Our mission is simple: Public Safety
It's a broad term that requires broader skills. Physical strength and
fitness are a must.
It's also an ambitious goal. Our service to the community demands that we
anticipate risks and address them with innovative approaches that
meet people at their point of need.
It's a fact that the vast majority of fires are preventable. Cultural,
social, economic, and environmental factors significantly influence
risk for both fire and injury.
As the IAFF study concludes, the City of Madison Fire Department
doesn't just practice diversity in hiring we embrace it.
To fully realize the promise of diversity, an openness to new ideas and
techniques is essential.
A solution-oriented, learning environment applies those new ideas in
creative ways that produce positive results.
The men and women who make up the Madison Fire Department come from all
parts of the United States. We vary in culture as well as
educational background. Some of our people are the product of
generations of fire personnel and some had no experience until
becoming a member of our Department.
Regardless of background or experience, upon joining the Department, they
become part of a unified team building on discipline, respect and
Our promise as an organization is that all personnel are given the tools
and the support they require to work together comfortably and
Much of that support is in the form of ongoing training. Our readiness as
a Department depends on learning and practicing new techniques.
The MFD aggressively pursues grant funding for new equipment and
training to ensure that all personnel are well-prepared and
Through careful management of resources, the Department has become a
regional leader, particularly in the areas of Advanced Life Support,
Hazardous Materials, and Heavy Urban Rescue.