Milwaukee Fire Department

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Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD)
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Agency Overview
Established January 1, 1875
Annual calls 52,900
Employees 955
Staffing Career
Fire chief Mark Rohlfing
Facilities & Equipment
Battalions 5
Stations 36
Engines 35
Trucks 15
Rescues 2
HAZMAT 1
EMS Level ALS & BLS

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) provides fire protection and emergency medical services for the city of Milwaukee.[1] The 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
  • Assistant Chief (3 - Car 2a, 2b and 2c)
  • Deputy Chief
  • 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. The MFD also operates a fire apparatus fleet of 32 Engine Companies, 12 Ladder Companies, 2 Heavy Rescue Units, 12 Paramedic Ambulances (MED Unit), 1 Fireboat, and numerous other special, support, and reserve units. 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]

  • 32 Engines(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)
  • 10 Trucks(T3, T5, T6, T7, T8, T9, T12, T15, T16, T17)
  • 2 Tower Ladders(T1, T2)
  • 2 Rescues(R1, R2)
  • 12 ALS Medic 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)
  • 5 Battalion Chief's Units(B1, B2, B3, B4, B5)
  • 1 Deputy Chief's Unit(Car 3)
  • 1 Special Operations Battalion Chief's Unit
  • 1 Fire Investigation Unit(Car 14)
  • 1 Incident Safety Officer's(ISO) Unit(Car 18)
  • 2 Haz-Mat. Units(HM1, HM2)
  • 1 High-Volume Foam Unit(HVFU)
  • 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
  • 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]

1st Battalion[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Command Unit Address
Engine 1 784 N. Broadway
Engine 2 Truck 2 Car 18(Safety Officer) Car 3(Deputy Chief) 755 N. James Lovell St.
Truck 1 Rescue 3(Dive Team), Dive Rescue 2, Air Supply 1, Mobile Air Trailer 100 W. Virginia St
MED 7 Car 14(Fire Investigation Unit) Battalion 1 1313 W. Reservoir Ave.
Engine 6 1693 N. Franklin Pl.
Engine 21 MED 6 2050 N. Palmer St.
Engine 27 Truck 5 2647 N. Bartlett Ave.
Engine 32 Truck 9 1551 N. 30th St.

2nd Battalion[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Command Unit Address
Engine 13 2901 N. 30th St.
Engine 18 3628 N. Holton St.
Engine 22 8814 W. Lisbon Ave.
Engine 24 Truck 13 Rescue 2 Battalion 2 4927 W. Fiebrantz Ave.
Engine 30 Truck 12 2903 N. Teutonia Ave.
Engine 34 MED 13 6205 W. Burleigh St.
Engine 36 MED 5 4060 N. 27th St.

3rd Battalion[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Command Unit Address
Engine 10 Truck 17 MED 18 5600 W. Oklahoma Ave.
Engine 25 Haz-Mat. 1, Haz-Mat. 2 300 S. 84th St.
Engine 26 MED 3 1140 S. 26th St.
Engine 28 MED 14 424 N. 30th St.
Engine 29 3529 S. 84th St.
Engine 33* High-Volume Foam Unit, Fire Bell Club Canteen Unit Battalion 3 4515 W. Burnham St.
Truck 16 100 N. 64th St.
  • 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.

4th Battalion[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Command Unit Address
Engine 7 MED 15 Battalion 4 3174 S. Chase Ave.
Truck 6 2526 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.
Engine 12 Truck 11 Rescue 1, Rescue 4(H.U.R.T. Team), H.U.R.T. Trailer 2130 W.Oklahoma Ave.
Engine 14 Truck 8 6074 S. 13th St.
Engine 17 MED 17 4653 S. 13th St.
Engine 23 1400 S. 9th St
Engine 31 2400 S. 8th St.

5th Battalion[edit]

Engine Company Ladder Company Medic Unit Special Unit Command Unit Address
Engine 4 Truck 3 MED 16 9511 W. Appleton Ave.
Engine 8 5585 N. 69th St.
Engine 9 MED 4 Incident Command Post 4141 W. Mill Rd.
Engine 16 Battalion 5 10320 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Engine 37 Truck 15 5335 N. Teutonia Ave.
Engine 38 MED 19 8463 N. Granville Rd.
Engine 39 Truck 7 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 5 Station 5 2013
  • Engine 11 Station 11 2013
  • Engine 35 Station 35 2013
  • Ladder 14 Station 23 2013
  • Engine 3 Station 3 100 W. Virginia St.(Quarters of Truck 1) - Disbanded in 2012
  • Ambulance 1 Station 13 2012
  • Engine 20 Station 2 755 N. James Lovell St.(Quarters of Engine 2, Truck 2, Deputy Chief) - Disbanded in 2010
  • Truck 10 - Station 18
  • Battalion 6
  • Battalion 7
  • Truck 4 - Station 22
  • Truck 8 Station 3 1988
  • Truck 18 Station 21 1988
  • Engine 15 - Fire boat 1986
  • Engine 19 -

Notable incidents[edit]

Public works of art[edit]

Several stations feature commissioned works of art, including:

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