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Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Department appoints new chief

The Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Department has undergone a bit of shuffling within the leadership department. Justin Lyman took over as fire chief on July 9 after the former chief, Don Catenacci, a former career firefighter with Wauwatosa and an assistant chief with Verona, retired. Catenacci began as Wind Lake chief in September 2018.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2020 5:14:47 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

No funding for firehouse in Wheatland

Far fewer people voted in Wheatland on a binding resolution to authorize funding for firehouse construction than voted in a non-binding referendum in February seeking support to build a new station. But, the result on Monday night was the same. Their answer was “no.” This time, by a larger margin. In February, 426 residents, or 58%, voted against a plan to spend up to $3.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2020 1:05:23 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

HazMat team responds to formaldehyde spill in Beaver Dam

The Beaver Dam Fire Department says about 200 gallons of formaldehyde leaked from a damaged container at Animart in Beaver Dam on Tuesday morning. The fire department was called at 9 a.m. to help contain the leak. By the time crews arrived, Animart had been evacuated. Fire crews say a 275-gallon tank was damaged, causing the leak.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 1:08:14 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Madison Police and Fire Commission could allow chiefs to live within 15 miles of city

As Madison’s Police and Fire Commission continues searching for a permanent police chief, its members are considering changing a rule that would allow police and fire chiefs to live outside the city, but within 15 miles. Under the commission’s current rules, a police or fire chief appointee “shall establish residence within 60 days after appointment.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 5:39:09 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

'It is a big deal': Aircraft firefighting training operation at Appleton airport gaining foothold in Midwest and beyond

When it comes to aircraft firefighting and rescue operations, the stakes are enormous. That's why it's so vital to provide instructional programs to promote and ensure safety. One of the most promising and comprehensive training centers in the Midwest – and beyond – is based in the Fox Cities. The new Fox Valley Technical College Airport Rescue and Firefighting training facility, a partnership with the Appleton International Airport, began booking trainees in June.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Post Crescent

One person hospitalized after diving into Lake Mendota and losing consciousness

One person was hospitalized after diving from a pontoon boat into Lake Mendota Sunday afternoon, according to City of Madison Fire Department. Firefighters said after remaining underwater for about one minute, the diver resurfaced unconscious. Other passengers pulled the diver onto the pontoon and gave him chest compression until the diver regain consciousness, according to firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 5:46:03 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Boy drowns while swimming in river near Cassville

A boy died while swimming in a southwest Wisconsin river on Saturday afternoon, according to law enforcement officials. At around 2:41 p.m. on Saturday, the Grant County Sheriff’s Office was sent to a report of a possible drowning in the Grant River. The incident was reported near Pigeon River Road, about a mile from its intersection with County Road U.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KCRG-TV ABC 9 Cedar Rapids

Firefighters respond to alarm, smoke in Oconto apartment building

Oconto Fire and Rescue Department responded Friday to fire alarm with smoke in the apartment complex at 101 Van Hecke Ave. Oconto Police officers, who arrived first, confirmed the smoke was from a cooking fire, which was out. All residents of the complex had evacuated. Firefighters went inside to confirm the building was safe and make sure no fire had spread.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2020 8:16:05 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

3 injured by toxic fumes at Mequon swim facility

Three people were taken to the hospital after a mix of chemicals created toxic fumes inside a Mequon swimming pool facility on Thursday. Workers who were delivering chemicals to Splash! Swim and Wellness, 10636 N. Commerce St., had accidentally mixed sulfuric acid and bleach, creating "a large cloud of chlorine gas" around 11:14 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 1:02:50 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Middleton first responders take to the streets in COVID-friendly National Night Out

Middleton first responders paraded through the city Thursday evening, for a COVID-friendly National Night Out. Officer Tom Wilson said his department, along with all other Dane County agencies, had to cancel its “biggest event of the year” due to coronavirus concerns. Last year, he said, the event drew a crowd of about 1,500 to a park.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

The importance of remembering Green Bay firefighter Arnie Wolff

August 13th marks a somber anniversary for the Green Bay Metro Fire Department. Fourteen years ago, Lieutenant Arnie Wolff died fighting a house fire on Edgewood Drive. As the anniversary of his death approaches, one of the few remaining firefighters who responded that day is talking about the importance of honoring his legacy.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 4:39:56 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire causes 'moderate damage' to porch in Fond du Lac, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Thursday morning, Aug. 6 responded to the scene of a porch fire on Everett Street near Division Street in Fond du Lac. The call came in around 4:20 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found a small fire burning through part of the newly-constructed wood stairs leading up to the front porch. The fire caused moderate damage to the staircase.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2020 5:41:35 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox 6 Milwaukee

Milton: Joint Fire Commission examines sharing fire costs with towns

As the city and town of Milton weigh how to transition from a volunteer fire department to a department staffed by full-time employees, cost has always been a consideration. “The whole causation of the problem is staffing. Our volunteer pool has decreased significantly—and that is a problem across the United States,” Janesville Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes said in an interview Thursday with Adams Publishing Group.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 9:03:36 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Fire on southside of Madison that displaced 5 people, 3 pets, caused by candle

A fire that displaced five people and three pets on the south side of Madison on Aug. 3 was determined to be started accidentally by a candle, the Madison Fire Department said on Wednesday. On Aug. 3, the Madison Fire Department responded to the 900 block of Magnolia Lane to find smoke coming out of the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 7:40:03 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Dustin Chacon, a firefighter and hero recognized as Racine County Eye Hometown Hero of the Week

Dustin Chacon is the Racine County Eye Hometown Hero of the Week. The Firefighter was born and raised in Sturtevant, Wisconsin. He grew up watching his grandfather and uncle serve the community as firefighters. Heroism runs in their blood. Now, his Uncle is one of the owners of Bell Ambulance. In 2001, Dustin became a member of the US Army.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine County Eye

1 dead after kayak accident in Sheboygan, investigation underway

Fire officials say one person has died following an accident in Sheboygan on Tuesday involving a kayaker. According to Sheboygan fire officials, crews were called to the Deland Park area for a kayaker that was in the water at 11:40 a.m. When crews arrived, they were able to find witnesses, who gave them directions to where the kayaker had last been spotted.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 3:42:55 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Madison firefighters search for local artist for mural project

Calling all artists! Madison’s Fire Station 6 is searching for a local artist for a mural project using repurposed materials in the station. The firefighters at the south side station, located on West Badger Road, are looking to beautify the building through the work of a local artist or artists, according to a press release from the City of Madison Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2020 8:42:50 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Marathon County: Arson suspect takes plea deal

The man accused of starting a fire that destroyed a west-side laundromat and flower shop has taken a plea deal. Azeez Aleem Hakeem was in Marathon County court Monday afternoon for a plea hearing. In June Hakeem withdrew his original plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect to have a plea reset on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 8:00:03 PM - SOURCE: Fox Sports Wausau 1390AM

Madison firefighters rescue unconscious man pinned in vehicle

Madison firefighters helped rescue an unconscious driver who was pinned inside their vehicle following a crash. Dispatch received a call around 2:15 p.m. Saturday in the 800 block of Atlas Avenue. Crews responded to the scene two minutes later. Firefighters said when they arrived, they found a vehicle with massive front-end damage against a tree and smoke was coming from the engine.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 3:45:08 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Multiple 911 callers report smoke from Madison apartment; crews fight fire on west side

Crews have knocked down a fire on Madison’s west side Monday afternoon, officials said. Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster said there were multiple 911 calls reporting smoke seen coming from an apartment in the 900 block of Magnolia Lane. Firefighters arrived at the scene minutes later and had the fire knocked down just after 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2020 12:43:08 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison