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Appleton: Fox Valley Tech faculty learn how fire is used in wildlife management

The start of school is just around the corner. But before class is back in session at Fox Valley Technical College, teachers took some time to study up Thursday. "One of the experiences that we're doing is wildlife habitat management utilizing fire," said Wildland Fire Instructor Jon Kellermann. Teachers from different departments were able to watch controlled burns up close, and even got some hands-on experience starting and managing the burns.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 3:45:08 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Golf outing in Neenah becomes fundraiser for family of fallen Appleton firefighter

The community is stepping up again to help the family of a fallen Appleton firefighter. Thirty-four teams teed off for the "Honor Our Heroes Golf Outing" at Winagamie Golf Course in Neenah Thursday morning. All proceeds are being donated to the family of Appleton driver-engineer Mitch Lundgaard. Organizers originally planned to donate the proceeds to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 3:45:07 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Kaukauna firefighters shave heads to support wife battling cancer

The Assistant Chief of the Kaukauna Fire Department is voicing gratitude to his fellow firefighters for a display of solidarity. Chad Gerrits said his wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that has moved into her lung. Jennifer's treatment has caused her to lose all her hair. While she was in chemotherapy treatment Thursday, the City of Kaukauna Fire Department sent a photo showing the entire fire department with shaved heads in honor of Jennifer.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 2:57:31 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Firefighters snuff attic fire in Bristol

Firefighters extinguished a small fire in a Bristol home’s attic Tuesday. According to a news release from Bristol Fire Chief John Niederer, the fire was reported at about 11:24 a.m. Tuesday at a residence in the 14100 block of 60th St. Bristol crews were dispatched along with neighboring companies via Automatic Aid because because Bristol first responders had been dispatched 13 minutes earlier to a medical call in the 18400 block of 120th St.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:06:17 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Burn survivors attend camp in East Troy, celebrated by local fire departments, emergency responders

More than 50 kids from across Wisconsin are in East Troy this week to attend a burn survivors camp. The week-long event is held at Camp Timber-lee and put on by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation. It is the 25th year of the annual event. Campers enjoy zip-lining, horseback riding and archery.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 11:40:19 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

2 rescued as firefighters battle fully engulfed garage fire along Parkview Drive in Mequon

Firefighters were dispatched to a garage fire along Parkview Drive just west of Eastgate Drive in Mequon on Thursday morning, Aug. 15. Fire crews were called out shortly before 10:30 a.m. Upon the arrival of firefighters, the garage was fully engulfed. One person inside the home was able to get out safely, while another person was trapped and unable to exit.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 9:42:38 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee facing looming jump in annual pension contributions in midst of challenging budget

The city's fire and police sworn personnel make up about 80% of the total pension costs. Barrett said the city is looking at the structure of the pension system for all other police officers and firefighters throughout Wisconsin as a potential template for the city's package for those departments. Milwaukee and Milwaukee County are separate from the state's retirement system.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 4:52:54 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

City to proceed with Port Washington firehouse design despite questions

The Port Washington Police and Fire Commission on Monday authorized Fire Chief Mark Mitchell to seek proposals from architectural firms for the design of a new fire station and renovation of the existing firehouse, despite the fact that the location of a new facility hasn’t been determined nor has the question of whether a joint city-county facility will be constructed.
- PUB DATE: 8/15/2019 1:52:01 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Sun Prairie burn survivor gets Optimist grant

The ball went into the neighbor’s yard. Little Eli and his twin brother were playing and the neighbor’s dog got the ball. The boys’ foster mother didn’t like that. She got angry. She took Eli inside the house and held him while she turned on the hot water, holding him until the scalding hot water burned his arms.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 1:05:10 PM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

No one injured in fire at apartment building in Weston

VIDEO: No one was injured in an apartment fire Wednesday on Camp Phillips Road, authorities said. Crews responded just before noon to the two-story complex at 5910 Camp Phillips Road for a report of smoke coming from an air-conditioning unit, Everest Metro Police Sgt. Terry Peterson said. The eight-unit complex is at the intersection of Camp Phillips and Winding Ridge Way.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 11:16:46 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Stevens Point arsonist gets 3-years in jail

An arsonist from Stevens Point was sentenced to three years in prison as part of a plea deal. Gary McDonald appeared in Portage County court on Wednesday. He was initially charged with attempted homicide, because people were living in the home he attempted to burn down. He set three fires inside the home, including pouring gasoline on a bed while people were sleeping.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 9:52:47 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Fort McCoy firefighters serve Soldiers, community in multiple ways

Almost a year after heavy rain caused flash flooding in several areas of Monroe County, the crew at Fort McCoy Fire Department reflects on their service to the community during routine equipment checks at FMFD Station One on Aug. 12, 2019. The department operates two fire stations that serve the 60,000 acre Army installation and its surrounding cities through various firefighting and emergency capabilities.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DVIDS

Fort Atkinson Fire Department ISO Rating Improves

Today, the City of Fort Atkinson announced an improvement in the Fort Atkinson Fire Department's Insurance Services Office (ISO) Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating. ISO ratings assess the readiness of local fire departments by classifying a community's ability to suppress a fire. Previously, Fort Atkinson Fire Department had a Class 4 rating in the city and 4Y in the township.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 7:30:19 PM - SOURCE: Fort Atkinson, WI

Fond du Lac man rescued from a second-story apartment unit in midst of dryer fire

PHOTO: One person had to be rescued and four were treated for smoke inhalation after a fire in a clothes dryer at an apartment building in Fond du Lac Tuesday afternoon. Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue was called to a two-story apartment building on Grand Court just after 3:30 pm for the fire. The dryer was in a common first floor hallway, and firefighters noticed heavy smoke before removing the dryer from the building to minimize the spread of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 6:36:29 PM - SOURCE: KFIZ

Chippewa Valley Regional Airport conducts mock drill

A fire and rescue truck approached a blaze Tuesday at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, spraying a flaming tray from a safe distance. The fire was part of an airport emergency exercise that involved multiple fire departments in the Chippewa Valley. Nearby, maintenance supervisor Todd Norrell observed his staff go through the mock disaster drill.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 3:41:42 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Early-morning fire destroys garage, damages house in Caledonia

PHOTO: A fire early Tuesday morning in the 2700 block of Red Maple Court destroyed a garage and damaged a home, according to Caledonia Fire Battalion Chief Tim St. Amand. Firefighters responded to the house at 3:50 a.m. Tuesday. The fire was under control within about a half-hour, St. Amand said. “It was a well-involved fire when we arrived,” St.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 12:46:06 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Firefighter recovering after battling garage fire in Racine, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, Aug. 13 responded to the scene of a garage fire in the area of Cliffside Drive and Red Maple Court in Racine. The call came in around 4 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found a fully-involved garage fire that spread to the house. The homeowner was able to safely evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 6:48:44 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac opens new public safety training center

The City of Fond du Lac opens it's new Public Safety Training Center on Tuesday afternoon. Action 2 News This Morning took a tour of the center ahead of the opening-- watch the videos above. The facility on North Rolling Meadows Drive will be used by the Fond du Lac Police Department and Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue for exercises that will prepare personnel for emergency situations.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2019 5:00:31 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

First responders in Door County see spike in empty watercraft calls

A rise in emergency calls involving empty watercraft leads Door County first responders and the U.S. Coast Guard to issue a reminder to boat owners. "We've seen a dramatic uptick in that as the lake levels go up, the beaches get smaller, people aren't being as careful about tying boats and things like that," said Fire Chief Chris Hecht with the Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2019 7:36:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Man, dog rescued after canoe capsizes on Wisconsin River near Tomahawk

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department said a 34-year-old man was rescued Sunday morning after his canoe capsized on the Wisconsin River. The man called 911 just before 8:30 a.m. to report he was trapped under the canoe north of Menard Island. It’s near County Rd A in the town of King east of Tomahawk.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2019 6:45:44 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau