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Firefighters fight bar fire in Shawano County

PHOTO: Fire crews are still on scene of a fire at Deer Camp Bar and Pavilion in Shawano County. The building is on County Road K, which is also Waukechon Road, at the intersection with Porter Road, southeast of the city of Shawano. Firefighters tell us that it was a very large fire and started just after 5 this morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 7:35:26 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire tears through apartment building in Waukesha

Firefighters on Friday morning, Sept. 13 responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Shephard Street in Waukesha. Officials believe the storm may be to blame. At approximately 11:30 p.m.,the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Dispatch Center started to receive calls of a reported Structure Fire on E.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 4:53:21 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Paradigm donates money to Middleton Fire District, EMS

Software company Paradigm donated money to Middleton's local fire district and emergency medical services this week. According to posts from Paradigm's official Facebook page, the Middleton software company gave the Fire Department a check worth $18,890 for new equipment and kits. In a separate post, Paradigm shared that it also donated $18,500 to Middleton Emergency Medical Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 9:44:52 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire discovered behind Walgreens sign in Green Bay

Green Bay firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Walgreens on the city's west side Thursday night. Fire crews answering the call at 9 p.m. saw smoke coming from the sign above the entrance to the store at W. Mason and Oneida streets. When they got up there to open the wall, they found a fire burning behind the sign.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 9:01:02 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Garage total loss after fire in Chippewa Falls

A garage in Chippewa Falls is a total loss after a fire on Thursday morning. The Chippewa Falls Fire Department responded to a garage fully engulfed in flames around 7 a.m. Thursday near the corner of Elm and St. Augustine streets. After about 20 minutes, crews had the fire under control. There are no injuries reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2019 8:24:29 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Racine fire caused by unattended cooking damages community center, hurts firefighter

A fire at a community center in Racine caused major damage to the building and left one firefighter hurt. The Lakeview Community Center in Racine is damaged after a fire in the building Wednesday. The center is located across the street from the Racine Zoo. The Racine Fire Department says the Lantern Festival workers from China, who are putting up decorations at the zoo, were cooking inside the community center when they stepped out for a smoke break.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 9:00:06 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Never Forget: Wisconsin first responders honor victims of September 11 attacks

Area first responders are remembering the victims and families impacted by the September 11 attacks. Eighteen years ago today, 19 people associated with the Islamic extremist group al Qaeda hijacked four airplanes and carried out suicide attacks against the United State A total of 2,977 people were killed in New York City, Washington, D.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 8:41:09 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Follow Up: Chippewa Fire District prepares for Wheaton's departure at the end of 2020

The Chippewa Fire District is set to change after a town decided to branch off on its own. The town of Wheaton town board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to leave the Chippewa Fire District at the end of 2020, a partnership consisting of the village of Lake Hallie and the towns of Lafayette, Hallie and Howard.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 2:57:17 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Madison Police and Fire Departments honors 9/11 with special memorial events

The Madison and Fire Departments are continuing their tradition of hosting their 'Never Forget' blood drive at the new Fire Station 14. This year marks the 8th year for the blood drive and the 18th anniversary of 9/11. The departments will also hold a special memorial ceremony to honor and remember those first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice on this day.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2019 6:11:52 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Town of Wheaton votes to leave Chippewa Fire District

The Town of Wheaton Board voted Tuesday night to leave the Chippewa Fire District, which would happen at the end of 2020. However, that vote is contingent on the town being able to secure EMS services from either the City of Eau Claire or the City of Chippewa Falls. According to Fire District Board President Dave Staber, the Town of Wheaton must give formal notice of leaving the fire district by October 1, at which time the town will still be part of the fire district for another 15 months.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 11:24:06 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Wisconsin fire departments struggle with firefighter shortage

Wisconsin fire departments are seeing a shortage of firefighters. In Baraboo, a "Firefighters Wanted" sign hangs from one of the firehouses. The chief there says only four of the 34 firefighters he has on staff are full time. He says firefighting just isn't a lifelong career anymore. One challenge is pay, another is the time commitment.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 3:44:11 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Weird rash of spontaneous combustion fire calls offer lesson in safety, say fire chiefs

A recent rash of fire calls caused by spontaneous combustion has area fire officials shaking their heads at the rarity of several in a row. The act itself seems mysterious and complicated — a fire starting with no apparent source of ignition — but it's all very scientific. Combustion happens when a fuel combines with oxygen to produce heat from a recognizable source, like a match.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 6:07:08 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Firefighting foam found to have seeped into basement of home in northeast Wisconsin

State officials have detected toxic firefighting foam from a Marinette manufacturer in the basement of a nearby home — a finding that prompted the Department of Natural Resources on Monday to warn other residents to be on the lookout for similar signs of contamination. The potentially harmful foam containing perfluorinated chemicals had seeped into the basement earlier this year through cracks in the floor and walls, likely as a result of water saturating the ground due to wet weather conditions, the DNR said.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Journal Sentinel

La Crosse Fire Department swears-in new firefighters

The La Crosse Fire Department is officially welcoming some new members to the department. Three firefighters were sworn-in Monday at city hall. They took the La Crosse Firefighters' Oath and got their badges. The recruits have actually been on the force for about a year, but just completed their one-year probationary period and were promoted to full-time, permanent firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2019 9:47:38 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Shelby's firefighters spend morning feeding and entertain community they protect

The Shelby Fire Department held a waffle breakfast with a firefighter challenge at their station on Sunday. Guest could take their food outside and watch firefighters compete to hook up hoses, carry a ladder, use a sledge hammer and tie a clove-hitch knot the fastest. Shelby's assistant chief, Tony Holinka, said firefighting takes more than fitness.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2019 6:21:01 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Four people without a home after fire in Green Bay

No one was injured after a fire at a single family home on St. George St. Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded to the fire around 1:53 p.m. Sunday and found a fire in the back of a home and in the attic. The fire was knocked down within five minutes and no one was inside the home at the time. Two adults and two children were displaced from the home and estimated damage is worth $50,000.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2019 2:39:47 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Green Bay: Thousands of people raise money for fallen firefighters at Lambeau Field

For seven years running firefighters and their families, from across the nation, have been visiting Lambeau Field to honor their brothers and sisters who lost their lives on 9/11. On 09/11/01 343 firefighters lost their lives trying to save others before the twin towers fell. Today at Lambeau Field folks from across the country, tried to honor their sacrifice.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2019 4:42:45 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Pittsville man wanted firefighters to know how to save lives on farms: In death, his wish carries on

For 25 years, when Fire Chief Jerry Minor needed a place for firefighters and emergency medical service workers to train, one person's name always came to his mind first. Peter Petersen wasn't a firefighter or a paramedic, but the man who grew up on a farm on Wood County A and State 73 played an important role for the Pittsville Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 8:43:11 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Firefighters with Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue create 9/11 piece from old hose

Firefighters with Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue took time on their days off to create a piece in remembrance of 9/11. The piece, coming in at 10 feet by 5 feet, replaces a 17-year-old display that hung in the stairwell of Station 32. “The display was given to us after 9/11. It had pictures of the event and the saying ‘never forget’,” says Firefighter Scott Harding.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 4:57:02 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay