Built in 1954, Fire Station 3 is the oldest working firehouse in Madison.
The station is located at 1217 Williamson Street on the near-east side and houses an engine and medic crew.
- Engine 3 – a 2015 Pierce Engine built on a Quantum Chassis with a 500-gallon water tank and a 1250 gallons-per-minute Hale pump. This apparatus is equipped with a Class A foam system, telescoping deck gun, fire hose, and tools. In addition, Engine 3 carries emergency medical equipment including a defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear.
- Medic 3 – a 2020 Demers ambulance with a Ford E-450 chassis. M3 provides advanced life support for the near east side and downtown Madison. It carries a full complement of advanced life support medicine and equipment including a cardiac 12-lead defibrillator, oxygen, and immobilization gear. To aide in patient and paramedic safety and comfort, it operates with a Stryker power-loading cot and liquid shock suspension system.
- Engine 41 – a 2006 Pierce Engine built on a Quantum Chassis with a 500-gallon water tank and a 1250 gallons-per-minute Hale pump. This apparatus is equipped with a telescoping deck gun, fire hose, and tools and is a reserve engine for the City.
- 1 Lieutenant, station officer
- 1 Apparatus Engineer (driver) operating the engine
- 2 Firefighters staffing the engine
- 2 Paramedics staffing the ambulance
Fire stations develop a specific identity over time. Surrounded by a lively neighborhood with a funky vibe, Station #3 has a true community presence. A tradition among the firefighters that are assigned there is the evening “dangle.” After dinner, the crew will often sit outside the bay doors and converse with the public. It’s not uncommon to give an impromptu tour to kids and parents as they walk by. Politicians, business owners, and street people have stopped to say hello. The crew has even been serenaded by a cellist!
On its station logo, Firehouse #3 claims its place as the City's oldest working fire station.
Station Three News
March 15, 2023
PHOTOS: MFD Celebrates International Women's Day, Film PremiereDenise Sullivan, Bev Buhr, Pamela Jacobson, and Marcia Holtz were members of the historic recruit class of 1980, which included the first group of women to become firefighters in Madison. Read more »
February 17, 2023
Supporting First Responders a Career-Long Passion for Admin Clerk Ann BlackdeerWhen thinking of the fire department, images of fire trucks and firefighters often come to mind. But behind the scenes and away from the front lines, there's a clerical team working to the rhythm of the department— managing records requests, supply orders, public inquiries, and more. Read more »
February 13, 2023
From Tragedy, a Tradition of Giving BackSable Flames, Inc., a non-profit association of Black firefighters on the Madison Fire Department, was founded after a tragic fire on Somerset Circle. They celebrate 30 years of outreach this year. Read more »
January 4, 2023
Frank Jonczyk, Crew Leader at 'Bucky's House,' Retires From MFDLieutenant Frank Jonczyk, a familiar face to the UW-Madison campus and near west side, retires this week after nearly 30 years of service to the city of Madison. Read more »
November 29, 2022
Madison Fire Seeks Community Members to Serve on Firefighter/EMT Interview PanelYou care about who serves our community just as much as we do! That's why we give community members a voice in our firefighter/EMT hiring process. Read more »