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Consultant considered to transform Baraboo Fire Department

Baraboo may pay a consultant $24,000 to implement a management plan for the Fire Department. On Thursday, the Baraboo Common Council’s Public Safety Committee voted 3-0 to recommend paying RW Management $4,000 per month for up to six months. The measure will go to the full Common Council. Earlier this year, the Waukesha firm analyzed the Fire Department and determined its needs to add daytime staff and move to a new facility.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2017 6:38:25 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Dog dies in north side house fire in Madison

Madison firefighters responded to heavy flames at a residential fire on Wheeler road Sunday morning, officials sad. The home is in the 600 block of Wheeler Road. Firefighters said the owner was not home, which allowed the fire to spread. There was significant smoke and fire damage, officials said. One of the owner's dogs was rescued, but the second dog died.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2017 9:48:08 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Tomah Fire Department battles third fire in two weeks

VIDEO: The Tomah Fire Department battled its third structure fire in the last two weeks on Friday, when it responded to a house fire on West Jackson Street around 2:00 in the afternoon. According to the department, upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the home, but the heat of the fire caused them to back off and fight the fire from a defensive position.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2017 8:53:03 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Wisconsin State Fire Inspector’s Association names Garrison 2017 Fire Chief of the Year

The Wisconsin State Fire Inspector’s Association (WSFIA) recently named Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison as its 2017 Fire Chief of the Year. On Oct. 26, 2017 at the Annual Fire Prevention Professionals Conference in Green Bay, Garrison received the honor. The Fire Chief of the Year Award is a direct result of Garrison’s efforts to educate the public, and promote fire prevention at every opportunity.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2017 4:11:30 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Fire damages building on Milwaukee’s south side

VIDEO: Firefighters on Friday morning, November 3rd were called out to the scene of a fire on Milwaukee's south side. Crews responded to the area near 27th and Euclid around 1:30 a.m. The appears to have spread between two businesses. At this time, firefighters are surveying the damage at Nabil's Furniture store and at the former Home Town Market next door.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2017 5:09:51 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

$100K damage reported in Raymond house fire

Multiple agencies responded to a house fire that broke out at a multi-level home in the 11300 block of Highway G just before 8 a.m. Thursday. Raymond Fire Chief Adam Smith said the tenant in the downstairs apartment was asleep when the smell of smoke woke him up. He opened the door to his bedroom, saw smoke, evacuated and dialed 911.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2017 2:11:39 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire destroys shed in Chippewa County

A shed is destroyed after a fire. The Chippewa Fire District said it happened just after 3:30 a.m. at 10546 County Trunk X in the Town of Wheaton. The Chippewa Fire District had the fire out in about 20 minutes but remained on scene until about 5:30 a.m. No injuries were reported. The fire district said the shed is a total loss.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 11:12:48 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Part of the team: Merrill Fire Department creates position for young man

VIDEO: Employees at the Merrill Fire Department consider themselves team. And being apart of that team means so much more to a young man. Kyle Webie may not drive the truck, or head off to call, but his duties as a custodian make him feel important. Fire chief Dave Savone said Kyle walked into the job very introverted, and now.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 12:03:00 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Milwaukee Mayor blasts bill that impacts Fire and Police Commission

VIDEO: A power struggle is forming between Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and some state lawmakers. A new bill introduced in Madison could change the way police officers and firefighters fight to get their jobs back. The mayor pointed out only a few years ago, they championed a change that fired police or firefighters, will not continue to get paid as they fought on an appeal.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2017 3:15:55 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Eau Claire man charged with arson

VIDEO: An Eau Claire man is charged after his family members told police he started a fire inside his home. 27-year-old Jayson Harding appeared in Eau Claire County court via video Wednesday where a judge issued a signature bond. He faces four counts, including arson of a building. According to a criminal complaint, family members told police they went into Harding's home where it was full of smoke on October 27.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 11:50:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fitchburg Fire Department responds to basement fire in apartment complex

The Fitchburg Fire Department put out a small fire in the basement of a Fitchburg apartment complex Wednesday night. The call about the fire came in at 9:52 p.m. and the fire was extinguished at 10:04 p.m., according to Dane County Dispatch. There were no injuries, according to Fitchburg Fire DeputyChief Rich Roth.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 10:22:04 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fitch-Rona EMS Chief to retire at year’s end

Brian Myrland, who was hired as a part-time chief in 2004, announced last month he would retire effective Dec. 31. The new chief will likely be a familiar face, as the Fitch-Rona EMS Commission voted last Thursday night to pursue an internal candidate, one of the two deputy chiefs. Myrland, who also runs a Middleton-based sports equipment business, has had two full-time deputy chiefs reporting to him in recent years.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 4:48:25 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

Fontana voters to decide ambulance measure

If the Nov. 14 referendum to raise $250,000 from the village levy to support 24-hour paramedic service from Paratech Ambulance Service fails, the village will move back to just 12-hour-a-day coverage. And the village will begin seeking “other options,” including joining up with neighboring communities to create a joint emergency medical service, according to a resolution approved by the village board’s finance committee on Oct.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 3:07:22 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Eau Claire: Drones aid in river search for missing man

A drone and two search and rescue boats were deployed Tuesday along the Chippewa River in a search for a man missing since Saturday night, although police aren’t certain he entered the water. Brenden K. Felton, 25, was last seen Saturday evening in downtown Eau Claire, walking north on First Avenue from Lake Street, police Detective Lt.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2017 2:11:19 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

About 80 firefighters battle two-alarm fire on Milwaukee's northwest side

VIDEO: About 80 firefighters battled a two-alarm fire Tuesday night on Milwaukee's northwest side. Video from News Chopper 12 first showed a lot of smoke and then flames coming through the roof. Firefighters were called just before 6 p.m. to Appleton Avenue and 75th Street. They remained at the scene several hours to put out hot spots and make sure the fire didn't spread to the restaurants in the strip of businesses.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2017 8:54:40 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fire destroys Charter Steel in Mequon; cause under investigation

VIDEO: Firefighters on Monday night, October 30th were called out to the scene of a fire at Charter Steel -- located near Port Washington and Glen Oak Road in Mequon. The call came in around 9:15 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, flames were shooting out of the roof. Authorities say the fire was so intense, crews had to fight it from the outside.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 11:37:03 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Nobody injured in Covance Lab fire, Madison Fire Department says

A fire in a laboratory hood system brought Madison firefighters and the hazardous materials team to a North Side company Sunday evening, with nobody injured in the blaze. The fire was reported at about 6:35 p.m. at Covance Laboratories, 3301 Kinsman Boulevard, the Madison Fire Department said. "It is believed a spark from within a work station ignited some flammable chemicals, causing a chain reaction that results in a fire large enough to trigger the lab's automatic fire sprinkler system," said MFD spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 8:20:48 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Woman, children escape dangerous carbon monoxide levels in Rice Lake home

A woman and four children were very fortunate to escape carbon monoxide poisoning in the woman’s Rice Lake home over the weekend, according to Lt. Doug Ripplinger of the Rice Lake Fire Department. The Fire Department responded Sunday just after 9:30 a.m. to 1025 Linden Avenue for a carbon monoxide call after a Barron County sheriff’s dispatcher took a call from the homeowner, Cheryl Grove, reporting that one of the children, a 4-year-old boy, was feeling dizzy and vomiting.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 3:31:00 PM - SOURCE: Rice Lake Chronotype

Wisconsin Rapids man tries 911, then drives to fire station and pulls alarm

VIDEO: A man who thought his house was on fire drove to a fire station and pulled an alarm to get firefighters' attention. Wisconsin Rapids firefighters at Station 1, 1511 12th St. S, didn't know what was happening when the station's fire alarm went off at 2:54 a.m. Monday, Fire Capt. Bob Barteck said.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 1:20:48 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Retired South Shore division chief named fire inspector of the year

Mark Pierce, who retired from the South Shore Fire Department in April, received Fire Inspector of the Year honors Thursday night from the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association at the organization’s annual conference, held last week at the Radisson Conference Center near Green Bay. Pierce had a 37-year career with the South Shore Fire Department and its predecessor, the Mount Pleasant Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 7:14:37 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times