Fire Station #1 is the City’s largest and busiest firehouse. It was originally built in 1967 at the same time as the adjacent Fire Administration Building.
The Fire Administration building was torn down in July 2013 and reopened in the new Ovation building on Dayton Street in December 2015.
Fire Station #1 is a double-company house and the home base for the Madison Fire Department's Lake Rescue Team.
- Engine 1 – a 2016 Pierce Quantum Pumper. It has a 1,250 gallons-per-minute fire pump and a complement of ground ladders, fire hose, and tools. In addition, Engine 1 carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Ladder 1 – a 2011 Pierce Quantum 105-foot aerial ladder with water tower, ground ladders, a 1,500 gallons-per-minute pump with 250-gallon booster tank, attack and supply fire hose, hand tools, and extrication equipment.
- Car 31 – a 2015 Suburban LT. The Command car is used by the Officer in Charge (OIC) to respond to significant incidents including structure fires, rollover vehicle crashes requiring extrication, and other incidents requiring the intervention of the Department’s Special Teams
- Lake Rescue SCUBA 1 –
- 2003 F250 equipment vehicle which carries SCUBA and ice rescue gear and personnel;
- 24-foot 2015 Lake Assault Rescue Boat - Marine One, fully equipped with state-of-the-art RADAR, SONAR, and FLIR thermal imaging system. It has a 500 gallon-per-minute attack pump for fire suppression.
- Utility 1 – 2002 GMC3500 Utility Truck used to tow the Lake Assault boat to emergency calls
- Car 52 – a 2004 Chevy pick-up truck designated for the on-duty Captain
- 16-foot Tracker Jon Boat-Marina Two – Auxilliary fire-rescue boat equipped with fire pump.
The double-company personnel requirement at Station #1 includes:
- 2 Lieutenants, one for the ladder and one for the engine
- 2 Apparatus Engineers (drivers), one for the ladder and one for the engine
- 4 Firefighters, two for the ladder and two for the engine
- 1 OIC. This is a member of the Command Staff (Assistant or Division Chief) assigned to Car 31 for on-scene incident management.
- 1 Chief's Aide assisting the OIC and driving Car 31
- 1 Captain
- The Lake Rescue Team: 57 certified rescue divers (6 divers on duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year)
Station One'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 »
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 »
MFD Behind The Scenes: Lake Rescue Team Ice Dive Training Posted 03/02/2017The Madison Fire Department Lake Rescue Team is trained and equipped to perform water rescues, but did you know we do ice rescues, too? To keep our skills fresh, we take to the lakes year-round for routine training. On a frigid January afternoon, the team headed out to Lake Monona for ice dives. Firefighter/Paramedic Matt Murray brought a camera with him so you can get a glimpse of what it's like to go beneath the surface– without having to brave the freezing temps! Read more »
PHOTOS: Getting Up Close With The Lake Rescue Team Posted 02/14/2017Lake Rescue Team members have been getting their annual ice dives in while Madison's lakes are nice 'n' chilly. Our B-shift Dive Team set up on Lake Mendota last Friday. Scroll through the photos to learn more about their work: The Dive Team placed its tent near the hole in the ice for divers and support personnel to keep warm in frigid temperatures. The tent has a heater that can be deployed inside to warm the interior. 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 »
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 »
MFD Mailbag: "The Miracle Wedding" Posted 08/14/2016We at the Madison Fire Department love to hear good news from the people we’ve met, especially those whom we met in the most trying circumstances. Read more »
A Lake Rescue Legacy Lives On As City Names New Boat 'The Ralph Chamberlin II' Posted 07/07/2016When Ralph Chamberlin and his fellow firefighters headquartered in downtown Madison were called to help a swimmer in distress on Lake Mendota in the early 1980s, they watched helplessly as the man struggled. Lacking the proper equipment to get to him, the team ultimately witnessed his drowning. Chamberlin knew something must be done. Read more »
Two Years After Accident, Family And First Responders Celebrate 'A Miracle' Posted 06/28/2016The last time the Madison Fire Department saw Josh Buhr, the prognosis wasn’t good. 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 »
Edgewood Students Donate Stuffed Animals For Kids Experiencing Trauma Posted 01/29/2016Members of Edgewood College’s Child Life Association has generously donated stuffed animals to the Madison Fire Department EMS Division. Read more »
New Boat Enhances MFD Lake Rescue Capabilities Posted 01/26/2016The Madison Fire Department recently acquired a new 24-foot rescue boat from Lake Assault Boats, LLP in Superior, WI. This rescue boat will improve all aspects of our Lake Rescue Team’s response to incidents on the water. The Lake Assault™ boat is equipped with a Lowrance™ GPS, radar, underwater sonar, and an infrared camera. 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 Firefighter David Bartkowiak Posted 12/16/2015Eighteen 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 1 (Dayton Street) Read more »
Meet Firefighter Vaughn Brockel Posted 12/02/2015Eighteen 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 1 (Dayton St.) Read more »
Giving Thanks To MG&E Posted 11/25/2015This 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 »