• 110 Years Ago: The Rhoads Opera House Tragedy Spurs Stronger Fire Codes Posted 01/12/2018

    Each year, the Madison Fire Department performs 25,000 inspections across the city to maintain fire code compliance in public buildings and multi-unit residential properties. The question some may ask is, “Why?”   Read more »
  • Crews Practice Extrication Skills Using New Battery-Powered Equipment Posted 12/07/2017

    Station 5’s crew on the ‘A’ shift, with assistance from Ladder 8, recently had the opportunity to participate in vehicle extrication training at Liberty Towing and Roman Auto Body on Madison's east side. Engine 8 and Medic 8 also joined in as the crews practiced using new HURST eDRAULIC extrication tools that are new addition aboard Ladder 8! These battery-powered cordless tools allow rescuers more flexibility on scenes of emergencies which often involve passengers pinned inside severely damaged vehicles. Read more »
  • Tips For A Safe Thanksgiving Posted 11/17/2017

    Home cooking fires happen most often on Thanksgiving— doubling in numbers nationwide, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Read more »
  • 235 New Smoke Alarms Move Into Sherman Terrace! Posted 06/05/2017

    Volunteers from the Madison Fire Department, Fire Fighters Local 311, the American Red Cross, and the WisSAFE Coalition recently joined forces to install smoke detectors at residences on Sherman Terrace. Read more »
  • On This Day In History: The First 911 Call Is Placed In 1968 Posted 02/16/2017

    49 years ago today, the first-ever 911 call took place in Haleyville, Alabama.   When Alabama Speaker of the House Rankin Fite dialed those three digits, he was connected to Congressman Tom Bevill, who was waiting for the call at the local police station. Read more »
  • With Safety and Fire Prevention For All... Posted 11/07/2016

    How MFD's Fire Prevention Division Keeps You Safe During Special Events Vice President Joe Biden made a “Get Out the Vote” campaign stop at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Madison on Friday, November 4 – just days ahead of this year’s presidential election.   Read more »
  • Generous Grant Brings New "Jaws Of Life" Equipment To Ladder 6 Posted 09/09/2016

    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 typically used when someone is trapped inside a vehicle or structure. Read more »
  • National Preparedness Month: Don't Wait. Communicate. Posted 09/01/2016

    September is National Preparedness Month – a great time to review emergency plans with family, friends, and co-workers, or to create new ones if you haven’t already. Read more »
  • Generous Scholarships Give More Kids A “Head Start” In Safety Posted 07/01/2016

    Each year, Safety Town teaches pre-kindergarten kids about home and neighborhood safety in a fun and nurturing environment. With the help of a generous donation, this valuable learning opportunity is now available to more children through the Wisconsin Head Start program.   Read more »
  • Madison Fire Aims To Keep Injuries Well Under Par At PGA Championships Posted 06/23/2016

    An estimated 12,000 people will make their way to the University Ridge Golf Course this weekend for the 2016 American Family Insurance PGA Championship, and the Madison Fire Department is very much a part of the event. Read more »
  • “The Butter Fire” – Lessons Learned From Madison’s Biggest Blaze Posted 05/03/2016

    May 3, 2016 marks a significant anniversary in the history of the Madison Fire Department. Read more »
  • Inside The Galaxie: Making Madison's Newest High Rise Safer For All Posted 04/08/2016

    One week ago in a Galaxie not so far away, Fire Prevention Officer Doug Milks stood by, clipboard in hand, preparing to run the final tests on the standpipe system in Madison's newest high-rise building. Read more »
  • Why We Do What We Do: Remembering the Our Lady of the Angels Fire Posted 12/01/2015

    57 years ago today, a fire broke out at Our Lady of the Angels school in Chicago. All told, 92 children and 3 nuns died in the fire, which was started via juvenile fire-setting.   Read more »
  • Giving Thanks To MG&E Posted 11/25/2015

    This Thanksgiving, we at the Madison Fire Department wish to say “Thanks!” to Madison Gas & Electric (MGE) for providing housing accommodations to Station 1 personnel during our temporary relocation from 316 W. Dayton Street. Read more »
  • Ambulances To Remain Stationed At Willy, Monroe Streets Posted 11/24/2015

    It’s time to move back.   On November 30, 2015 the Madison Fire Department will be moving back into Fire Station #1. The crews have been displaced since January of 2015 due to a reconstruction of the facility.    When the vehicles and people move back, they will be absent an ambulance.    Read more »
  • City Leaders Practice Large-Scale Emergency Response Posted 08/11/2015

    Last week the City of Madison exercised its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in a simulated tornado disaster response. Read more »
  • The Madison Fire Department Prepares For Inaugural "Shake the Lake" Event Posted 06/26/2015

    Months’ worth of collaborating, planning, programming, constructing, inspecting, and cross-checking all culminate tomorrow night at Shake the Lake, Madison’s premier celebration prior to Independence Day.   Read more »
  • The Heavy Urban Rescue Team Practices Life-Saving Skills Posted 06/23/2015

    Utilizing 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 »
  • Safety Saturday 2015: A Day In Photos Posted 06/17/2015

    The Madison Fire Department was a proud participant in another successful Safety Saturday on June 13. Staged on East Washington Ave., just off the Capitol Square, we invited the public to meet our firefighters, paramedics, and Fire Prevention Division, all while getting up close and personal with the fire trucks and ambulances. Read more »
  • Firefighter Fun Day 2015 is Saturday, August 8 Posted 06/12/2015

    Meet us without the emergency! Join us at Fire Station 5 (4418 Cottage Grove Road) on Saturday, August 8 for Firefighter Fun Day. From 1:00-4:00 p.m., we’ll have food, face painting, activities, fire prevention resources, rig tours, a balloon twister, music, and more.   We will take you on station tours, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet your neighborhood firefighters! Station 5 houses the following vehicles: Read more »
  • Neighborhoods Meeting Posted 02/17/2015

    I am excited about the opportunity to engage the community on Thursday, February 19, 2015, at Fire Station #13 located on 6350 Town Center Drive at 5:30 pm.  The Madison Fire Department would like to build a fire station that would efficiently serve the residents in the Southeast part of the city in future years.  Currently, members of the MFD command staff and other City staff are partnering with the Owl Creek Neighborhood Resource Team, social workers, advocates, and leaders to recruit neighborhood residents from the Great Grey, Horned Owl, Owl Creek neighborhood (located in the LaFollett Read more »
  • PulsePoint Posted 02/06/2015

    I am excited to introduce a project that the MFD is supporting in conjunction with the Dane County EMS office and funded by Meriter Hospital. The project is called Dane PulsePoint. The purpose is to save more lives by increasing the rates of bystander chest compressions and Automated External Defibrillators (AED) use in cases of sudden cardiac arrest. Read more »
  • The MFD is on the move Posted 01/28/2015

    As of today, Fire Station #1 at 316 W. Dayton Street is temporarily closed for remodeling.  We have relocated the 12-person crews who work from that station to locations around the downtown area.  We do not anticipate any interruption or delays in service based on the resource allocations. Read more »
  • Ebola Response Posted 10/16/2014

    The Madison Fire Department is actively working with the CDC, Dane County Emergency Management, local hospitals, and the 911 Center to ensure that we have a safe and effective Ebola response plan.  We recognize the significance of our role in safely transporting possibly infected patients to local hospitals while protecting our community from spread of the Ebola virus. Read more »
  • Firefighter Fun Day! Posted 07/22/2014

    On Saturday, August 2, 2014 City of Madison Firefighters at Fire Station #5 will present "Firefighter Fun Day" for children, youth, and families.  This event is part of the Madison Fire Department's Community Outreach Program which is a subcommittee of the Human Relations Steering Committee.  The goal of the committee is to increase the Department's visibility and interaction, as well as providing outreach to the neighborhoods and residents we serve.  Read more »
  • Safety Town Posted 07/17/2014

    Safety Town 2014 comes to an end this Friday!  Safety town is a week-long program that teaches children how to be safe in their community and is brought to you by the Madison Fire Department, Madison Police Department, and the Safe Kids Coalition. Safety Town is designed for children ages 4-5 who are entering Kindergarten in the fall.  The town is a small-scale city with streets, homes, and sidewalks and is used to teach children about many different aspects of safety and injury prevention.  Read more »
  • CampHERO Posted 07/16/2014

    Earlier this week the Madison Police and Fire Departments, in conjunction with Madison College, kicked off the 3rd Annual CampHERO.  CampHERO is the product of a vision of local women in protective services to introduce girls to non-traditional job choices in the field of public safety.  CampHERO focuses on developing courage, gaining confidence, and building character while introducing the girls to different career options in the protective services.  Girls explore their interests and skills through hands-on activities, taught by actual police officers, firefighters, EMS workers, and dispa Read more »
  • Fire Station 13 is Open for Response Posted 06/02/2014

    After several years of planning, drawings, and staffing and response planning, Fire Station #13 opened for service today 0700 hours.  The Department is very excited and proud to be providing a high level of EMS and Fire service to the citizens on the far east side of the city.  As Madison continues to expand into the surrounding countryside, the Fire Department has faced challenges on how to meet the demand for calls for service in a timely fashion.  As we have seen in the past, a new fire station sometimes looks lonely in a field at first, but then one day it is surrounded by the hustle an Read more »
  • 911 Center Update Posted 04/28/2014

    911 Center Update In a reaction to recent displeasures from Dane County emergency providers, County Executive Joe Parisi ordered 911 Center Director John Dejung to implement a "pre-alerting" procedure that would alert fire units to structure fires, outside fires, car fires, and special rescue situations.  Read more »
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day! Posted 03/17/2014

    Happy St. Patrick's Day! The Madison Fire and Police Departments have a thriving Scottish bagpipe and drum band: Madison Pipes and Drums.  They are a very active group in our community, playing at many different ceremonies including promotions, parades, funerals, and other events in southern Wisconsin and northeastern Iowa. The following information, by Damion Roberts, from Lone Star Piper.com, reveals more about the history of bagpipes in the fire service: Read more »
  • 911 Center Issues Posted 02/24/2014

    The issues the City of Madison Fire/Police Departments are having with the Dane County 911 Center are not just City vs. County issues.  The issues go much deeper into a problem at the County level.  The Madison Fire Department's primary concern is time of dispatch; namely, delays in dispatch time.  Read more »