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Eagle Point considers fire hall options

It’s a tight squeeze fitting fire trucks and other equipment into the Eagle Point Fire Station, which was built in the 1970s. Things will get much tighter once the fire department gets a new 18-foot-plus trailer with a hitch. “Right now we can fit it in here, but you wipe out the meeting space,” said Joel Woodruff, deputy fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2017 4:34:02 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

South Area Fire District gets new $650K truck

The South Area Fire Response District unveiled it's new $650,000 fire truck. It's meant to do the job of multiple rescue vehicles. It's the first new rig purchased since multiple fire departments merged to create the SAFER District. The truck was welcomed with a traditional "wet down" ceremony where the firefighters wet down the entire truck and then push it back into the garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 9:23:48 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Authorities: No evidence of foul play in death of 39-year-old man in Janesville fire

VIDEO: Investigators on Monday found no evidence of foul play in the death of a man in a house fire on Janesville's near east side Sunday night, according to a Janesville police news release. Janesville firefighters and police, together with the state Department of Criminal Investigations, Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, searched 603 S.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 5:34:07 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today - Metered Site

Two rescued from partially submerged truck on Lake Winneconne

Firefighters used an airboat Sunday night to rescue two people from a partially submerged truck that had gone through the ice on Lake Winneconne. Lt. Craig Quick of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said the truck had stopped sinking. "One individual was stuck inside the vehicle, and one was out of the vehicle on the roof of the truck," Quick said.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 6:46:44 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Pittsville pond fills with firefighters for rescue training

VIDEO: I crawled to the edge of the ice and slid into the water, and my extra-large neoprene suit suctioned to my body. I felt warm and buoyant — very unlike a drowning victim, even though I played that part at an ice-rescue training hosted by the Pittsville Fire Co. on Saturday. The exercise drew firefighters from as far as Sheboygan who spent time in a classroom with instructors, then suited up to practice in an icy pond.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 4:41:06 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Sun Prairie apartment complex "complete loss" after fire

VIDEO: Multiple fire departments and other agencies are helping put the fire out in Sun Prairie. Sun Prairie Fire Assistant Chief Thane Westermeyer says when crews got to the building on Schiller, fire and smoke was coming from the basement. The fire quickly spread to the first and second floors. "We anticipate being on scene for a few more hours until we get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 3:43:13 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Beloit Fire makes bulletproof vests mandatory for paramedics on disturbance calls

VIDEO: In these uncertain times, come new mandatory measures for Beloit Fire Paramedics. The first responders are now required to wear bullet proof vests on disturbance calls. "Our guys have been attacked, they've been assaulted on calls," Deputy Chief Joe Murray said about why they are making the change.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

One death reported after Janesville house fire on South Main Street Sunday night

One person died Sunday night after a house fire on South Main Street, Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker said at about 9 p.m. A report of a house fire at 603 S. Main St. came in to authorities about 8 p.m., according to a Janesville Police Department news release. Banker said first responders found a fully engulfed house fire with one person trapped.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2017 8:49:07 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today - Metered Site

Holmen Area Fire Department works on mutual aid plans

The Holmen Area Fire District is working to expand its mutual aid agreements. However, the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board agreed to set a limit as to how far the department would travel to assist other fire departments that are part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). At its Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Life

Barn destroyed by fire in Town of Eagle

A horse barn in rural Eagle was destroyed by fire early this morning. The fire was reported around 1:15 AM at a residence off Draper Road south of Eagle. A 16 by 20 foot pole barn that housed two horses was on fire. The horses were evacuated unharmed from the barn and no individuals were injured. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2-and-a-half hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58

Hot dogs help firefighters rescue canine on thin ice in Racine County

Hot dogs helped firefighters rescue a dog stranded on an icy pond Thursday afternoon. The rescue call came in at about 12:30 p.m. after someone spotted a chow mix walking on the ice of a large pond near the 7300 block of Old Spring Street. The dog had a leash attached and it was later determined to have escaped its owner.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 7:54:47 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Altoona narrows search for new fire chief

The city of Altoona's search for a new chief to lead the fire department is close to coming to an end. City representatives said Wednesday that they have narrowed down the number of applicants from 12 to five. Some of the finalists include individuals right from Altoona and around the area. Before a job offer is made, the city will be holding a public meet and greet as an opportunity for the potential hires to interact with the community that they will be serving.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 9:27:44 AM - SOURCE: WQOW.com

Racine firefighters battle stubborn fire at dealership garage

Racine firefighters spent more than three hours early Wednesday battling a stubborn fire in a garage at a car dealership. The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Auto Hut of Wisconsin, 1620 Racine St., and no one was in the building at the time, according to the Racine Fire Department. Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 2:15:30 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Johnsen named new Sussex fire chief

The Sussex Fire Commission appointed David Johnsen to serve as the new Sussex fire chief on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Johnsen will join the Sussex Fire Department on Feb. 27; he is fulfilling his final work commitments with his current employer, the Lisle-Woodridge Fire District in Illinois. Johnsen started his 30-year career in fire service with the New Berlin Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 2:08:24 AM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Follow Up: Assistant Chief, 53, Found Dead of Heart Attack at Eldorado Fire Station

The assistant chief of the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department was found dead at the fire station on Jan. 10, hours after a meeting. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, a firefighter found Assistant Fire Chief Rodney “Tiny” Menne, 53, at 2 a.m. deceased from an apparent heart attack. The USFA has provisionally listed the event as a line of duty death.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse News

Two Milwaukee mobile homes catch fire, spread to nearby building

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating after two mobile homes catch on fire — and the flames spread to a nearby building. Firefighters were called to the area of 38th and Vliet just before 2 a.m. Wednesday, January 25th. Upon arrival, crews found two mobile homes, which were parked behind a business building, in flames.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 5:24:52 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire destroys Winnebago County barn, multiple vehicles

A fire on Tuesday afternoon destroyed a barn and multiple vehicles that were stored inside. The barn was engulfed when firefighters arrived, according to Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. Joe Kroncke. No one was injured in the blaze at 1911 Winnebago County II. But seven or eight vehicles that were being stored inside the structure were destroyed, said town of Neenah Fire Chief Ed King.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 4:55:40 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighter hurt while fighting fire at mobile tattoo parlor in Milwaukee

A firefighter was injured while responding to a fire in Milwaukee early Wednesday morning. The fire was reported around 2:00 a.m. near 38th and Vliet streets. It appears that the fire started in a mobile tattoo parlor parked outside a tattoo shop. Flames spread from the truck to the business and caused significant damage.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 3:59:46 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Holmen Fire Department focuses fire safety education on different age groups

VIDEO: A local fire department is approaching fire safety education in a new way. The Holmen Fire Department will focus on common mistakes made by people in different age groups. Lessons will be different for the elderly, adults, teens, and children. The events will have different activities such as coloring books for children or obstacles for teenagers.
- PUB DATE: 1/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Couple displaced after Reedsburg house fire

A Reedsburg family is homeless after a fire broke out on Jan. 23. The house, located on Enterprise Drive near South Dewey Avenue, was destroyed despite firefighters working for hours to knock down the flames. No one was home at the time and no injuries were reported. Jordan Sullivan, who grew up in the house during her teen years, told the Times-Press she received notice of the incident around 9:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 4:14:13 AM - SOURCE: Reedsburg Times-Press