last update July 9, 2022

The Milwaukee Fire Bell Club regrets to inform you of the untimely passing of long time member Gary Schmidt. Gary passed on June 29, 2022. He had a huge impact on our rehab operations. He was involved in setting up standard operating procedures and had a major impact on the procurement and operation of the club’s radio system. He was a valued member of the state’s MABAS operations Committee. Gary was laid to rest on July 9, 2022 amid an honor guard from the Milwaukee Fire Department.

last run for Member Gary Schmidt

Member Bob Ristic receives his Badge of office, President of the IFBA

Presented by IFBA 2nd Vice President and IFBA past President Vickie Mokros

Our Officers for the 2022 term

MFBC new officers for 2022 are sworn in at the Open Flame Restaurant by Chief of Department Aaron Lipski

PRESIDENT, DOUG HANKE

VICE PRESIDENT, ROGER LAWTON

SECRETARY, ROBERT DOMROIS

TREASURER, CHRIS CALLEN

DIRECTOR, TIM BYERS

DIRECTOR, ROBERT WARNER

DIRECTOR, SANTO SANFILIPPO

MILWAUKEE FIRE BELL CLUB APPARATUS

Rehab 1

The Fire Bell club’s Rehab 1 (shown above) is a fully equipped mobile Kitchen. It is stocked with food service items and ready to heat & eat items. It also has other equipment to assist us in our mission. Tents for shade on hot days, misting fans for cooling on those hot days. Chairs, water and foot warmers just to name a few.

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Rehab 2

The club’s “REHAB 2” (shown above) is our first response apparatus. It usually responds first on all calls for our services. The rig is capable of serving light refreshments (coffee, water, Gatorade type beverage). We carry tents for shade and it has interior seating for days we need to offer a place to get warm or just a place to take a break. Much to the relief of the Fire Fighters, this rig also contains two restrooms.

Rehab 3

IFBA

The Milwaukee Fire Bell Club is a founding member of the International Fire Buff Associates. The IFBA was founded in Milwaukee back in 1953. The first meeting was held at a famous downtown Milwaukee Restaurant.

The Milwaukee Fire Bell Club hosts the International Convention each ten years in honor of its founding here in Milwaukee. The next convention is scheduled for the summer / fall of 2023. Watch here for details as they become available.

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Our Mission

The Milwaukee Fire Bell Club was founded back in 1947 by a group of men who felt that the Milwaukee Fire Department needed a civilian support system for on scene support at greater alarm fires.

Hot coffee and hot chocolate were available in the winter and cold water and other beverages in the summer. The Fire Fighters got a quick break with something to drink and then went back to fighting the fire.

Now, a few years later some food items were added to the menu. Firehouse stew and Tomato soup to name a few.

Respond when called…

The club is dispatched by the Milwaukee Fire Department dispatch office and we respond automatically on all third alarm or greater incidents.
We can also be activated by “Special Call” by an on-scene Battalion or Deputy Chief