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Police hope warrant leads to Milwaukee firehouse burglars

VIDEO: Police have obtained a warrant for the records of a phone number they hope will lead to whoever placed a phony 911 call to a Milwaukee fire station so burglars could make their move. The heist happened in the wee hours last September. A caller dialed 911 to report his son was unconscious and he couldn't wake him.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Sheboygan Common Council rejects more fire department study

The city has rejected plans to hire a consultant to review staffing shortages and other needs at the local fire department. Members of the Common Council, in a 10-to-5 vote, defeated on Tuesday a resolution that would have allowed the city to hire Missouri-based consulting firm Fitch & Associates, which some city officials had hoped would help them vet fire department funding requests.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Vehicle catches fire, rolls into Madison steakhouse, officials say

Crews responded Tuesday afternoon to reports of a vehicle that was on fire and rolling toward a steakhouse on Madison’s west side, according to a release. The Dane County 911 Center received at least nine calls around 1:30 p.m. reporting a vehicle that was on fire and parked between the AT&T store and Longhorn Steakhouse on Gammon Road, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV News 3

La Crosse Fire Department hopes to find location for new station in 2017

La Crosse's fire chief says finding a location for a new station on the south side is a priority for the new year. Chief Gregg Cleveland says money has already been set aside as part of the city's capital improvement budget to buy land for a new station. The city hasn't built a new fire station since 1967, and an assessment done last year found response times at the southern edge of the city to be lacking.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: news8000

Wood County fire departments respond to 8 fires during "Keep the Wreath Green"

The Wood County Fire Chief’s Association reports area fire departments responded to eight fires from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2. The time frame coincides with area fire department's Keep the Wreath Green campaign. Fire departments in Wood County, along with other departments place a wreath with green colored bulbs on their building and for each fire they respond to a green bulb is replaced with a red bulb.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 9:45:01 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Woman, dogs escape Rhinelander fire without injury

A woman and three dogs escaped without injury from a fire in an Oneida County Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called at about 8:30 to Poplar Drive, just off Highway 17 north of Rhinelander. The fire started in the living room and left heat and smoke damage to the home. Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire, but they say it's nothing suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2017 9:37:07 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fire destroys bowling alley in Waukesha

VIDEO: Fire destroyed a bowling alley in Waukesha late Sunday night. Emergency crews were called to Fracaro’s Lanes shortly after 9:00 p.m. The family-owned business is located on the corner of Whiterock Avenue and Moreland Boulevard. The business started as a tavern in 1933, according to its website.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 11:07:53 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Red Cross assists 12 after fire at Milwaukee home near 28th and Meinecke

VIDEO: Firefighters on Sunday night, January 1st were on the scene of a house fire near 28th and Meinecke. Officials with the American Red Cross said they were assisting 12 people after this fire. We're told everyone was able to get out safely -- and no injuries were reported. FOX6 News was told there were pets inside this home -- and we watched as officials took a pet snake from the house.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 7:38:05 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire ignites in Wausau garage Sunday afternoon

VIDEO: A small garage fire erupted outside a Wausau home around 1:30 p.m. Sunday. It happened in an alley between Fairmount and Emerson Streets. According to Lt. Ted Tautges with the Wausau Fire Department, a firefighter sustained minor injuries when responding to the fire. No one else was hurt. Tautges said a neighboring home also was damaged.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2017 2:39:30 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Fond du Lac first responders thanked with free meal on New Year's Eve

VIDEO: New Year's Eve is a time to reflect back on the past year. A group of volunteers in Fond du Lac wanted to give thanks to those who made a difference in so many lives in 2016. Preparing to welcome in the new year offered a bit of a twist at Ledgeview Lanes in Fond du Lac. The food being put together here wasn't for customers but for the community's first responders.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2016 3:22:59 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Fumes sicken 5 at west Madison car shop, fire official says

Five people became sick Saturday from vapors that were briefly released at a west Madison car shop, a Madison fire official said. Dane County dispatch said crews responded to a report of people sickened by chemicals at 11:22 a.m. at Don Miller on Odana Road. Madison Fire Department spokesman Eric Dahl said some liquids had been mixed together in the shop area, which caused fumes that made some people ill.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2016 2:54:52 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

6th generation Madison Fire Department firefighter retires

A Madison firefighter is retiring after 28 years on the job and being part of six generations of his family to serve the Madison Fire Department. Marc Behrend’s family has served the Madison Fire Department since 1867, back when it was a volunteer fire department. “I’m one of the lucky ones. I got to do a job I enjoyed doing,” Behrend said.
- PUB DATE: 12/30/2016 8:59:46 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Follow Up: Body of confidential informant found in debris of Rusk County fire

VIDEO: Newly obtained court documents reveal the body of a man found in a Rusk County fire was Jeffrey Putbrese, a confidential informant. According to court records, on December 7th, someone called 911 to report a fire at a former mink ranch on Zebro Road in Rusk County. Court documents show firefighters found a body in the debris of a burned building.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 10:37:26 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

West Bend Officer Rescues Father and Son from Fire

VIDEO: A West Bend Police Officer is being called a hero, after rescuing a father and son from a home engulfed in flames. The family members and the officer are all doing okay. Police say last night is an example of how an officer's split second decision can save someone's life. Police say Officer Lee Goodman responded to calls of a fire a shortly after 11 last night.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 5:23:05 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

11 people displaced following fire in Oconomowoc

Oconomowoc officials responded to a fire near 3rd and Main Street Thursday, December 29th. Authorities say this was a cooking fire and it was out before firefighters arrived at the scene. According to fire officials, 11 people have been displaced as a result of water damage from the sprinklers. Some will stay with family and others are being helped by the American Red Cross.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 2:37:30 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Stevens Point residents displaced after fire

Six residents were displaced after a Wednesday fire in Stevens Point. A resident in the building called the county's dispatch system around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday night to examine a scene where a fire had been but was reportedly already out. When the department arrived at the triplex in the 800 block of Second Street, flames were coming out of the kitchen, said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 9:43:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Fire damages house in Kenosha County

Firefighters from several communities battled a fire Wednesday afternoon in the Town of Randall in southwest Kenosha County near Wilmot. Kenosha County deputies arriving at the scene home in the 11800 block of Fox River Road found an active fire. They were able to determine that the house was unoccupied and that neighbors had rescued a dog from inside the residence.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2016 2:12:19 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Shortage of Grafton Volunteer Fire Department personnel sparks call for staffing talks

Finding a few good men and women to join the ranks is not a new challenge for the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department. But as he and his staff continue to grapple with ways to attract members, Fire Chief William Rice would like the search to spark a more serious discussion about staffing needs. Recruiting firefighters and emergency medical technicians “has been a huge problem for a long time,” Rice said.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 1:03:34 PM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Inattentive driver almost crushes Brown County deputy and tow truck driver

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has a message for drivers after a close call almost crushed a deputy and tow truck driver last week. The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. Friday night as that band of snow was wrapping up in northeast Wisconsin. A Brown County Deputy and tow truck driver were responding to a vehicle in the ditch on I-41, just north of County S in the Town of Lawrence.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2016 7:44:30 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau