Milwaukee Fire Department

Mission: "The Milwaukee Fire Department is committed to protecting the people and property within our city. We will be responsive to the needs of our citizens by providing rapid, professional, humanitarian services essential to the health, safety and well-being of the city."

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) is the largest fire department in the state of Wisconsin. The main responsibility of the MFD is to respond to fire and medical emergencies in the city. The MFD also provides fire safety curriculum, fire prevention information and injury prevention through various community outreach programs.

As a key partner of the Safe Schools/Healthy Students (SS/HS) Initiative, the MFD promotes anger management and encourages violence prevention through their Project Staying Alive program for sixth grade students. The goal of the program is to change attitudes about violence and introduce problem-solving skills in order to solve conflicts peacefully.

The MFD also provides teacher training sessions that give participants an overview of the program by outlining objectives, goals and the teacher's role in making Project Staying Alive a positive experience for students.

Both student and teaching trainings are provided in collaboration with Project Ujima, the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Partnership Period: January 1, 2008 - June 30, 2011


The MFD contributes to the SS/HS Initiative in a variety of ways. David Anderson serves as a leader by representing the MFD on the Core Management Team. He attends monthly meetings, acts as a liaison between MPS and the MFD and devotes much of his time to the implementation of the Project Staying Alive program.

Responsibilities of the MFD include:

  • Work with SS/HS and community partners in the development and delivery of gang and violence prevention training for parents, students and staff and in the development and delivery of gang and violence prevention programs.
  • Work with MPS and the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise to expand Milwaukee Violence Free Zones.
  • In collaboration with the Medical College of Wisconsin and Project Ujima, develop the Project Staying Alive (PSA) violence prevention program. Modeled after the Survive Alive House program for fire injury prevention, PSA promotes anger management skills, teaches violence prevention, improves mental health and decreases intentional and unintentional injury.
  • Train MFD firefighters and paramedics in the Project Staying Alive curriculum and deliver to grade 6 classrooms throughout the community.
  • Seek additional funding to support the Project Staying Alive program during the SS/HS Initiative's implementation years and beyond.

Some of the services of the MFD are funded through the Safe Schools/Healthy Students grant.