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Firefighter hurt battling Kewaskum apartment building fire

A firefighter was hurt Friday night while battling a fire in an apartment building in Kewaskum. The Kewaskum Fire Department was called to the eight-unit building at 222 Brantz Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the second floor of the northeast corner of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2017 5:43:48 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Thick smoke, zero visibility for firefighters battling Georgia Pacific fire in Green Bay

VIDEO: A forklift overheated and caught fire at the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill early Friday morning. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to the mill on Broadway Street at about 2 a.m. The fire broke out in a paper storage area, where bales of scrap paper and cardboard caught fire. Firefighters encountered thick smoke, and had zero visibility at times while battling the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 3:10:15 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire destroys iconic former music club in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Firefighters spent just more than an hour battling flames at a vacant building at 2612 W. State St. on Thursday evening. The two-alarm fire gutted what once was the State Theater (1915-1955) and eventually a well-known music club where several big names started their careers in the late 70s and early 80s.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Meeting held for Altoona fire chief position

VIDEO: The Altoona City Council met to discuss the plans moving forward in hiring its first full-time fire chief including the wage for the position on Thursday. Originally, the starting salary for the position was between $48,000 and $60,000 a year, but now the median salary for the job will be $67,000 according to the city administrator.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 8:03:11 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Town of Ottawa OKs Western Lakes Fire District

Western Lakes Fire District — Lake Country’s newest and one of its largest consolidated fire and emergency medical response departments — will begin operations March 2. However, Ottawa, Oconomowoc, Summit and Dousman — the four presumed "owners" of the new, consolidated department — are already reaping the benefits of the consolidation of the Dousman Fire District and Oconomowoc Fire Department, according to Ottawa Town Chairman Richard Arrowood.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 1:06:29 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

First responders rescue man who fell in east Madison pit

First responders helped rescue a man who was injured when he fell into a pit with a concrete floor on Madison's east side Wednesday night. The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to a report of a man in his 60s who fell into a 6-foot by 8-foot pit in the 2700 block of South Stoughton Road at 11:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 9:07:13 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters from multiple departments battle blaze at barn in Sheboygan County

VIDEO: Officials on Thursday morning, February 9th were on the scene of a barn fire in Sheboygan County. The call came in around 3:11 a.m. According to authorities, the Sheboygan County Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting flames and smoke visible on Smies Road, west of State Highway 32, in the Town of Holland.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 6:42:43 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Wisconsin moves towards self-insurance system for state employee health care

Wisconsin may soon be heading into the health insurance business. The state’s Group Insurance Board on Wednesday approved a plan that would alter the way the state provides health insurance for its employees, moving to a self-insured model where the state pays for medical bills directly instead of paying premiums to private health insurance companies.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 4:11:59 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Gov. Scott Walker's administration quickly reverses itself on fire sprinkler decision

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration abruptly backed off Wednesday on plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers, but the state might not adopt other safety standards that firefighters say would save lives. In recent weeks, Walker's Department of Safety and Professional Services has quietly advanced plans to end the requirement that fire sprinklers be installed in apartment buildings with three to 20 units.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 8:27:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Attic fire under control in Wausau

VIDEO: A fire is under control after flames were spotted shooting out of an attic at a Wausau home, according to the Wausau Fire Department. It happened around 5:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of N. 4th Street. Residents were home at the time, but everyone escaped safely, according to officials. Firefighters had the blaze under control in a half hour, but remain on scene looking for hot spots, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 5:57:16 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Oconomowoc approves fire district; Dousman to vote Monday

The common council on Tuesday night unanimously approved the creation of a fire district with three nearby municipalities, which city officials say will save money in the long run and provide round-the-clock EMS service. The Summit Village Board approved the agreement on Feb. 2, and the village of Dousman and the town of Ottawa must still approve it before it is made official.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 2:40:52 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Firefighters use hovercraft to rescue two fishermen on Delavan Lake

VIDEO: Two men had to be rescued from Delavan Lake in a hovercraft after their ATV broke through the ice Tuesday morning. Witnesses told first responders they heard the ATV go through the ice but could not see the men because of the dense fog in the area. "The fog was 100 percent dense. You couldn't see more than 50 to 75 feet.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 5:08:58 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Wilson may bend rules to keep fire chief

Brian Schmitt is still facing questions about his long-term future as the head of the Town of Wilson’s fire department. But elected officials are considering giving him some wiggle room around a firefighting certification requirement he currently doesn’t meet. The town last year agreed to a set of bylaws for its new municipal fire department that would require its fire officers to have a certain certification.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 4:49:47 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Pay scale increased for Altoona fire chief position

The city of Altoona hasn't even hired its first full-time fire chief yet, but the position already may be in line for a raise. Just four days after the top candidate from a previous search elected not to accept the job, the city's Personnel Committee voted unanimously Monday to increase the pay scale offered to the fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 5:36:24 AM - SOURCE: Altoona, WI

Arbitrator awards fired Sun Prairie paramedics $622,252

Two fired City of Sun Prairie paramedics have been awarded more than a half a million dollars by an arbitrator after being cleared of any wrongdoing in a patient’s care. City officials say they will meet on Feb. 7 and decide whether to pay or appeal the award in court. Sun Prairie EMS Paramedics John Uebelacker and Matthew Schaller were dismissed on Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 5:05:39 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Woman dies after being rescued from mobile home fire in Oak Creek

VIDEO: A 54-year-old woman has died after being rescued from a mobile home fire in Oak Creek Monday night, February 6th. The fire broke out around 10:45 p.m. in a mobile home near 27th Street and College Avenue. Investigators are still trying to figure out the cause of the fire -- but the Oak Creek Fire Chief says it does not appear to be suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 4:55:50 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Follow Up: Waldo Fire Department mourns after firefighter dies in crash

VIDEO: The Waldo Fire Department is in mourning after one of its firefighters died in a weekend crash. The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Ryan Moyer was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon in the Town of Lyndon. Moyer was driving a pickup truck when it crashed. Two other firefighters were injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2017 10:18:37 PM - SOURCE: The Morning Blend

1 person taken to hospital after Stevens Point apartment fire

VIDEO: Portage County fire crews responded to an apartment fire Monday night. Authorities said a woman was taken to Ministry Saint Michael's Hospital and was being treated for smoke inhalation. The fire broke out around 7 p.m. on Martha's Lane in Stevens Point. According to fire officials on the scene, the fire appears to have started in the kitchen of one of the units.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2017 7:04:48 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Waldo Fire Department mourns after firefighter dies in crash

The Waldo Fire Department is in mourning after one of its firefighters died in a weekend crash. The Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office says 31-year-old Ryan Moyer was killed in the crash Saturday afternoon in the Town of Lyndon. Moyer was driving a pickup truck when it crashed. Two other firefighters were injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2017 5:44:33 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Follow Up: Firefighters speak out against new state proposal

VIDEO: A group of Wisconsin fire chiefs are speaking out against a new state proposal. The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services has proposed rule changes that goes against the current National Electric Code. According to state firefighters, the proposal would stop nationally required electrical fire and electrocution prevention devices throughout new homes, college dormitories and hotels.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2017 4:38:46 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse