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Kenosha Fire Department steps up minority recruiting

VIDEO: The Kenosha Fire Department is facing a challenge hitting many communities in trying to find enough people to fill vacant positions. As recently as five years ago, the department said they would have more than a thousand applicants for each yearly recruiting class, which consists of about 18 members.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 4:30:00 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Resident safe after Oconto County mobile home fire

One person is safe after a mobile home caught fire early this morning in Oconto County. Fire swept through the home on Whipporwhill Lane at about 5:30. The property is about a mile off Highway 41, in the town of Pensaukee. The person who lived here got out. The flames were out but the building was still smoking when our Action 2 News crew arrived on the scene at about 6:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 1:54:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fallen Mineral Point firefighter’s son plans to follow his father’s career path

VIDEO: Jackson Busch plans to pursue a career as a paramedic and volunteer for the same fire department his father Brian Busch served on when he was killed in the line of duty. Mineral Point Fire Department Captain Brian Busch and Jim Ludlum were killed when a semi hit their fire truck on the highway.
- PUB DATE: 5/11/2023 1:29:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Madison's fire chief says 4 people hurt in west side explosion

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Madison Fire Chief Chris Carbon gave an update on the explosion in the area of South Gammon Road and Park Ridge Drive in Madison. According to Chief Carbon, multiple injuries have been reported. First responders took one person to the hospital, and three others traveled to the hospital on their own.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Marshfield Fire Department on a mission to stop young fire-starters

VIDEO: The Marshfield Fire Department has made it their mission to work with kids who they say have a habit of starting fires, using illegal fireworks, or pulling fire alarm pranks, to help them learn that fire is a tool, not a toy. Relief Lieutenant Tony Feiter says that it's about more than teaching kids not to play with fire, but also that it can be as serious as life and death.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Female firefighters are in the minority, but these Wisconsin firefighters say women make departments stronger

When Shannon Anthoine is in public in her impressive uniform, she gets a lot of comments, questions and stares. "What do I call you?" asked one girl. A firefighter is fine, Anthoine said. She knows she is a role model and would like to see more female firefighters. "Females add another dimension to the department," Anthoine said.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 4:00:48 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Metered Site

Evansville fire results in $100,000 in property damage

The Evansville Fire Department responded to a garage fire Saturday that resulted in $100,000 in damages. Fire officials said a garage attached to a house caught fire around 3 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters controlled the fire within minutes, but thorough damage to the property still occurred. Crews rescued one pet, then extinguished the fire that had spread to the rest of the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

'They’re superheroes': Hoan Bridge at Milwaukee's lakefront glows red to honor fallen Wisconsin firefighters

A special tribute Sunday at Milwaukee's lakefront. The bridge was illuminated in red as a way to remember three Wisconsin firefighters that were killed in the line of duty in 2022. Earlier Sunday night, Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, along with other local and state fire chiefs, held a ceremony for the fallen firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2023 12:10:20 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

La Crosse Water Rescue Team getting some swift river practice

The La Crosse Fire Department took advantage of the current flood stage of the Mississippi River, allowing for their water rescue team to conduct training. The 18 members of the group were able to hold both boat operations as well as swift water rescue practice. "We love real time training," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2023 1:10:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

@TheTable segment: Milwaukee's fire chief hoping for shared revenue solution

Doing more with less may help with a budget crisis, but it's not seen as a sustainable solution if you're running a fire department and responding to a growing number of emergencies. "Dire Straits really doesn't begin to describe it," said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski. He was a guest on @TheTable Thursday night.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Grafton and Saukville fire departments commit to shared service exploration

An open house is being planned to gather community input on merging the Grafton and Saukville fire departments. While discussions at one time focused on a possible four-way merger among Grafton, Saukville, Cedarburg and Port Washington, the plan has since narrowed to the two central villages. Cedarburg officials have said it is their goal to remain their own department.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2023 1:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Ozakee County News Graphic

Green Bay Metro Fire Department announces non-profit organization

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department announced Wednesday afternoon the formation of the Green Bay Metro Fire Foundation. The foundation is a non-profit organization that helps to improve public safety and partnerships within the community. President and CEO of H. J. Martin and Sons Incorp. Ed Martin presented a check for $10,000 as an initial foundation deposit.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2023 4:27:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Wisconsin firefighters killed in line of duty to be honored

Three firefighters with Wisconsin ties who died in the line of duty last year will be honored this weekend as part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Two longtime Mineral Point firefighters, 43-year-old Captain Brian Busch and 69-year-old James Ludlum are among the 144 firefighters from around the country who will be recognized for their service during this weekend's event.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV FOX 47 Madison

Sheboygan firefighters save person trapped on roof during house fire, 2 injured

Firefighters in Sheboygan helped to rescue a person who was trapped on the roof of a home that was on fire on Tuesday night. According to the Sheboygan Fire Department, crews first received reports of a structure fire just before 10:40 p.m. on May 2. The first crews to arrive at the home in the 1900 block of South 13th Street say they noticed ‘heavy fire’ coming from the second story of the home and one person trapped on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2023 2:54:32 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Onalaska Fire Chief Troy Gudie retires after 34 years

It’s the end of an era for the Onalaska Fire Department. Fire Chief Troy Gudie is turning in his fire helmet for a fishing rod. What do you want to be when you grow up? Most kids will tell you: a firefighter. Gudie didn’t think of himself as a firefighter – but his wife did. “She found a newspaper article that was looking – it said Onalaska Fire Department is hiring part time, paid, on-call firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2023 2:05:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Smoking materials cause Sheboygan apartment fire

Firefighters responded to a report of fire alarms and smoke filling an apartment building in Sheboygan Tuesday morning. Crews arrived within 4 minutes of the emergency call at 6:20 a.m. and found a fire on a second-floor porch that spread into an apartment and into the walls of the building on the 2300-block of Hillshire Drive.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2023 3:02:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Sun Prairie Fire Department hosts demonstration of electric fire truck

The Sun Prairie Fire Department hosted the first demonstration of the first fully electric fire truck in North America. First launched in 2021 by the REV Fire Group, the EV REV Vector is able to respond to calls and pump for four hours straight on a single battery charge. The company said in addition to being energy efficient, it also eliminates exhaust and cancer-causing risks for first responders.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2023 3:47:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Man dead after structure fire in Dunn County

A man is dead after a structure fire in Dunn County Monday. According to a media release from the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, on May 1, 2023 around 8:19 a.m., authorities received a report of a structure fire at a home on 50th Street, in the Town of Tiffany. The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office, Glenwood City Fire Department, and Boyceville EMS responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2023 1:58:49 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Washington County fire suppression tools 'saved property' during house fire

Flames and smoke took over the basement of a house in Washington County, April 24, but from the outside, you'd never know. A special fire suppression tool saved the home. "I got visible flames in the basement," a first responder said. "Looks like it’s filled with smoke." On the morning of April 24, the Washington County Sheriff's Office responded to a house fire in Addison.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Families learn the importance of fire safety, thanks to La Crosse Fire Department

It was all about fun and fire safety Saturday at the La Crosse Children's Museum. Kids checked out firefighters' gear, learn how to make an emergency exit plan and ask questions about fire safety. The La Crosse Fire Department says it's never too early to teach kids to be fire safe. "When you're a new parent, there's some things you have to learn," said Community Risk Reduction Specialist Molly McCormick.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2023 12:47:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse


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