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Merrill firefighters union denied Lead Paramedic, Inspector positions

Firefighters in Merrill have lost another appeal in their attempt to get two new positions created on their pay scale. Merrill Firefighters Local 847 had a request for the creation of "Lead Paramedic" and "Lead Inspector" denied by the city's Personnel and Finance Committee on Tuesday, following input from both Fire Chief Josh Klug and representatives from the union and an hour-long closed session discussion.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 6:51:31 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Fire at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School won't cancel classes

Classes will go on as scheduled Tuesday at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School despite a fire reported after school on Monday. The Weyauwega Fire Department responded to an alarm just before 5 p.m. The school district says students and staff inside the school buildings were evacuated. Superintendent Scott Bleck was on the scene when fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 8:23:43 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Cross Plains investigators look for cause of tavern kitchen fire

Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire in the kitchen of Coach's Club in Cross Plains early Tuesday morning. A Dane County dispatcher told News 3 Now the initial call came in at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday reporting a fire at the building located at 1200 Main Street. While sprinklers were able to knock down the fire, crews were on scene overnight, closing Main Street lanes for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 5:21:40 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire Hydrants in De Pere Undergoing Upgrades

Fire hydrants in De Pere are undergoing upgrades designed to help firefighters responding to an emergency. It's been a multi-year project entering its final stage. On De Pere's west side - a water department employee replaces a five-foot fire hydrant marker. One of over 1,300 being installed in the coming weeks to make sure fire hydrants can be found easily all year round.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 4:47:46 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Portage Fire Chief marks rewarding 40 years and counting of public service

After 40 years and counting of serving the local community, Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson Jr. believes any fire department’s success is built through a continuous team effort. “You surround yourself with good firefighters, because without them, you’d be nothing,” Simonson said of the top job. “They make me what I am.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 5:29:28 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Marshfield fire damages detached garage, no injuries

The Marshfield Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire around 1 p.m. on Sunday. The fire damaged a detached garage. It was put out shortly after firefighters arrived on scene. It happened at a home on S. Palmetto Street in Marshfield. There are no reported injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation according to Relief Lieutenant Joe Vanden Elzen of the Marshfield Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 3:39:24 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Racine Fire Dept. receiving more calls than expected in 2019

Calls to the Racine Fire Department are on the rise in early 2019. And in the next few years, the Fire Department may have to consider expansion to compensate for area growth, Chief Steve Hansen told the Racine Police and Fire Commission Monday. The RFD has already responded to 2,503 calls between Jan.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 4:45:24 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Controlled fire: South Area firefighters get real experience training in Weston

Newly hired firefighters with the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District (SAFER) were able to practice putting out a controlled structure fire Saturday morning. Thanks to the D.C. Everest School District, an unused building located on the corner of Jelinek Avenue and Alderson Street, was donated to SAFER so it could be used for training purposes.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2019 7:36:58 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Video shows Shawano firefighter rescuing dog from icy water

A firefighter from the Shawano Area Fire Department rescued a dog that had fallen through the ice Friday afternoon. The rescue happened about 1 p.m. in the Shawano Channel in the 400 block of West First Street, Fire Chief Shawn Borlace said. The channel connects the Wolf River to Shawano Lake. The rescue was captured on video and posted to the Facebook page Distinct Aerial Shotz.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 5:02:01 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Family displaced after New London fire

A family is displaced after a house fire Thursday night. It happened around 10:00 p.m. when the fire department was called to the home on South Mill Street. Firefighters found the kitchen of the home in flames. A woman was home when the fire started, along with her three children. Her husband was not home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 6:12:25 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Firefighters quickly extinguish fire in Fitchburg apartment complex wall

First responders quickly extinguished a small fire in a Fitchburg apartment complex wall Thursday night, according to a news release from the Fitchburg Fire Department. The Fitchburg Fire Department responded to a reported alarm activation reported around 6:18 p.m. Thursday at 2021 Greenway Cross. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they requested a full structure fire response after using thermal imaging cameras to find a smoldering fire in a basement wall.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 8:08:34 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Follow Up: Promoted Oconto firefighters get new badges

Three career firefighters received badges reflecting their promotions at the March 12 pinning ceremony hosted by Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Josh Bostedt is now deputy chief of OFRD, a new position that is second in command of the department and has decision-making authority when the chief is not available.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 9:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Trial date pushed back for Pleasant Prairie man accused of attempted homicide in arson fire

The trial is being pushed back for a former firefighter accused of trying to kill his aunt in a series of arson fires. Keith Kauppi, 30, of Pleasant Prairie, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree homicide. He is accused of setting fire to the couch where his 70-year-old aunt was sleeping at his parent’s Pleasant Prairie home in June 2017.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 1:45:44 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Hales Corners Fire Captain accused of leaving post, sexually harassing coworker

The Hales Corners Fire Chief wants one of his captains fired. Captain John Wagner is accused of sexual harassment and jeopardizing public safety. With 24 years of fire and emergency medical experience, he'd been hired as a fire prevention captain for the Hales Corners Fire Department. A year and a half later, Chief Martin Freibergs filed disciplinary charges against him.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 8:44:01 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Oconto's first female firefighter realizes childhood dream

Tabitha Vande Voort first wanted to become a firefighter after a tree fell on her father while she was still in grade school. That desire solidified about 12 years later, thanks to a few quiet words of encouragement from the man who now leads the Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Vande Voort is now, another decade later, one of eight full-time career firefighters for the Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 2:01:00 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Update: Bible survives 2 church fires in Portage County

VIDEO: On Tuesday afternoon, more than 100 community members arrived at the Springs United Methodist Church in Plover to say their final goodbye to a building that has been considered an icon in the village for several decades. Upon arrival at the vigil, the congregation was surprised to learn that the original church bible was recovered from the debris unharmed.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 7:43:34 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Roof collapse at Town of Lawrence construction site, workers injured

A couple of people were injured after a roof collapsed at a construction site. Monday afternoon, roof trusses collapsed in a building under construction in the Town of Larwence at the intersection of Mid Valley Drive and Eisenhower Road. Crews were called to the site in the Town of Lawrence around 1:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 3:25:13 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Fire damages Chippewa Falls home

A house on the East Hill of Chippewa Falls sustained damage Monday after a power line reportedly fell on an electrical box, causing a fire. The fire at 1120 Therbrook St. was reported at 1:30 p.m. Monday, said Chippewa Falls battalion chief Lee Douglas. Douglas said flames were visible coming from the side of the residence when crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 3:09:37 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

He blew up his Beaver Dam apartment in 2018; Police have no idea why.

Benjamin Morrow always came to work at a Beaver Dam food processing plant smelling like moth balls and wearing clothes with tiny holes in them. He grinned strangely while scrolling through his smartphone, and he scoured the internet at work for information about guns, ammunition and chemicals. Then a shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, left 17 students and staff dead, and Morrow started talking about the possibility of a mass assault in their workplace.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2019 10:21:14 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

De Pere Fire Department: Dryer believed to be cause of fire

De Pere Fire Department says crews were called to a home on Bunker Hill Drive. De Pere Fire Department's Assistant Chief Rich Annen said the fire happened around 7:30 Monday night. Smoke was visible when the first truck arrived on scene. Firefighters say they also saw flames coming from the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2019 11:45:02 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11