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Plan to add additional shower to Vernon Fire Department proposed

Earlier this week, CBS 58 News told you how cancer caused 70% of firefighter line-of-duty deaths in 2016. Now, that story is being used to promote change at a Waukesha County station. Leaders have decided one single shower in the building isn't enough to keep firefighters safe from the toxins and carcinogens they're exposed to in their work.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2019 9:16:38 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Boy rescued after falling into Lake Michigan near Racine Yacht Club

After a frigid 15 minutes or more in the water, emergency workers rescued a 15-year-old boy who fell into Lake Michigan Wednesday evening. According to a preliminary investigation, the Racine County Sheriff’s Office reported that the boy and a 16-year-old friend were walking on the icy shore when the ice underneath them gave way, dropping the younger boy into the lake.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2019 7:41:21 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Promotions approved for Kenosha police, fire departments

Several promotions within the Kenosha Police and Kenosha Fire departments were approved by the city’s Police and Fire Commission Tuesday. Kenosha Police promotions included Patrick Patton from sergeant to interim lieutenant and Tadas Zukauskas and Michael Madsen from patrol officers to interim sergeants.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2019 2:06:07 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

A new tool to help save lives: Portage County EMS gets PulsePoint

Portage County is participating in a new app to speed up assistance for people having a heart emergency. The app, called PulsePoint, is designed to alert app users and first responders to people nearby who are experiencing cardiac arrest. It also helps you find the nearest automated external defibrillators (AED).
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

CT Scans donated to Kenosha Fire Department

Recognizing the cancer epidemic that firefighters are facing, MH Medical Imaging Company has donated 31 low-dose radiation CT scans to the Kenosha Fire Department. These scans are often not covered by insurance and are a useful tool in detecting cancer. "They were able are able to pick up cancer at a much earlier stage than a chest x-ray," said Dan Paulson with MH Imaging.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 8:42:59 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Rice Lake Fire Department asks city council to revisit staffing cut

After months of being short-staffed, the Rice Lake Fire Department is now asking the city council to revisit its decision to cut a full-time firefighter position. While the council says that decision was caused by a budget deficit, officials with the department say something needs to be done to ensure the safety of the community.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 5:55:15 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire truck of the future hits the streets of Stevens Point

VIDEO: Firefighters in Stevens Point have a new tool that will help them improve their speed and efficiency while fighting fires. After saving for years the department was able to add a brand new fire engine to their fleet. It's been more than 30 years since the Stevens Point Fire Department got a new fire engine and with a new engine and new technology there came a big learning curve.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 3:03:34 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Three found dead in house fire in Waukesha

An early morning fire killed three people, injured three others and substantially damaged a town of Waukesha home on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The Waukesha County Sheriff's Department announced the deaths Tuesday afternoon in an updated news release. Police did not identify the victims, but said they were an adult and two adolescents.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 1:00:53 PM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Fire crews rescue injured worker stuck on upper floor of Wauwautosa construction site

Fire crews deployed a bucket truck to rescue an injured worker who had slipped on the third floor of a Wauwautosa construction site on Monday afternoon. A worker for a subcontractor of the Milwaukee firm CG Schmidt fell and was injured while working on the third floor of a project at 10401 Innovation Drive in Wauwautosa, said Mike Abuls, chief operating officer at CG Schmidt.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 11:51:06 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Daily Reporter

Business owner sues Chippewa Fire District over dome use

William Kleich, owner of Loopy’s Saloon and Grill in the ntown of Wheaton, has filed a lawsuit against the Chippewa Fire District in an effort to allow the volleyball dome at his facility to continue operating 240 days a year without seeking a new permit. Kleich filed the lawsuit in Chippewa County Court on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 10:46:05 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

‘Substantial property damage:’ 2 injured after house fire in Waukesha

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, Feb. 19 responded to the scene of house fire near Arcadian Avenue and Cotton Court in Waukesha. The call came in around 3:15 a.m. The fire was reported by a neighbor who called 911. One adult and one juvenile were evacuated and required medical treatment. "Well I woke up to loud banging on the door, and the doorbell going off.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 3:44:25 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Special Report: Firefighters save lives but now the lives they need to save may be their own

Firefighters save lives but now the lives they need to save may be their own. When Mark Rine was first diagnosed with Melanoma, it had already progressed to stage four. "I don't know how many times people said oh, you got lucky, you got skin cancer... but a person dies from melanoma every 57 minutes," Rine said.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2019 9:42:40 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

83-year-old woman who ‘spent her life caring for others’ dies in house fire in Town of Delavan

An 83-year-old woman died in house fire on Linn Road in the Town of Delavan Sunday night, Feb. 17. The flames were so intense, firefighters right across the street couldn't save the woman's life. The call came in shortly before 6 p.m. after a relative noticed smoke coming from the house. When crews arrived on scene at Linn Road and Sage Road, they found smoke and flames coming from the residence.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2019 7:41:06 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Community service award given in honor of fallen Madison firefighter

Members of the Sable Flames firefighter group in Madison are creating a new community service award to honor Richard Garner, who died in the line of duty April 1, 2018. The award, given at the annual Second Alarm Scholarship Benefit Dance, will carry on the legacy of a man whose friends describe him as a gentle giant.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2019 10:23:00 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New Madison Fire Department station serves southeast side of city

The Madison Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of Fire Station 14 on Friday afternoon. It’s located on the southeast side of the city in the 3200 block of Dairy Drive. Cynthia Schuster, a spokesperson with the Madison Fire Department, said the station will serve the Owl Creek Neighborhood, Dutch Mill Road, and the nearby vicinity.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2019 6:15:25 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Tim Allen selected as next Union Grove-Yorkville fire chief

Veteran Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department member Tim Allen has been selected as the department’s new chief, the joint Union Grove and Yorkville Fire Commission announced Friday. Allen, a 30-year veteran of the department, has been assistant chief for 17 years. He will step into the role of chief March 1, replacing current Chief Tom Czerniak, who has been chief for 17 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 11:42:13 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Madison firefighters explore cancer-preventing benefits from sauna therapy

VIDEO: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed a multi-year study which found firefighters have a nine percent greater risk at being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent risk of a cancer related death. The study was completed in late 2015 and included nearly 30,000 firefighters who were employed at any time between 1950 and 2009.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 2:56:16 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Three Lakes diner on fire, multiple crews on scene

VIDEO: The stretch of shops on Superior Street in the Three Lakes form a tight knit business community. Wednesday night that community supported workers at 3 Lakes Diner, as they watched the place they work go up in flames. Superior Street was filled with fire trucks as firefighters worked to contain the flames and save what little was left of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:12:31 PM - SOURCE: News 12

Oconto man injured in house fire

An Oconto man was injured after a fire broke out Wednesday at his residence in the city of Oconto. The Oconto Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched at about 11:52 a.m. to 445 Jefferson St., for a report of a burning structure with smoke and flames visible. Crews found smoke coming from the eaves and gable vents and a visible fire in a window of the one-story, wood-frame home.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 8:17:14 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Celebrating Fire Station 14: Madison's newest station to hold grand opening Friday

VIDEO: It's been almost one year to the day since crews broke ground on Fire Station 14, Madison's newest facility. Now, the station is preparing for its first celebration. Friday, Feb. 15, Fire Chief Steve Davis, Mayor Paul Soglin, District 16 Alder Michael Tierney, and former District 16 Alder Denise DeMarb will attend the official grand opening of Station 14 on the city's southeast side.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 4:54:29 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison