VIDEO: Six fire stations across Milwaukee were closed Monday, December 18th after budget cuts by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. People gathered outside Engine 6 to watch the final moments. "This is a sad day. This is a day I never thought I'd live to see," said Greg Wenzel, retired battalion chief, MFD. In the City of Milwaukee, 2018 budget cuts have led to the closure of an institution on the lower east side. "I spent the, probably the best years, and many years, as a captain and a lieutenant here," said Wenzel. At 8:00 a.m. on Monday, the city closed the long-serving firehouse.