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 2017 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.
- 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
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 »
Crews Practice Extrication Skills Using New Battery-Powered Equipment Posted 12/07/2017Station 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 »
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 »