Milwaukee Fire Department

Milwaukee Fire Department The Milwaukee Fire Department, also known as the MFD, is the primary fire suppression, prevention, rescue and emergency medical service for the City of Milwaukee.
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The department's motto is "Courage, Integrity and Honor." The MFD was established January 1, 1875. The department consists of 30 Fire Stations, 30 Engines, 9 Trucks, 12 Paramedic Units, and one fire boat called The Trident.

Mission: The Milwaukee Fire Department is committed to protecting the people and property within our city. We will be responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing rapid, professional, humanitarian services essential to the health, safety, and well-being of the city. We will achieve our mission through prevention, education, fire suppression, emergency medical, and other emergency services. We will actively participate in our community, serve as role models, and strive to effectively and efficiently utilize all of the necessary resources at our command to provide a quality of service deemed excellent by our citizens with "Courage, Integrity and Honor."

Operating as usual

Flu shots are more important this year due to COVID-19. Protect your crew at one of our drive-thru flu shot and covid te...
11/19/2020

Flu shots are more important this year due to COVID-19. Protect your crew at one of our drive-thru flu shot and covid testing centers. Learn more at milwaukee.gov/flu. #FightFluCrew

Saturday hours now added to the Miller Park testing site.
11/18/2020

Saturday hours now added to the Miller Park testing site.

Starting November 21, the Miller Park community testing site will now be open on Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. For more information on COVID-19 testing and locations, visit milwaukee.gov/covidtesting.

11/17/2020

Interested in the Milwaukee Fire Department Cadet program? Check out their page MKE Fire EMS Recruitment! They'll be live on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, including taking part in a live burn in our training tower!

Please keep an eye out!
11/16/2020

Please keep an eye out!

Veterans' Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed.   Our freedom and the rights granted to us b...
11/11/2020

Veterans' Day is a good time to remember that our freedom isn’t guaranteed. Our freedom and the rights granted to us by the Constitution are protected by the men and women in our Armed Services. To those who secure our way of life… thank you!

Yesterday some of our Milwaukee Fire Cadets had the opportunity to help a local woman named Lori who has been holding cl...
11/06/2020

Yesterday some of our Milwaukee Fire Cadets had the opportunity to help a local woman named Lori who has been holding clothing drives over the past few years to help local shelters. She organizes this all on her own and then washes and sorts all of the donations and then packs them into boxes. Within 5 weeks, she collected 168 boxes of clothing items that she donated to the Milwaukee Rescue Mission. She called our fire department for assistance with moving and transporting the boxes and we happily obliged. Thank you Lori for what you do for our community!

It's that time of year again everyone! Change your clocks and change those batteries in your smoke alarms if you still h...
10/31/2020

It's that time of year again everyone! Change your clocks and change those batteries in your smoke alarms if you still have the removable battery type of alarm.

Did you know in Milwaukee it's now an ordinance that you have a smoke alarm with a sealed, 10 year battery? If you still have the old type, now would be a great time to change those out.

And lastly, make sure you check your smoke alarms monthly to ensure they work so they don't let you down when you need them most!

Today we honored Chief Mark Rohlfing as he enters the next chapter of his life - retirement.  Chief Rohlfing devoted 37 ...
10/30/2020

Today we honored Chief Mark Rohlfing as he enters the next chapter of his life - retirement. Chief Rohlfing devoted 37 years of his life to the fire service with 10 being the chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department. Under his leadership, the fire department reestablished the fire cadet program, became part of shared services - a county fire department partnership, and increased focus on firefighter health and wellness, including mental health. Best wishes Chief Rohlfing to you and your family and thank you for all you've done for the City of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Fire Department. Godspeed!

The annual Veterans Day program sponsored by Milwaukee Police Post 415 and Milwaukee Firefighters Post 426 of the Americ...
10/20/2020

The annual Veterans Day program sponsored by Milwaukee Police Post 415 and Milwaukee Firefighters Post 426 of the American Legion will be a hybrid virtual event to be held on November 11, 2020, at 10:30 am, at the War Memorial Center with very few participants in attendance and no live audience. The virtual ceremony will be live-streamed on the War Memorial Center's page. We will not be inviting distinguished visitors to attend on the dais this year, due to the COVID pandemic.

This year's keynote speaker will be Maj. Gen. Paul E. Knapp, Adjutant General of the Wisconsin Army and Air National Guard, and he will be in attendance live.

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10/09/2020
Serve UP Fire Safety in the Kitchen!

Here is a video made by your MFD and sent to all of MPS but the lessons apply to anyone that cooks in the kitchen! Please share with others to help us reduce kitchen fires in Milwaukee! Special thanks to Ms. Dawn Haase, our very own Media Specialist, who always does a fantastic job putting it all together!

Did you know that the number one cause of fires is unattended cooking?  If you are cooking, stay in the kitchen or use a...
10/08/2020

Did you know that the number one cause of fires is unattended cooking? If you are cooking, stay in the kitchen or use a timer! You'll save us a trip to YOUR house!

During Fire Prevention Week every year, we take a few moments to remember all of those firefighters who gave their life ...
10/07/2020

During Fire Prevention Week every year, we take a few moments to remember all of those firefighters who gave their life in their service to the citizens of Milwaukee during our annual Fallen Firefighter Memorial Service. To date, 152 firefighters have made the ultimate sacrifice and we will never forget you.

Day 2 of Fire Prevention Week!  Create a safe zone of 3 feet from the stove and oven for the little ones in your family....
10/06/2020

Day 2 of Fire Prevention Week! Create a safe zone of 3 feet from the stove and oven for the little ones in your family. Be sure to always turn the handles in on any stove top pots or pans whenever you're cooking.

Today starts Fire Prevention Week!  And as you see below, the theme for this year is Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen...
10/05/2020

Today starts Fire Prevention Week! And as you see below, the theme for this year is Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen! Did you know that in Milwaukee and throughout the entire country, kitchen fires are the most common fire we are called to? And you know what else? Most kitchen fires are caused by inattentive cooking, something we can all improve upon! Stay tuned this week for more fire safety tips and be safe in the kitchen!

Thank you for the yummy doughnuts Groth Law Firm!
09/30/2020

Thank you for the yummy doughnuts Groth Law Firm!

This morning Attorney Jon Groth stopped by Engine 35 with some Cranky Al's donuts and Groth Law Firm face masks for the firefighters. As most know Attorney Groth's father was a Milwaukee Firefighter for 30 years! The Milwaukee Fire Department is dear to our hearts and we appreciate all that the firefighters do for our community.

Featured in this photo is Attorney Jon Groth to the left and Firefighter Ben Mueller to the right.

A big shout out to Landmark Credit Union on 27th and Howard! Today they presented the Milwaukee Fire Department with a c...
09/30/2020

A big shout out to Landmark Credit Union on 27th and Howard! Today they presented the Milwaukee Fire Department with a check for $500.00 which will be used for prizes for children entering our upcoming fire prevention week poster contest. Thank you so much for your incredible generosity and for being a great community business!

Learn about the importance of fall screening and addressing your fall risks during a virtual Q&A with local experts.   J...
09/22/2020

Learn about the importance of fall screening and addressing your fall risks during a virtual Q&A with local experts. Join us for this free virtual event today from 12:00-12:30. Details and meeting link at: https://www.mcfpc.net/events/fall-prevention-week

Learn about the importance of fall screening and addressing your fall risks during a virtual Q&A with local experts. Join us for this free virtual event today from 12:00-12:30. Details and meeting link at: https://www.mcfpc.net/events/fall-prevention-week

One thing wasn’t changed by COVID-19: falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week wit...
09/21/2020
Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition

One thing wasn’t changed by COVID-19: falling is NOT a normal part of aging. Observe Falls Prevention Awareness Week with a Falls Free CheckUp from @NCOAging. Use what you learn to reduce your risk of falling: ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp. Learn more about resources in our community by visiting the Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition at www.mcfpc.net and Milwaukee County Department on Aging

Falls Prevention WeekSeptember 21st-25th, 2020 Learn more The Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition (MCFPC) addresses the adult community’s risk of falling by providing access to comprehensive programs and targeted interventions. The coalition creates links between community programs and ser...

MFD responded to a fire early Friday morning where we received reports of a child outside on the roof of the front porch...
09/19/2020

MFD responded to a fire early Friday morning where we received reports of a child outside on the roof of the front porch. He was able to save himself with the information he learned from the Milwaukee Fire Department's Survive Alive House. The Survive Alive House, a partnership between MFD and MPS, has been training all 2nd and 5th graders to get out of a burning house for over 25 years and have many stories of saving lives as a result. Well done Survive Alive House! We're so proud of the great work you do each and every day!

Check out the Channel 12 news story about the fire! https://www.wisn.com/article/fire-crews-rescue-12-year-old-from-roof-of-burning-home/34074656

Good Afternoon Milwaukee,As we continue on in the spirit of community and in recognition of the value and contributions ...
09/12/2020

Good Afternoon Milwaukee,

As we continue on in the spirit of community and in recognition of the value and contributions of the many vibrant communities that the Milwaukee Fire Department serves, we are adding to our "You ARE The Milwaukee Fire Department" t-shirt collection!

The Milwaukee Brotherhood of Firefighters (MBFF), a local and national leader in the pursuit of equity and diversity for African-Americans (and ALL communities) in the fire service, is both deserving of and humbly accepting of the visibility this t-shirt will bring. Created and developed by a young Milwaukee Firefighter and MBFF member, this classic firefighter t-shirt celebrates their years of efforts.

Not only will this shirt be available to Milwaukee Firefighters (and authorized for on-duty wear), it is available for purchase by the general public! Proceeds will go to the MBFF's ongoing efforts and their scholarship fund, which will very directly support the enriched pipeline of more diverse hiring prospects for the MFD. We are proud of our African-American MFD members and proud of the MBFF - Lift One, Lift All!

T-shirts available online at: https://dunns-mkebrotherhood20.itemorder.com/

We all made a promise to #NeverForget.‬‪Let’s keep our promise by making the world a better place in remembrance of thos...
09/11/2020

We all made a promise to #NeverForget.‬
‪Let’s keep our promise by making the world a better place in remembrance of those lost and injured on 9/11, and the many who rose in service in response to the attacks.‬

Please take a few moments and remember the events of September 11, 2001. Please honor the people who were lost that day and all of the people who were and still are affected with a short prayer. #911Day #OneGoodDeed, #NeverForget, #Honor911.

Staying healthy and strong at home includes preventing falls. Know your risks and how to reduce them by taking a Falls F...
09/09/2020
Falls Free CheckUp | NCOA

Staying healthy and strong at home includes preventing falls. Know your risks and how to reduce them by taking a Falls Free CheckUp from @NCOAging, then share and discuss it with friends and family! ncoa.org/FallsFreeCheckUp. Learn more by joining the Milwaukee County Falls Prevention Coalition and @Milwaukee County Department on Aging September 21st-25th. Visit www.mcfpc.net for more details and information about the week and resources for fall prevention.

Answer 12 questions to assess your risk of falling and get a personalized report to share with your health care provider.

Since an Honor Flight was not feasible given the current times, an Honor Payrade took place today from Miller Park to th...
08/29/2020

Since an Honor Flight was not feasible given the current times, an Honor Payrade took place today from Miller Park to the War Memorial and back again. Thank you to our veterans and the many sacrifices they have made for this great country! We salute you!

We are humbled by the amazing response and purchases of MFD Pride t-shirts promoting Pride Month. Because of your genero...
08/27/2020

We are humbled by the amazing response and purchases of MFD Pride t-shirts promoting Pride Month. Because of your generosity, the MFD, Ignite the Spirit, and Courage MKE were able to raise $17,000 that will be split between Ignite the Spirit and Courage MKE!!

Ignite the Spirit-Milwaukee is a non-profit organization within the MFD that works to support firefighters and their families who have suffered unfortunate hardship. Courage MKE is an amazing local organization that provides a nurturing and supportive environment as well as resources for LGBTQ+ youth in our city.

Thank you for helping out these two great organizations!

WE Energies has been a phenomenal partner of the MFD for a very long time.  Whether it's helping get our members trained...
08/26/2020

WE Energies has been a phenomenal partner of the MFD for a very long time. Whether it's helping get our members trained on gas or electrical emergencies or being at the scene of a gas or electric emergency, no matter the time of day or weather, they are always there to help make the scene safer.

Today, the WE Energies Foundation presented MFD, one of several public safety agencies across Wisconsin, a grant to help purchase a new combustible gas detector which will help keep both our firefighters and the public safe.

Thank you WE Energies for your generosity! You are a great partner and asset to the community!

Congratulations to the class of 03-23-20, our newest firefighters on the Milwaukee Fire Department! Their class motto wa...
07/24/2020

Congratulations to the class of 03-23-20, our newest firefighters on the Milwaukee Fire Department! Their class motto was "Unprecedented", which was certainly appropriate. A week after starting at the training academy, they were sworn in and sent out to the field to temporarily assist during the peak of the COVID 19 pandemic. They performed admirably and a month later, came back to the academy to finish their training. This has never taken place in the history of the MFD and is certainly "Unprecedented". Well done class of 03-23-20!

Today the members of Engine 2, Ladder 2, and Med 6 had the pleasure to meet Dan, a utility worker who was severely injur...
07/13/2020

Today the members of Engine 2, Ladder 2, and Med 6 had the pleasure to meet Dan, a utility worker who was severely injured in an accident February 20th of this year. Dan almost didn't make it through surgery that night and as a result of the accident lost both his legs. His amazing positive attitude and thankfulness for life inspired all of us when meeting him today. Thanks for reminding us about what's truly important Dan!

First responders get in free both days!!
07/08/2020

First responders get in free both days!!

Happy Independence Day Milwaukee!  Be safe today and enjoy your time with family and friends as we celebrate this great ...
07/04/2020

Happy Independence Day Milwaukee! Be safe today and enjoy your time with family and friends as we celebrate this great country's independence!!

Thank you for the kind words and for lunch Groth Law Firm S.C.!!
06/30/2020

Thank you for the kind words and for lunch Groth Law Firm S.C.!!

Thank you Milwaukee Fire Department for all that you do for our community!

This afternoon our firm was able to show our appreciation for MFD by bringing lunch to Engine 35 firefighters. The firefighters welcomed in Attorney David Landgraf with open arms and face masks! The fire fighters told stories about the history of the station and heroic actions they and other fire fighters like James Groth have taken in order protect the citizens of Milwaukee.

MFD is dear to our firms’ heart as our founder Jon Groth’s father James Groth was on the Department for 30 years! The photo below is when James Groth was promoted to Captain (Attorney Groth and Diane Groth are standing beside Captain Groth) on November 24th, 1991. James became a Milwaukee Firefighter in 1968 and was quickly promoted to Motor Pump Operator in 1974, then to Fire Lieutenant in 1980 and finally promoted to Fire Captain. James had been assigned to 16 firehouses in Milwaukee throughout his career and holds a special place in his heart for each one!

Milwaukee Fire Department, we appreciate all the firefighters who put their lives on the line daily to protect our community. Thank you for all that you do and we at Groth Law Firm look forward to continuing to support you. 👨‍🚒

Fireworks In Our City. Besides being illegal in our city, please think about your neighbors and/or their pets! I have be...
06/26/2020

Fireworks In Our City. Besides being illegal in our city, please think about your neighbors and/or their pets! I have been receiving many calls from citizens in our community who are concerned about fires, are tired of the noise, or have pets that are afraid of the loud noises from fireworks. Please refrain from shooting off fireworks for the sake of the whole neighborhood! It's all about respecting each other and being safe for you and for others.

