Milwaukee Fire Department

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Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD)
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Operational Area
Country United States
State  Wisconsin
City Milwaukee
Agency Overview
Established January 1, 1875
Annual calls ~52,900
Employees 955
Staffing Career
Fire chief Mark Rohlfing
IAFF 215
Facilities & Equipment
Divisions 1
Battalions 5
Stations 36
Engines 32
Trucks 14
Rescues 2
Fireboats 1
Ambulances 12
HAZMAT 2
EMS Level ALS & BLS
Website
city.milwaukee.gov/mfd
www.local215.com/index

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services to the city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.[1]

The Milwaukee Fire Department employs approximately 1000 firefighters, many of whom are also paramedics.[1] The department was ranked third in the U.S. for best medical emergency service by a USA Today study in 2003.[2] The department is headed by Chief Mark Rohlfing.[3]

Organization[edit]

The Milwaukee Fire Department is divided into three bureaus of operation: Operations; Support; and EMS, Training and Education. Each bureau is commanded by an assistant chief and has at least one subdivision. The Operations Bureau commands the Firefighting Division and the Special Operations Division. The Support Bureau commands the Construction and Maintenance Division, and the Dispatch and Technical Services Section. The EMS, Training, and Education Bureau commands the EMS Division and the Training Division. Each division is commanded by a battalion chief, except the Firefighting Division, which is commanded by a Deputy Chief and five Battalion Chiefs per shift.[4]

Rank structure[edit]

The following is a list of ranks within MFD by order of lowest-level employee to senior command staff.

  • Chief of Department (Car 1)
  • Assistant Chief (Car 2A, Car 2B, Car 2C)
  • Deputy Chief (Car 3)
  • Battalion Chief
  • Captain
  • Lieutenant
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO)
  • Firefighter/Paramedic
  • Fire Cadet (civilian position open to youth 17-19 years old only)

Operations[edit]

The MFD currently operates out of 36 Fire Stations, located throughout the city in 5 Battalions, under the command of 5 Battalion Chiefs and 1 Deputy Chief per shift. There are also 4 Special Incident Teams that operate several specialized units: The Boat Team; The Dive Team; The Haz-Mat. Team; The Heavy Urban Rescue Team(H.U.R.T.).

Fire Apparatus Profile(2014)[edit]

Frontline Fire Companies[edit]

  • 32 Engine Companies (E1, E2, E4, E6, E7, E8, E9, E10, E12, E13, E14, E16, E17, E18, E21, E22, E23, E24, E25, E26, E27, E28, E29, E30, E31, E32, E33, E34, E36, E37, E38, E39)
  • 12 Truck Companies (T3, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T11, T12, T13, T15, T16, T17)
  • 2 Tower Ladder Companies (T1, T2)
  • 2 Rescue Companies (R1, R2)

Medic Units[edit]

  • 12 ALSParamedic Ambulances (MED 3, MED 4, MED 5, MED 6, MED 7, MED 13, MED 14, MED 15, MED 16, MED 17, MED 18, MED 19)

Command Units and Chiefs[edit]

  • 5 Battalion Chief's Units (B1, B2, B3, B4, B5)
  • 1 Deputy Chief's Unit (Car 3)
  • 3 Assistant Chief's Units (Car 2A, Car 2B, Car 2C)
  • 1 Chief of Department's Unit (Car 1)
  • 1 Special Operations Battalion Chief's Unit

Special and Support Units[edit]

  • 1 Fire Investigation Unit (Car 14)
  • 1 Incident Safety Officer's(ISO) Unit (Car 18)
  • 2 Haz-Mat. Units (HM1, HM2)
  • 1 High-Volume Hose Unit (HVHU)
  • 2 Air Supply Units (AS1, AS2)
  • 1 Dive Team Unit (R3)
  • 1 H.U.R.T. Team Unit and Trailer (R4)
  • 1 Incident Command Post
  • 2 Shop Vans
  • 1 Shop Truck
  • 1 Chemical Supply Van

Spare and Training Units[edit]

  • 1 Training Engine (E50)
  • 7 Spare Engines (E40, E41, E43, E44, E46, E48, E51)
  • 1 Training Truck (T30)
  • 5 Spare Trucks (T21, T23, T24, T25, T26)
  • 3 Spare Medic Ambulances (MED 20, MED 30, MED 31)

Fire Station Locations and Apparatus[edit]

Below is a complete list of all fire station and apparatus locations in the city of Milwaukee according to Battalion.[5]

Engine 33 is located in West Milwaukee and is the only MFD fire station outside of the city limits. The MFD provides fire, rescue and EMS protection for the village of West Milwaukee.

Engine Company Truck Company Medic Unit Special Unit Chief Battalion Address
Engine 1 1 784 N. Broadway
Engine 2 Truck 2 Car 18(Safety Officer) Car 3(Deputy Chief) 1 755 N. James Lovell St.
Truck 1 Rescue 3(Dive Team), Dive Rescue 2, Air Supply 1, Mobile Air Trailer 1 100 W. Virginia St.
Engine 4 Truck 3 MED 16 5 9511 W. Appleton Ave.
MED 7 Car 14(Fire Investigation Unit) Battalion 1 1 1313 W. Reservoir Ave.
Engine 6 1 1693 N. Franklin Pl.
Engine 7 MED 15 Battalion 4 4 3174 S. Chase Ave.
Engine 8 5 5585 N. 69th St.
Engine 9 MED 4 Incident Command Post 5 4141 W. Mill Rd.
Engine 10 Truck 17 MED 18 3 5600 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Truck 6 Chemical Supply Van w/HI-X Foam Trailer, Foam Trailer 3 4 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Engine 12 Truck 11 Rescue 1, Rescue 4(H.U.R.T. Team), H.U.R.T. Trailer 4 2130 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Engine 13 2 2901 N. 30th St.
Engine 14 Truck 8 4 6074 S. 13th St.
Engine 16 Battalion 5 5 10320 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Engine 17 MED 17 4 4653 S. 13th St.
Engine 18 2 3628 N. Holton St.
Engine 21 MED 6 1 2050 N. Palmer St.
Engine 22 2 8814 W. Lisbon Ave.
Engine 23 4 1400 S. 9th St.
Engine 24 Truck 13 Rescue 2 Battalion 2 2 4927 W. Fiebrantz Ave.
Engine 25 Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2 3 300 S. 84th St.
Engine 26 MED 3 3 1140 S. 26th St.
Engine 27 Truck 5 1 2647 N. Bartlett Ave.
Engine 28 MED 14 3 424 N. 30th St.
Engine 29 3 3529 S. 84th St.
Engine 30 Truck 12 2 2903 N. Teutonia Ave.
Engine 31 4 2400 S. 8th St.
Engine 32 Truck 9 1 1551 N. 30th St.
Engine 33 High-Volume Hose Unit, Fire Bell Club Canteen Unit Battalion 3 3 4515 W. Burnham St.
Engine 34 MED 13 2 6205 W. Burleigh St.
Truck 16 3 100 N. 64th St.
Engine 36 MED 5 2 4060 N. 27th St.
Engine 37 Truck 15 5 5335 N. Teutonia Ave.
Engine 38 MED 19 Foam Trailers 1 & 2 5 8463 N. Granville Rd.
Engine 39 Truck 7 5 8025 W. Bradley Rd.

Budget cuts[edit]

Since 2010, the Milwaukee Fire Department has "browned out"[clarification needed] several fire companies as a result of budget cuts to the fire department. Starting in January 2014, four fire companies will be closed permanently instead of the rolling "brown outs" that occur when a fire company is temporarily closed for a day. Fire companies to be disbanded include: Engine 5, Engine 11, Engine 35, and Truck 14.[6]

Closed/Disbanded Fire Companies[edit]

Throughout the history of the Milwaukee Fire Department, several fire companies have been closed or disbanded due to budget cuts.

  • Engine 3 - 100 W. Virginia St.(Quarters of Truck 1) - Disbanded in Dec. 2012
  • Engine 5 - 1313 W. Reservoir Ave.(Quarters of MED 7, Battalion 1) - Disbanded in Dec.2013
  • Engine 11 - 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.(Quarters of Truck 6) - Disbanded in Dec. 2013
  • Engine 15(Fireboat-Deluge)- 105 N. Water St.- Disbanded in Nov. 1984
  • Engine 19 - 100 W. Virginia St.- Disbanded in May 1965
  • Engine 20 - 755 N. James Lovell St.(Quarters of Engine 2, Truck 2, Car 3) - Disbanded in Dec. 2008
  • Engine 35 - 100 N. 64th St.(Quarters of Truck 16) - Disbanded in Dec. 2013
  • Truck 4 - 8814 W. Lisbon Ave.(Quarters of Engine 22) - Disbanded in Sept. 1991 (Eng.16 activated though)
  • Truck 8 - 100 W. Virginia St.(Quarters of Truck 1) - Disbanded in Dec. 1988
  • Truck 10 - 3628 N. Holton St.(Quarters of Engine 18) - Disbanded in Dec. 2009
  • Truck 14 - 1400 S. 9th St.(Quarters of Engine 23) - Disbanded in Dec. 2013
  • Truck 18 - 2050 N. Palmer St.(Quarters of Engine 21, MED 6) - Disbanded in 1988
  • Ambulance 1 - 2901 N. 30th St.(Quarters of Engine 13) - Disbanded in Dec. 2012
  • Battalion 6 - 10320 W. Fond du lac Ave.(Quarters of Engine 16) - Disbanded in Dec. 2006
  • Battalion 7 - 10320 W. Fond du lac Ave.(Quarters of Engine 16) - Disbanded in Jan. 1994

Notable incidents[edit]

Public works of art[edit]

Several stations feature commissioned works of art, including:

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