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Milwaukee firefighters help Komen Wisconsin fight breast cancer

Saving lives is part of the job description for Milwaukee firefighters, which, by any definition, makes them heroes. But this week, we're meeting a group of firefighters who go above and beyond the call of duty. On their off days, they help Komen Wisconsin fight breast cancer. Of course when the alarm sounds, these firefighters spring into action, heading out wherever duty calls, but that is just part of the job.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Retired Marinette fire chief dies at 62

A longtime firefighter and retired fire chief in Marinette County has died. Chief Joseph “Joe” E. Giver died Sunday, Sept. 12 at the age of 62. Chief Giver was born in downstate Niles, Mich., but graduated from high school at the Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, Wis. After graduation, Chief Giver moved to Hinsdale, Ill.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUC-TV NBC/FOX 6 Marquette

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief to retire

After 30 years with the city, Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief Scott Young will retire this fall. Young was born and raised in Madison, where is also obtained his associates degree in fire protection technology. “I obtained required/numerous certifications while working on various departments. While employed at the WRFD I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbian Southern University,” Young recalled.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids City Times

Marquette County woman who lost husband to suicide raises awareness about mental health for first responders

The job of first responders is to take care of others but when it comes to mental health, taking care of themselves may not always be top of mind. A Marquette County woman is raising awareness about suicide prevention after losing her husband to suicide. Dian Pinney and her husband Mathew spend 30 years together.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 4:49:38 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Multiple agenices respond to Deerfield farm fire

Multiple agencies are responding to a fire on a farm in the Township of Deerfield Wednesday afternoon. Dane Co. Dispatch said the call came in around 3:30 p.m. about a fire on the 300 block of Heiman Lane. Deerfield, Cambridge, Stoughton, Marhsall, Cottage Grove and Lake Mills Fire Departments are currently responding to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 3:50:16 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Tactical Emergency Medic added to Neenah SWAT team to assist with critical care

In 2019, the Neenah Police Department added Tactical Emergency support to its SWAT unit, to provide medical care during “high-risk” operations. “I’m the lead TEMS Medic with the Neenah SWAT team,” explains Mike Novy, Neenah-Menasha Firefighter. Novy has been with the unit since the launch and has been with the Fire Department for 13 years.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 2:38:11 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Watertown fire/EMS concerns mirror others'

A series of stories presented recently in the Daily Times has addressed the challenges of operating fire and EMS services in today’s complex world, with area leaders in firefighting saying it is becoming increasingly difficult to find staff members to conduct their business. Watertown Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld spoke recently about the demands placed on the city’s fire department in 2021, saying one of the things that worries him most is simply being able to recruit and retain staff members qualified to respond to emergency calls.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 3:58:04 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Two killed after car catches fire in crash with disabled semi in Sparta

Two people died Monday night when a driver crashed their vehicle into the rear of a semi-truck that was disabled on the shoulder of I-90. Wisconsin State Patrol authorities said the crash happened around 10 p.m. near mile marker 26.5 near Sparta. According to an incident report, the disabled semi-truck was parked on the right shoulder of the interstate when a Subaru Outback with no lights on crashed into the rear of the truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Emergency responders deal with series of wrecks in Madison

Madison firefighters and medical personnel responded to a string of wrecks Monday evening spread across several Milwaukee Street intersections. According to the Madison Fire Dept., when the first emergency responder responding to calls about the crashes shortly before 8 p.m. turned off of Hwy. 51 and onto Milwaukee Street, they spotted a pickup truck.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 3:41:28 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Webster teen saves 4 sisters from house fire then dog saves him

A 13-year-old Wisconsin boy is being credited with saving his four younger sisters from a house fire while their parents were at the grocery store. He tried to put the fire out himself but couldn’t, his dog eventually leading him away. Days after a fire tore through her home with her five kids inside, Kelly Omar searched through the rubble for anything she could salvage.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Valley News Live

Superior Fire, Police Remember Lives Lost, First Responders’ Ultimate Sacrifice on 9/11

VIDEO: On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, first responders in Superior gathered to honor the lives lost, and ensure future generations never forget the ultimate sacrifice of the law enforcement and firefighters. At the sound of the bugle, the flag at U.W.S. lowers to half-staff.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV FOX 21 Duluth

First responders rescue elderly couple from duplex fire in Port Washington

The Port Washington Fire Department responded to a side-by-side structure fire in Port Washington Sunday, Sept. 12. Authorities say the fire was coming from a duplex 404 N. Wisconsin Street in Port Washington. Reports indicate that one side of the duplex got heavy damage, while the other side of the residence wasn't severely damaged.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Town of Peshtigo Fire Department has placed a new rescue craft into service

The Town of Peshtigo Fire Department has placed a new rescue craft into service that is available to respond to water rescues and other water-related emergencies. The new 15-foot Mercury Ocean Runner rigid inflatable rescue boat has been outfitted with a 40 HP Mercury outboard motor and equipped with state-of-the art navigation, lighting and rescue equipment.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eagle Herald Extra

Green Bay fire crews only use fire extinguisher to clear smoldering fire in apartment

Green Bay fire crews only used a fire extinguisher to clear a fire that had ignited in an apartment unit on Saturday afternoon. According to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, on Saturday at around 1:11 p.m., crews responded to the 1300 block Western Avenue for reports of a fire that was in the bathroom of one of the apartment units in the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2021 1:18:50 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Wisconsin Firefighters Gather 351 Pairs Of Shoes In Tribute To Fallen 9/11 First Responders

Twenty years ago this Saturday, 351 firefighters died in their efforts to save people after the 9/11 attacks. On that day, almost 3000 people were killed when al-Qaeda militants hijacked four airplanes in suicide missions against targets in the United States—including the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon just outside Washington D.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WUWM-FM 89.7 Milwaukee

With MABAS, help is one call away for Wisconsin fire departments needing backup

The 20th anniversary of 9/11 is now just two days away. The event changed the way crews across the country plan for and respond to emergencies, and that includes here in Wisconsin. There’s one system more than 86% of fire departments use when disaster hits in Wisconsin, the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System, or MABAS.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 8:41:43 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Appleton Set to Hold Procession, Ceremony to Remember 9/11

The City of Appleton will hold a solemn procession and ceremony to honor the victims and first responders of the 9/11 attacks on Saturday. “It’s a pretty jam-packed morning, really starting at 8:45. The ceremony should and before 10:00. We really hope that people can come to Appleton to unite and pay their respects,” said Appleton Parade Committee Chairperson Corey Otis.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 3:08:28 PM - SOURCE: WNFL-AM 1440 Green Bay

Fort Atkinson fire, police chiefs discuss staffing needs

Information and rationale relating to the need for additional staffing for the Fort Atkinson Fire and Police departments, starting in 2023, was presented to city council members and the public Tuesday night. The city is proposing to bring 911 ambulance service under the umbrella of the fire department, and as part of a public safety staffing proposal will be looking at an April 5, 2022 referendum question asking the electorate for approval to exceed the state levy limit for the purpose of adding 2 police officers, 6 firefighter/paramedics and 6 firefighter/EMTs and all necessary equipment to support those additions to allow those departments to meet the growing demand for their services.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Union

Remembering 9/11: Madison firefighter reflects on how search at Ground Zero has impacted his life

The morning of 9/11, Madison Firefighter Rob Verhelst had just returned from fighting a fire in Madison when he heard and saw the 9/11 attacks unfold on radio and then television. He felt he had to go help with the search and recovery efforts, and drove to New York City, where he joined the search efforts at Ground Zero on Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 4:41:24 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Manitowoc Public Library Hosting the Author of “Beneath the Flames”

Manitowoc Public Library is fortunate to have scheduled an appearance by retired firefighter and author, Gregory Lee Renz. His book, Beneath the Flames, vividly shows us what life as a firefighter is like—and what it’s like to face life-and-death situations on a regular basis. Greg is known for his heroic work as a Milwaukee Firefighter over the course of his 28-year career.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Seehafernews.com

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