• MFD Behind The Scenes: Lake Rescue Team Ice Dive Training Posted 03/02/2017

    The Madison Fire Department Lake Rescue Team is trained and equipped to perform water rescues, but did you know we do ice rescues, too?  To keep our skills fresh, we take to the lakes year-round for routine training. On a frigid January afternoon, the team headed out to Lake Monona for ice dives. Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Murray brought a camera with him so you can get a glimpse of what it's like to go beneath the surface– without having to brave the freezing temps!   Read more »
  • PHOTOS: Getting Up Close With The Lake Rescue Team Posted 02/14/2017

    Lake Rescue Team members have been getting their annual ice dives in while Madison's lakes are nice 'n' chilly. Our B-shift Dive Team set up on Lake Mendota last Friday. Scroll through the photos to learn more about their work: The Dive Team placed its tent near the hole in the ice for divers and support personnel to keep warm in frigid temperatures. The tent has a heater that can be deployed inside to warm the interior. Read more »
  • A Lake Rescue Legacy Lives On As City Names New Boat 'The Ralph Chamberlin II' Posted 07/07/2016

    When Ralph Chamberlin and his fellow firefighters headquartered in downtown Madison were called to help a swimmer in distress on Lake Mendota in the early 1980s, they watched helplessly as the man struggled. Lacking the proper equipment to get to him, the team ultimately witnessed his drowning. Chamberlin knew something must be done.  Read more »
  • New Boat Enhances MFD Lake Rescue Capabilities Posted 01/26/2016

    The Madison Fire Department recently acquired a new 24-foot rescue boat from Lake Assault Boats, LLP in Superior, WI.  This rescue boat will improve all aspects of our Lake Rescue Team’s response to incidents on the water. The Lake Assault™ boat is equipped with a Lowrance™ GPS, radar, underwater sonar, and an infrared camera. Read more »