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Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Creates Mental Health Task Force

The Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association has created a task force to help firefighters who are struggling with mental health issues. The association’s president Jon Cohn said they hope the task force will provide a statewide network of support to firefighters who are struggling with mental health issues.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 3:30:29 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

10 people taken to hospital after Green Bay apartment fire

A fire broke out early Wednesday at an apartment complex on the east side of Green Bay. The apartment is located at 1444 Smith Street and the fire broke out around 5:50 a.m. 10 people were taken to the hospital. Most of them suffered smoke inhalation. There are were working smoke detectors in the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 7:05:29 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Green County volunteer firefighter welcomed home after 2016 accident

VIDEO: Almost two years after a near-deadly accident sent a Green County man to the hospital, he's finally back home with his family. Dean Walz was welcomed home to Albany Tuesday with a police and fire escort to his new house. In June 2016, he fell about 75 feet when a bucket truck's boom broke while was working for a tree-trimming company.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 6:33:42 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Superior firefighters mourn lost brother

The Superior Fire Department was rocked last week by the loss of one of their own. Battalion Chief Erik Sutton, 46, who retired in March after serving for 20 years on the department, died April 18. The cause of death was not released. "As a department we are trying to cope and understand this loss," wrote Fire Chief Steve Panger in a Monday news release.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 2:55:31 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Related: Superior mayor announces cause of fire battalion chief's death

A Superior Fire Department battalion chief who retired just a few weeks ago died on April 18 after "a long and brave struggle" with mental illness, Mayor Jim Paine said on Tuesday. Erik Sutton, 46, who had served on the Superior Fire Department for 20 years, took his own life, Paine said. Sutton had sought and received care prior to his death.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2018 2:55:31 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

City of Racine garbage truck catches fire

An unmanned garbage truck caught fire near the city’s Pearl Street Facility at about 2:15 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, although smoke could be seen from more than a mile away. The vehicle was idling in the city’s bulk garbage lot at 830 Racine St. when heavy smoke and fire were observed coming from the cab, according to a release from the Racine Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 5:41:47 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

'Harmless' substance leaks into neighborhood after fire at Oshkosh industrial plant

Firefighters say a white residue that has emerged in a neighborhood after a fire is harmless. The Oshkosh Fire Department says it was called to a fire at A.P. Nonweiler, 3221 Hwy. A, just after 6 p.m. Monday. A.P. Nonweiler makes industrial coatings and paints. The building's sprinkler system contained the fire, and firefighters were able to put it out quickly.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 8:42:46 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

One person killed in Pepin County grass fire

One person died in a Monday afternoon fire that burned a small barn, tin outbuilding and a couple acres of grass in Pepin County. The Pepin County sheriff’s office withheld the victim’s identity on Monday night, pending notification of family. Emergency workers were called at 3:03 p.m. for a fire with possible fatality at N7050 Hayes Road in the town of Lima.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 7:41:15 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

18 people sent to the hospital after ammonia leak in Abbotsford

18 people were taken to the hospital after the ammonia spill at Abbyland Foods in Abbotsford Monday evening. According to Chief Bert Nitzke from the Central Fire & EMS District, one of those people is a firefighter. He says the 18 people were transported for everything from fainting to respiratory stress.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 4:35:57 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire at apartment building in Glendale leads to $50K in damage, 1 taken to hospital

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, April 24 responded to the scene of an apartment fire on Mohawk Avenue in Glendale. The call came in shortly before 2:00 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found smoke and fire coming from a first floor unit. In addition, one resident from the affect unit was found outside requiring medical attention.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2018 3:38:30 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Grass fire shows late winter weather doesn't delay wildfire season

VIDEO: It's been a long winter in western Wisconsin, and although there are still traces of snowfall on the ground, it didn't stop a grass fire from breaking out Sunday evening at Lake Wissota State Park. “This is definitely ground-fire season, now that everything is finally starting to dry out,” explains Dave Hladilek, a property supervisor, for the Lake Wissota, Brunet Island team.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2018 5:57:46 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Holmen Fire Chief stepping down

Holmen's fire chief won't renew his contract when it expires in August according to the village president. After two years, Paul Menches told the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board Thursday night that he's decided to leave the department as of the middle of August, Holmen Village President Nancy Proctor told WXOW.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2018 9:59:28 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Man flown to Milwaukee-area hospital following late night accident

A man was flown to a Milwaukee-area hospital after a one-car crash late Saturday night at Highway 165 and Sheridan Road. The crash occurred at 9:51 p.m. and involved a man believed to be the driver of the vehicle who had to be extricated, according to David Wilkinson, Pleasant Prairie Fire Department assistant chief.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2018 1:51:58 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Campers evacuated from Lake Wissota State Park due to grass fires

VIDEO: Authorities were forced to fully evacuate Lake Wissota State Park Sunday afternoon in order to fight several grass fires. Officials told News 18 there were a few campers at the park at the time, but said no one was injured. They don't know what started the fires, or how many acres they have burned so far, but the Department of Natural Resources is sending officers from Ladysmith to help put them out.
- PUB DATE: 4/22/2018 5:39:18 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Health care professionals get hands-on firefighter training as part of new partnership with Madison fire department

VIDEO: A new Madison fire department partnership is making sure injured firefighters get the help they need to get back on the job and keep the community safe. The department is working with Tactical Athlete Health Performance Institute (TAHPI), which connects injured firefighters with knowledgeable health care professionals more quickly than previously.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2018 7:37:44 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

House fire in Two Rivers causes $75,000 in damage

Heavy flames and smoke coming from the second floor of a bedroom window, that's what Two Rivers firefighters saw when they arrived at a home on 27th Street Saturday afternoon. Officials say the call came in 13 minutes before 3 p.m. and officials managed to put the fire out quickly. Firefighters were on scene for an hour and say those inside the home got out before officials arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2018 6:42:49 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Developing: Early morning fire damages home on Milwaukee’s north side

PHOTO: Firefighters on Friday morning, April 20 responded to the scene of a house fire on Milwaukee’s north side. It happened in the area of 5th and Burleigh just after 1:00 a.m. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 4/20/2018 7:02:23 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

One person hospitalized after fire in Cedarburg, cause still under investigation

VIDEO: One person is in the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in Cedarburg on Thursday. Crews were called to the 5700 block of W. Spring Street just before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say the person was able to get out of the house but then re-entered the building before firefighters arrived and was overcome by smoke.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 4:53:22 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Firefighters in Wauwatosa save three-year-old girl's life

A special visitor stopped by the Wauwatosa Fire Department Wednesday to say "thank you." A photo shows 3-year-old Charlie and her mother with the firefighters and paramedics who saved Charlie's life. Two weeks ago, she was choking on some food and stopped breathing. First responders were able to get her breathing again and took her to Children's Hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 4:53:22 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Woman rescued from Fond du Lac River

Thursday afternoon Fond du Lac Fire Rescue was called to 12th Street over the Fond du Lac for a report of a person in the water. When crews arrived they put on cold water rescue suits and went into the water and attached a rope around the woman so they could get her out of the water and up a snow covered riverbank.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 3:16:42 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee