McCosky with carrot cakeThis week we say goodbye to Apparatus Engineer Dan McCosky, who retires after nearly 32 years of service!

McCosky joined the Madison Fire Department on March 21, 1988. Previously, he was a firefighter at the Milwaukee Fire Department and also served with the National Guard. Before that, he was a volunteer firefighter and EMT at the Maple Bluff Fire Department.

A Madison native, McCosky grew up on the north side and is a graduate of East High School. During his time at MFD, he served at Fire Station 9 (Midvale Blvd.), old Station 8 (North St.), new Station 8 (Lien Rd.), Station 7 (McKenna Blvd.), and Station 13 (Town Center Dr.). He’s served as a firefighter, apparatus engineer, and HazMat technician. He says this career has been a source of great satisfaction and community pride, and he's loved being part of a team helping people.

He looks forward to traveling a bit during his retirement. “I've got an open door for anybody in Maui or Waunakee!”

McCosky at Station 9
McCosky at his first fire station, Station 9 on Midvale Blvd.
McCosky with kids in the fire truck
McCosky with his children at the firehouse


McCosky on a hazmat call
McCosky (left) on a HazMat call in Waunakee
McCosky with crew at old Station 8
McCosky (third from right) with his crew at Old Station 8 on North Street
McCosky with his crew at Station 8 on Lien Road
McCosky with his crew at Station 8 on Lien Road
McCosky with crew at Station 7
McCosky (left) with his crew at Station 7
McCosky in front of HazMat trailer
McCosky started as a satellite member of the Hazardous Incident Team before becoming a core member at Station 7
McCosky as a bike medic
McCosky particularly enjoyed working special events around the city
McCosky (left) with his last crew at Station 13
McCosky (left) with his last crew at Station 13


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