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Police disarm second airbag device in Kenosha County this week

For the second time this week, a suspicious device has been discovered in Kenosha County. Pleasant Prairie police and firefighters responded at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 10500 block of 80th Avenue and discovered a suspicious item underneath a picnic bench, according to a news release from the village.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 6:46:29 PM - SOURCE: Madison

New Wisconsin Rapids fire trailer helps students learn safety

A group of Immanuel Lutheran School students were standing in a small kitchen this week when suddenly flames began to shoot up from a garbage can in the corner. As smoke poured from the trash can, Wisconsin Rapids Firefighter Mike Lisitza calmly asked the students, who were from Susan Cour's third-grade class, what they should do when a fire breaks out.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:22:14 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Stove fire damages Janesville home Wednesday

Groceries left on the kitchen stove are being blamed for a fire that damaged a home at 12 S. Chatham St. on Wednesday. The homeowner, Holly Grams, said she didn't think the stove was on. “I was home, left to take a friend home, and I left some groceries on the stove,” Grams said. Upon return, smoke was billowing out of the windows of the house, Grams said.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 4:56:16 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Lightning strike causes fire near 670,000 gallons of solid waste in Madison

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a fire that started early Wednesday morning at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District headquarters on Madison’s south side. According to a Madison Fire Department incident report, Ladder Company 6 and other crews arrived on the scene after employees saw lightning and smelled something burning.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:50:46 AM - SOURCE: Badger Herald

Growing Altoona looking to hire fire chief, two other department heads

Altoona police and fire Chief Jesse James says the city needs to hire a full-time fire chief to meet the growing city’s demands. Fire and emergency medical services calls are up nearly 30 percent and police calls up about 7 percent compared with last year, James said Wednesday. “What it comes down to is the city needs to think progressively, to be more proactive than reactive with the growth we’re experiencing in the amount of fire, EMS and police calls,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:28:10 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Delafield Firefighter and 3-year-old Son Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

VIDEO: In the town of Delafield a firefighter and his three-year-old son are having a shared experience no one would wish for. Both have been diagnosed with brain tumors and critical treatment lies ahead for the young child especially. Nicholas Stacey and his three-year-old son Brayden have found support in the firefighting and emergency responder community.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 4:44:58 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Sun Prairie apartment complex fire displaces resident, officials say

A fire in the kitchen of a Sun Prairie apartment was quickly put out Tuesday, but displaced one resident, the Sun Prairie Fire Department said. Shortly before 4 p.m., firefighters responded to an apartment complex on South Bird Street after reports of a structure fire, the fire department said. After arriving, firefighters quickly took care of a fire in the kitchen of a first floor unit, while an off-duty firefighter helped the apartment's resident out, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 3:21:09 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

National Fire Prevention Week kicks off in Milwaukee

VIDEO: National Fire Prevention Week kicked off Monday morning. Milwaukee second graders from Franklin Pierce Elementary joined Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Ronald McDonald to kick off a week long series of events at Milwaukee Fire Department’s Survive Alive House. It’s a mock home that fills with smoke and children have to figure out how to get out safely, even if that means climbing out of a window.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Osseo Fire Department looks to build new station

VIDEO: The Osseo Fire Department has a $2.5 million advisory referendum on the Nov. 8 ballot to build a new fire station. Firefighters take mere minutes to respond to emergencies in the area, but the Osseo Fire Department has spent years preparing for the referendum with a committee taking almost five years to put it together.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:36:26 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

“They’re small bombs:” Milwaukee Fire Dept. officials warn about tossing certain items into your recycling bin

VIDEO: There have been numerous fires at the Milwaukee Materials Recovery Facility this year -- so officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are reminding people that there are things you shouldn't be putting in your blue recycling bin. Officials say people commonly toss items they don't know what to do with into their recycling bin.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 3:03:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac Fire gives live demonstration for Fire Prevention Week

VIDEO: It’s Fire Prevention Week (Oct. 9-15) and local departments are taking time to remind homeowners how they can reduce the risk of a devastating fire. Action 2 News This Morning visited Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue to get some fire safety tips and live fire demonstrations. Division Chief Troy Haase demonstrated ways to prevent fires in your kitchen, living space, and garage.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:37:57 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Clyman firefighters train in Colorado

With more oil tanker cars on Wisconsin's railways than ever before, the odds of accidental derailments and fires are increasing. The risk may be small, but it's very real. That's why firefighters from communities across the United States are learning how to tackle these potentially explosive situations.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 4:19:30 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Milwaukee firefighter loses part of finger using saw at fire

A firefighter lost part of a finger while helping to battle a two-alarm fire on Milwaukee's north side, officials said. The fire was reported late Monday night at a duplex near 4th Street and Concordia Avenue. Flames then spread to a neighboring duplex. Police told WISN 12 News the firefighter was injured while using a saw on the roof.
- PUB DATE: 10/11/2016 3:36:45 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Vote could improve Osseo Rural Fire Station

Osseo Rural Fire Department Chief Nels Gunderson slipped between two firetrucks parked close together, then later pointed to damage a truck received when hit by another in the crowded station. “This was never designed to be a fire station, and we just don't have the room we need,” Gunderson said while explaining the need for a new, larger, better located facility.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 2:27:07 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Chief: Quick call from passersby averts worse Baraboo home-fire situation

Arcing electrical wires sparked an attic fire that damaged a Baraboo home Sunday morning. Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said the fire caused extensive damage to the home’s roof and moderate smoke damage to its main level. Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the main body of the fire, which left moderate water damage.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2016 12:12:53 AM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

Three Lakes Pumpkin Fest raises funds for fire department

VIDEO: The sweet smell of peanut brittle and cinnamon rolls filled Three Lakes on Saturday as the Three Lakes Fire Department Auxiliary hosted its annual Pumpkin Fest. Linda Remington helped start the event 24 years ago and has remained dedicated to giving back to the community. "It's an incredible feeling," said Remington.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2016 12:37:22 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Firefighters honored in Wisconsin Rapids

VIDEO: Firefighters in Wisconsin gathered in Wisconsin Rapids Saturday to honor the lives of their fallen brothers and sisters. Three names were added to the memorial wall at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial at Ben Hansen Park in Wisconsin Rapids. Lawrence “Larry” Millard, a firefighter from the Endeavor Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2016 4:50:57 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Kenosha Fire Department retiree travels the globe as rescue nurse

Most retirees travel for pleasure. Rich Meeker travels to save lives. Some 85 percent of Meeker’s rescue nurse cases take him abroad to care for patients and bring them back to the United States for care closer to home. Meeker, 58, is retired from the Kenosha Fire Department. A registered nurse for 35 years, Meeker began working under contract with On Call International Inc.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2016 1:41:55 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

New Germantown Ordinance Could Save Firefighter Lives

VIDEO: A new ordinance in Germantown is aimed at saving firefighter lives. The new rules require buildings with lightweight roofs and floors, which are more prone to collapse, to post signs. It’s a requirement for commercial, industrial and three or more unit buildings. “I am confident that this, these markings, is gonna save firefighter lives,” said Germantown Fire Chief Gary Weiss.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 9:10:24 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Poynette woman faces arson charge in shed fire

The fire and the damage were not in question, but attorneys argued Thursday morning over whether it was a case of felony arson or just a bad idea that got out of hand, with up to 40 years in prison being the difference. Kimberly Schmudlach, 48, of Poynette, appeared before Judge Todd Hepler for a preliminary hearing, charged with felony arson and misdemeanor neglect of a child.
- PUB DATE: 10/6/2016 6:51:03 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

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