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 Team units exercise expertise in three major disciplines: The Hazardous Materials Response Team (HAZMAT), the Heavy Urban Rescue Team (H.U.R.T.) and the Marine Unit. The Deputy Chief of Special Operations responds to all Special Team assignments as well as all third alarm fires as the Rapid Intervention Team (R.I.T.)/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 third alarm fires as Rapid Intervention Team. The H.U.R.T team operates out of Station 23 (Kinnickinnic River Parkway and Oklahoma) and Station 24 (located at 50th and Fiebrantz).
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 33 (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 Trident fireboat and the Dive Rescue Team. The Dive Rescue Team and the Trident Pilots operate out of the quarters of Engine 2 (located at James Lovell and Wells).