The Milwaukee Fire Department was recently featured in Art & Science Magazine for it's work with Marquette University's ...
06/25/2020
Arts and Sciences Magazine 2020

The Milwaukee Fire Department was recently featured in Art & Science Magazine for it's work with Marquette University's Dr. Elizabeth Angeli. The MFD, with Dr. Angeli's guidance, have been working hard to improve it's EMS report writing to more accurately guide patient care and reflect paramedics' expertise and decision making. See the article here on page 12! https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__issuu.com_marquetteu_docs_arts-2Dsciences-2Dmagazine-2D2020-3Ffr-3DsYmI1ODkzMjMyNA&d=DwMGaQ&c=S1d2Gs1Y1NQV8Lx35_Qi5FnTH2uYWyh_OhOS94IqYCo&r=qvZBiQlteG1fPC47e9hNqNPRK1Sm-BvHSCbNvx8URNs&m=w_K5IlcGBB2Hp4nsqKqinUGOBbZtF6xP8L74MSPjtmc&s=BfL_0FlcGAWW5D2lMfcpRh5ZyiuNcvuR1T0rc8IpXyg&e= A&S magazine
#MarquetteU, #MUArtsSciences, #MarquetteFAME, #muhumanities, #medrhet, #techcomm, #healthhumanities

Arts and Sciences Magazine 2020

The MFD wants to remind you that ALL fireworks are illegal in our city limits to include sparklers.  The last few days w...
06/24/2020

The MFD wants to remind you that ALL fireworks are illegal in our city limits to include sparklers. The last few days we've been receiving a number of calls from concerned citizens regarding illegal fireworks. We get these calls every year starting in mid June and we empathize with your frustration and your very valid concerns about fire safety and life safety. Did you know that even sparklers can emit enough heat to almost melt metal? Did you also know that both adults and juveniles can be fined for breaking these laws? Please help us spread the word about all fireworks being illegal in our city. We can't do it without your help!

If you are having trouble with neighbors and fireworks, please call the police non-emergency number to report.

Please consider purchasing a shirt to support a great man, a great friend, and a great firefighter. Monies raised will h...
06/17/2020

Please consider purchasing a shirt to support a great man, a great friend, and a great firefighter. Monies raised will help send his family to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial.

Earlier this year Local 215 faced a devastating loss when our brother Darrin Jones passed away unexpectedly. To honor his memory we are selling t-shirts on our website. The proceeds from the sale of these shirts will be used to send his family, as well as the family of another one of our fallen brothers O'Dell Minor, to The Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Colorado Springs in 2021 to honor their memory.

The shirts can be found at https://www.local215.org/shop/

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Milwaukee, WI
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Fire Chief- Mark Rohlfing Chief Rohlfing comes to the Milwaukee Fire Department with an impressive background. He has been in the fire service for 27 years and spent most of his firefighting career in his hometown Omaha, Nebraska. Most recently, he spent the last two years of his career as fire chief for the Rapid City Department of Fire & Rescue in South Dakota. Chief Rohlfing began his career with the Omaha Fire Department in 1983 as a firefighter and successfully advanced through the ranks to assistant fire chief. He also served as an adjunct faculty member from 2001-2007 at the University of Nebraska Omaha and taught classes for the Fire Protection Technology Program. While with the Omaha Fire Department Chief Rohlfing sat on the Political Action Committee, Public Safety Training Facility Committee, the UASI Committee, Human Relations Committee, the Training Committee, and was a union executive board member for a two-year term. He was also a member of the Task Force1/Urban Search and Rescue team and a manager for the Haz-Mat team. Chief Rohlfing holds a Master of Science degree in executive fire leadership from Grand Canyon University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, and an Associate Degree in fire protection technology from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He is also a graduate of the Executive Fire Program of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland, with training in executive development, strategic management of change, executive administration and executive leadership. Chief Rohlfing is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Pennington County Emergency Management Oversight Committee, National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and an advisory board member for the Salvation Army. Chief Rohlfing is married to Maureen Rohlfing and the two have a teenage son named Ryan, and two college-aged daughters named Jordan and Kaitlin.

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The MFD was established January 1, 1875. The department consists of 30 Fire Stations, 30 Engines, 8 Trucks, 2 Rescue Rigs, 12 Paramedic Units, and one fire boat called The Trident.

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