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Wisconsin Fire News

EMS station discussed for Windsor

An ambulance station in Windsor remains a topic of discussion among officials, but the project is likely several years away from advancing. According to DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS Chief Steve LaFeber, the department operates one to two ambulances – depending on available staff – to cover the district’s 98 square miles.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 1:05:51 PM - SOURCE: DeForest Times

Charity firefighter hockey tournament to start in Madison

VIDEO: Some local heroes are hitting the ice for a good cause. "Fire on Ice" is a charity hockey tournament benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation. Firefighters, police officers and EMS professionals in the area will be squaring off at the Madison Ice Arena April 20-22. The event is in its seventh year and it has been able to grant eight wishes for local children who have life-threatening medical conditions.
- PUB DATE: 4/19/2018 8:56:29 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Milwaukee man hailed a hero for running into burning building to save neighbors says ‘I did what I had to do’

VIDEO: A Milwaukee man is being hailed a hero after running into a burning building to rescue people. Juan Aguilera was asleep when fire alarms woke him up on Saturday, April 14. He ran out of the building, only to run back inside moments later. It happened near 43rd and Arthur. Aguilera captured it with his cellphone.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 8:35:10 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Onalaska firefighters train on new fire engine

VIDEO: The Onalaska Fire Department has a new tool to fight fires. Three years ago, the City of Onalaska saw a need. "The truck that this replaced was a 1992 Peterbilt," said Jim Netwal, firefighter at Onalaska Fire Department. "So, that was a good truck, but old and breaking down." Taxpayers and city officials decided to make a new fire engine a priority.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 7:38:50 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

25 cows dead in Marathon County barn fire

VIDEO: Twenty-five cows died in a barn fire in Marathon County, according to authorities. Firefighters were called to the barn on Eau Pleine Road Wednesday afternoon. Flames could be seen shooting from the roof of the barn. Officials said the blaze may have been sparked by a heater. Crews had to tear down two silos on the property for safety reasons.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 6:59:29 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9

Multiple agencies called to fire at Burlington home

Fire officials Wednesday were investigating the cause of fire in the garage of a residence. Crews from the City of Burlington Fire Department, Town of Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Rescue Squad and the City of Burlington Police Department were dispatched at approximately 8:05 a.m. to a report of a structure fire at 373 W.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 6:54:33 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Dog dies after Amherst fire crews attempt water rescue

PHOTO: The Amherst Fire District says a pet dog is dead after rescuing it from icy water Wednesday. Lieutenant Tom Iverson tells NewsChannel 7 firefighters responded to a boat landing in Amhrest around 7:30 a.m. According to a post on the department's Facebook page, despite the rescue, the pet did not survive.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 3:31:09 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Heavy smoke: Early morning fire damages Kenosha home, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, April 18 responded to the scene of a house fire near 63rd Street and 60th Avenue in Kensoha. The call in around 4:15 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from a two-story structure. The fire was brought under control and eventually extinguished by multiple departments.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 5:47:19 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Follow Up: Onalaska firefighters arrive just in time to deliver baby boy

When Jessica Mootz started having contractions last Tuesday, she quickly realized she didn't have time to wait for her partner Andy Campbell to get home so she called 911. Onalaska firefighter/emts Tony Hilton and Scott weeks rushed to the scene. Mootz was in the bathroom at her home in Onalaska trying to reassure her eight-year-old daughter Adelaide that everything was OK.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2018 1:44:26 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Sauk Prairie Police, Sauk City Fire discover fire scare turns out to be roasting beans

The morning of April 12 went pretty much according to plan for John Brennan, owner of John Joseph Coffee in Sauk City. That is until two members of the Sauk City Fire Department came into the coffee roaster’s door at 112 Van Buren St., in full protective gear with axes in hand. Rewind to 45 minutes earlier: Brennan and a friend were in Brennan’s back room roasting a week’s supply of product.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 3:37:29 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Chunk of ice sliced through Nekoosa man's windshield, he feels lucky to be alive

