The Milwaukee Update Column reports on apparatus and equipment of both the City of Milwaukee Fire Department, and the surroundings suburbs, primarily in the counties of Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Kenosha. The City of Milwaukee operates a fleet of approximately one hundred vehicles. There are thirty-seven engine companies, sixteen ladder companies, eight paramedic units, four BLS ambulances, six battalion chiefs, a deputy chief, and several special units including the haz-mat, heavy urban rescue team, dive rescue, a compressed air unit, a command van, a high volume unit carrying LDH, and a fireboat. There are on-going changes as new rigs arrive, older apparatus are reassigned or placed into reserve status, and apparatus are sent for refurbishing. The focus of the Milwaukee Update Column is to keep the reader informed on the apparatus of the Milwaukee Fire Department from specification writing to the contract award to the delivery of new rigs, and the reassignment of older rigs. News is also provided on apparatus deliveries in the surrounding suburbs of Milwaukee, and some of the adjoining
F.A.J. Contributing Editor
The The Milwaukee Update is written by Tom Conrad . Tom Conrad is retired from the Milwaukee Fire Department and now works as a paramedic and nurse. In addition, he is also a paid-on-call firefighter/EMT/motor-pump-operator in a Milwaukee suburb. Tom's primary interest is in the City of Milwaukee Fire Department, both apparatus and fireground photography, as well as the history of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
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