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Milwaukee firefighters find woman unconscious in living room of home near 25th and Melvina; her son got out safely

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department found a woman unconscious in the living room of a home near 25th and Melvina. It happened on Thursday evening, February 2nd. Fire officials said the woman had no pulse, but paramedics worked on her at the scene. She was breathing and had a pulse when she was taken to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2017 4:39:04 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Goes To School For New Recruits

In an effort to step up recruitment for volunteer fire fighters, three Southern Door High School juniors began training this week for a possible opportunity in the field. Austin Vandertie, Nathan Lenius, and Jared Baudhuin have added trainings and meetings at the Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to their slate as students.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2017 3:38:53 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Building fire put out east of Eau Claire

A metal storage building caught fire Wednesday night in the town of Washington, causing damage to the property owned by Management Select. According to a Township Fire Department news release: Township Fire units were dispatch at about 8:35 p.m. to 7621 Prill Road, just east of Eau Claire. An Eau Claire County sheriff’s deputy was the first to arrive on scene and reported smoke coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2017 2:21:26 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

New, full-time fire chief for Altoona to be announced

The search for Altoona's first, full-time fire chief is over. The Altoona Police and Fire Commission said it made a decision Wednesday night, but the new chief's name won't be released until Thursday morning. A total of 12 people applied for the position. The commission spent Wednesday interviewing three finalists: David Daken, Chad Peterson, and Mark Schwartz.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2017 11:16:24 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Beaver Dam area towns warming up to new rural fire contract

The five towns in the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association are closing in on agreement for a new three-year contract. “From our end we are pretty much happy,” Neal Stippich, chairperson for the Beaver Dam Town Board said over the phone. At the moment, the contract is making its way through the Beaver Dam, Calamus, Lowell, Westford and Trenton town boards.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2017 6:42:22 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Firefighters in Oshkosh take part in ice rescue training

The Oshkosh Fire Department is conducting training sessions this week, and firefighters say those sessions may compliment a busy month of fishing events scheduled on the ice. With an icy burst of horsepower, the Oshkosh Fire Depatment took to the frozen waters of Lake Winnebago Tuesday. "Every year, we try and get out on the ice and do some different water rescue training.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2017 8:43:21 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

State's Fire Chiefs Oppose Easing of Sprinkler, Electrical Codes

VIDEO: A state proposal to lower requirements for fire prevention devices in new buildings in Wisconsin sparked a heated debate at a public forum hosted by Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services in Eau Claire. One of the proposed changes is to reduce the number of buildings requiring a sprinkler system.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2017 5:42:54 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Eagle Point considers fire hall options

It’s a tight squeeze fitting fire trucks and other equipment into the Eagle Point Fire Station, which was built in the 1970s. Things will get much tighter once the fire department gets a new 18-foot-plus trailer with a hitch. “Right now we can fit it in here, but you wipe out the meeting space,” said Joel Woodruff, deputy fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2017 4:34:02 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

South Area Fire District gets new $650K truck

The South Area Fire Response District unveiled it's new $650,000 fire truck. It's meant to do the job of multiple rescue vehicles. It's the first new rig purchased since multiple fire departments merged to create the SAFER District. The truck was welcomed with a traditional "wet down" ceremony where the firefighters wet down the entire truck and then push it back into the garage.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 9:23:48 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Authorities: No evidence of foul play in death of 39-year-old man in Janesville fire

VIDEO: Investigators on Monday found no evidence of foul play in the death of a man in a house fire on Janesville's near east side Sunday night, according to a Janesville police news release. Janesville firefighters and police, together with the state Department of Criminal Investigations, Fire Marshal's Office and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, searched 603 S.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 5:34:07 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today - Metered Site

Two rescued from partially submerged truck on Lake Winneconne

Firefighters used an airboat Sunday night to rescue two people from a partially submerged truck that had gone through the ice on Lake Winneconne. Lt. Craig Quick of the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said the truck had stopped sinking. "One individual was stuck inside the vehicle, and one was out of the vehicle on the roof of the truck," Quick said.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 6:46:44 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Pittsville pond fills with firefighters for rescue training

VIDEO: I crawled to the edge of the ice and slid into the water, and my extra-large neoprene suit suctioned to my body. I felt warm and buoyant — very unlike a drowning victim, even though I played that part at an ice-rescue training hosted by the Pittsville Fire Co. on Saturday. The exercise drew firefighters from as far as Sheboygan who spent time in a classroom with instructors, then suited up to practice in an icy pond.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 4:41:06 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Sun Prairie apartment complex "complete loss" after fire

VIDEO: Multiple fire departments and other agencies are helping put the fire out in Sun Prairie. Sun Prairie Fire Assistant Chief Thane Westermeyer says when crews got to the building on Schiller, fire and smoke was coming from the basement. The fire quickly spread to the first and second floors. "We anticipate being on scene for a few more hours until we get the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 3:43:13 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Beloit Fire makes bulletproof vests mandatory for paramedics on disturbance calls

VIDEO: In these uncertain times, come new mandatory measures for Beloit Fire Paramedics. The first responders are now required to wear bullet proof vests on disturbance calls. "Our guys have been attacked, they've been assaulted on calls," Deputy Chief Joe Murray said about why they are making the change.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

One death reported after Janesville house fire on South Main Street Sunday night

One person died Sunday night after a house fire on South Main Street, Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker said at about 9 p.m. A report of a house fire at 603 S. Main St. came in to authorities about 8 p.m., according to a Janesville Police Department news release. Banker said first responders found a fully engulfed house fire with one person trapped.
- PUB DATE: 1/29/2017 8:49:07 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today - Metered Site

Holmen Area Fire Department works on mutual aid plans

The Holmen Area Fire District is working to expand its mutual aid agreements. However, the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board agreed to set a limit as to how far the department would travel to assist other fire departments that are part of the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS). At its Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Courier-Life

Barn destroyed by fire in Town of Eagle

A horse barn in rural Eagle was destroyed by fire early this morning. The fire was reported around 1:15 AM at a residence off Draper Road south of Eagle. A 16 by 20 foot pole barn that housed two horses was on fire. The horses were evacuated unharmed from the barn and no individuals were injured. Firefighters were on the scene for about 2-and-a-half hours.
- PUB DATE: 1/27/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58

Hot dogs help firefighters rescue canine on thin ice in Racine County

Hot dogs helped firefighters rescue a dog stranded on an icy pond Thursday afternoon. The rescue call came in at about 12:30 p.m. after someone spotted a chow mix walking on the ice of a large pond near the 7300 block of Old Spring Street. The dog had a leash attached and it was later determined to have escaped its owner.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 7:54:47 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Altoona narrows search for new fire chief

The city of Altoona's search for a new chief to lead the fire department is close to coming to an end. City representatives said Wednesday that they have narrowed down the number of applicants from 12 to five. Some of the finalists include individuals right from Altoona and around the area. Before a job offer is made, the city will be holding a public meet and greet as an opportunity for the potential hires to interact with the community that they will be serving.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 9:27:44 AM - SOURCE: WQOW.com

Racine firefighters battle stubborn fire at dealership garage

Racine firefighters spent more than three hours early Wednesday battling a stubborn fire in a garage at a car dealership. The fire was reported at about 1 a.m. Wednesday at Auto Hut of Wisconsin, 1620 Racine St., and no one was in the building at the time, according to the Racine Fire Department. Fire Department Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/26/2017 2:15:30 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times