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Milton Fire Commission approves staffing change to boost response times

The Milton Fire Commission approved a new staffing format Thursday aimed to help firefighters respond more quickly to calls and ease what Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes called a “staffing crisis.” The Milton department will have one full-time firefighter and three paid on-premise firefighters available to respond to emergencies 24 hours a day Monday through Friday.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2020 3:06:44 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

New building, new technology presents challenges for Milwaukee firefighters

The Milwaukee Fire Department is already in training for a building that hasn't broken ground yet. Ascent, an apartment building near downtown Milwaukee expected to break ground in a few months, has a tall timber frame. At 25-stories, it is expected to be the tallest building of its kind in the world.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 7:38:23 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

‘Certainly is a growing problem:’ Waukesha Fire Department has new tool to fight bed bugs

Bed bugs can be hard to spot and even tougher to get rid of. The City of Waukesha Fire Department has a new tool to fight the problem -- and make sure every ambulance is clean. Kira Benkert is getting an ambulance ready for the day's first patient -- including making sure there aren't any unwanted passengers: bed bugs.
- PUB DATE: 2/20/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Recent deadly fires in Merrill renew emphasis on fire safety, prevention

In the last two months, there have been three major house fires in Merrill. Two have been deadly, and in the most recent there were injuries. Chief Josh Klug says one of the things the Merrill Fire Department has always prided itself on is the amount of fire prevention they do within the community.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 6:39:44 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Mount Pleasant likely to get 8-year extension for building fire station near Foxconn

The state Assembly has approved giving more time to the Village of Mount Pleasant to build a new fire station near the Wisconn Valley Technology Park using tax funds to be generated by Foxconn. Under the initial state bill, passed in 2017, Mount Pleasant would have had until 2024 to build a new fire station either within the Foxconn zone or within 1 mile of the zone, according to Claude Lois, the village’s contracted project director for the Foxconn development.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 3:04:07 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times - Metered Site

Wheatland mulls next steps after voters nix funds for new fire station

Wheatland Fire Chief Lou Denko spent months meeting with town residents to address any potential concerns or questions involving plans to build a new $3.8 million fire station. On Wednesday, it was back to the drawing board. The non-binding referendum stated: “Should the Town Board issue bonds or other debt issues in order to borrow up to $3.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 1:06:13 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Monona Fire Department removes PFAS-containing foam from fire apparatus

Given the recent local and national media coverage regarding the potential environmental hazards of substances that contain the chemical compounds perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl, known more commonly as PFAS, the Monona Fire Department is taking proactive measures to remove PFAS-containing firefighting foam from its fleet.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 1:05:19 PM - SOURCE: Monona / Cottage Grove Herald Independent

No injuries reported after Sparta porch fire, family alerted by cat

The Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold says no injuries were reported after a fire broke out on a porch in Sparta Wednesday around 5:34 a.m. The family was alerted to the fire by their cat and smoke detectors, which allowed them to get out of the residence safely. Arnold says the home, located on Kent Street in Sparta, had moderate smoke damage and minor water damage.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 11:54:44 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Stoughton Fire Department selects new chief

The Stoughton Fire Department has selected a new cheif, according to The Stoughton Courier Hub. Squad leader Josh Ripp will replace former chief Scott Wegner, who retired on Jan. 2. Since Wegner’s retirement, Mark Miller served as interim chief. Ripp has been a volunteer with the department for five years and worked as fire chief for seven years with the Maple Bluff Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2020 7:55:06 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

'It's a lot more efficient': Madison Fire Department takes new teamwork approach when investigating fires

The Madison Fire Department has a new team devoted to investigating the origin of fires with the hope that it not only makes investigations more efficient, but helps protect firefighters, as well. “What I love about my job is the teamwork of it,” said Kara Nelson, an apparatus engineer and fire investigator with the Madison Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 8:51:29 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Worker injured, rescued after hand trapped in mechanical equipment, Madison firefighters say

A man was taken to the hospital after his hand became trapped in mechanical equipment, according to a release by the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were sent to a business along the 2200 block of Fordem Avenue around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday. The man’s fingers were trapped between two mechanical rollers, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2020 3:45:26 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Sauk City fire department thanks family who brought pizza to station after house fire

The Sauk City Volunteer Fire Department is thanking a local family after they brought in pizza after fire crews put out a structure fire in the town of West Point Monday. As NBC15 News reported, crews responded to a fire at a home on Selwood Road in the Town of West Point outside Prairie Du Sac around 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 8:32:02 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire destroys Fond du Lac Auto Mart

On Sunday, February 16 the Fond du Lac Fire Rescue was dispatched to the Be Smart Auto Mall at 530 VanDyne Road for a reported structure fire. Fire Chief Peter O’Leary says employees working inside the building at the time made the 9-1-1 call and were able to exit the building safely. Upon arrival, fire crews encountered not only the structure on fire but several adjacent vehicles as well.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 4:46:40 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

La Crosse firefighter honored for his commitment to the department, community

The La Crosse Fire Department is honoring one of their own. Firefighter and EMS trainer, Franco Garritano, received the La Crosse Firefighter of the Year Award on Monday. He’s being recognized for over 12 years of commitment to the department and community, but he says the department’s support is what pushes him to be his best.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2020 4:43:51 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Evansville fire officials: 2 garages considered total loss

The Evansville’s Fire Department responded Friday evening to a garage fire in the 100 block of West Liberty Street. According to a news release, around 9:23 p.m. Evansville firefighters and police officers responded to a call about a two garages on fire located behind the homes on West Liberty and West Church streets.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2020 3:20:17 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Woman suffers life-threatening injuries in Milwaukee fire, suspect sought

Milwaukee police are investigating an arson that occurred early Friday morning, Feb. 13 near 8th and Cherry. The call came in around 3:30 a.m. Police say the victim, a 23-year-old Milwaukee woman, sustained life-threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This is an active investigation and Milwaukee Police are seeking a known suspect.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 8:39:05 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Firefighters battle fire, bitter cold at home near 19th and Fairmount in Milwaukee

Firefighters on Friday morning, Feb. 14 responded to the scene of separate fires in Milwaukee. Crews were first called out to a house fire near 19th and Fairmount just before 2 a.m. for a house fire. Officials say the house only sustained minor smoke damage. While on scene authorities found a man in his 60’s suffering from minor injuries.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2020 4:38:01 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Streetcar derails in Milwaukee; firefighters get it on track

AFirefighters were called in to help get a derailed Milwaukee streetcar back on track. The streetcar, known as The Hop, derailed Thursday afternoon on Milwaukee's east side. The car remained upright and appeared to be just slightly off the track. One of the Milwaukee Fire Department's heavy rescue units was able to lift the car up and place it back on the tracks using specialized equipment.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 5:44:34 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Janesville apartment fire averted by sprinklers

A potentially disastrous fire was thwarted by working sprinkler systems late Wednesday night at an apartment building at 221 N. Franklin St., according to Captain John McManus of the Janesville Fire Department. Firefighters responded a call at about 9:18 p.m. Wednesday. McManus said a basket of clothing had started on fire in a closet when the sprinklers kicked in and doused the flames.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2020 5:03:18 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Dryer fire cancels classes at Lineville Intermediate School in Howard

The Howard-Suamico School District decided to cancel classes at Lineville Intermediate School on Thursday following a fire in the building Wednesday night. Teachers and other Lineville staff also should not report to school. According to the school district, the Howard Fire Department responded to an alarm at the school at 2700 Lineville Rd.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2020 7:42:24 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay