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Madison firefighter Richard Garner dies shortly after shift end

A Madison Fire Department firefighter and paramedic died Sunday morning shortly after his shift ended. A release from the department said Richard Garner, 29, collapsed suddenly in Mount Pleasant. He joined the department in 2012 and became a paramedic in 2017. He first served as a firefighter/EMT at Fire Station 5 on Cottage Grove Road, serving the Southeast Side of Madison, then moved to Fire Station 10 on Troy Drive, serving the North Side.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison State Journal

Chippewa Falls Fire Department demonstrates new hydraulic cot system

Chippewa Falls firefighter/paramedic David Patten moved a new hydraulic cot Monday by pushing a few buttons on the side of the machine. The new system glides in and out of the back of an ambulance, much like a drawer, with no lifting by workers required. “It saves our backs,” Patten said. “These are fantastic.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 9:10:35 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

La Crosse Fire Department expands response to Town of Medary

VIDEO: As of Saturday, March 31, the City of La Crosse Fire Department will provide emergency services for the Town of Medary. More than 1,500 people call the Town of Medary home. In recent years, those people have relied on the Onalaska Fire Department to respond to calls. The services were made available through a contract arrangement between the City of Onalaska and the Town of Medary.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 4:03:59 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Firefighters respond to chimney fire near Stratford

VIDEO: Stratford and Mosinee firefighters responded to the scene of a chimney fire at a home in the Stratford area early Sunday morning, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. The fire was on Rangeline Road north of Highway C in the Town of Day, according to Marathon County dispatch supervisor Tony Nardi.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 8:56:55 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Portage County fire department warns community on potential scam

VIDEO: Stevens Point authorities are asking the public to stay vigilant to a potential "scam" going around the area. A group called "Volunteer Fire Fighter Alliance" is soliciting funds under the departments name, fire chief Robert Finn posted on Facebook. Finn said the department is in no way connected to the group.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 7:30:44 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Deer rescued from ice in Oneida County

VIDEO: The Pelican Fire Department rescued a deer from the ice Sunday morning. According to their Facebook page, they were notified a deer had fallen through the ice on the Pelican River. The deer was unable to get out of the river. Firefighters were able to rescue the deer. They said she stuck around for a few minutes and then went on her way.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 4:45:48 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Calumet County driver pulled from burning truck

VIDEO: The driver of a pickup truck that rolled over early Saturday on Calumet County M was injured and unconscious when he was pulled from the fiery wreckage by neighbors who rushed to help. Capt. Patrick Klein of Harrison Fire Rescue said the outcome could have been much different had the neighbors not been awakened by the sound of the crash about 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 3:42:22 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Hudson Common Council: Joins ACCE, establishes fire department officially

With a tie-breaking vote from the mayor, the Hudson Common Council voted 4-3 to join the American City County Exchange (ACCE). Membership to the exchange, a nonpartisan forum for local leaders, was proposed after the city joined the National League of Cities. Council members Joyce Hall, Jim Webber and Randy Morrissette cast the opposing votes.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 11:38:04 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

Dry weather increases outdoor fire threat, officials say

The long stretch of dry weather in southern Wisconsin is increasing the chances for outdoor fires this spring, so local fire officials are warning residents about illegal burning. The Madison Fire Department said the only outdoor fires allowed in the city are fires in fire pits, with the burning of yard waste prohibited.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Private ambulance rollover in Kenosha County leaves one injured

A private ambulance rolled over in Kenosha County early Friday morning. An official with the sheriff's office said the crash happened around 3:00 a.m. near 10th Street and Sheridan Road in Somers. A person at the scene told WISN 12 News the ambulance clipped a fire hydrant, hit a utility pole then flipped over multiple times.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN.com

Driver killed in Jackson County crash identified

PHOTO: Durry Kennedy, 48, of San Antonio, Texas, was identified Thursday as the driver killed early Wednesday after rear-ending a semitrailer on Interstate 94 near Black River Falls, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol. Kennedy was driving a U-Haul about 3:20 a.m. when he drove into the back of a semi driven by Barry Berry, 59, of Jersey City, N.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Gov. Walker signs Save Our Pets emergency rescue bill into law

Wisconsin first responders will be able to help pets during emergency situations without waiting for a veterinarian under a bill signed into law by Gov. Scott Walker. The Save Our Pets law was authored to allow firefighters and other emergency crews to provide emergency care to dogs, cats, and another pets.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9

Beaver Dam firefighters battle midnight apartment fire

Just after midnight Wednesday morning around 12:15 a.m. Beaver Dam firefighters responded to a fire in a home on Wayland Street. When officials arrived they saw smoke and flames coming from an apartment. Firefighters were told that everyone had evacuated. Residents from two apartments were displaced, but the other tenants were allowed to return.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 10:12:55 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

One injured, eight displaced after fire in Racine duplex

One person was transported to the hospital and eight residents were displaced after a structure fire in a Racine duplex Wednesday afternoon. Racine firefighters were dispatched at 1:22 p.m. to 419 Park View Drive, located north of West Sixth Street and Island Park and east of the Root River, for a report of a kitchen fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 7:04:58 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Mosinee area barn total loss following fire

VIDEO: A barn burned to the ground in the Town of Mosinee in Marathon County Wednesday afternoon. The fire started just before 2 p.m. on the 1400 block of Moon Road. No animals were inside the barn and nobody was injured. A Marathon County Sheriff's deputy tells NewsChannel 7 the fire started in the southeast corner of the barn where hay was being stored, the barn was empty otherwise.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 4:25:11 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Waupun fire destroys garage, damages buildings

A late night fire in Waupun Tuesday destroyed a garage and damaged two other buildings. Waupun firefighters arrived just before 11 p.m. to 206 Monroe St. to find the garage engulfed in flames, with fire extending to the house and a neighboring garage, said Chief B.J. DeMaa. Fire crews quickly knocked down the blaze that had extended to the house and neighboring garage but not before the flames caused moderate damage.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2018 5:55:24 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

U.S. senator touts firefighter’s invention, fledgling business

Wisconsin and the federal government should do more to support small-business creation, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin said Tuesday during a stop at the Altoona fire station. Baldwin, a first-term Democrat up for re-election this fall, spent the first part of her visit meeting with local fire Capt. Jeff Dykes, founder and owner of Northern Star Fire, and discussing the challenges he faced in launching his business that developed equipment to help firefighters navigate through burning buildings.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 10:44:00 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Voters fighting for new Campbell firetruck

It's a half-million-dollar question: Should the town of Campbell Fire Department get a new firetruck? On April 3, voters will decide if a pumper truck that is more than three decades old should be replaced with a new one. "The tank is rusted. The truck leaks. We've had to pry open compartments to get to tools on calls," said Fire Chief Nate Melby of the Campbell Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 5:45:17 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Anonymous donor gives $20,000 to Wales-Genesee Fire Department

VIDEO: Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Jim Moon got a call around Christmas time last year from someone wishing to remain anonymous. That mystery-person asked what the department needed the most. "So I told him well we need to replace our thermal imaging cameras, but they're $10,000 dollars apiece," Moon said.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 4:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Western Lakes Fire District crew delivers baby in Oconomowoc home

A scary situation early March 27 had the best possible outcome. Western Lakes Fire District emergency crews responded to a call at an Oconomowoc home at about 4 a.m. and delivered a healthy baby girl. According to Western Lakes Fire Chief Brad Bowen, the mother and baby were taken to Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where both were listed in good condition.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2018 11:50:53 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry