Station 12 on the city's far-west side began operations at 400 South Point Road in August 2009, filling a significant gap in emergency response.
The station's Community Room is named in memory of Dr. Darren Bean, the Department's former Medical Director. Dr. Bean died in a Med Flight crash in May 2008. A memorial plaque for Dr. Bean is showcased in the Community Room.
Station 12 was built to meet specifications for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. LEED is an internationally-recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most:
- Energy savings
- Water efficiency
- CO2 emissions reduction
- Improved indoor environmental quality
- Stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts
Station 12 received LEED Platinum Certification, the first firehouse in the country to earn that distinction. The building received Fire Chief Magazine’s Silver place 2009 Station Style Design Award.
Station 12's "green" construction includes these noteworthy design elements:
- A geo exchange system that is the sole source for heating and cooling the building
- A green roof with vegetation in place of conventional roofing materials
- Solar heating panels for the building's hot water needs
- Xeriscaping that reduces the amount of high-maintenance turf in the landscaping
- A storm water collection system for general non-potable water use
- Engine 12 – a 2017 Pierce Quantum Pumper manufactured in Appleton, WI with a Hale fire pump rated at 1250 gallons per minute. It has a 500-gallon booster tank and carries an additional 20 gallons of foam for Class A fires. It contains four pre-connected fire attack lines and a compliment of 5” and 2 ½” supply lines. In addition to firefighting and rescue tools, E12 carries a full complement of EMS equipment. Engine 12 has a gross vehicle weight of 46,800 pounds and is powered by a 400 hp Cummins diesel engine which provides a top speed of 65 miles per hour.
- HIT 12 – a 2003 Ford F-550 XL Super Duty with trailer. HIT (Hazardous Incident Team) 12 supports the MFD Hazmat team. It carries personnel along with equipment used for decontamination and spill control.
- 1 Lieutenant, station officer
- 1 Apparatus Engineer (driver) operating the engine
- 2 Firefighters staffing the engine
Station Twelve's News
MFD Bids Farewell To Retiring Apparatus Engineer Steve Dahlgren Posted 01/02/2018The new year opens a new chapter for Apparatus Engineer Steve Dahlgren, who retires from the Madison Fire Department today after 25 years of service. Read more »
Old Fire Hoses Find New Life At the Henry Vilas Zoo Posted 12/21/201716-year-old Kawan takes hold of the line. With speed and precision she reaches forward, grasping to the ropes and slings with her hands and feet as her body swings upward. Seconds later she’s out of sight, hugging the skylights high above all who watch. Read more »
New Solar Panels Installed At Fire Station 12 Posted 10/19/2017Madison's "greenest" fire station just got greener! New solar panels were recently installed at Fire Station 12 on South Point Road on Madison's far west side. The system consists of 70 photovoltaic modules rated at 270 Watts for a total system size of 18.9 kW DC. The 70 modules are split between 4 poles with 14, 16, 20, and 20 modules respectively. Read more »
Meet Lieutenant Chris Carbon Posted 09/16/2017Six new lieutenants were recently promoted. Get to know them all week long on the MFD Blog! Where are you stationed? I’m at Station 12 (South Point Rd.) on the ‘B’ shift. Read more »
Meet Lieutenant Dan Williams Posted 09/12/2017Six new lieutenants were recently promoted. Get to know them all week long on the MFD Blog! Where are you stationed? I'm at Station 12 (South Point Road) on the 'C' shift. Read more »
New Lease On Life: Oregon Man Reconnects With Crew That Helped Save Him Posted 06/07/2017Family Visits Station 12 With Gratitude, And A Message For the Community It’s not every day our members get a status update on the patients they’ve helped in a time of great need. That’s why the McKee family of Oregon, Wis., felt it was especially important to stop by Fire Station 12 to let the Firefighter/EMTs there know they made a big difference... Read more »
Captain Todd Steyer Wraps Up A Fulfilling 30-Year Career With MFD Posted 06/04/2017After three decades immersed in a career he describes as rewarding, challenging, and gratifying, Captain Todd Steyer retires from the Madison Fire Department. Steyer first took interest in emergency medical service in 1981 while a member of the National Ski Patrol, working alongside a number of EMTs rendering aid to injured skiers. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Trent Meicher Posted 05/06/2017Eighteen 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 12 (South Point Rd.) on the C shift. Read more »
A Greener Firehouse: How Fire Station 12 LEEDs the Way Posted 04/20/2017Students studying Sustainable and Renewable Energy Systems at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville recently visited Fire Station 12 on Madison's far west side, the Madison Fire Department's only LEED Platinum-certified facility. The fire station, which opened in 2009, features “green” construction elements that promote sustainability and water and energy conservation. Read more »
Meet AE Chad Powell Posted 04/07/2017Where are you stationed? I’m currently assigned to Station 12 (South Point Rd.) on the C Shift. Where were you previously? I was previously assigned to Station 3 on the A Shift as a firefighter/paramedic. Read more »
Two New Fire Engines Are About To Hit The Road! Posted 03/07/2017Members of the Madison Fire Department were at Pierce Manufacturing in Appleton this week conducting final inspections on two new Pierce Quantum Fire Engines. Read more »
Building Connections, Inspiring Kids: Engine 12 At Olson Elementary School Posted 02/02/2017An incentive program at Olson Elementary School not only encourages kids to do something good — it also connects them with their neighborhood firefighters in a fun and rewarding way! Read more »
Retiring Asst. Chief "Little" Laura Laurenzi Leaves Behind Big Shoes To Fill Posted 01/20/2017“I’m not done giving back to the community,” says retiring Assistant Chief Laura Laurenzi, who’s been serving the City of Madison since October 1988. Her journey to the Madison Fire Department came on a road less traveled. Read more »
Proud Westsider Rick Miyagawa Retires From MFD Posted 01/16/2017“Go for broke.” It was the motto of the Japanese-American 442nd Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army during World War II, and it’s been a career-long mantra for Lt. Rick Miyagawa, who retires from the Madison Fire Department after 30 years of dedicated service. Meaning “to wager everything,” the phrase exemplifies the spirit with which Miyagawa forged his path in the department. Read more »
Sixth-Generation Firefighter Marc Behrend Retires from MFD Posted 12/30/2016“I’m one of the lucky ones. I got to do a job I enjoyed doing.” After 28 years with the Madison Fire Department, firefighter Marc Behrend hangs up his gear one last time, bringing a six-generation, 150-year legacy to a close. Since 1867, there has been a Behrend on the MFD roster, taking the family’s lineage all the way back to the department’s volunteer days. Read more »
REACH-A-Child Provides Books For Children In Need Posted 12/21/2016With the wide variety of emergencies Madison Fire Department paramedics and firefighters see on a daily basis, it’s not uncommon to meet children who have endured unexpected crisis or trauma. Read more »
Learn Hands-Only CPR - Saturday, May 21 Posted 05/10/2016The Madison Fire Department and its partners throughout Dane County invite you to FREE hands-only CPR training on Saturday, May 21! From 9:00-11:00 a.m., Fire Station 12 (400 South Point Rd.) and Fire Station 13 (6350 Town Center Dr.) are just two of the 24 countywide venues offering fast, easy, lifesaving training. Read more »
Meet Lt. Sue Juedes Posted 04/14/2016Seven new lieutenants were promoted earlier this year. We introduce them to you all week long on the MFD blog. What is your new station and shift? I’m at Station 12 (South Point Rd.) on the “C” shift Read more »