The Milwaukee Fire Department Division of Special Operations has the responsibility for recruiting, training and maintaining the skills of 225 special team members. These Special Teams units exercise expertise in 3 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 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 the RIT crew. The H.U.R.T team operates out of Engine 12 quarters located at 1400 S 9th street. The Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) has 75 members and operates as a regional response team. The HAZMAT team operates out of Engine 25 quarters located at 300 S. 84th Street. The Marine Unit has 60 members and operates out of 2 locations. The Dive Rescue Team operates out of Engine 3 located at 100 W. Virginia and the Trident Pilots operate out of Engine 2 located at 755 N 7th Street. The BC SPEC-OPS runs as Car 5 and responds on all special team assignments as well as all 3rd Alarm fires as the RIT/Safety Chief.