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Beloit Fire stretched by call volume

City fire and emergency medical staff are concerned over the steadily increasing volume of fire and medical calls. The Beloit Fire Department responded to 5,431 total calls in 2016, compared to 5,036 in 2015. The most common types of calls fielded over the two years stemmed from difficulty breathing to reports of chest pains and fire alarm responses.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2017 1:45:22 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Popular Milwaukee Barbecue Restaurant Catches Fire, Again

VIDEO: For the second time in under four months fire hits a popular barbecue restaurant in Milwaukee. The kitchen at "Ashley's Que" on 2nd and National caught fire this afternoon, right as the family was rebuilding their first restaurant that burned down. The back of the building on 2nd and National is pretty heavily damaged but firefighters were able to get the fire under control, contain it to that spot, and put the whole fire out in about an hour.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 9:17:20 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Pittsville area homes damaged by early winter floods

VIDEO: Nearly a dozen homes alongside Highway 80 near Pittsville were flooded Tuesday after a heavy rainfall overnight. According to Pittsville Fire Chief Jerry Minor, the Yellow River rose quickly giving nearby homeowners little warning. “We've been in the middle of a remodel in the basement,” said Tanya Stelzer.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 8:52:03 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Sun Prairie Fire Chief rips proposed changes impacting state fire regulation

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison joined other fire chiefs on Monday, Feb. 13 in calling on Gov. Scott Walker to expand the use of circuit interrupters in new Wisconsin homes -- just days after teaming up with his fellow chiefs to oppose changes to state fire sprinkler standards. “Anything under 20 units didn’t require sprinklers, which to me, is a huge step back,” Garrison said, referring to the proposed legislation that would have changed sprinkler regulations for multi-unit dwellings.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 3:17:41 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Female firefighters rare on central Wisconsin forces

VIDEO: The majority of fire departments across the nation and Central Wisconsin have very few women on the force. It's a tough job, but the women who are employed or volunteer for area departments believe anyone, no matter their gender, can do it. Wausau Fire Chief Tracey Kujawa worked her way up from the bottom.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 2:24:42 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Shots fired into Milwaukee fire station, forcing it to close

Gunfire struck a Milwaukee Fire Department fire station on the west side Friday afternoon, forcing the station to close, fire department officials said. Multiple shots were fired into Engine Co. 13 at 2901 N. 30th St. about 1 p.m., a news release from the department said. No department members were injured.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Victims of Pittsfield fire identified

The Brown County Sheriff’s Office has identified two people found dead following a house fire in the Town of Pittsfield. Investigators say the victims were 49-year-old Allen J. Renier, and 41-year-old Molly B. Brochman. On Friday, firefighters were called to a home on Tamarack Drive between Oak Hill Drive and Westline Road, between Pulaski and Green Bay.
- PUB DATE: 2/21/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2

1 dead in Kronenwetter crash, fire

PHOTO: One person is dead after two vehicles collided and hit a house in Kronenwetter Friday, sparking a small fire, according the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. The crash closed all lanes of Highway 153 in both directions just east of Pioneer Road, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 9:24:32 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

1 adult, 3 children escape Oconomowoc fire

An adult and three children escaped a fire at a rental property southwest of downtown Oconomowoc on Thursday night. Firefighters were called to 621 Highland Ave. at 9:54 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16 for a structure fire and found black smoke billowing out of the home, according to a news release from Oconomowoc Deputy Fire Chief Glenn Leidel.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 3:10:53 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Fire officals: Family unaccounted for in Brown County fire

VIDEO: Firefighters are trying to determine if anyone was home during an early morning house fire in Brown County. Pulaski Fire Chief James Styczymski tells NBC26 that right now crews are investigating who lived at the home on Tamarack Drive in the Town of Pittsfield. Chief Styczymski says they are working to contact relatives at this time.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2017 3:08:58 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Firefighters rescue dog from icy Wisconsin River

VIDEO: Firefighters with the Kilbourn Fire Department performed a nighttime rescue on the icy waters of the Wisconsin River, saving a dog named Milo. The black dog was spotted by people several miles upriver floating on a piece of ice. The dog floated down the river for two hours before firefighters were able to rescue it.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 4:39:20 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire destroys shed, damages outside of Kenosha home

Quick action by homeowners probably saved their home from fire Wednesday. “The homeowners did an excellent job in calling us immediately. It absolutely kept the fire from entering their home,” Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Matt Haerter said. “Another few minutes, the fire would have spread to the attic, and we’d have a far different outcome.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2017 1:41:30 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Green Bay leaders discuss repairs to 9/11 memorial

VIDEO: The twin towers monument at Green Bay’s 9/11 memorial may need to wait for some much needed repairs. Wednesday the city Parks Committee decided to refer a proposal to allocate money to fix the monument to the Public Arts Commission. The committee wants to make sure someone from the police or fire department is at the meeting to give their thoughts.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 5:07:13 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Man Killed in Condo Fire in Greenfield

VIDEO: A Greenfield man is dead after a fire broke out inside his condominium unit Wednesday afternoon. Greenfield firefighters were called to the scene at the corner of 84th and Howard just before 2:00. While extinguishing the fire, they found the man not breathing inside an upstairs unit. "A victim was discovered and pulled out of the structure," says Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 3:43:45 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

New CPR machine changing how Stevens Point paramedics save lives

VIDEO: A new CPR device is changing the way paramedics in Stevens Point save lives. Its called Lucas CPR, a machine that acts as a another set of hands doing chest compressions. It does 100-104 compressions per minute. The machine costs about $15,000. It was donated to the Stevens Point Fire Department recently.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 6:29:05 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Crews respond to Uptown Racine fire

About $3,000 damage resulted from a fire Tuesday morning at a commercial building in the Uptown area. The fire, which was reported at about 9:15 a.m., originated on the second floor of the building at 1232 Washington Ave. on pallets holding folded cardboard, Racine Fire Department Lt. Mike Moss said.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2017 4:16:13 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Family of five homeless after fire guts Portage home

A house on East Conant Street near downtown Portage was gutted by fire Tuesday morning, sending up a plume of smoke visible from blocks away and leaving a family of five without a home. “I thought, ‘What the hell is he hollering about?’” said neighbor Kim Kelly, who was in her living room at the time.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 9:52:37 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Milwaukee firefighters respond to house fire; Fire Department squad involved in crash

Firefighters on Tuesday evening, February 14th responded to a fire at a home near Fond du Lac and Mill. It happened around 6:00 p.m. Crews found fire on the home’s second floor. FOX6 News was told one person was hurt after she jumped from a second-story window. She was taken to the hospital with an ankle injury.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 5:57:26 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Jacksonport fire station renovation planned

Requests for bids for construction of additions to the Jacksonport Town Hall and Fire Department were released to contractors after Town Board approval of final plans for the project last week. Town Chairman Randy Halstead said the plans include erecting a new town office and meeting space in an area now used for parking on the east side of the present structure, located on Door County Highway V — a block west of State Highway 57.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 11:55:03 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Follow Up: Cost may affect choice of new Eau Claire fire station

The intersection of Birch Street and Malden Avenue remains Eau Claire fire chief Chris Bell’s preferred site for a new fire station, but whether the city can afford that location compared with two others remains uncertain. Bell told the Eau Claire City Council on Monday that the Birch-?Malden site is best because of its 5.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2017 3:34:54 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram