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Holmen fire audit sparks funding debate

An audit of the Holmen Area Fire Department books has turned into a “fiasco” for the three municipalities that make up the fire district, according to one Holmen Village Board member. A discussion over reallocating special funds for the Holmen Area Fire Department became heated at the May 11 Holmen Village Board meeting.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 4:02:16 PM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Fire damages Neenah basement

Fire damaged a basement in a single-family home Wednesday night. Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue was called to the 100 block of Courtney Court about 10:25 p.m. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, which was confined to the basement. "There was some fire damage but more heavy smoke damage," said Assistant Chief Mike Sipin.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 6:44:05 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Mobile home park residents talk about Chetek twister’s trail of destruction

Ron Blomberg narrowly avoided the devastation Tuesday that claimed the life of his neighbor at Prairie Lake Estates mobile home park. Blomberg, 27, left his trailer home about 10 minutes before a tornado ripped through the grounds, destroying two-thirds of the park’s homes, at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 2:11:34 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Firetruck rides raise funds for Portage training center

The Portage Fire Department is kicking off the summer fundraising drive with firetruck rides Saturday morning. “We’re giving rides to kids … and adults,” said Portage Fire Inspector Craig Ratz. “You’re never too old for a firetruck ride.” The department will be bringing engines 3, 6, and 8, along with squad 2 to the parking lot of Walmart where it will be offering official Portage Fire Department T-shirts and rides on one of the trucks for $15.
- PUB DATE: 5/18/2017 1:44:03 AM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

One person confirmed dead, 25 injured in Chetek tornado

VIDEO: Authorities say the victim who died Tuesday when a tornado destroyed a mobile home park in northwestern Wisconsin was a 46-year-old man. At least 25 other people were injured when a storm leveled the Prairie Lake Estate Mobile Park on State Highway 53 between Chetek and Cameron. The National Weather Service reported a touchdown in the area just after 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 6:51:33 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Oconomowoc fire sends 2 to hospital

A fire Tuesday afternoon sent two people to the hospital. Firefighters were called to 834 Goldenview Court at about 2 p.m. May 16 for a report of a fire with two people trapped inside, according to Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen. Upon arrival, crews noticed heavy black smoke coming from the rear of the home, according to a news release from the Western Lakes Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 1:49:26 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Kenosha man charged with New Lisbon fires, burglaries

A Kenosha man faces 19 charges, including three arsons, after allegedly stealing property in New Lisbon in the spring of 2015. Arthur E. Sagel, 34, was charged with the alleged crimes on April 25. For the three arson of building charges, Sagel could be fined $100,000 or be imprisoned no more than 40 years, or both, for each offense.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 1:45:10 AM - SOURCE: Juneau County-Star Times

Merrill Fire Dept. buys 360-degree sonar search and rescue device thanks to donation

VIDEO: Life jacket? Check. Engine running? Check. Ability to see under water? Scott Gomoll now has that too. The 360 Side Sonar mounts in two portions on the Merrill Fire Department's search and rescue boat. Monday morning, firefighter/paramedic Gomall took the new tool out for practice and training.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Woman, dog rescued from burning Oshkosh apartment

A woman and her dog were rescued after jumping from a window of an upstairs apartment that was on fire Monday evening on North Main Street, authorities said. The Oshkosh Fire Department responded about 5 p.m. to a report of a fire in the 400 block of North Main Street, according to a news release from department spokesman John Holland.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 6:32:40 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Greenfield firefighters get sauna to sweat out toxins from fires

With early studies showing that firefighters are three times as likely as the general population to develop cancer, Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn decided it was time to try something. That something is a sauna where it is hoped that firefighters can sweat out the toxins carried by smoke that get into their bodies through their skin.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 2:01:37 AM - SOURCE: Greenfield West Allis NOW

9/11, Miracle on the Hudson fire boat finds home in Baileys Harbor

VIDEO: A retired fire department boat from New York City has found a home in Baileys Harbor in Door County. The vessel, called the Kevin C. Kane, has a rich history as well, serving on 9/11 and what's commonly known as the "Miracle on the Hudson." From the silver search lights to the fire engine red hull, the Kevin C.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Riverside Fire District swears in new chief

VIDEO: A new area fire department officially welcomes its leader, according to Everest Metro Police. Chief Kelly Hanink was sworn in as chief of the Riverside Fire District around 9:30 a.m. Monday, according to a post on Facebook. Hanink comes from Eden Prairie Fire Department in Minnesota. She has formal education, fire technical training and management experience.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 3:08:20 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Duplex fire on Green Bay's east side leaves 3 homeless

Three people are without a home after a Monday morning fire at a duplex in Green Bay. The Green Bay Metro Fire Dept. says it was called to 2582 Wildflower Row around 10:15 a.m. A neighbor was reporting smoke and charring on the windows. When crews arrived, the tenant of the other side of the duplex was outside and told firefighters the people who lived in the other half were probably not home.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 11:33:25 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Firefighter injured in Mount Calvary fire

A 25-year-old Mount Calvary firefighter was injured while fighting a house fire Sunday afternoon. At 3:23 p.m. Sunday, the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office and the Mount Calvary Fire Department were dispatched to W977 South Shore Lane for a house fire. The residence sustained significant damage in the kitchen area of the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2017 9:39:18 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Construction proving to be a challenge for Edgerton first responders

VIDEO: Construction projects are proving to be a major roadblock for the Edgerton Fire Department when responding to crashes on the roadways. Sunday's three-car-crash on the interstate in Rock County proved to be an example of just that. Four people suffered non-life threatening injuries. Edgerton's Fire Chief says it's been difficult, dealing with the eight miles of construction with concrete barriers on both sides.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2017 11:56:27 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire Departments and EMS stretched by thinning volunteers

First responders have been increasingly strained as changes in peoples’ mobility, living and work habits undercut the framework that has made this system possible. “There’s a problem and we’re looking for people,” said Endeavor Moundville Fire Chief Mike Bordeau. “We put a thing out on our Facebook page looking for recruits and we got one recruit out of it, but getting word out is one of the hardest parts.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2017 7:31:47 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Knowles named Fond du Lac assistant fire chief

James Knowles III is the new Assistant Fire Chief of Training and Safety after a meeting of the Police and Fire Commission of the City of Fond du Lac Thursday. According to a release from the commission, the appointment was made unanimously. Knowles is a 20-year veteran of the fire service and has risen up through the ranks, previously serving as a lieutenant and captain.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2017 10:56:57 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Multiple garages destroyed by fire on Milwaukee's southside

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is investigating after a fire destroyed multiple garages on the city's southside. The fire broke out around 4 am on Saturday morning near 25th and Mitchell. Fire crews at the scene tell 12 News say when they arrived two garages were fully engulfed. The fire quickly spread to four other garages.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2017 9:17:30 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Holmen Area Fire Department shares fun with the family

The Holmen Area Fire Department gave residents in the fire district a chance May 6 to see the improvements the emergency service has made in recent years during it’s first Family Fun Day event. “We’re trained, equipped and proud,” said Mike Durkin, HAFD firefighter and organizer of the event. The department decided to hold the event in lieu of its annual dance fundraiser.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 2:45:35 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Enbridge donation helps Douglas County fire departments, students

Keys and dollar bills changed hands in the Enbridge parking lot Wednesday. Four of the energy company's retired fleet vehicles were donated to Douglas County fire departments and a Superior High School mentoring program, for $1 apiece. "Our long-term goal is to turn it into a brush truck," said Lakeside Fire Chief Nova Nordrum of the donated 2008 Chevy Silverado extended cab.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram