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Green Bay firefighters deliver gifts for teens

VIDEO: Green Bay Metro firefighters are making a difference this holiday season. On Tuesday, they delivered hundreds of gifts that will be given to area teenagers in need. Firetrucks loaded with presents arrived at Shopko Hall Tuesday morning. The gifts will be handed out as part of the Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance program.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 3:17:47 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Fully engulfed: No injuries after garage fire in Town of Plymouth

Firefighters on Monday night, December 18th responded to the scene of a garage fire in Sheboygan County. The call came in around 11:15 p.m. It happened on State Highway 67 near Woodchuck Lane in the Town of Plymouth. As officers were arriving they confirmed that the garage was fully engulfed and spreading to the residence.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 6:46:44 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Agreement proposes wage increases for Racine firefighters

Racine firefighters will receive pay increases in January and July next year if a proposed collective bargaining agreement receives approval. The city and the firefighters union, Local 321, negotiated firefighters’ wages for the next three years. The tentative agreement would cover the wages of Racine’s firefighters and paramedics in ranks from private through captain.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 2:29:22 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Altoona proposal would bill nonresidents for costs of emergencies

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Altoona may put a new spin on that old saying when the City Council considers an ordinance allowing the city to assess service charges to nonresidents and nontaxpayers who require emergency calls. Altoona fire Chief Mark Renderman will make a presentation on the proposed ordinance at the council meeting at 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 2:12:32 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Bids come in $600,000 to $1 million too high for new Madison fire station

Madison officials are scrambling after construction bids for a proposed Fire Station No. 14 on the Southeast Side came in $600,000 to $1 million over the estimated $5.8 million cost. Miron Construction Co. had the low bid, $6.39 million, while Joe Daniels Construction came in at $6.71 million and Ideal Builders at $6.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 7:32:03 PM - SOURCE: Madison

La Crosse Fire Station task force weighs need for new fire station

Members of the city's Fire Station Planning Task Force will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether the city would benefit more from a new fire station or a remodel of an existing one. In August, the La Crosse Common Council approved the formation of the task force. It consists of Fire Chief Ken Gilliam along with numerous city officials and council members.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 4:44:49 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

“This is a sad day:” 6 fire stations across Milwaukee close after budget cuts

VIDEO: Six fire stations across Milwaukee were closed Monday, December 18th after budget cuts by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. People gathered outside Engine 6 to watch the final moments. "This is a sad day. This is a day I never thought I'd live to see," said Greg Wenzel, retired battalion chief, MFD.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 3:52:45 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Milwaukee firefighter pleads not guilty to sex assault charge, bound over for trial

35-year-old Michael Peden pleaded not guilty on Monday, December 18th. Peden is a Milwaukee Fire Department “acting lieutenant” who has been formally charged with second degree sexual assault/use of force. According to a criminal complaint, on December 2nd, the victim in this case, a co-worker of Peden, was interviewed by police after his arrest.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 9:01:59 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Governor Walker approves plan to build first responder network

VIDEO: Governor Scott Walker has approved a new program designed to transform the way first responders communicate with each other. FirstNet Responder Network Authority and AT&T is building a broadband network specifically dedicated for use by first responders. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 3:24:23 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Lake Geneva senior-citizen complex evacuated by fire

Lake Geneva firefighters evacuated a senior-citizen housing complex Sunday after fire broke out inside the property. No injuries were reported, and the fire was extinguished without any sign of significant damage at the Havenwood of Lake Geneva complex, 250 Havenwood Drive. The fire was reported at 3:19 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 1:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Fire damages lower level of Kenosha home at 5402 25th Ave.

No one was hurt in a fire that damaged the lower level of a multiple-story residence in central Kenosha Sunday night. Neighbors reported flames and thick smoke coming from the south side of the house at 5402 25th Ave., alerting firefighters at 7:05 p.m. Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Wes Bernhardt said firefighters fought the blaze in multiple areas of the lower level, including the kitchen and living room area.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 1:46:48 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

2 People Displaced By Overnight Fire in Appleton

A fire on Appleton's north side forced two people from their house Thursday night. Firefighters say they were called to the 600 block of W. Parkway Boulevard just after 6:30. When they arrived, crews could see smoke in the house. Firefighters quickly put out a fire on a living room chair. Other areas of the home were damaged by smoke and heat, and the house cannot be lived in.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 7:04:18 AM - SOURCE: WTAQ 97.5-FM & 1360-AM

Family of five escapes Sussex house fire

A Sussex family escaped safely after their house caught fire Thursday night. Firefighters responded to Woodland Creek Drive and Chestnut Hill at about 9:00 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the house. A family member told CBS 58 News that a mother and four children lived there, but all got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 4:38:45 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Watertown Assistant Fire Chief found not guilty

Watertown Assistant Fire Chief Tim Gordon was found not guilty of obstructing a police officer after a lengthy trial in Lake Country Municipal Court on Friday. The municipal charge against Gordon was initiated by the city of Watertown and alleges he intentionally misrepresented an incident that occurred while he was on duty in March conducting a fire inspection.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 4:16:04 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Manitowoc crews retrieve car that crashed in Lake Michigan during snowstorm

It took authorities about half an hour to get a sunken vehicle out of Lake Michigan and onto a tow truck Thursday morning. Manitowoc police and fire department workers began working on removing the sedan at about 11 a.m. A crew of two firefighters took a boat to the car and hooked it up on a tow truck.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 2:56:34 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Kenosha officials, first responders, agencies plan responses to emergencies

When disaster strikes, it takes more than a first responder to make the call. It takes a partnership between the community and its organizations. That’s what representatives of about 90 public and private organizations learned Wednesday morning during a Wisconsin Emergency Management workshop at the Kenosha Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 1:51:16 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

No one injured in trailer fire on county highway in Watertown

No one was injured in a fire that caused extensive damage to a trailer home at 9027 County Highway Q Tuesday night. According to Watertown Interim Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld, nobody was home when firefighters arrived on the scene at about 3:24 p.m. Biefeld said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the fire, which was contained to its area of origin shortly after crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 4:11:57 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Follow Up: Buffalo County fire kills father, 2-year-old girl

Buffalo County authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fire Tuesday morning that killed a father and his 2-year-old daughter at their Buffalo City home and do not suspect foul play, Sheriff Mike Schmidt-knecht said. Douglas Shawley, 30, and Genevieve Shawley, 2, were killed in the fire, according to sheriff’s office officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 2:13:21 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Portage panel plans for fire chief, other leaders succession

Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson has been at the helm of the Portage Fire Department for 13 years, and hasn’t indicated any readiness to retire. But when the time comes for Simonson to hang up his turnout gear — temporarily or permanently — there’s a plan in place to pinpoint his successor. The city’s Human Resources Committee on Tuesday took a long look at a draft of a succession plan for Simonson.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 8:01:40 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

State can no longer enforce apartment building sprinkler rule

VIDEO: A 7-year-old rule that requires fire sprinklers to be put in new apartment buildings with three to 20 units will no longer be enforced by the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the Department of Safety and Professional Services rule now goes beyond the agency's authority.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 6:01:26 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News