Dive Rescue Team
Since 1962, the Milwaukee Fire Department Dive Rescue team has provided the entire county with year-round protection. Along the 10.2 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, three rivers, three dams and many park lagoons, the MFD Dive Rescue team proves daily their 50 years of experience and value to the citizens as they continue to be dynamic and proactive in their approach to public-safety diving. The Dive Team Rescue responds to all emergencies involving swift water and dam rescue, bridge rescue, (thin) ice rescue, ice diving and search and rescue operations. The team is managed by one fire captain, two fire lieutenants and has an overall total strength of 45 members.
Hazardous Materials Team
The Milwaukee Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team (HAZMAT) operates under an emergency response plan and standard operating guidelines to control, eliminate or otherwise minimize the hazards to life, property, and the environment from a released hazardous material. They respond to all hazardous materials incidents and spills in the City of Milwaukee, as well as operate as one of seven regional response HAZMAT teams for the State of Wisconsin. Milwaukee’s team presently provides level “A” response capability to Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Washington and Jefferson counties. The MFD HAZMAT team is recognized as a leader in responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) terrorist events in the state.
H.U.R.T (Heavy Urban Rescue Team)
The Heavy Urban Response Team is a very active and productive team. The Team’s 90 members are led by two captains and four lieutenants. Internally, the team is divided into four disciplines: Structural collapse, rope rescue, trench rescue and confined space rescue. The HURT team is equipped and trained to perform technical rescue procedures in a safe and efficient manner in the following disciplines: High Angle Rope Rescue, Low Angle Rope Rescue, One-Point Suspension with Litter Tender, Structural Collapse Rescue, Confined Space Rescue and Trench Rescue. The team also rescues civilians and firefighters in the event of entrapment at a fire scene.