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Wisconsin Fire News

Heating up: Firefighting technology and services become a growing part of Chippewa Valley economy

Several Chippewa Valley businesses — some for decades and others just recently — have been fighting fires with their ingenuity. Fires have been doused by water churned out by Chippewa Falls-made pumps for 85 years. An Eau Claire manufacturing company is selling a fire extinguisher it sees as revolutionary.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2017 2:11:58 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Fire Destroys Algoma Garage and SUV

VIDEO: Firefighters were called to a garage fire on the 300 block of North Water Street Friday afternoon. The garage was engulfed in flames and an SUV in the driveway was also on fire when crews arrived. Officials say the homeowner was home, and was alerted by a neighbor of the fire. No injuries were reported, but the house and a neighboring house sustained heat damage.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2017 3:25:23 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Silo fire in Town of Plover

A fire broke out in a silo on a farm in the Town of Plover in Marathon County. It happened around 8:00pm Saturday night. "The homeowners just saw a bunch of smoke," Birnamwood Fire Chief Randy Berger told WAOW NewsLine Nine. The Birnamwood, Easton, and Antigo Fire Departments all responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2017 2:37:03 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Fire damages two-story Winneconne house Sunday morning

A family of three must find someplace else to stay after a fire severely damaged a two-story house on the village's west side. Firefighters from multiple departments responded about 9:20 a.m. to the blaze at 4 S. Third St., Winneconne-Poygan Assistant Chief Al Andersen said. Two dogs were in the building, and one person was "slightly injured" while leaving.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2017 1:48:51 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Former Wausau EMT accused of sexually assaulting patient pleads not guilty

The former Wausau firefighter charged with sexually assaulting a patient he was transporting to the hospital pleaded not guilty Friday. Clifford Heiser, 32, was arrested by Wausau Police after an investigation into a complaint from a female patient on Sept. 13. The complaint was filed by a 29-year-old woman who was transported to an area hospital by a Wausau Fire Department ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2017 9:05:09 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Train plows into car in Richfield; driver found at home

A car burst into flames after being hit by a train in the village of Richfield, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said. The crash happened at 5:31 p.m. Wednesday on Bark Lake Road east of Scenic Road in the Village of Richfield. Deputies said a caller told them the car had been pushed 2,000 feet from the railroad crossing and was located behind a residential subdivision.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2017 7:30:04 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Two Verona men face arson charges for burned home

Two Verona men were charged Wednesday with arson after police said they admitted to setting fire to an abandoned farmhouse and setting off fireworks inside the home. Kyle D. Brazee and Evan R. Ruchti, both 18, were charged with arson for the July 4 fire that destroyed an abandoned house on Highway M, near Shady Bend Road and Liberty Drive.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 10:45:14 PM - SOURCE: Madison

New system makes Waupaca firefighters safer, more efficient

A new incident notification system helps Waupaca firefighters find their destination, know what special hazards a site may have, know which volunteers are responding and how soon they will arrive. “It’s peace of mind to know who’s actually coming,” said Steve Fenske, a member of the Waupaca Area Fire District who has been spearheading the implementation of the program.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 8:43:23 AM - SOURCE: Waupaca Now

Homicide investigation: Body found at scene of fire on Milwaukee’s northwest side

Milwaukee firefighters were called to the city’s northwest side Wednesday, October 25th for a garbage fire. As they were dousing that fire with water, they found a body in a vehicle. Now, this case is being investigated as a homicide. Fire crews were called out to reports of a fire near 45th and North around 5:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 5:45:22 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire damages assisted-living facility in Tomah

Thirteen people were displaced after a fire damaged an assisted-living facility in Tomah. The Tomah Fire Department was dispatched shortly before 7 p.m. to Cranberry Country assisted living facility, where staff was evacuating the building upon arrival of firefighters. No injuries were reported. Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler said there was heavy smoke throughout the building and that entry was made with a hand line to extinguish the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2017 2:43:13 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Merrill Fire Dept. honored by state for employing people with disabilities

VIDEO: Leaders from the Department of Workforce Development made a stop in Merrill Wednesday to highlight the Merrill Fire Department for their dedication to employing individuals with disabilities. Deputy Secretary Georgia Maxwell and Assistant Deputy Secretary Dave Anderson presented the department with the Exemplary Employer Award from Governor Walker.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2017 2:17:24 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Editorial: No real downside to full-time Lake Geneva Fire Department

Response time is crucial when it comes to first responders. In fact, response time is the rock upon which their house is built. This holds true for fire, police and rescue personnel across the board. It doesn’t matter if you’re serving a rural, suburban or metropolitan area: You have to react fast when the need arises.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2017 1:49:34 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Sturgeon Bay, Sevastopol elementary school students are 'Firefighters for the Day'

It involved homework, but the rewards were worth the effort when the 36 local elementary school students names were drawn to be honorary firefighters at the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department. The students were among 468 students who completed their assignments given to them by the Sturgeon Bay firefighters during the 2017 Grade School Fire Prevention Program conducted by the department during September and October.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 10:15:51 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Manitowoc firefighter, citizen of the year honored by Noon Rotary

VIDEO: Manitowoc Noon Rotary Club recently announced its selections for Firefighter of the Year and Citizen of the Year. Manitowoc Fire and Rescue motor pump operator Brad Olivera was selected as Firefighter of the Year. He was nominated by a fire department captain for two off-duty incidents during which he stepped up to make a difference and save lives.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 12:40:08 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Newer cars present different challenges during Northern Door Fire Department training

Northern Door firefighters received an opportunity to work through some of the new challenges presented when rescuing motorists from newer cars. The construction of cars has changed drastically over the last few years with new metals and technology being instituted in the process. Firefighters from Sister Bay/Liberty Grove, Gibraltar, Egg Harbor, and Baileys Harbor got a chance to practice on these cars, providing invaluable experience according to Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 11:42:32 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Three Lakes Elementary students trade school bus for firetruck to get to school

Five Three Lakes Elementary students stepped into a fire truck to get to school this morning. The Three Lakes Fire Department drove the lucky students to school in two fire engines. The kids won the chance to catch a ride to school in a fire truck through a coloring contest. This is the seventh year the Three Lakes Fire Department held the "Ride to School Program.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 8:35:57 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Beaver Dam’s 2018 city budget is in need of cuts

The Beaver Dam Administrative Committee met Monday night to begin deliberations on a proposed 2018 budget with a net tax levy of 6.4 percent increase ($10.5 million) amounting to more than $630,600 over the adopted 2017 budget. Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel said these were some tough cuts. “Everyone is fighting for the same piece of the pie,” he said after the meeting.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2017 1:42:58 AM - SOURCE: Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Wisconsin Dells fire, police departments receive help to 'REACH-A-Child'

Wisconsin Dells police and firefighters recently added new equipment designed to help them “reach a child” during emergencies. Thanks to SSM Health and Madison-based non-profit REACH-A-Child, the city’s police and firefighters can offer a different kind of emergency response when they encounter children during such situations.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2017 7:59:26 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Waupun prepares for emergency: Mass casualty drill slated Wednesday

In an emergency, training can make the difference between an effective response and utter chaos. Waupun’s emergency response personnel are preparing for the former with a mass casualty drill Wednesday evening. The location is not being disclosed in advance of the event. Waupun Fire Chief BJ DeMaa and Waupun Memorial Hospital director of outpatient services/ER Diane Posthuma met recently to discuss the drill and its implications for future emergency responses, either real or staged.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2017 6:38:25 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

2 Milwaukee firefighters injured battling fire

VIDEO: Firefighters returned to the scene of a house fire near Lapham and Cesar Chavez in Milwaukee early Monday morning, more than 15 hours after they originally left the scene. The original two-alarm blaze spread to two apartment buildings Sunday afternoon and forced 17 people out of their residences.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2017 6:55:59 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee