The Milwaukee Fire Department Special Operations Division has the responsibility for recruiting, training and maintaining the skills of over 200 Special Team members. These Special Teams units exercise expertise in three major disciplines: Hazardous Materials Response (HAZMAT), the Heavy Urban Rescue Team (H.U.R.T.) and the Marine Unit. The Deputy Chief of Special Operations (CAR 5) responds to all Special Team assignments as well as all 3rd Alarm fires as the RIT/Safety Chief.
The Heavy Urban Rescue Team has over 90 members and they operate in 4 disciplines: Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescue. They are also dispatched on all 3rd Alarm fires as RIT (Rapid Intervention Team). The H.U.R.T team operates out of the quarters of Engine 12 (located at 1400 S. 9th Street).
The Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) has over 75 members and operates as a regional response team. The HAZMAT team operates out of the quarters of Engine 35 (located at 45th & Burnham).
The Marine Unit has over 60 members and is further divided to include the specially-trained units; Boat Pilots of the MFD Fireboat Trident and the Dive Rescue Team. The Dive Rescue Team and the Trident Pilots operate out of the quarters of Engine 2 (located at 755 N. 7th Street).