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1 hospitalized in rollover in Madison

A driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries after a rollover crash. According to an incident report from the Madison Fire Department, they responded to a report of a "flipped car" on the 2500 block of Independence Lane just before midnight Sunday. On scene, responders found a minivan on its drivers side with the driver being the only person in the car.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 9:24:36 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Fire damages A Family Affair Soul Food Kitchen in Fond du Lac

Firefighters are investigating after a fire damaged A Family Affair Soul Food Kitchen Sunday night. Fire crews responded around 9 p.m. to 10th and Main streets for a report of a burning smell in the area, according to Fond du Lac Fire Rescue. Firefighters noticed a haze and found it coming from the restaurant at 417 South Main Street.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2021 4:01:58 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Developers seek to preserve La Crosse Fire Station 5

From horse-drawn carriages to gasoline-powered engines, Fire Station 5 in La Crosse covers lots of historical ground. It spans “the entire gamut of firefighting in La Crosse,” Marc Zettler said. Zettler and three other investors are seeking to restore the building to its former glory. The structure, located at 1220 Denton St.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2021 10:09:32 AM - SOURCE: La Crosse Tribune

WFEM Commemorates the loss of Wisconsin Firefighters and EMS providers

Wisconsin Firefighters and Emergency Medical Service Personals who died over the past ten years were named in a memorial service Saturday afternoon. Sponsored by the Wisconsin Firefighter EMS Memorial (WFEM), the annual event added six new service members to their list of officers who died in the line of service.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2021 7:36:49 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

I-94 reopens in Waukesha County after fiery semitruck crash

All lanes on I-94 eastbound near County F/Redford Boulevard in Waukesha have reopened after a semi-truck crash and fire near Goerke's Corners. The crashed happened just after 5 a.m. Thursday. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation said the semi-driver hit the US 18 overpass and was ejected from his truck.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Firefighter designs Milwaukee Fire Dept. t-shirt honoring Hispanic culture

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a new t-shirt. Carlos Velazquez-Sanchez, a veteran firefighter, has donned MFD uniforms and gear for more than a decade. This month, he’s wearing something new: a shirt he designed himself after seeing Chief Aaron Lipski’s display of other culturally-themed department tees.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 5:34:31 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Milwaukee Fire Prevention Week smoke alarm tests on city's north side

Milwaukee firefighters canvassed a neighborhood Thursday, Oct. 7, checking for working smoke alarms during Fire Prevention Week. Walking in the rain, firefighters with the Milwaukee Fire Department heard the faint chirp of an alarm’s battery dying and didn't waste any time working to fix it. "We just heard a chirp," firefighters said.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 3:15:28 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Ceremony to honor six Wisconsin firefighters, EMS personnel who died in the line of duty

Firefighters from across the state will travel to the Wisconsin State Firefighters and EMS Memorial on Saturday to honor six firefighters who died in the line of duty, including three who died from COVID-19. The 16th annual Final Alarm and Roll Call Ceremony will take place at 3:33 p.m. Saturday at the memorial in Ben Hansen Park, 2031 Second Ave.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 2:59:12 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

A one-carrier fire and EMS provider is in the town of Merton's future, but for now things will remain the same

The Merton Town Board has agreed to extend its contract for fire and emergency medical services by six months with the privately operated Merton Community Fire Department. According to Merton Chairman Tim Klink, the contract extension will expire June 30. Klink said the goal for the town is to have a single-carrier system for fire and EMS at some point.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2021 1:05:21 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Onalaska Fire Department using National Fire Prevention Week to teach fire safety

VIDEO: Teaching kids about the importance of fire safety is one of the many jobs a firefighter does. For the City of Onalaska's Fire Department (OFD), any opportunity to give children a firefighter experience is welcome. October is National Fire Safety Month and Oct 3-9 is Fire Prevention Week. So this week OFD gave some preschoolers a tour of their fire station.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 11:34:37 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Madison firefighters rescue 1 person during fire at men's shelter

One person was rescued from a fire at a temporary men’s shelter Tuesday night, according to the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters responded to the blaze at 200 North First Street in Madison at about 10:12 p.m. The crew entered the building to investigate and found gray smoke in a room and a mattress inside that was on fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 10:15:49 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Milwaukee honors fallen firefighters; 141 who died in line of duty

PHOTOS/VIDEO: Milwaukee honored firefighters that have died in the line of duty on Wednesday, Oct. 6. "Over the last 146 years, a lot has changed. Technology has improved, training has improved, clearly, the equipment that firefighters use has improved," said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. "But the one thing that has not changed is the courage; the courage that's needed to be an effective firefighter, the courage to put oneself in harm's way when others are running away or avoiding a problem.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2021 10:00:17 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wisconsin Dells area fire department stress need for more firefighters

Both Wisconsin Dells area fire departments stress there is always room for more firefighters to assist when the pager goes off and firefighters must rush to the scene to assist those in need. Delton Fire Department currently has 27 out of 35 spots filled while Kilbourn Fire Department has 30 out of 36 spots filled on its roster.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 10:29:23 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Dells Events

Wisconsin State Patrol: Understand the importance of move over laws

Emergency responders face many dangers while working along our roads and highways. In 2020, 69 emergency responders were hurt and 2 were killed while responding to an emergency alongside the roadway. With the recent amount of injuries and fatalities, it is crucial that drivers understand the laws in place.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 7:39:09 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department breaks ground on station renovation

The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department held a groundbreaking ceremony at Station 1 for their new renovation and addition on Tuesday. The project has been in the works since 2018. It will cost 2.7 million dollars to complete. Fire Chief Scott Young says it well worth it. “We’ve outgrown the station, said Scott Young, Fire Chief with the department.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 7:10:52 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Federal judge sentences Menasha man for Neenah gas station arson

A Menasha man was sentenced to 7 years in prison for setting a gas station in Neenah on fire in January. The Ridgeway VP Phillips 66 station was heavily damaged by fire early in the morning on Friday, January 21 (see related story). Investigators determined cash, cigarettes and liquor were stolen before the fire was set.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 6:45:45 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Multiple departments respond to fire at Neenah Foundry

three-box alarm fire in Neenah sent fire crews from across the Fox Valley to the Neenah Foundry. “The first thing was the sirens and all the fire departments coming in and there was a bunch of black smoke on top of the foundry,” says Jacob Lucas who lives across from the foundry and says he saw the fire as it was burning.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2021 3:37:59 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Milwaukee firefighters share safety message with kids

It is Fire Prevention Week – and the Milwaukee Fire Department is taking its message of fire safety to the kids. "It’s extremely important. I think we tend to think that, 'They’re just second graders what could they possibly know or contribute?’ These are sharp kids," said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 4:26:24 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

‘Today was very special’: Green Bay firefighter battling cancer surprised on last day of chemo

VIDEO: A special moment on Monday for a Green Bay Metro firefighter and dozens of his fellow firemen and women. “We pulled up and saw some of the firetrucks and he was like, I wonder if they’re training?” said Alisha Kreiter, who was in on a major surprise for her husband, Tyler. In fact, Tyler had no idea what was about to happen.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 2:43:00 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Waupun woman is charged with arson that could lead to 3+ years in jail

One woman from Fond du Lac County is facing charges of arson for the alleged destruction of a deer stand. If convicted, Patricia Lemasa could face a fine of at most $10,000, jail time up to 3 years and 6 months, or both. Fond du Lac Sheriffs responded to a call of a fire on Saturday, September 18, near the Town of Waupun.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 2:42:59 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay