Milwaukee Fire Department Archives

Milwaukee Fire Department Administration Building dedicated to local architect Alonzo Robinson

December 9, 2021

On November 30, 2021, The City of Milwaukee hosted a dedication of the Milwaukee Fire Department Administration Building at 711 W. Wells Street, in honor of its architect Alonzo Robinson, Jr. (center). Alonzo was the first African American architect licensed by the state of Wisconsin and the city of Milwaukee’s first Black registered municipal architect…. [Read More]

Milwaukee Fire Department Black History

March 18, 2021

MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT BLACK HISTORY! In the beginning there were four MFD trailblazers, who paved the way. Pictured (top photo, from left) Chief Stephanie Hampton; first African American Female Firefighter Valerie Woodard; Firefighter Elizabeth Ewing; and (lower photo) Dr. Maureen Aniakudo Firefighter, RIH. We salute these extraordinary women who have blazed the trail to make… [Read More]

Common Council OKs renaming MFD HQ in honor of Alonzo Robinson

February 11, 2021

The Milwaukee Common Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, February 9, 2021 to rename the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) Headquarters at 7th and Wells in honor of Alonzo Robinson, Wisconsin’s first African American architect. Robinson is the designer and architect of the MFD headquarters. But he is also known for designing other buildings in downtown Milwaukee… [Read More]

Milwaukee Fire Department announces new Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy

December 24, 2020

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) is proud and excited to introduce one of the newest Command Staff members, Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy. A 17-year veteran of the MFD, Chief Purifoy is eminently qualified to fill this role, leveraging her Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Administration and her experience in numerous pivotal leadership roles. Her… [Read More]

Operation Warm raises funds for winter coats through Hero’s Haul

September 19, 2019

Get your team ready! Groups of 10 people can test their muscles and pull a fire truck on Saturday, September 28, 2019 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Join Milwaukee firefighters for the third annual Hero’s Haul! Operation Warm, a program of the Milwaukee Fire Department, is excited to host this year’s Hero’s Haul Fire Truck… [Read More]

Milwaukee Fire Department celebrate Milwaukee Fire Recruits graduation

December 6, 2018

On Friday, November 16, 2018, the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) celebrated the commencement ceremony of the Milwaukee Fire Recruits class of 2018. Among those graduating where Tahj Lea (front row, center), the son of Torrey Lea and Pam Malone, who at the age of 20 has decided to forgo the college career track in architecture… [Read More]

New winter coats go to 7,000 MPS students

December 6, 2018

In between fighting fires and saving lives, the local heroes of the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) somehow found time to raise funds, go shopping, organize, and deliver 7,000 new winter jackets to students in Milwaukee Public Schools. An assembly was held at Nathaniel Hawthorne School to distribute jackets as well as thank and recognize members… [Read More]