The Milwaukee Fire Department, also known as the MFD, was established January 1, 1875. The department consists of 36 Fire Stations, 35 Engines, 15 Trucks, 12 Paramedic Units, and the Fireboat Trident. Currently under the leadership of Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing, the
MFD, is the primary fire suppression, prevention, rescue and emergency medical service for the City of Milwaukee. The department's motto is "Courage, Integrity and Honor."
The Milwaukee Fire Department consists of more than 800 firefighters, many of whom serve simultaneously as paramedics providing BLS (basic life support) and ALS (advance life support) services. The MFD was ranked 3rd in the country for best medical emergency service by a USA Today study in 2003.