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Basement fire forces family from De Pere home

A De Pere family is forced from their home Tuesday morning after an overnight house fire. Just before 2 .m., De Pere Fire Rescue was called to a home on Vista Circle when the homeowner found a fire in their basement. The homeowner put out part of the fire with his own fire extinguisher before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 1/24/2017 3:37:46 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Firefighters from multiple departments battle blaze at barn in Racine County; no one hurt

Officials on Monday night, January 23rd were on the scene of a large barn fire in the Town of Raymond in Racine County. It happened on S. 51st Street near County Highway K around 8:45 p.m. Racine County Sheriff’s officials said the barn was fully engulfed. Multiple departments responded to fight the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 8:19:06 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison crews put out, monitor insulation fire at construction site, officials say

PHOTO: Firefighters stayed at the scene of a construction site fire Monday afternoon to make sure newly sprayed foam insulation didn’t reignite after they extinguished the first round of flames, according to a release. Crews were sent to 431 W. Mifflin St. around 3:30 p.m., the side of the Mifflander Apartments, to investigate reported “off-gassing” resulting from foam installation sprayed into the ceiling, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 4:58:24 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

3 adults, 1 child fall through ice on Sauk County lake

One person was treated for hypothermia Sunday afternoon after falling through a Sauk County lake's ice, officials said. The Delton Fire Department said it responded to a report of four people who had fallen through the ice on MIrror Lake at 12: 15 p.m. while ice fishing. When crews arrived, all four people had pulled themselves from the water and the three adults were lying on the ice crawling toward shore.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 4:35:45 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Vehicle flips in Beaver Dam Creek, drowns two men

Two area men drowned late Sunday after their vehicle overturned in the Beaver Dam Creek. An Ashwaubenon man, 21, and a Green Bay man, 24, died despite efforts of sheriff's deputies and firefighters wading in waist-deep ice water to free them. The crash happened about 9 p.m. in the 2000 block of Memorial Drive.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 7:35:50 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Racine County firefighters back to work after health scares

Last summer, Alex Hagen struggled to pull his socks up and Rudi Betancourt strained to walk even a few steps. Hagen, a Caledonia firefighter, battled Ewing’s sarcoma, a type of bone cancer, while South Shore firefighter Betancourt was ravaged by Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer that affects the lymph nodes.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 2:16:05 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

State disaster agency plans for climate change

In a shift from the practice of two other state agencies, Wisconsin emergency management officials have released new information on climate change and its implications for the state. In a report that it posted online last week, the state Division of Emergency Management devoted extensive attention to climate change and how a warming planet could spur natural disasters such as floods, drought and forest fires.
- PUB DATE: 1/23/2017 1:49:17 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Dozens of firefighters battle overnight barn fire in Howard

VIDEO: Brown County sheriff's officials said crews responded to a fire on the 1500 block of Pinecrest Road just after midnight, Sunday. The Brown County Sheriff's Office and nine fire departments responded, including dozens of firefighters. The fire chief said multiple units responded because fire crews did not have access to a water source.
- PUB DATE: 1/22/2017 1:53:24 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Three-Alarm Fire Causes Serious Damage to Milwaukee Furniture Store

VIDEO: A three-alarm fire broke out in a furniture store shortly after 9 p.m. Friday evening. Telephone reports began to come in saying that the furniture store inside the strip mall near 14th and Center was on fire. Upon arrival, The Milwaukee Fire Department saw heavy smoke an attempted to make an interior attack.
- PUB DATE: 1/21/2017 8:36:23 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Lake Geneva captain's focus is on fire department service

Following in her father’s footsteps, Capt. Zina Opper has been a firefighter/EMT in Lake Geneva since 1995, and she’s served fulltime with the Fox Lake, Illinois, Fire Department for 16 years. Opper was the featured firefighter by Fire Chief John Peters in the department’s recent monthly report to the Lake Geneva Police and Fire Commission.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 2:39:56 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Oconomowoc's Islami guilty of arson, to be sentenced in March

The arson and fraud case against Oconomowoc's Ybdi Islami will soon come to a close, ending one court saga involving the embattled Islami family. Islami, 61, pleaded no contest Jan. 13 to a felony arson charge in Waukesha County Circuit Court, according to online court records. Judge Lloyd Carter found him guilty the same day and will sentence Islami for the crime on March 8.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 1:52:10 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Chetek Firefighters’ Ice Fishing Tournament set for this Saturday

Fishing enthusiasts of all ages are invited to the Chetek Fire Department’s 23rd annual Chetek Firefighters’ Adult and Kids Ice Fishing Tournament on the Chetek Chain of Lakes on Saturday, Jan. 21. Once again, the contest is open to all lakes on the Chetek chain and will land on Wisconsin’s Free Fishing Weekend.
- PUB DATE: 1/20/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chetek Alert

Todd English named La Crosse Firefighter of the Year for 2016

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department honors one of their own Thursday for his efforts to boost morale and improve our community. Each year the fire department recognizes an employee nominated by the community, and the 2016 Firefighter of the Year is awarded to Fire Department Engineer Todd English. Among other efforts, English leads the 'Fill the Boot' campaign.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 3:38:49 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eldorado Firefighter remembered for giving spirit

Rodney Menne lived his life giving, rather than receiving. He gave of himself to the Eldorado Volunteer Fire Department, the Eldorado community, and anything and everything of which he was involved. "He was a dedicated, dedicated fireman," town of Eldorado chairperson Gary Miller said. "I think that's what he lived for.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 3:38:43 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Minocqua Votes To Let Fire Station Bids

The architect for Minocqua’s proposed new fire station Tuesday heard both praise and concerns from Minocqua Town Board supervisors who reviewed the project’s timetable and final drawings at a special joint session Tuesday with the ad hoc fire station expansion committee. The board on a 3-1 vote directed MSA Professional Services to proceed with its bid timetable despite being told by MSA architect Al Szymanski that state Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) approval of the storm water management plans may not be received before bid notices are posted.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 8:26:38 AM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Public Radio

Project puts fire station closer to Westport

A new Middleton Fire Station is in the works near the Town of Westport's border with the city. At its meeting Monday, the town board heard about the future project that is gaining attention and momentum. The Fire District made a presentation about acquiring property for the satellite fire station at the intersection of Hwys.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 4:12:16 AM - SOURCE: Waunakee Tribune

Dog rescued from vehicle fire in Lake Geneva

Firefighters rescued a dog from a burning van Wednesday afternoon. Lake Geneva firefighters were dispatched at 12:56 p.m. for a report of a car fire in the parking lot the Walmart, 201 N. Edwards Blvd., just west of Highway 12 and south of Highway 50. According to Fire Department Capt. Mark Moller-Gunderson, arriving crews found a well involved fire engulfing two vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 2:13:12 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Update: City of Milton, Town of Milton to agree to shared services with Janesville

While rumors and even media reports have talked about the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department “merging” with the City of Janesville Fire Department, the intergovernmental agreement approved this month by the municipalities does not. The agreement is for “shared services” and goes into effect Feb.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2017 2:11:51 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Meeting over Brooklyn Fire & EMS District contract makes progress, no agreement yet

VIDEO: There's still no agreement to continue emergency services in a small Dane County community after this year, but community leaders say they're making progress after a meeting Wednesday night. Five municipalities make up the Brooklyn Fire and EMS District. The largest of those-- the village of Brooklyn-- voted last month to withdraw from the district.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 9:00:21 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Oak Creek purchasing new fire engine for $575,000

The city is looking to replace one of their 20-year old fire engines with a new one set to cost around $575,000. The city's common council approved entering into a contract up to that amount for a new Pierce fire engine to replace their current '96 reserve fire engine. The department has four total fire engines – one frontline engine for each of the three stations and one reserve.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 1:48:51 AM - SOURCE: My South Now