VIDEO: They're the unsung heroes of the Milwaukee Fire Department.
Saving lives, but they rarely hit the streets. TODAY’S TMJ4 spent Thursday with MFD’s repair shop in Walker’s Point.
The operation costs $5 milllion to $6 million per year. It includes a small team of about 40 people from various backgrounds working to keep engines running.
“It’s always busy but that’s why we’re here,” said John Litchford, Deputy of the Fire Support Division.
Inside the shop, a whiteboard listed with work jobs hangs on a wall.
The team consists of several mechanics, carpenters, painters, and even welders, among other trades.
While they don’t fight fires firsthand, the crew understands the work they do is essential.
“I fixed something and I had a few firefighters shake my hand and say, ‘Thanks,’” said welder Gregory Brulla. “That's when it dawned on me.”
Litchford said his goal is simple.
“Our main focus is always to keep the wheel rolling,” Litchford said.