Madison's Fire Department
Firehouse No. 1/Central Firehouse
Firehouse No. 2
Firehouse No. 3
Firehouse No. 4
Firehouse No. 5
Firehouse No. 6
Firehouse No. 7
Firehouse No. 8
Firehouse No. 9
Firehouse No. 10
Firehouse No. 11
Firehouse No. 12

Some of Madison's Memorable Fires

Early Madison had little in the way of fire protection except a few willing volunteers. The first attempt at giving direction to fire fighting and prevention came when Madison was incorporated as a village in 1846. Fire Wardens were appointed and an ordinance was passed requiring all owners of a building in which fires were kept to have buckets in a convenient place.

When Madison became a city in 1856 the city charter authorized the formation of three volunteer companies; Fire Engine, Hook and Ladder, and Hose. Each company composed of up to 70 men between the ages of fifteen and fifty years. To encourage volunteers, the Charter exempted them "from highway work, poll tax, from serving on juries, and from military duty during the continuance of such memberships".

A year later the first two fire houses were built, Central and #2 The second Central fire house at 10 S. Webster St., was purchased from Billings Plow Works in 1881, and remained in use until 1904 when it became the police department "barns".

In 1901 Madison hired 16 full time firefighters and for the first time didnít have to depend on all volunteers. In 1908 the City of Madison Fire Department becomes a fully paid department.