Welcome to Milwaukee

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Members and Guests of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association
2014 Convention
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

As the Chief of the Milwaukee Fire Department I welcome you to our great city that is filled with rich tradition and history for you to explore. It is an honor to have the leaders of the Wisconsin fire service in our city. The Milwaukee Fire Department and the fire departments of Milwaukee County are excited to have you in Milwaukee. As your hosts we just ask you to enjoy yourself. I invite you to come and visit the firehouses and our members as we celebrate our 139th year as an organized fire department. Many of our firehouses are preserved historical buildings, giving the visitor a glance at "Old" Milwaukee. For those that enjoy fire history, we have a wonderful museum run by the Fire Historical Society on the south side of the city. We will be offering two historic tours on Saturday; make sure you sign up.

When I came to the City of Milwaukee four years ago, I marveled at the amount of, and diversity of, all Milwaukee has to offer. Milwaukee feels like "small town" living, enjoying friends and family at neighborhood barbeques, with a "big town" feel, given the expansive cultural diversity in everything from religion, restaurants, and events to the multitude of fine arts offered everywhere from downtown, to the historic east side near Lake Michigan, to local schools throughout the city.

I encourage you to take some time during your stay, and even consider extending your stay, to enjoy all that Milwaukee has to offer. Visit some of our many museums or theatres, the Milwaukee County Zoo, the 112-year-old Basilica of St. Josaphat, take in a ball game at Miller Park, or spend some time at one of the many festivals along the lakefront. From casual to elegant, we also have plenty of unique places for you grab a drink or a bite to eat.

On behalf of the Milwaukee Fire Department and the Milwaukee County Chiefs Association, WELCOME TO MILWAUKEE!




The City of Milwaukee is honored to welcome the Annual Conference of the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association from June 25-29, 2014.

Milwaukee's superior attractions and safe, walkable downtown area, combined with its renowned warmth and hospitality, assure you of an enjoyable visit. The magnificent, kinetic "wings" of the lakeside Milwaukee Art Museum welcome visitors to experience its world-class collections, and interactive science, technology and water science exhibits beckon at neighboring Discovery World. The one-of-a-kind Harley-Davidson Museum dazzles with its exhibits featuring motorcycles, history and American pop culture, and the Milwaukee County Zoo's many attractions provide a great day out for all ages. Even the Brewers will be at spectacular Miller Park for a run of home games during that time.

Excursion boats and brewpubs along the city's charming RiverWalk provide lively entertainment, and a tempting array of dining options and nightlife throughout the city will assure you of after-hours fun. Unique shopping awaits in Milwaukee's "SoHo" district, the Historic Third Ward, anchored by the award-winning Milwaukee Public Market. The city's German heritage is celebrated along Old World Third Street, where shops and restaurants feature German cuisine, artisan cheese, spices and world-renowned sausage.

On behalf of the City of Milwaukee, I thank you for selecting Milwaukee as host city for your conference and extend my best wishes to all attendees and their families for a successful meeting and summer fun in Milwaukee.

Tom Barrett