Located across the street from Camp Randall Stadium on the UW campus, the crews at Station 4 justifiably claim their identity as Bucky's House.
The station was built in 1982.
It's staffed daily with four firefighters and two firefighter/paramedics who work 24-hour shifts.
- Engine 4 – a 2013 Pierce Quantum Engine with a 1250 gallons-per-minute fire pump and 500-gallon water tank along with ground ladders, fire hose, and tools. In addition, Engine 4 carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Medic 4 – a 2014 Ford E450 Advanced Life Support-level ambulance
- Medic 64 – a 2008 Ford E450 ALS ambulance. This is a reserve ambulance for the City.
- 1 Lieutenant, station Officer
- 1 Apparatus Engineer (driver) operating the engine
- 2 Firefighters staffing the engine
- 2 Paramedics staffing the ambulance
Many stations develop a specific identity over time and carry that through with logos that members of the crew display with pride. With permission from the University of Wisconsin, Engine #4 sports images of Bucky Badger and UW-Madison flags, and Bucky takes center stage on the station logo. The crews unofficial motto: "First due to the U."
Station Four's News
Apparatus Engineer Mindy Huitt Retires From MFD Posted 01/09/2018Apparatus Engineer Mindy Huitt steps down from the driver’s seat of Ladder 2 one last time this week, wrapping up nearly thirty years with the Madison Fire Department. Huitt was a carpenter before joining the MFD’s recruit class of 1988. It was a career shift that might not have happened if not for the encouragement of a rugby teammate who thought she should give it a try. 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 »
Madison Health Careers Camp Visits Fire Station 4 Posted 07/18/2017Bucky’s Firehouse, Station 4, recently welcomed 11th and 12th graders currently attending “Madison Health Careers Camp” through Wisconsin Area Health Education Centers! 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 Adam Lesser Posted 05/04/2017Eighteen 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 4 (Monroe Street) on the A shift. Read more »
Meet AE Brad Vogen Posted 04/09/2017Where are you stationed? I'm at Station 4 (Monroe St.) on the C shift Where were you previously? For the last three years I was a firefighter/paramedic at Station 8 on the A shift. How long have you served with the MFD? I’m in my 6th year on the MFD. 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 »
Division Chief Mike Dibble Retires, Passing On "The Caring Gene" Posted 03/03/2016"Very few of us have an occupation where we get a chance to make a difference in someone’s life every day,” said parting Division Chief Mike Dibble in his farewell message to the Madison Fire Department. "NEVER FORGET THAT.” Dibble was keenly aware of the importance of his job long before he joined the MFD 33 years ago. Read more »
With Gratitude, Division Chief Ron Schwenn Bids Farewell To the MFD Posted 01/16/2016“This career has given me more than I’ve given it,” says retiring Division Chief Ron Schwenn as he reflects on 33 years in the fire and emergency medical services. Schwenn came to the Madison Fire Department on June 1, 1987 after four and a half years as a firefighter and paramedic with the City of Janesville. Read more »
Meet Lt. Tim Hagen Posted 07/21/2015Five new lieutenants assumed position in July 2015. We introduce them to you all week long on the MFD blog. Read more »