Station 7 is located on Madison's west side. It is staffed daily with eight firefighters and two firefighter/paramedics who work 24-hour shifts.
Station 7 houses Engine Company 7, Ladder Company 7, and Medic Unit 7. The firehouse was built in 1997 to accommodate Madison's development to the west and replaced the older firehouse located on Raymond Road.
Station 7 added the City's eighth ambulance in April 2010 and became a double company when it added Ladder 7 in November of that year.
Station 7 also houses one of the State of Wisconsin's Regional Hazmat Response Teams. Firefighters based at Station 7 are highly-trained Hazardous Materials Technicians who will respond throughout the State to aide in chemical spill mitigation and cleanup. All members are also trained in Weapons of Mass Destruction response.
- Engine 7 – a 2012 Pierce Quantum-H. It has a 1250 gallons-per-minute fire pump and a complement of ground ladders, fire hose, and tools. In addition, Engine 7 carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Ladder 7 – a 2011 Pierce Quantum Aerial featuring a 105-foot aerial ladder with water tower, ground ladders, a 1500 gallons-per-minute pump with 250-gallon booster tank, attack and supply fire hose, hand tools, and extrication equipment.
- Medic 7 – a 2016 Ford E-450 with a Braun Advanced Life Support patient compartment. It carries a full complement of advanced life support medicine and equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear. To aide in patient and paramedic safety, it operates with a Stryker power-loading cot.
- HIT 7, the hazardous materials (HazMat) response vehicle. HIT stands for "Hazardous Incident Team." This vehicle contains:
- Chemical-resistive suits
- Air monitors
- Response equipment
- A research station
HIT 7 is paired with HIT 12, which is stored at Station 12. HIT 7 is staffed with the firefighters from Station 7.
- 2 Lieutenants, station officers overseeing crew
- 2 Apparatus Engineers (drivers) operating the engine and ladder, respectively
- 4 Firefighters staffing the engine and ladder, respectively
- 2 Paramedics staffing the ambulance
Many stations develop a specific identity over time and develop station logos that members of the crew display with pride. The crew at Station 7 has chosen a whimsical representation of their HAZMAT activities in the form of a masked skunk.
The skunk relates to the noxious fumes and "smelly" chemicals the crew deals with, though they are quick to remind everyone that if you are close enough to smell the product, you are too close and in the "hot" zone.
The original artwork was done by C-shift crew member Matt Powers.
Station Seven'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 »
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 »
Meet Firefighter Patrick Johnson Posted 05/03/2017Eighteen 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 7 (McKenna Blvd.) on the C shift. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Matthew Dykstra Posted 04/29/2017Eighteen 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 7 (McKenna Blvd.) on the B shift. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Ryan Beckwith Posted 04/24/2017Eighteen 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 7 (McKenna Blvd.) on the A shift. Read more »
Meet AE Daniel Pazurek Posted 04/06/2017Where are you stationed? I'm at Station 7 (McKenna Blvd.) on the B shift. Where were you previously? I was a firefighter at Station 7 on the C shift. How long have you been with the MFD? I've been with the department for 7½ years. Read more »
Meet AE Derek Brown Posted 04/03/2017Where are you stationed? I'm at Fire Station 7 (McKenna Blvd.) on the C shift. Where were you previously? I was previously a firefighter assigned to Fire Station 7 on the B shift. How long have you been with the MFD? My date of hire was October 19, 2009. 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 »
AE Eddie Emberson Retires With 28 Years Of Service In the Rear-View Mirror Posted 01/05/2017Apparatus Engineer Eddie Emberson is stepping down from the driver’s seat of Engine 11 one last time this week after nearly 28 years of dedicated service to the Madison Fire Department. Emberson’s path to the MFD was inspired in the 1980s by his father-in-law, then-Division Chief Ron Schmelzer. 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 »
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 »
Partnerships With Fitchburg Fire, 54th CST Make Hands-On Hazmat Training Possible Posted 03/02/2016Fire Chief Steven Davis and members of the Madison Fire Department Hazardous Incident Team (HIT) recently paid visits to the 54th Civilian Support Team (CST) and the Fitchburg Fire Department to thank them for their assistance training our newest firefighters on January 6, 2016. Read more »
Meet Firefighter Marcus Bobholz Posted 12/11/2015Eighteen 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 7 (McKenna Blvd.) Read more »
Meet Firefighter Michael Olson Posted 12/09/2015Eighteen 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 Paul Schecklman Posted 12/07/2015Eighteen 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 Cameron Gasaway Posted 12/03/2015Eighteen 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 7 (McKenna Blvd.) Read more »
Hazmat Exercises Mimic Reality To Put Skills To the Test Posted 11/20/2015The Madison Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Incident Team (commonly known as "Hazmat") is trained, equipped, and ready to respond to hazardous situations including leaks, explosions, and other threats to life and the environment. Being prepared, though, requires routine specialized training. The Madison Fire Department works with the local Civil Support Team to augment the abilities of hazardous materials response. Both agencies came together recently for two unique exercises. Air Monitoring At Camp Randall Read more »
MFD Mailbag: Kudos For the Crew of Engine 7A Posted 07/07/2015When our firefighters take an oath to protect life and property, sometimes it means going the extra mile in some of the most unexpected situations. A grateful citizen wished to express her sincere thanks after a few of our A-shift firefighters took time to help a family of ducks in distress on Sunday, July 5. She writes: Read more »