South Milwaukee Fire Department

Message from the Fire Chief

SMFD Chief Office“Welcome to the official website of the South Milwaukee Fire Department. Operating out of one centrally-located station, we consider ourselves an all-hazard, all-risk, full-service department that provides ALS/BLS transport capabilities, fire suppression, open water and confined space rescue, a full-range of fire prevention activities and fire inspection services. Please take a moment to look around our site as we consider it a work-in-progress in our attempt to provide an informational One-Stop-Shop. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions you may have.    After all . . . we are here to serve the community”.

Joseph Knitter
Fire Chief / Deputy Director of Emergency Management


Our Mission

The Mission of the South Milwaukee Fire Department is to protect lives and property from the adverse effects of fires, sudden medical emergencies, and exposure to hazardous conditions. This commitment is achieved by developing, promoting, and maintaining effective fire suppression, and emergency medical care. We will continue to provide these quality services, through education and training, to all who live, work, visit or invest here.

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