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Governor announces $100M grant program for EMS, with federal CARES funds

Gov. Tony Evers announced Thursday a $100 million grant program funded by the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES, Act that will help facilities providing different kinds of care amid the pandemic. In a news release, Evers said the funding will support Wisconsin providers emergency medical services, home and community-based services and long-term care providers such as skilled nursing facilities and assisted living facilities.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Town of Leon home suffers extensive damage during blaze

A house in Leon suffered extensive damage in a fire late Wednesday night. The Sparta Area Fire District received the call at 10:15 p.m. of a fire on Jamboree Road in the town of Leon. When crews arrived on scene the house was fully engulfed and all the residents had made it out safely. According to a neighbor, the fire started on the deck and quickly spread while the occupants were downstairs watching TV.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 LaCrosse

FEMA stops in SE Wisconsin to see how operations to combat COVID-19 are playing out

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is shipping tons of personal protective equipment (PPE) and testing supplies to Wisconsin to help combat COVID-19. A team was on the ground on Wednesday, May 20 to see the work being done. FOX6 News was able to connect with FEMA Administrator James Joseph at UMOS.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

$80,000 in damages after fire at Green Bay JBS building

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded to a building fire located on Lime Kiln Road on Wednesday. The fire department says they were dispatched at around 1:30 p.m. to a trailer at JBS located on the 1300 block of Lime Kiln Road. Fire crews say the building was evacuated before the fire department arrived.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 5:45:35 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Car crashes into Town of Peshtigo garden center

A car crashed into a garden center business in the Town of Peshtigo early Wednesday morning. At about 2:26 a.m., the Town of Peshtigo Fire Department was called to a report of a crash with injuries in the area of Highway 41 and Erik's Garden Center. A car crashed into the garden center, stopping just a few feet from a home.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 10:09:19 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Chippewa: Girl Scout cookie surplus inspires donations for frontline workers

It has been a tough year for Girl Scouts in Western Wisconsin to sell cookies, but they are making the most of their massive surplus to support front line workers. The same time that Girl Scouts were about to set up shop in front of retail stores to sell their cookies, everything shut down. Now there are more than 100,000 left over packages of cookies, the Girl Scouts started donating some boxes and now it has turned into a community wide effort.
- PUB DATE: 5/20/2020 7:44:34 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Beaver Dam referendum proposed to hire more fire/EMS personnel

Beaver Dam could have a referendum question on the November ballot. On Tuesday, the city’s police and fire commission approved asking the city for a referendum question in November that would ask voters to support a tax increase to cover hiring eight new personnel in the fire and emergency services department.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 4:37:05 PM - SOURCE: Daily Citizen

Mixed-use building, fire station no. 2 additions potentially coming to Waterford

Waterford is in the midst of some big changes. The Village Board on May 11 discussed two projects involving architectural services. One pertains to construction of a new, four-story mixed-use building at the old bowling alley site, 410 E. Main St., and the other is a plan to enlarge Waterford Fire Station No.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 5:41:33 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

‘Mechanical device failure:’ Fire damages business near 167th and Cleveland in New Berlin

Firefighters from ten municipalities on Tuesday morning, May 19 responded to the scene of a business fire near 167th and Cleveland in New Berlin. The call came in around 3 a.m. A spokesperson for Lincoln Industries, the company who owns the building, says two employees were inside the building at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2020 4:51:16 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV Fox 6 Milwaukee

Boyceville man charged with arson

A 45-year-old Boyceville man has been charged with arson after a structure fire broke out in the township of Tiffany. Court records show Jason Figler has been charged of arson of a building. When talking with law enforcement, investigators and others, Figler said "This is it. This is our lives. I did that.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:18:20 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Chippewa Falls firefighters extinguish blaze at multi-family residence

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department extinguished a blaze Saturday afternoon at a multi-family residence. The fire at 501 Maitland Drive was reported at 4:29 p.m. Saturday. The fire, which apparently began in a bedroom, caused about $10,000 damage, said Battalion Chief Jason Thom. All occupants had evacuated the residence, and no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 7:46:43 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Off-duty River Falls Firefighter-EMT killed while working on safety crew at speedway

An off-duty Wisconsin firefighter-EMT was killed Friday while clearing the scene of a collision as part of a speedway safety crew. River Falls Firefighter-EMT Eddie Nicholson, 62, died after a damaged bus rolled onto him in the aftermath of the crash at Cedar Lake Speedway, according to RiverTowns.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firerescue1

West Allis firefighters rescue driver stranded in floodwaters along Root River Parkway

A stranded driver was rescued by first responders in West Allis Sunday, May 17 after heavy rain led to flooding along the Root River Parkway. The driver said his truck got stuck in deep water — with the whole street flooded. West Allis firefighters came out with a boat — and pulled the man to safety.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2020 7:43:41 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Assisted living resident rescued after fire breaks out at Pleasant Prairie apartment complex

Firefighters helped to rescue a resident of a Pleasant Prairie senior living facility Saturday, after a fire broke out at the apartment complex. At 7:40 a.m. Saturday, Pleasant Prairie police and fire departments responded to the Prairie Villa Senior Apartments, 9500 81st St., for a report of a fire alarm that had gone off, according to a Pleasant Prairie Fire and Rescue Department news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2020 8:59:39 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources say burning permits remain suspended

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced on Friday that burning permits remain suspended for debris piles, barrels, and grass or wooded areas. DNR officials say as the continuation of this permit suspension is to ensure the public remains safe from potential wildfires. The department notes that the spring season is a critical time for wildfires in Wisconsin to happen.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 10:26:15 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Black River Falls Fire Chief's final ride home

After a total of 40 years in emergency response services, Black River Falls Fire Chief, Steve Schreiber, had his final day on the job. Out of those 40 years, Schreiber spent almost 34 of them working as an employee for the city of Black River Falls. In 1991, Schreiber joined the city fire department and in 2003 he was hired as the Fire Chief, where he has spent his last 17 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 7:23:33 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Daniel Pease named Beloit fire chief

The Beloit Fire Department didn’t have to look far for its new leader, as the Beloit Police and Fire Commission promoted interim chief Daniel Pease following meeting on Friday morning. The commission voted unanimously to approve hiring Pease as chief after meeting in closed session for just under 10 minutes.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 8:48:02 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Madison Fire Department says recent fires involving cigarettes have displaced more than 80

Some recent fires with the common link of cigarettes have left more than 80 people in the community without a home. A release said Madison Fire Department has responded to at least six fires suspected or determined to be caused by improperly discarded smoking materials since February. The fires caused nearly $3 million in property loss.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 7:55:52 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Family displaced in fire at Beaver Dam's Spring Isle Apartments

No one was injured, but a family was displaced in a fire this morning at Spring Isle Apartments, 1333 Wayland St. According to a press release from the Beaver Dam Fire Department, they were dispatched to a report of a fire inside the rental office around 4 a.m. “On arrival, fire and smoke were coming from the office area on the first floor of the building, extending into the second floor outside,” Beaver Dam Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Matt Christian said in the press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 7:43:55 AM - SOURCE: Daily Citizen

‘It pulls at you all the time’: A year later, Appleton firefighters reflect on the loss of Mitch Lundgaard

There are reminders everywhere. A sticker on the window of a fire engine. A painting on the wall of a fire station. A flag crafted out of discarded fire hose. A framed photograph of a flag-draped coffin. Mitch Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, was killed in the line of duty a year ago, on May 15, 2019, but his memory has endured in memorials scattered across the city's fire stations, and in the memories of those who worked with him.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2020 6:18:19 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette