Fire Station 8 is located on Lien Road on Madison’s east side near East Towne Mall.
Fire Station 8 was previously located on North Street until 1990. Old Station 8 was staffed with eight firefighters. It is currently owned by retired firefighter and unofficial MFD historian Mike Fuss.
The current Station 8 is a double-company house, staffed daily with eight firefighters and two firefighter/paramedics who work 24-hour shifts.
Station 8 also houses equipment for the Department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT). HURT is trained for technical rescues that may include incidents involving confined spaces, trench collapse, building collapse, or high-angle rope rescue.
- Ladder 8 – Madison's first platform truck is a 2014 Pierce Quantum Aerial with a TAK4 suspension featuring a 100-foot aerial platform ladder with water tower. The bucket gives firefighters a safe working area to perform rescues and roof ventilation operations as well as other firefighting activities. It also carries ground ladders, has a 1500 gallons-per-minute pump with 300-gallon booster tank, attack and supply fire hose, ventilation equipment, hand tools, and extrication equipment. Ladder 8 also carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Engine 8 – a 2009 Pierce Quantum Engine featuring a 1250 gallons-per-minute pump with 500-gallon booster tank, ground ladders, attack and supply fire hose, tools, and equipment. Engine 8 also carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Medic 8 – a 2010 Ford F450 Braun Advanced Life Support ambulance. Medic 8 carries a full complement of advanced life support equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Squad 8 - a 2005 Quantum chassis, Detroit Diesel Series 60 455HP engine, breathing air, command station, receiver hitches on all sides with 9000-pound winch, storage for plywood and struts in rear, cribbing compartments, TAK-4™ Independent Front Suspension, Command Zone #8482; advanced electronics system, "L"-shaped desk with hinged top dry erase board, 15" LED flat mounted TV monitor on swivel bracket. Pelco video observation system, half-width compartment in hatch compartments for storage of cascade bottles on top, Cascade system, two Wilber 9000 Night Scan light masts, and four electric cord reels.
- 2 Lieutenants – Station officers, one on the Ladder and one on the Engine
- 2 Apparatus Engineers (driver) – one on the Ladder and one on the Engine
- 4 Firefighters – two on the Ladder and two on the Engine
- 2 Paramedics on the ambulance
Station 8, located on the city's east side, proudly claims the name "Beast Of the East."
Station Eight's News
Upcoming Community Events! Posted 09/08/2017There’s a lot going on at the Madison Fire Department, and we want you to be a part of the fun! Scroll through these upcoming events, and we hope you'll join us! Read more »
A Look Back: Three Teens Rescued From Abandoned Mine Posted 07/19/2017Last summer three boys set out for a bike ride. When they didn't return, their afternoon adventure turned into a 16-hour multi-agency search operation at the Neda Iron Ore Mine in Iron Ridge, Wisconsin. The Madison Fire Department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team was among those who helped find them. Here's their story… Read more »
Meet Firefighter Kyle Homan Posted 05/02/2017Eighteen new firefighters now serve at a fire station near you! Check back daily and get to know them. Where are you stationed? I'm at Station 8 (Lien Road) on the A shift. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Marta Darrow Posted 04/26/2017Eighteen new firefighters now serve at a fire station near you! Check back daily and get to know them. What is your current station assignment? I'm at Station 8 (Lien Rd.) on the B shift. Read more »
MFD Behind The Scenes: Grain Bin Rescue Training Posted 03/23/2017Urban and rural settings in and around Madison have the potential to present a variety of unexpected emergencies beyond the scope of standard Fire or EMS response. In some cases, that’s where the Madison Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) comes in. Read more »
EMS Training Officer Beth Risler Retires From MFD Posted 03/09/2017In a department comprised of more than 350 commissioned members, few can say they know every name and recognize every face. Consider, then, what an achievement it is to know every name, every face, and have a direct impact on everybody’s career. Read more »
Retiring Lieutenant Tim Binger Reflects On "A Wonderful Life" Posted 12/22/2016After 40 years in the fire service, and 29 at the MFD, Lieutenant Tim Binger says he’s ready for a new adventure. Binger first put his feet to the fire in 1976 as a volunteer with the Town of Madison Fire Department. He was eventually hired with the Janesville Fire Department in 1980 and then moved to the Madison Fire Department in 1987, where he’s remained until December 21 of this year. Read more »
Lieutenants Receive 'Patriotic Employer Awards' From ESGR Posted 10/25/2016Lieutenants Thomas Frederick and Adrian Smith were each presented a Patriotic Employer Award from the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) this week. The ESGR is a volunteer organization within the U.S. Department of Defense that encourages all employers to support and value the employment and military service of members of the National Guard and Reserve. Read more »
Apparatus Engineer "Recon Bob" Says Goodbye After 25 Years Of Service Posted 01/28/2016The Madison Fire Department was part of Robert Recob’s life long before he became a firefighter here in January 1991. His father, Ray Disch, was an assistant chief at the MFD and ultimately steered Recob toward a career in the department, transitioning from a job working in maintenance for Woodman's Food Market. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Joshua Balli Posted 12/19/2015Eighteen new firefighters graduated the MFD Fire Academy on November 6, 2015. We introduce them to you on the MFD Blog throughout December. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Brian Bieganski Posted 12/01/2015Eighteen new firefighters graduated the MFD Fire Academy on November 6, 2015. We introduce them to you on the MFD Blog throughout December. Current station assignment: Station 8 (Lien Rd.) Read more »
New Emergency Care Clinic Opens On Far East Side Posted 08/18/2015We at the Madison Fire Department wish to congratulate UW Health on the opening of The American Center at 4602 Eastpark Blvd. This new facility, which offers emergency and critical care services among many others, opened at 7:00 a.m. yesterday. It provides crucial healthcare resources to an ever-growing area on the far east side of Madison. It also gives our first responders another emergency care option outside of the central city. Read more »
Upcoming Open Houses Get You "Fired Up" for Recruitment! Posted 08/12/2015Ask any member of the Madison Fire Department what compelled them to choose a career here and you will receive over 380 unique answers, but one common theme usually prevails: Read more »
The Heavy Urban Rescue Team Practices Life-Saving Skills Posted 06/23/2015Utilizing acquired structures from our community stakeholders, members of the City of Madison Heavy Urban Rescue Team (HURT) routinely practice a variety of skills that facilitate saving lives and reducing destruction to property. When buildings are compromised by forces such as tornados, motor vehicles, or even fire, a process called “shoring” is performed by HURT to render them safe. Read more »