16-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.
Where are you stationed?
I’m at Station 6 (W. Badger Road) on the C shift.
How long have you been with the MFD?
September marked my 5th year with the department.
Why did you want to become a paramedic?
“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.
The Madison Fire Department is thrilled to receive a generous grant from the IRONMAN Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for the purchase of brand new, battery-powered extrication equipment.
Commonly referred to as “the jaws of life,” extrication equipment is
As they see it, saving lives is just what they're expected to do. It's part of the job.
That’s why the humble firefighters and paramedics of the Madison Fire Department sometimes get a little bashful when a spotlight shines upon them.
The spotlight shone brightly Saturday,
The 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