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Neenah firefighters teaching middle school students physical fitness

VIDEO: Middle school students in Neenah are learning about what it takes to be a firefighter, but the drills are more than just a lesson in physical fitness. Shattuck Middle School gym classes are a little different this week. In addition to promoting health and physical fitness, the 7th and8th graders are getting a hands-on lesson about the physical demands firefighters face.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2019 8:56:47 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire damages New London bar

According to a news release from the Waupaca County Sheriff's Office, a fire just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday damaged the Log Cabin Bar on Highway 54 in the Town of Mukwa. Firefighters say they found heavy smoke coming from the basement, below some living quarters, at the back of the bar. The basement was destroyed by the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 8:34:51 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

‘Buy time and save lives:’ Powerful demonstration in Milwaukee shows effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems

It's a powerful demonstration of the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems. The Wisconsin Fire Sprinkler Coalition on Thursday, April 19 featured a live fire demonstration of fire sprinklers. "Fire sprinklers buy time and save lives," said Michael Wos, Executive Director of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 3:54:19 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Lake Mills firefighter proposes to his girlfriend mid-flight

VIDEO: What a way to begin a vacation. Lake Mills Firefighter Andy Brinkmann proposed to his girlfriend mid-flight, with the help of the Frontier Airlines flight staff. Originally Brinkman planned to propose on a trip in January. But on New Year's Eve tragedy struck when he lost his close friend and colleague Lake Mills Fire Captain, Chris Truman.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 2:27:27 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Kaukauna Plant Loses Coal Supply Following Fire

The Kaukauna Fire Department responded to a fire at 600 Thilmany Road at approximately 4:45 Thursday morning. When crews arrived on scene at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Thilmany plant, they found a coal hopper with approximately 40 tons of coal on the fire. Firefighters were then able to direct hose-lines onto the fire engulfing the storage hopper.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 8:07:57 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

No injuries reported after fire at Green Bay Packaging

Fire officials are investigating the cause of a fire that broke out at Green Bay Packaging Wednesday night. According to a press release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, crews were called around 9:30 p.m. to the manufacturing facility located at 831 Radisson St. When firefighters arrived, smoke from inside the plant could be seen from outside.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 5:38:24 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Port Washington's search finds dearth of full-time firefighters

Port Washington Fire Chief Mark Mitchell had hoped to hire a full-time firefighter/paramedic by June, but that probably won’t happen. Mitchell told the Police and Fire Commission last week that only two people applied for the job, and neither met the city’s requirements for the post. “I was very, very, very surprised,” Mitchell said.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2019 1:47:47 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

North Shore Fire Chief speaks out after Bayside fire

Three weeks after a massive fire put dozens of people out of their bayside homes, the fire department is asking themselves: "How did we do?" CBS 58 sat down with the North Shore Fire Chief for an honest assessment. Chief Robert Whitaker says he wishes more of the building could have been saved but it wasn't North Shore's top priority that night.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 8:36:56 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

I-41 pileup: Emergency responders honored for efforts in 131-car pileup in Neenah

Nearly two months after a massive, historic pileup on Interstate 41, emergency workers who responded to the chaotic situation were recognized for their sterling efforts. Police and firefighters rushed to the scene of the 131-car pileup on Feb. 24. Paramedics pulled patients away from their vehicles and tow trucks cleared disabled cars from the road.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 1:00:36 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Legislation to rename Post Office for late Sun Prairie Captain Barr introduced

Wisconsin's Congressional delegation is introducing a bill to rename the Sun Prairie Post Office building for the late Fire Captian Cory Barr. Barr is credited with evacuating more than 100 people from a downtown Sun Prairie building in July 2018 after it exploded from a natural gas leak. The blast leveled most of a city block, including the Barr House restaurant which Cory and his wife Abby owned.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2019 9:31:09 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

'We're in it together,' Pierce County dispatcher says during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

They may remember the voice, but they may never know the face. Community members around the world rely on the voice behind a 9-1-1 call every time they pick up the phone to dial for an emergency. Dispatchers on the other end of the 9-1-1 call are a vital piece of the puzzle that could save a person's life, either a community member or an emergency serviceman or woman, in a matter of moments.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 6:54:45 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Lit candle ignites fire at Madison apartment building; 1 person displaced

Dozens of people were evacuated from a downtown Madison apartment building early Monday morning, fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said one person is displaced from The Frances apartments following a fire at about 2:30 a.m. in the 200 block of North Frances Street. An occupant told firefighters that the fire was in his second-floor unit.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel 3000

REV Group builds custom mobile survive alive house for Milwaukee Fire Department

Milwaukee Fire Department has an education program to teach young people about the dangers of fire and fire safety. The Mobile Survive Alive House is an integral part of this program. “The job of firefighting has evolved over the years, educating children on fire safety has become an important part of our community efforts,” stated Lieutenant Michael Ball, Community Relations Director for the Milwaukee Fire Department, “The Survive Alive House is a key component of how we demonstrate fire safety to children.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Hastings Tribune

Proposal would create 'baby boxes' in Wisconsin where newborns could safely be abandoned

VIDEO: Newborn safety boxes could be installed at medical centers and law enforcement agencies in Wisconsin, under a new proposal at the state Capitol. Sen. Dale Kooyenga is drafting a bill, along with first responders and hospitals, that would add the boxes as an option for parents in Wisconsin who wish to safely surrender a newborn baby.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 5:16:16 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Monroe man dead after vehicle leaves road, crashes into tree

A 30-year-old Monroe man died early Monday morning after a crash in Green County. The Green County Sheriff's Department says just after 1 a.m., they got a call about a single-vehicle crash on County Highway P. When first responders got there, the one man in the vehicle was reported to be unresponsive and the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 6:16:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

No injuries in warehouse fire at Millipore Sigma in Sheboygan County

Multiple departments were called out to a warehouse fire at Millipore Sigma near County Highway V and County Highway A in the Town of Wilson in Sheboygan County Sunday, April 14. It happened just after 1 p.m. The Town of Wilson fire chief said the fire broke out in a storage facility for production chemicals at the plant.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox 6

Red Cross assists Milwaukee apartment residents after 2-alarm blaze

VIDEO: Firefighters battled a two-alarm fire at an apartment building near 23rd and Layton in Milwaukee Sunday afternoon, April 14. It happened around 3:15 p.m. Residents of the Willow Terrace Apartments building were out of their homes while firefighters investigated and worked to extinguish the flames.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2019 3:38:02 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox 6

Milwaukee Furniture Depot a total loss after 3-alarm blaze

VIDEO: Fire tore through Furniture Depot near 25th and Lincoln on Milwaukee's south side Saturday night, April 14. Residents scurried as the building went up in flames, fearing it was going to spread. It required a three-alarm response. "The whole store was engulfed," said Robert Bailey. Bailey said the blaze two doors down from him was intense.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2019 2:48:00 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox 6

Backyard electrical fire caught on camera in Grafton

High winds in Grafton knocked down part of a homeowner's tree onto power lines Thursday morning, causing sparks and flames to fly out. It happened in the 1100 block of Sunset Court in Grafton, just before 5 a.m. Thursday. Advertisement Jack O'Neal lives next door and caught the electrical fire on camera.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 10:44:00 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

WisDOT cameras show start of White Oaks apartments fire in Bayside

VIDEO: The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) released new video on Thursday, April 11, showing a large fire at the White Oaks apartment complex in Bayside. The blaze happened early Saturday, March 30. The video shows flames in the distance, above the treeline. North Shore Fire Department Chief Robert Whitaker says if the timestamp on this video matches the time of their first emergency call, the fire was already rolling over the rooftop before they dispatched emergency responders.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2019 8:50:28 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6