The Operations of the Madison Fire Department fall under the direction of the Assistant Chief of Operations, Lance M. Langer. The Department staffs 11 Engine Companies, 5 Ladder Companies, 8 Paramedic Ambulances and 1 Citywide Incident Commander. The Special Operations Chief oversees the 3 Specialty Teams:
- Lake Rescue which operates both above and below rescue
- Hazardous Incident Team (HIT) which responds to Hazardous Material spills and releases
- Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) combines 4 disciplines of Technical Rescue: High Angle, Trench, Confined Space and Collapse rescue.
Daily staffing for the city is currently 82 with the addition of Engine 13 in July, 2014. The day to day supervision of the 13 fire houses is performed by the Officer in Charge (OIC). The OIC is the immediate responder for emergencies that have multiple MFD assets assigned. Support of the Incident Commander is provided by additional Command Staff members responding.
Apparatus is assigned to individual stations as follows:
- Engines at Firehouses 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
- Ladders at Firehouses 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
- Medics (ambulances) at Firehouse 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) at Firehouse 8
- Squad at Firehouse 4
- SCUBA at Firehouse 1
- Hazardous Intervention Team (HIT) at Firehouse 7