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Madison Fire Department
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Fire Inspection Unit

Inspections are a means to identify and eliminate or reduce hazards which might result in life or property loss. Inspections also ensure that fire protection systems, such as sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, and kitchen hood extinguishing systems are maintained in good working condition. In the event of a fire, losses will be minimized through early detection and suppression. Code enforcement is a proactive and cost effective approach to community fire protection.

Annually, over 24,000 inspections are conducted by the Madison Fire Department. The Fire Inspection Unit inspects approximately 4,400 properties, with firefighters inspecting an additional 6,800 commercial properties semi-annually. Commercial properties include residential buildings of 3 units or more, as well as retail, factories, warehouses, and office buildings. Certified Fire Code Enforcement Officers and Fire Inspectors coordinate the inspections performed by firefighters by providing technical assistance and serving as liaisons between the firefighters and business owners.

Team Members

Name Position Responsibilities Phone
Michael Schroeder Fire Prevention Officer III Downtown West (608) 261-9842
Brian Kruser Fire Prevention Officer III University Campus (608) 266-4487
Joe Seifert Fire Prevention Officer III Southside (608) 261-9846
Jerry McMullen Fire Prevention Officer III Downtown (608) 261-9840
Claude Greene Fire Prevention Officer II Southwest (608) 261-9841
Douglas Milks Fire Prevention Officer II Eastside, Flammable & Combustible Tank Inspection Program (608) 261-9847
Eric Dahl Fire Prevention Officer II   (608) 261-9845

For information on UW Inspections and New Construction, go to the Fire Protection Engineering Unit.

Neighborhood Resource Teams

A valuable community resource, the prevention staff members also assist the Neighborhood Resource Teams and area business owners by providing technical assistance in such diverse topics such as storage of flammable liquids to maintenance requirements for sprinkler systems.

Code & Standards

The code & standards used by our Fire Inspectors are: