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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

No injuries after multi-family home catches fire in Monroe

Firefighters report no injures and that residents can return home after their multi-family house in Monroe, Wis. caught fire Thursday afternoon. The Monroe Fire Department says crews responded to a report of smoke in the attic of a multi-family residence in the 2000 block of 9th Street around 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 6:09:50 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Current dry conditions heighten the risk of wildfires in Wisconsin

The drier soil conditions over the past few weeks have enabled farmers in most regions of the state to prepare their fields and plant crops on a more normal spring schedule, unlike last year when planting was delayed several weeks due to unusually wet field conditions. This spring, however, the drier conditions that have been more suitable for field work, also have increased the danger of wildfires.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 6:46:59 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Fire damages old town hall in Eden

A fire that broke out Wednesday caused significant damage to the old town hall in Eden, located in southern Fond du Lac County. Deputies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's office were called out shortly before 12:30 p.m. for a structure fire reported at 119 Sheridan St. in the village. Construction was occurring on the historic building and it is believed a piece of equipment being used caused the blaze, said Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Reporter

35-year-old man is in critical condition after being found unconscious in Beaver Lake

A 35-year-old man is in critical condition after being found unconscious in Beaver Lake on Wednesday morning. According to Jason Roberts, a safety specialist warden with the Department of Natural Resources, law enforcement was dispatched at 10:39 a.m. to the Beaver Lake Public Access. "He was in a kayak," Roberts said of the man.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 11:40:17 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Retiring Black River Falls Fire Chief receives Hometown Hero Award

PHOTO: Retiring Chief Steven Schreiber was recognized by the State Assembly for his years of service in the Black River Falls community. Schreiber was presented the award by Represenative Treig Pronschinske on Tuesday. Schreiber will be retiring after 40-years of emergency service work in the area and has served as the Fire Chief in Black River Falls since 2003.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 8:29:02 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Kenosha Fire Department decontamination process puts Kenosha 'ahead of the curve'

Using paint, an empty closet and the help of scientists from three Wisconsin universities, the leader of the Kenosha Fire Department’s emergency medical services created a decontamination system for coronavirus for protective masks. Jim Poltrock, KFD division chief of emergency medical services, has been working since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to try to keep first responders safe when they are handling medical calls, including making sure staff have N95 masks/respirators used by medical personnel for protection against the virus.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Construction crew struck gas line in downtown Okauchee, shut down the street for an hour, fire chief says

A construction crew using Bobcat equipment struck a gas line in downtown Okauchee on May 12, according to Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen. "There was active gas flowing so they evacuated the houses, basically a 300-foot perimeter until the gas company could arrive and shut down the flowing main," Bowen said.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 1:04:35 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Firefighter's embrace offers a moment of peace to New Glarus boy who just 'lost everything'

PHOTO: A heart-wrenching moment from the scene of this weekend’s devastating house fire in New Glarus demonstrates the impact a firefighter can have – even when they aren’t battling the flames. The New Glarus Fire Department shared the powerful photo on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon, showing a little boy embracing the firefighter as his family was getting their first look at their burned-out home.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 11:58:43 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire on Milwaukee’s west side destroys 1 building, significantly damages 2 others

Two buildings suffered significant damage and a third was completely destroyed in a fire along the 3100 block of West North Avenue on Milwaukee’s west side Tuesday morning. Dan Lipski, a deputy chief with the Milwaukee Fire Department, said it appeared the buildings had been burning for a while before fire crews were called to the area at 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 5:48:26 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

115th Fighter Wing to pay tribute to health care workers, first responders

The 115th Fighter Wing is going to pay tribute to all of America’s heroes, including health care workers and first responders with a flyover with four F-16 Fighting Falcons, over the skies of Wisconsin on Tuesday, May 12. The flyover is part of Operation American Resolve, a nationwide campaign, designed to show appreciation for the thousands of heroes on the frontlines, as well as, citizens and neighbors who've been battling and supporting the COVID-19 response.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Very High Fire Danger Remains In Northern Wisconsin

Despite scattered rain showers this weekend, elevated fire conditions continue today through Wednesday, especially in northern Wisconsin, where the fire danger is high to very high due to low relative humidity and slower progression of green-up. Fires under these circumstances can start easily and spread quickly.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 2:34:11 PM - SOURCE: Department of Natural Resources

Chicken heat lamp starts Beloit garage fire Sunday night

Firefighters extinguished a garage fire Sunday night caused by a chicken heat lamp, according to a Town of Beloit Fire Department news release. The fire was reported at 8:35 p.m. Sunday, May 10, at 1832 Walters Road. Firefighters found flames inside an attached garage when they arrived and was assured by the homeowner no one was in the house, according to the news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2020 5:10:23 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Bystanders and police attempt to extinguish porch fire in Sheboygan home

The Sheboygan Fire Department report that around 4 p.m. on Saturday, crews were dispatched to the 2200 block of North 8th Street for reports of a fire in a Sheboygan home. Firefighters say they arrived on the scene within four minutes of the initial report and found flames coming from the front porch of the residence.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2020 6:48:58 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Firefighters respond to Springdale house fully engulfed in flames, home considered total loss

Firefighters from multiple Dane County municipalities responded early Saturday morning to a house on County Highway J that was engulfed in flames. Around 4 a.m. Saturday, the Dane County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from Black Earth, Cross Plains, Belleville, Verona, Mount Horeb, Fitchburg, Madison and Middleton responded to the fire at 2712 County Highway J.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2020 6:26:28 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

State firefighters union says number of COVID-19 cases are rising

While many of us are "Safer at Home," the work of firefighters and first responders doesn't stop. So along with the dangers they normally see on the job, the coronavirus pandemic has been added to the list. Michael Wos of the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin says every call could mean coming in contact with COVID-19.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2020 10:16:38 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee