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MFD Emergency Medical Services

MED 13 and MED 3 apparatus with fire department members inside parking lot with Schlitz Park building artwork in the background

Currently, the Milwaukee Fire Department provides basic and advanced life support with around 700 Emergency Medical Technicians-Basic (EMT-B), and over 200 EMT-Paramedics. These EMT-Bs and paramedics staff the department’s 29 Engine Companies, 8 Ladder Companies and 12 Mobile Emergency Department (MED) Units that respond to Emergency Medical Services (EMS) incidents for the City of Milwaukee. Over 80% of all MFD responses are now EMS-related.

The EMS system is established in the City of Milwaukee to safeguard against the loss of life, disability and unnecessary pain and suffering. The MFD EMS system provides special event standby for over 25 events annually within the City. An integral part of the MFD special event coverage is the Paramedic Bicycle Response (PBR) program. The PBR program provides rapid response to crowd-congested events as well as public relations and education to event attendees.

The MFD, in conjunction with the Milwaukee Police Department, supports a Tactical Emergency Medical Services (TEMS) program to enhance response capabilities to incidents involving special weapons and tactics operations. This program will provide EMS support within the perimeter of tactical situations for victims, as well as law enforcement officers.

In 2003, USA Today placed Milwaukee in the top three EMS systems in the country. This can be attributed to the MFD response times, resuscitation of cardiac arrest patients, and international recognition for participation in pre-hospital studies.

Click on the document image below to download and print the Milwaukee Fire Department Emergency Medical Services Notice of Privacy Practices


This link is for the Medical College of Wisconsin's Resuscitation Research Center which provides required vital information about medical studies that the MFD is involved with to make it public knowledge.


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