The Firefighters were forced out due to circumstances regarding our ongoing relations with the City.

However, the 2006 Hamtramck Firefighters mug is available (in limited quanities). We are working on several alternative locations and will be posting these locations where the (potentially last?) Hamtramck Firefighters mug will be available - if you can't wait, contact a Hamtramck Firefighter.

The (last?) Hamtramck Firefighters Mugs are now available at these locations:
POLISH SEA LEAGUE
2601 Edwin - corner of Brombach

TURTLE & INKY'S
2656 Carpenter – east of Jos. Campau

NEW DODGE LOUNGE
8850 Jos. Campau – across from Rally’s

ROOSEVELT BAR
3424 Caniff – west of Conant

HIPPO’S
11641 Conant – north of Casmere

LOCKER ROOM
3141 Caniff - at Charest

JEAN'S BAR
12002 Jos. Campau - north of Commor

SUZY'S BAR
2942 Evaline - - west of Jos. Campau

BAKER'S STREETCAR
9817 Jos. Campau - between Evaline & Yemans

BELMONT BAR
10215 Jos. Campau - between Belmont & Trowbridge

HEAD COACH BAR
12001 Conant - corner of Commor

FLOWERS BY US
11521 Jos. Campau - between Casmere and Whalen
Please support these establishments as they are supporting us! This list will be updated as needed.





Posted 08.28.06 @ 08:33 PM EST

FIRE HITS BANGLADESHI CENTER
Hamtramck Firefighters battled a spectacular blaze overnight at the Bangladesh-Hindu Cultural Center on Grayling St on the city's south side. The initial call came in shortly after 11:00 PM and lasted well into the next morning - much of the department's off duty personnel were called in to assist.

More on the story: Detroit News, Detroit Free Press and at Click On Detroit.

Click here for pictures.





Posted 08.23.06 @ 01:07 PM EST

WEBSITE UPDATES

Our website, HamtramckFirefighters.com was selected for an honorable mention for the 2006 International Association of Fire Fighters Media Awards for Best Affiliate Website. The Contest is conducted annually ...(to) recognize outstanding work by IAFF affiliates in communicating with their members and generating public awareness for fire fighters in their respective communities.

Of our site, the IAFF says:
Hamtramck, MI Local 750 has created an extremely personal and informational web site for its community and fire fighters. The history of Hamtramck Fire Department and a page dedicated to fire links are among the many interesting features the web site offers. Visitors are invited to learn more about the fire fighters on their personal web pages filled with information and photos. Pictures of community events are posted and a list of charities with contact information is available encouraging others to donate.
We are also working diligently to make our site more accessible in a few different ways. We are working on incorporating newer technologies to make the site work smoother. There may be a few hiccups during the process - but for the most part, the changes will be in the background. Some folks might notice that some area's of the site are more friendly to widescreen notebook screens.

We've also added a profile to MySpace, the intent of that is to bring our message to a larger group of people that may have not signed up for our mailing list nor check the site on a regular basis. What are you waiting for? Add us as a friend now.





Posted 08.17.06 @ 11:57 PM EST

NEW BOOTS
The Hamtramck Firefighters welcomed five new firefighters - as well as a return of one former firefighter as probationary "boots." Brian Zajac returns to the department as probationary firefighter after leaving several years ago and spending time with other area Fire Departments, also joining the Hamtramck Fire Department are Mike Young, Bill Head, Jeremy Grundy, Matt Larivee and Paul Sevakis. The guys were sworn in on July 21st, their first day of work was July 24th.

Click here to see photo's of a training exercise from Tuesday, July 25th involving our Aerial Tower as well as pics from around the station. These photo's were taken by Motor Engineer Dennis Oleksiak.





Posted 07.27.06 @ 10:59 PM EST

LT. WATSON RETIRES
Congratulations and best wishes to Hamtramck Fire Lieutenant John "Chuck" Watson as his last working date of July 14th, 2006 approaches. Chuck would have 30 years on the Hamtramck Fire Department this coming December.

Also best wishes to Fire Lieutenant Chris Sanchez. Chris leaves the department after 13 years of service, his last scheduled work day is July 13th.





Posted 07.12.06 @ 08:38 AM EST

BACK TO WORK
After two weeks of lay off, all six laid off Hamtramck Firefighter were called to report back to duty today.

Thanks to all the citizens, businesses and brother firefighters that supported the Hamtramck Firefighters fight to get the these six men back on the job.





Posted 07.05.06 @ 05:58 PM EST

PAUL G. RETIREMENT SET
Congratulations and best wishes to Hamtramck Fire Motor Engineer Paul Grzegorzewski has set his retirement date as July 29th, 2006. Paul would have 30 years on the Hamtramck Fire Department this coming December. Paul's dad, Clarence also served with the Hamtramck Fire Dept.

Click here for pictures.





Posted 07.01.06 @ 08:01 PM EST

LAYOFF PICKET
Hamtramck Firefighters were joined by Firefighters from Pontiac, Ecorse, Detroit and other metro departments in an informational picket outside City Hall on Tuesday, June 27th. At the meeting, Hamtramck Firefighters Association President Mark Swider spoke on the recent layoff of six firefighters.

We'd like to thank our brother firefighters for showing support and offering assistance at this time. We'd also like to thank all the residents for voicing thier support and concerns to the council.

Our pics are posted here. Details of the meeting as well as more photos are available at Hamtramck Star.





Posted 06.29.06 @ 06:08 PM EST

TO THE CITIZENS OF HAMTRAMCK
Effective June 21, 2006 your Fire Department has been reduced by an additional 25%.

On June 21st Chief James Szafarczyk handed out layoff notices to six of your firefighters.

First Louis Schimmel reduced your Fire Department by 34%. And on June 21st (without notice) Don Crawford, (city manager) reduced manpower by an additional 25%.

What does this mean to the citizens?

The citizens of Hamtramck deserve and pay for a professional Fire Department. You expect quick and efficient response in your time of need.

Overtime will go up causing fire fighter fatigue, resulting in line of duty injury.

When homes are burning, children are choking, when loved ones are having heart attacks seconds count.

The firefighters of this city can always be counted on.

Now we need your help!

Voice your concern at the next council meeting Tuesday June 27th. We will be meeting in Zussman Park (across from City Hall) at 6:15 PM.

Please call your Mayor and City Council: 313-876-7700





Posted 06.25.06 @ 11:51 PM EST

PROMISES FROM HAMTRAMCK'S LEADERS
Councilman Scott Klein carries a sign asking 'How Important is Your Life Saftey? - Ask City Council' during the first round of firefighter layoffs.  Now he is on the city council."As your City Council President I demanded a fully-staffed, fully-equipped full-time Fire Department. And I ask that you will join me in demanding the highest possible levels of Public Safety."
Mayor Karen Majewski (karenmajewski.com)


"If we don't hire some bodies, it will be extremely difficult to operate."
City Manager Donald Crawford (on hiring firefighters)


"...his attempt to gut the fire department while wearing down the remaining firefighters with overtime show that he is concerned neither with the pblic safety of the residents of Hamtramck nor, ironcially with protecting the city budget."
Karen Majewski (Citizen 10-19-05, actually commenting on Schimmel)


"With public safety, I think it is important to work to alleviate the burden of overtime within our fire and police services and find adequate funds to hire more and pay overtime less."
Councilman Tim Nowakowski (Citizen 10-05-05)


"...we do not to destroy our fire department to make it affordable. The immediate answer is to reduce overtime and use the savings to hire firefighters."
Councilman Rob Cedar (Citizen 10-15-05)


"We can reduce the overtime and eliminate jobs in the city government that are not vital and put more police officers and firefighters on the streets."
Councilman Abdul Algazali (Citizen 10-05-05)


It is the staff of the state and the governor through her appointment of Lou Schimmel that prevents us from answering the staffing crisis in the fire department."
Councilman Scott Klein (Citizen 10-05-05)


"It is clear that we have the money in the budget now to hire more firefighters."
Scott Klein (Citizen 10-05-05)


"..the state appointed negotiation team is bent on destroying our ability to provide public safety."
Scott Klein (Citizen 10-05-05)


"You end up paying money up from to save money down the line."
Emergency Financial Manager Lousi Schimmel (on the firefighters contract - Citizen 02-22-06)


"SOLIDARITY SUPPORTS THE FIRE DEPARTMENT"
Hamtramck Digest headline (Solidarity PAC Campain Newsletter - 07-30-05)


"That's the kind of support for a well-eqipped and fully staffed fire department you can expect when you elect... Ahmed... Cedar and Klein to council."
Hamtramck Digest (Solidarity PAC Campain Newsletter - 07-30-05)


"Majewski and candidates for 4 year terms on council Rob Cedar.. and Scott Klein know the price of peace of mind is a well equipped and staffed fire department."
Hamtramck Digest (Solidarity PAC Campain Newsletter - 07-30-05)


Other priorities mentioned on Nowakowski's election flyer include re-establishing block organizations and Neighborhood Watch, and rehiring police and fire personnel.
(HamVoter)





Posted 06.23.06 @ 06:39 PM EST

UNDER FIRE AGAIN
click to enlargeAs firefighters lined up for roll call on Wednesday June 21st at the Hamtramck Fire Department, Fire Chief James Szafarczyk, without explanation or notice, handed layoff notices to six of Hamtramck's Bravest.

Ironically, on a day when firefighters across the United States and Canada focused on firefighters safety, the City of Hamtramck has decided to compromise the safety of its firefighters and citizens. Last year in the United States, thousands of firefighters were injured while on duty and worse, 115 were killed in the line of duty.

The city of Hatmramck's leaders have chosen to ignore the great concessions made for safety and the State Emergency Financial Manager's recommendations.

As a result of these lay offs the City must call in up to four firefighters a day on overtime, further burdening the budget, and causing great physical and mental stress on the remaining firefighters. Incredibly, on February 14th, 2006 the Emergency Financial Manager had authorized the City to hire 3 additional firefighters.

The impact of these layoffs on firefighters' safety is that less is doing more. In a fire setting this could result in more firefighter injuries and possibly death. Their manufactured financial emergency is going to create a real Public Safey Emergency.





Posted 06.23.06 @ 06:19 PM EST

LT. SYLVESTER
Congratulations to Mark Sylvester on his promotion to Lieutenant. Mark has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since May, 1984 - Mark is a former Hamtramck Firefighter of the year. He has served as a union president and as chairman of the Hamtramck Goodfellows.

Lt. Sylvester will be filling a long standing vacancy within the department.





Posted 06.23.06 @ 06:09 PM EST

CITY MANAGER JEOPARDIZES HAMTRAMCK
On June 21st, Hamtramck City Manager Donald Crawford laid off 6 Hamtramck Firefighters. This move incredibly jeopardizes the lives and property of the citizens of Hamtramck. These layoffs were made despite the recommendations of state appointed Emergency Financial Manager Louis Schimmel.

This brings the number of the already drastically diminished staffing of active firefighter suppression personnel to 14. With our mandatory 7-man per day minimum, overtime costs will sky rocket dramatically. All furlough and leave days have already been ordered canceled.

No other city departments have been affected by this "emergency financial crisis."





Posted 06.22.06 @ 10:56 AM EST

ST. FLORIAN MARCH & MASS PICS
We'd like to thank everyone for showing up at our annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass. Firefighters from all over the Metro Detroit showed up including Detroit, Frenchtown, Eastpointe, as well as the Honor Guard and Bagpipers.

Thanks again to all those that showed up and Fr. Thomas and St. Florian for once again having us.

Pics are posted here.

We also have a new guestbook posted here!





Posted 05.12.06 @ 12:00 AM EST

ST. FLORIAN FIREFIGHTER MARCH & MASS
This years annual St. Florian Firefighter March and Mass will be held on May 6th.

March leaves Hamtramck firehouse at about 3:00 PM - march participants should arrive early!! Mass starts at 4 PM (you are not obligated to attend or participate in mass). There is also a chili cook off this year at 5 PM.

Other details, including history of the event and details about the origins of St. Florian can be found here.





Posted 04.17.06 @ 06:31 PM EST

PACZKI DAY PICS & THANKS
Pics posted Another Paczki Day is wrapped up as a spectacular success. We celebrated at New Dodge Lounge where we sold t-shirts and Jello shots at the invitation of owner's Cathy & Lew Gordon. The Crowd gathered from all over, including firefighters from Detroit, Commerce, Southfield, Clinton Twp, Frenchtown and other areas!

Of course we'd like to thank our hosts: Cathy & Lew, as well as the staff of New Dodge (Michelle, Ginger, Allison, Jessica, Michelle, Erin and Michael), we'd also like to thank Mike & Mike of Roosevelt Bar for assisting, Maria and Michelle for assisting with the Jello making, Doug Podell and Ken of WRIF for promoting us, Maria and Jackie for their assistance in sales - and everyone for showing up and helping out!

Pics posted here.





Posted 03.03.06 @ 12:55 AM EST

KOSINSKI HARDWARE STORE FIRE
On February 2nd, 2006 the Hamtramck Fire Department responded to the Kosinski Hardware Store on Conant Street at around 5:00 PM. We were there for late into the night working on extinguishing the blaze which went through the roof. All off duty firefighters were called in, and Highland Park sent a two man crew to assist.

Click here for our pics from Bill Eisner.

Hamtramck Star has more images, including a video.





Posted 02.20.06 @ 02:09 PM EST

PACZKI DAY
The Hamtramck Firefighters will have t-shirts and jello shots available for sale this Paczki Day at the New Dodge Lounge on Jos. Campau (across from Rally's).

Stop by as we'll be hanging out there during the day checking out the live broadcast from WRIF and watching bands including The Polish Muslims, Jotown, Various Artists and the Misty Blues... oh, yeah - there's gonna be some donuts, beads and Polish food, too!

Paczki Day (aka Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras) is February 28th, New Dodge Lounge is at 8850 Jos. Campau (map).

Pics from last year!

We even made the front page from the 'Village Voice' Newspaper! Check it out!




Posted 02.15.06 @ 06:20 PM EST

NEW FIREFIGHTERS
Two new probationary firefighters were sworn in on December 27th by Judge Paul Paruk. Andy Oleksiak and Mike Wagenschutz were added to the Hamtramck Fire Department's roster, both "boots" were working within a few days of their swearing in.

Andy continues in his father's footsteps: his father Dennis is a current Hamtramck Firefighter Motor Engineer. Mike also continues a family tradition, his father is a fire chief up north and has other family members in various fire services.

The on duty staff attended the swearing-in ceremony and it was attended by members of Mike and Andy's families. Mayor Karen Majewski also attended as well as former Hamtramck Firefighter Gary Sitek.

Click here for pics.





Posted 01.04.06 @ 04:26 PM EST

MACIEJEWSKI RETIRES
Congratulations and best wishes to Motor Engineer Mike Maciejewski on his retirement from the Hamtramck Fire Department.

Mike joined the Fire Dept. in 1984 after serving several years with Hamtramck Department of Public Works. Mike took his traditional last ride in early December prior to going on furlough - we'd all like to wish Mike the best as he heads south.

Click here for pics.





Posted 12.24.05 @ 11:25 PM EST

CAPT. LORIO
Congratulations to Andrew Lorio on his promotion to Captain. Andy has been with the Hamtramck Fire Department since December, 1976 and currently serves as a union vice president.

Capt. Lorio will be filling in the vacancy created with the retirement of Jeff Koss earlier this year.





Posted 12.02.05 @ 05:39 PM EST

CONDOLENCES
Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the friends and family of Benjamin "Ben" Czerniawski, who passed away November 24th, 2005.

Lt. Czerniawski served with the Hamtramck Fire Department before retiring in late 60s/early 70s as a lieutenant and is remembered fondly by all.

Viewing is November 26th & 27th at the Kaul Funeral Home in St. Clair Shores, please click here for details.





Posted 11.26.05 @ 05:03 PM EST




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William Diamond
President
 
Andrew Oleksiak
First Vice President
 
Nicholas Mancina
Second Vice President
 
Steve Brummer
Treasurer
 
Michael Young
Secretary
 
Daniel Oleksiak
Steward
 
Paul Sevakis
Steward
 
Joseph LaFever
Trustee
 
Brandyn Thurman
Trustee
 
Thad Carroll
Trustee
 

 


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