From the City Charter: Sec. 9-17
The chief of the fire department shall be the head of the fire department of the City of Hamtramck. He shall have the qualifications prescribed by Chapter 5 Sec. 5-01 of this charter for appointive officers, and in addition shall reside within a thirty (30) mile radius of the city, except as otherwise provided in MCL 15.602.
(a) He shall be responsible for the faithful performance of his duties to the city manager. He shall have the power and authority to make all proper rules for the government and discipline of the fire department, subject to the approval of the city attorney and city manager.
(b) He shall be responsible for making application for available resources for the fire department and shall provide a quarterly report to the city manager regarding these applications.
(c) He shall design an effective training program for the fire department, and recommend such training program to the city manager. Such training shall be reported to council by the city manager on a semi-annual basis.
(d) He shall submit to the city manager each year, as in this charter provided, an estimate in detail of the expenditures of his department for the ensuing year, to be included in the yearly budget, and shall make such other reports as may be required by the city manager, provisions of this charter or by law or ordinance of the city.
(e) He shall have the custody and control of all evidentiary property, books, records, and equipment belonging to the fire department.
(f) He shall have such powers, duties, and responsibilities as are conferred by laws of the state, and the provisions of this charter, and the ordinances of the city council.
Fire Chief Danny Hagen
Chief Hagen was appointed the Interim Fire Chief of Hamtramck in August of 2016 and permanent Fire Chief March of 2017. He began his fire service career starting in 1978 as a volunteer firefighter with the City of East Detroit (today – Eastpointe, MI). He became a full-time firefighter in 1980 with Eastpointe and retired in 2010, the last 16+ years he held the position of Fire Chief. He holds an Associated of Applied Science (Fire Science) Degree from Macomb Community College and a Bachelors of Applied Science (Public Safety Studies) Degree from Siena Heights University. He has accumulated over 2,500 hours of training throughout his career, including state certified Fire Inspector, Fire Investigator, Fire Instructor and attended both the National Fire Academy and National Fire Staff and Command.
Since his retirement in 2010, he has remained active within the fire service profession. He was an instructor for the Regional Alliance for Firefighter Training, a spokesperson with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and a guest speaker at numerous fire departments in southeast Michigan. In 2009 he joined the MI1-Disaster Medical Assistance Team, a federal team through the U.S. Department Health and Human Services. He serves as the team’s Acting Logistics Chief and has been deployed to New Jersey, Washington D.C. and in 2017 to Florida, to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.