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 Marine Unit is further divided to include the specially-trained Boat Pilots of the MFD Fireboat Trident and the Dive Rescue Team.
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 25 (located at 300 S. 84th Street). The Marine Unit has over 60 members and operates out of two locations. The Dive Rescue Team operates out of the quarters of Truck 1 (located at 100 W. Virginia Street) and the Trident Pilots operate out of the quarters of Engine 2 (located at 755 N. 7th Street). The Deputy Chief of Special Operations runs as CAR 5. CAR 5 responds to all Special Team assignments as well as all 3rd Alarm fires as the RIT/Safety Chief.