A 24-year-old Nekoosa man considers himself lucky to be alive after a chunk of ice went through the windshield of his car Monday and hit him in the face. Derek C. Baker said he was driving home to Nekoosa Monday after the worst of the snowstorm had passed from La Crosse, where he had been visiting his girlfriend.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 1:04:54 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Onalaska, La Crosse Fire Department continue negotiating terms of Medary fire coverage

VIDEO: It has been two weeks since the La Crosse Fire Department assumed fire and first responder coverage of the Town of Medary. The Onalaska Fire Department previously provided the coverage for the Town of Medary for more than two decades. "Geographically, it poses problems for either department," said Chief Ken Gilliam with the La Crosse Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 6:42:04 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Oconto Police and Fire Help Elderly Woman with Snow

VIDEO: Oconto police and firefighters helped an elderly woman who was trapped in her home due to heavy snow. The woman had reportedly been stuck inside her home since Saturday and didn't have any friends or family in the area to help her. On Sunday afternoon, Oconto PD and Fire responded by shoveling her front porch and steps, creating a walking path to the road.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 5:54:23 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Pulaski man gets 9-month jail term levied for 2014 arson

A Pulaski man was sentenced to nine months in jail for starting a fire four years ago that destroyed a shed and ATV at his former girlfriend’s residence in the town of Stiles. Casey Messenger, 29, is serving the time as a condition of four years probation granted by Judge Michael T. Judge. ‘It’s time for (the victim) to get some relief from what she has lost,” Judge said, referring to the long delay between the incident and the filing of charges.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 5:04:53 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Meet-and-greet for Oshkosh fire chief candidates

The Oshkosh Police and Fire Commission is holding a meet and greet tomorrow so the community can learn about the candidates for Fire Chief. There are four finalists being considered for the position. Michael Callahan, John Christian, and Dan Zaccard are all from Illinois. Michael Stanley is from Colorado.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2018 2:35:03 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Kronenwetter neighborhood helps EMS get to snowed-in neighbor

VIDEO: Neighbors in Kronenwetter are being credited with possibly saving a life after they helped shovel out a person having a medical emergency Sunday afternoon. First responders arrived and found the home was snowed-in. Neighbors grabbed their shovels to help out. Wimmer was one of the neighbors that helped clear a path.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 3:03:23 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Marathon County house fire under investigation

VIDEO: A fire that broke out inside a Marathon County home Monday is under investigation. Crews were called to the home on N. 25 Street around 1 p.m. The Town of Wausau Fire Chief Kevin Yolitz said the fire was contained to a bedroom. According to Yolitz, two people were inside the home when the fire sparked and were able to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 2:17:43 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Retiring firefighters honored by Oakdale Fire Department

Richard Linenberg and Kurt Prise know all about adrenaline rush. It’s what sustained them when they suddenly got out of bed in the middle of the night to fight fires. The two long-time Oakdale Area Fire Department firefighters are ready to leave the adrenaline rush to the next generation. After a combined 64 years of service, they officially retired Tuesday and were honored by their fellow firefighters with a plaque and pizza party.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 7:46:45 AM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Rochester Fire Company improves insurance rating by two points

Property owners in the village could see a reduction in their property insurance premiums thanks to the efforts of the local fire company. Rochester Fire Company officials received word at the beginning of the year that the company’s Insurance Services Office rating had improved by two points. ISO was formed in 1971 as an advisory and rating organization for the property/casualty insurance industry to provide statistical services to develop programs and to assist insurance companies in meeting state regulatory requirements.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2018 4:46:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Denmark Barn Collapses from Snow Trapping Hundreds of Cows

VIDEO: Four people were working inside a Denmark barn when the building partially collapsed Sunday evening. "We were in the barn working, trying to get done with our barn chores, and we could hear loud cracks, and within minutes of the cracks the roof was coming down," said Keith Brunner, owner of Cedar Red Dairy.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2018 8:30:41 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay