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Janesville Fire Department: No injuries reported in overnight Texas Roadhouse fire

Janesville police are investigating the cause of a fire at Texas Roadhouse overnight. According to a news release, the Janesville Fire Department responded to the Texas Roadhouse in the 3200 block of Deerfield Drive around 12:15 a.m. Friday for a report of a commercial fire. Responding units said they found an active fire and smoke visible in the front of the building when they arrived at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 5:16:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

One person hospitalized after fire damages Green Bay apartment complex

One person was injured after a fire damaged a small apartment complex Thursday evening. Firefighters were called to the apartments in the 1100 block of Brosig Street shortly after 6:15 p.m., a press release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department said. When fire crews arrived, they found fire coming from one unit of the four unit single story apartment complex, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 3:45:26 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Janesville Fire Department Receives Firehouse Subs Grant

The Janesville Fire Department is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a nearly $5,700 grant from Firehouse Subs to purchase a new dive communications system. Firehouse Subs, a national sandwich shop chain known for their philanthropy and giving back to public safety organizations, opened a location on the north side of Janesville in 2016.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 6:56:23 PM - SOURCE: City of Janesville

Rash of overdose deaths doesn't surprise Columbia County first responders

Columbia County detectives are investigating four overdose deaths in the span of six days, though preliminary evidence is pointing to a somewhat mundane explanation. “It’s very easy for people to attribute multiple overdoses to a ‘bad batch theory’ and I don’t necessarily buy that,” said Portage Police Department Detective Lt.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 6:29:12 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

City breaks ground on Fond du Lac Police, Fire/Rescue Public Safety Training Center

VIDEO: The city of Fond du Lac broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the $4.5 million Public Safety Training Center, on the city's west side. Police and fire/rescue officials, as well as city leaders, turned out to take part in the ground breaking, including Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary, Police Chief Bill Lamb, Police Captain Steve Thiry, City Council President Karyn Merkel, Assistant Fire Chief Eric Gerritson, City Manager Joe Moore, City Engineer Paul DeVries and Community Development Director Dyann Benson.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 9:03:46 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Madison senior apartment complex remains evacuated 3 weeks after flood

More than three weeks after flooding knocked out electricity and mechanical systems at a 98-unit senior apartment complex on Madison’s Southwest Side, residents were racking up hotel bills or thinking about moving as they waited for city inspectors and the property’s manager to let them back in. It’s the only apartment complex in Madison still in such dire straits in the wake of Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 4:55:58 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Chippewa Falls jewelry store donates ring cutters to fire department

Thanks to a donation from a community business, first responders in Chippewa Falls will now be more prepared to handle emergency situations involving a popular item of jewelry. When responding to emergency situations involving hand injuries, Chippewa Falls Fire Chief Mike Hepfler says it's important that first responders have the right tools.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 6:08:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Follow Up: West Allis Firefighter recognized for continuing CPR on woman while being attacked

VIDEO: A West Bend man is now charged after allegedly attacking an off-duty firefighter who was performing CPR on a woman. Robert Ryan, 32, is facing charges of Misdemeanor Battery, Obstruction of Emergency or Rescue Persons, and Disorderly Conduct. According to the criminal complaint, off-duty West Allis Firefighter Chad Staszak was performing CPR on an unresponsive woman at GERMANfest in West Bend on August 24.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 5:41:14 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Sauk Prairie area first responders aid neighbors during flooding

Although no reports of flooding were reported in the Sauk Prairie area Aug. 19-20, neighboring communities like Black Earth, Mazomanie and Cross Plains – where an unofficial reading from a rain gauge reported 15.33 inches in a 24-hour period – kept the Sauk City and Prairie du Sac fire departments busy.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 9:49:09 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

South Shore EMS station bids come in over budget

The bids to build the north side ambulance station in Mount Pleasant are in and the results are not what was anticipated. The village budgeted $500,000 to build the EMS (emergency medical services) station proposed just south of the intersection of Spring Street and Emmertsen Road, and officials were hoping to begin construction later this year.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 6:24:13 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Survive Alive House educates Fond du Lac area children on fire safety

VIDEO: A donation made to a local fire department will help educate children on fire safety. The Francis & Ruth Oberreich Foundation purchased an inflatable Survive Alive House for Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue. The inflatable offers a realistic experience of a house fire. During demonstrations Tuesday, firefighters offered fifth graders fire safety tips while helping them navigate through the smoky home.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 3:32:43 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Marathon Fire Department remembers 9/11 victims with silent march

VIDEO: Seven years ago the idea to remember the 9/11 victims with a silent march in Marathon, was thought of by Craig Prihoda. "Probably the reason I became a firefighter. It just hit home a lot, obviously in our country tragedies are happening more than we'd like to see even today," said Marathon Firefighter Craig Prihoda.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 11:01:18 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Garage destroyed, structures damaged after fire breaks out in Fond du Lac

A garage was destroyed and several more structures were damaged following a fire on Tuesday evening. Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue crews were called to a home on Ruggles Street shortly after 6 p.m. for a report of a detached garage fire. Upon arrival fire crews reported smoke and fire showing from the exterior of the garage and fire beginning to burn the single family dwelling nearby.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 9:50:24 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Machine contributing to Janesville's impressive cardiac arrest survival rate

VIDEO: Cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association. Lucky for residents in Janesville, they have one of the highest cardiac arrest survival rate in the nation. According to numbers from public health and the American Heart Association, the cardiac arrest survival rate in Janesville is 45 percent compared to the nation's average 10 percent.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 8:41:11 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Due to staff shortage, there was only one Hales Corners firefighter on duty on Labor Day

The village had just one firefighter/emergency medical technician on duty to cover the entire community on Labor Day. It reflects a staffing problem that has been long in the making. Staffing is such a problem that some shifts were covered by only two firefighters in July, Fire Chief Martin Freibergs reported to the fire and police commission.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 9:11:43 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Firefighter treated for exertion after garage fire spreads to Appleton apartment

PHOTO: The Appleton Fire department was called to a early Tuesday morning garage fire that was attached to a three-unit apartment. Officials say the fire spread to the attic and second floor causing heavy damage. Only two-units were occupied when the fire broke out. Four adults and six children are without a home since the apartment is no longer inhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 8:52:11 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

West Bend man charged with attacking off-duty West Allis firefighter

VIDEO: A West Bend man is charged with attacking an off-duty firefighter. Robert Patrick Ryan, 32, is accused of striking the victim in the back of the head, who was in the middle of trying to save a woman's life. West Allis firefighter and EMT Chad Staszak explained he was at a music festival with family last month when he saw a woman collapse.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 4:47:00 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Madison paramedics deliver two babies in two days

Four paramedics and eight EMTs earned their stork pins last week as they helped deliver two newborn babies within two days. According to a release, a mother-to-be pulled over her minivan on the side of the road Thursday night when her baby was on the way and she couldn't make it to the hospital. Officials said Medic 3 and Engine Company 5 were sent to the intersection of East Washington Avenue and Highway 30.
- PUB DATE: 9/11/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel 3000

Stevens Point Man Faces Five Arson Related Felonies

A Stevens Point man is facing five felony charges for committing arson in late August. Gary McDonald, 61, is charged with two counts of attempted intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and one count of arson without the owners' consent. McDonald started the fires at a home he foreclosed on in the 2500 block of Simoins Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 8:55:41 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Milwaukee Fire Department chief: Aldermen will be notified when placards go up on abandoned buildings

VIDEO: Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department on Monday, Sept. 10 explained the controversial vacant structure placarding program to Milwaukee Common Council members after some aldermen expressed concerns. MFD officials told FOX6 News the placards are posted to help keep firefighters safe. A sign with one slash indicates the building is compromised and crews should enter with caution.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 4:26:49 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6