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La Crosse Fire Department hopes to renovate old stations with Five Year Plan

One thing that hasn't changed is that a city needs firefighters, but what has changed is what the firefighters need. "The stations are getting to be 80 years old and they were just built for a different kind of truck and a different kind of world," explained La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam. Fire station one was built at a time when women weren't able to be firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 4:35:49 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Cedarburg considers switching emergency dispatch services to county

Cedarburg officials are exploring the possibility of outsourcing its emergency dispatch services to the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office. With Grafton transferring to county dispatch last year, Cedarburg and Mequon are the last remaining Ozaukee County communities to still provide their own full-time emergency dispatchers.
- PUB DATE: 5/10/2019 2:56:05 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fire at Weber Center in La Crosse Causes Evacuation

An investigation is ongoing into what caused a fire at the Weber Center at 428 Front Street S. in La Crosse. The theater was full when the fire broke out at about 9 o'clock, according to the fire department. Fire crews discovered that a stage curtain started on fire while a rehearsal of the play "Newsies" was being performed.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 9:20:41 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Family of four - including 3 kids - displaced after Janesville home caught fire

A family of four is displaced after their home caught on fire in Janesville Thursday afternoon. The city’s fire department says crews responded to a fire on the 200 block of Walnut Street, where they found smoke rising from the home. Firefighters found that flames had moved from the bathroom ceiling fan to a wall and into the roof.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 4:39:08 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Chief: 1 semi destroyed in fire, 2 damaged outside UPS building in Middleton

One semi-truck was destroyed and two others were damaged in a fire outside a business in Middleton Thursday, an official said. Middleton Fire Chief Aaron Harris said firefighters responded to a report of a semi on fire at the UPS distribution center in on Murphy Drive. A Dane County Communications dispatcher said the center received a call at 11:25 a.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2019 2:35:44 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Firefighters respond to house fire in Hatley

Crews are at the scene of a house fire on Tops Road in Hatley. NewsChannel 7 spoke with the homeowner at the scene. She tells us there were three people inside of the home at the time of the fire. Everyone made it out OK. Our reporter at the scene also spoke with the Hatley fire chief. He tells us, they are still working on putting out the fire, but there is extensive damage to the first floor and smoke damage to the second.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 10:30:22 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Follow Up: One dead in north side Milwaukee apartment fire

A man is dead after an apartment fire on Milwaukee's north side. Firefighters got a call about a fire at an apartment near 91st and Hampton around 8:45 Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they saw smoke and fire coming from the first floor. Officials say they found a man, thought to be in his 60s, by the entryway and pulled him out of the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 9:33:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

1 dead in apartment fire near 91st and Hampton in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters are on the scene of a apartment fire near 91st and Hampton on the city's northwest side. The medical examiner confirms they were called to the scene for one adult male victim. An autopsy is scheduled for Thursday, May 9.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 7:35:26 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Barn fire extinguished in Vesper

Several fire departments were dispatched to a barn fire late last night. The Vesper Fire Department took the call at 10:30 from a farm at 5230 Highway C in the Town of Hansen. Upon arrival crews found a 30-by-80 two-story barn fully involved in fire with multiple ground cover fires ignited by radiant heat from the barn blaze.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2019 4:48:36 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

No injuries in 2-alarm fire at home on Milwaukee’s east side

Firefighters were called out to the area near Farwell and Curtis on Milwaukee’s east side for a two-alarm fire Tuesday night, May 7. Thankfully, there were no injuries. MFD officials said first responders found fire on all floors of the home. In fact, firefighters had to leave because the flames were so intense.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 7:46:01 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Crosse Fire Department eyes regionalization, fire station improvements in 5-year plan

Focusing on regionalization efforts and improving fire stations are among the top priorities La Crosse Fire Department going into the next five years, according to a strategic plan that will go before the La Crosse Common Council Thursday. The plan, which covers 2019 through 2023, consists of six main initiatives, including an all-hazard response initiative that calls for the department to increase interoperability with regional departments, La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam said during a Tuesday interview.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 3:50:59 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Mabel Murphy's bar destroyed by fire in downtown Oshkosh

A well-known downtown Oshkosh bar was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. The fire broke out around 1:40 a.m. at an apartment building next to Mabel Murphy's bar in the 700 block of North Main Street, Oshkosh Fire Department spokesman John Holland said. By the time firefighters arrived at the scene, the fire had already spread to the bar.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2019 6:56:50 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Pepin County man charged with arson enters plea

A man charged with setting a home he was renting on fire pleads not guilty by mental disease or defect. 62-year-old Brian Gillespie of rural Pepin County entered the plea during a preliminary hearing Monday. According to a criminal complaint, crews responded to a house fire in September in the Town of Frankfort.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2019 8:10:59 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

As volunteer fire, EMS departments struggle with recruitment, lawmakers propose new bill

A new proposal at the state Capitol aims to incentivize people to become volunteer firefighters and emergency medical services workers in Wisconsin as many departments around the country struggle to find volunteers. "Right now, we have a huge problem with trying to get volunteers to participate in their local fire departments.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 10:05:41 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

One person found dead in Sun Prairie apartment fire

Investigators are working to determine what caused a fatal structure fire that killed one person at an apartment building in Sun Prairie Sunday evening. Dane County Communications told News 3 Now that a call came in around 9:15 p.m. Sunday for a fire inside a building on the 100 block of South Bird Street with victims reportedly trapped.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 7:59:30 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV

40+ displaced, 1 injured following 2-alarm apartment fire in Milwaukee

A spokesman for the American Red Cross said more than 40 people were displaced by a two-alarm fire that engulfed an apartment building near 46th and Hampton Sunday, May 5. Desiree Flores only had to go a few feet, but it felt like miles as she screamed for help, trying to escape the smoke at her apartment building.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2019 7:46:40 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Delafield: Jaws of Life extrication training gets Midwest firefighters prepared for crash scenes

Almost 100 firefighters trained Saturday, May 4, to make sure they’re at their best during some of the worst moments of people’s lives. Fire protection equipment supplier “5 Alarm Fire & Safety” put on the event in Delafield, bringing firefighters from multiple states to learn the newest techniques and tools in extricating people from crash scenes using what’s known as the “Jaws of Life.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2019 5:54:10 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

New MFD task force aims to help Milwaukee's drug addicts beat addiction

Milwaukee Fire Department's community paramedics were granted a new task Friday, May 3. Their job: help Milwaukee's drug addicts beat addiction. "We can't get people to get clean if they die," said Captain Michael Wright, Milwaukee Fire Department. A team of firefighters put together a task force known as the Milwaukee Overdose Response Initiative (MORI).
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 3:38:58 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fox Lake Firefighters battle house fire

One man was taken to an area hospital for smoke inhalation following a house fire at 208 E. Cherry St. in Fox Lake on Thursday night. Fox Lake Fire Chief Aaron Paul said in an email that the Fox Lake Fire Department was paged to the house fire at 8:48 p.m. Upon arrival flames were coming out of two downstairs windows.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 7:40:13 AM - SOURCE: WISC News

Barn leveled at Shawano-Oconto county line by fire

Nine rural fire departments battled a blaze that leveled a barn on the Oconto-Shawano county line Wednesday afternoon. No one was injured in the barn fire at Kuhn Farms, W13605 Deering Road in the town of Underhill, although about three head of cattle, a sow and piglets perished in the fire, Underhill Fire Chief Mark Winkler said Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2019 3:12:02 AM - SOURCE: Shawano Leader