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No injuries in Kaukauna manufacturing fire

An overnight fire at a manufacturing building has caused an estimated $100,000 in damages. The Kaukauna Fire Department responded to a report of a fire at Roloff Manufacturing on 400 Gertrude Street at 12:36 a.m. Friday morning. The witness who called in the fire could reportedly see flames through the facility’s windows.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2019 5:43:56 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Town of Wheaton considers leaving Chippewa Fire District

The Town of Wheaton in Chippewa County held a public hearing Thursday, Sept. 5 to discuss potentially leaving the Chippewa Fire District. The fire district currently serves four towns and the Village of Lake Hallie. Last year, the Town of Wheaton paid just more than $200,000 to be a part of the Chippewa Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 8:21:20 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee Fire Department responds to tire truck fire near Sherman and Capitol

Milwaukee Firefighters were called to 1 Stop Tire and Battery near N. Sherman Blvd. and W. Capitol Dr. at 2:30 a.m. Thursday morning for reports of fire in a flatbed truck next to the business. According to Milwaukee Fire, crews responded with four engines and two trucks, and battled the fire inside the truck for just under an hour before the it was contained The business next to the truck did not sustain any damage.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 6:15:12 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wheatland firehouse plans going before the public

A series of public information meetings to get feedback on revised plans for a new firehouse in Wheatland continue today. “The goal is to get accurate information out there to the public and get their feedback,” Fire Chief Lou Denko said. “There is still a rumor out there that this is a $5.5 million project.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2019 4:28:56 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

La Crosse firefighters help raise money for Muscular Dystrophy

Firefighters in La Crosse continued a long-standing tradition on Wednesday, helping raise money for those with Muscular Dystrophy in Southern Wisconsin. For over 10 years, members of the La Crosse Area Professional Firefighters Local 127 Fire Department have teamed up with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) to hold boots in their hands and collect spare change.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 8:14:41 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Fall River and Columbus fire departments battle low staffing numbers

In his 30 years as Fall River fire chief – including 47 total on staff – Gene Adam has seen ups and downs when it comes to staffing. As a small town, volunteer-based organization, the Fall River Fire Department has never had an over-abundance of personnel, but in recent years, numbers have been especially low.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2019 2:08:41 PM - SOURCE: Columbus Journal

Mark Zahn is new Suring fire chief; "Chummy" Wagner steps down after 31 years

The Suring Village Board has appointed Mark Zahn as chief of the Suring Volunteer Fire Department. Zahn had been a captain prior to his appointment. He followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the fire department in January 1980. A lifelong resident of the community and graduate of Suring High School, Zahn succeeds David “Chummy” Wagner, who retired from the department this spring.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 11:26:19 PM - SOURCE: Shawano Leader

Fond du Lac officials can't rule out smoking as cause of fire that destroyed shed, garage

A fire that started in a shed where a person was living spread to a nearby garage, destroying both buildings, authorities confirmed. Firefighters responded around 9 p.m. Monday to a report of a shed on fire on North Lincoln Avenue. The fire started in an 8-by-8-foot shed where a person had been staying for four to five years and spread to a nearby garage filled with manicure and pedicure supplies, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Division Chief Troy Haase said.
- PUB DATE: 9/3/2019 10:45:48 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Menomonee Falls: On Labor Day, Olive Garden provides 'hot, fresh food' for police, firefighters

Most people didn't have to work on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2, and got to enjoy some time with family and friends, but for first responders, it was another day working to keep our community safe. To say, "Thank you," Olive Garden officials delivered a complimentary lunch, including fresh pasta, salad, and bread sticks at fire stations and police departments.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 3:46:02 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Chippewa Falls home damaged in fire

A structure fire at a Chippewa Falls home leaves behind thousands of dollars in damages on Labor Day. The Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services Department says it happened around 2:30am on Beaver Street. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire and smoke coming from the second floor of a single family home.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 11:52:46 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee Police: 14-year-old boy arrested, suspected of setting overnight playground fire

The Milwaukee Police Department has arrested a 14-year-old boy in connection with a playground fire that took place at Butterfly Park Sunday. Firefighters responded to the area about 1:25 p.m. Sunday for reports of a slide on fire near the playground equipment. Investigators arrested a 14-year-old boy Monday in connection with the blaze, police said.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2019 9:52:47 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Hazmat situation investigated near Kern Park in Milwaukee

Hazmat crews evacuated people who live near Kern Park area Sunday afternoon. The Milwaukee Fire Department said neighbors called them about a van that they thought had something suspicious inside. Officers arrested a person accused of possession of narcotics. "I saw a young man being pulled off, being arrested, being put into the back seat of a police car and driven away," said John Hughes, who lives in the area.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2019 3:47:50 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Seven people left homeless after Milwaukee apartment fire

Seven people are homeless after an apartment fire Saturday night on Milwaukee's east side. The two-alarm fire broke out on the third floor of the building, which housed three apartments near Downer Avenue and Park Place about 7:40 p.m. According to the Milwaukee Fire Department, nobody was hurt, but the landlord had to jump onto the balcony to escape.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2019 7:41:57 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Stevens Point Fire Department sets goal of raising $19K for MDA

The Stevens Point Fire Department is kicking off its annual fill the boot campaign to raise awareness and money for muscular dystrophy. The disease causes progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass and eventually death. There is currently no cure. Jack and Jennie Kapral said the fundraising event means the world to those affected by this disease.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 1:59:35 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Somers home damaged by fire

A family of four escaped unharmed from a house fire in Somers early Thursday. The Somers Fire Department was called to the home, 908 Sheridan Road, at about 2:08 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the family, including two children, was already out of the house and smoke was pouring from inside. An adult man from the family was taken to a local hospital for treatment for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2019 1:06:35 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Planes, helicopters, unmanned systems to test search-and-rescue plans in southwestern Wisconsin

Planes, helicopters and nonmilitary unmanned aerial systems will test their plans in a search-and-rescue exercise over southwestern Wisconsin Thursday, according to a news release from the Department of Military Affairs. Officials said various agencies will participate in Dyracuse Recreational Park in Adams County, Sauk Prairie Recreational Area and Devil's Lake State Park near Baraboo.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 2:02:34 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wisconsin Public Service surprises Kronenwetter Fire and Police with grant money

The Kronenwetter Fire and Police departments are getting some new equipment thanks to a grant from Wisconsin Public Service. Wednesday, WPS surprised fire and police staff with the Rewarding Responders grant. The grant is awarded to 27 different emergency response agencies throughout the WPS service area.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 1:42:03 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Sheboygan County tornadoes put 911 dispatchers to the test; A year later what has changed?

There's a hum of activity even on a slow day. Several screens tower over each 911 dispatcher, and there are usually four or five dispatchers. Red and green lights flicker on and off indicating when one of them is on the phone or radio. This room is dark. But it's organized. And it withstood the chaos of 605 calls in five hours when three tornadoes left a trail of damage during a vicious storm that pummeled Sheboygan County on Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2019 3:59:53 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

How Milwaukee Firefighters Saved Lives as Landmark Burned Down

With no efforts made to rouse the sleeping guests and residents of the Newhall, most were left to be woken by the fire itself. Many jolted awake from the smell of smoke or the dull roar of the flames taking hold of the elevator shaft. Others woke to the shattering of the glass transom windows above their doors.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2019 12:38:31 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Magazine

Elmwood house fire under investigation, no injuries reported

The cause of an Aug. 26 Elmwood fire that left a home a complete loss is under investigation. Four fire departments responded to the fire at 138 W. Shaw Ave. around 11:30 a.m. Monday. No injuries were reported. Three children and one adult were safely evacuated from the home according to Elmwood Fire Chief Rob Bowen.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2019 4:35:46 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns