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Wauwatosa: Westbound I-94 reopens after crash and fire

A collision between a truck carrying bottled products and a car in the Zoo Interchange caused a fire and created traffic backups in Wauwatosa Wednesday afternoon, May 31. No injuries have been reported. Officials have reopened westbound Interstate 94 after it was closed for over an hour due to the vehicle and truck fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2017 1:58:33 AM - SOURCE: WauwatosaNOW

"Slow" New Berlin Man Charged with Arson, Family Questions Confession

VIDEO: A New Berlin man has been charged with five counts of arson, including one count for a large industrial fire that happened in Muskego last Friday. But the suspect's family tells CBS 58's Jacob Kittilstad that they "don't know" if he actually did it. This suspect is 31-years-old Adam Erickson. Before his arrest he had been living with his family in the home he spent his entire life in.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2017 7:48:18 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Dogs rescued from Milwaukee's north side house fire

Firefighters from the Milwaukee Fire Department rescued eight dogs from a burning house on Milwaukee’s north side Tuesday night. Two other dogs, however, died, overcome by smoke from the fire. The fire was reported around 9:50 PM in a one-and-a-half story home at N. 102nd Street and W Vera Avenue. Firefighters put the fire out within 10 minutes but spent an additional amount of time looking through the home for the family’s pets.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2017 6:23:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Douglas County firefighters seek 'Somebody'

When explosions rocked a cabin May 19 east of Solon Springs, "somebody" was there to battle the flames. Throughout Douglas County, when cars collide, wildfires spring up or hunters go missing, "somebody" is there to help. Saturday, volunteer fire departments from throughout Douglas County are asking local residents to be that "somebody.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2017 3:04:26 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Madison will consider proposal to reimburse legal fees of citizens filing successful claims with Police and Fire Commission

In what may be a first in the state, Madison City Council members are proposing an ordinance to reimburse legal fees of citizens who bring successful claims against city employees or officials before the Police and Fire Commission. The proposal by lead sponsor Ald. Shiva Bidar-Sielaff and at least seven others also would give the council discretion to adjust reimbursement for a police or fire chief who faced multiple complaints with mixed outcomes before the commission, which has the authority to hire, fire and discipline sworn police and fire employees.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2017 8:18:14 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Fire Causes Damage at Assisted Living Facility in Bufflehead

Fire has caused $20,000 in damage at a Bellevue assisted living facility. Crews were called to Bufflehead 1, 2084 Bufflehead Lane, at 4:06 pm Tuesday for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, crews found a working fire on the exterior of the garage. Due to winds around 25 miles per hour, it was spreading into the garage.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2017 7:12:51 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Necedah man allegedly spits, fights with officer, EMS workers

A Necedah man faces two battery charges after allegedly becoming violent with a Juneau County deputy and an EMS worker. Ronald L. Kluender, 36, faces one count of battery to a law enforcement officer and an additional charge or battery to an emergency rescue worker. If convicted, each charge carries a possible $10,000 fine or up to six years in prison, or both.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2017 6:16:11 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Arbor Vitae fire department adds new equipment

VIDEO: Firefighters never leave the station without their gear, because they know it could save their lives. That's why it's important they have the best equipment. Arbor Vitae Fire and Rescue recently put 11 sets of brand-new turnout gear into service. Fire Chief Mike VanMeter says the new gear replaces the 12-year-old equipment they've been using.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2017 4:06:03 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae fire departments receive donations to save pets from fire

First Responders with the Minocqua, Hazelhurst, Woodruff and Arbor Vitae Fire Departments are now some of the best equipped in the nation to save a pet's life. Invisible Fence of Northern Wisconsin has donated four pet oxygen mask kits to the departments. This donation is just a small part of Invisible Fence® Brand's Project Breathe program, which was established with the goal of equipping every fire station in America and Canada with pet oxygen masks.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2017 11:25:24 PM - SOURCE: Lakeland Times Minocqua

Fire destroys Arbor Vitae trailer home

VIDEO: Firefighters in Vilas County called a trailer home a total loss. Jane Fosch left her home to visit family Monday. Not too long after, her house was up in flames. Jane's daughter-in-law, Linda Fosch, was at the home just before the fire started. When she returned a few minutes later, she saw crowds of people and smoke surrounding the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2017 6:08:41 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Eau Claire: “Something we need:” Firefighter creates compass to prevent disorientation at fire scenes

VIDEO: An Eau Claire firefighter came up with a device that could save the lives of disoriented firefighters battling a blaze. It is a labor of love that has been more than two years in the making. Firefighters risk their lives every day to save others -- running into burning buildings. "We literally cannot see our hand in front of our face," Jeff Dykes, Eau Claire firefighter and creator of Northern Star.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2017 10:42:43 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac fire rescues man hanging from chimney

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue used its extension ladder to rescue a man hanging from a chimney Sunday evening. The fire department says when the call came in, from a home on Scott Street, a man said his friend was stuck on his roof, losing his grip, and about to fall. Officials say the roof was very steep, but crews managed to use an extension ladder to reach the man.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2017 7:49:53 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Marshall pulls out of EMS merger

The Marshall Area EMS has done an about-face on a potential merger with the Cambridge EMS and Deer-Grove EMS. At a meeting May 18 of a three-way committee that has been eyeing a merger, Marshall Area EMS Director Scott Allain and Marshall EMS Commission member Dave Lenius reported that Marshall was stepping away from the process.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2017 1:59:38 AM - SOURCE: Waterloo / Marshall Courier

Wheatland talks of future fire station

The need for a larger fire station was fairly obvious when Wheatland Volunteer Fire Department members met this week with town officials. There was barely room in the back of the station to set up a folding table for the meeting. "The building itself is structurally sound, but no longer fits our needs," Fire Chief Lou Denko said.
- PUB DATE: 5/26/2017 1:42:22 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Person hospitalized after gas leak at Hudson High School

One person was hospitalized for an athsma attack after a gas leak Thursday, May 25, at Hudson High School. Students and staff were evacuated to neighboring St. Patrick's Catholic Church as part of safety protocols, according to a district email to parents. Hudson firefighters were on the scene, where the gas was turned off and the building was ventilated.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 7:56:45 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Fuel tank car donated to La Crosse Fire Department for training

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department received a donation of a fuel tank car from BNSF Railway Thursday to use in training exercises to prepare for emergencies like a derailment. The fire department has worked with BNSF Railway for years, traveling to their facilities and conducting exercises. Now, they can do it right on Isle la Plume and in turn, reach out to other community fire departments to help them train for rail emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 4:46:47 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fond du Lac Fire Chief sports SWAT gear after lost bet

PHOTO: Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O'Leary slid his head into a heavy, camouflage SWAT vest with the word "Police" emblazoned across the front. An officer handed him a long, black rifle. "I'm hungry for the hunt, here!" O'Leary joked once he was fully dressed. O'Leary made officers chuckle Thursday as he dressed in SWAT gear — the result of losing a friendly challenge between Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue and the Fond du Lac Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:56:58 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Chief was 'heart, soul' of Richfield Fire Department

More than 100 firefighters from across Wisconsin driving almost 50 emergency vehicles gathered at Immanuel Lutheran Church this month to pay their final respects to one of their own. Richfield Fire Chief Brian Albright, who lived in Vesper, collapsed while on vacation in Florida on May 4. He was taken to a hospital, where he later died, according to the Richfield Fire Department website.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 7:45:37 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Man found in Green Bay garbage truck dies

A homeless man found inside a garbage truck early Wednesday morning in Green Bay has died. According to Green Bay Police Lt. David Paral, the incident was called in by the truck driver around 3:11 a.m. Wednesday. The Green Bay police and fire departments were dispatched to the corner of South Jefferson and Stuart streets.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 3:40:47 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Update: New La Crosse Fire Chief approved by Fire Commission

La Crosse's Fire Department will soon be under new leadership. The Fire Commission board this morning approved Ken Gilliam as the city's new Fire Chief. Gilliam comes from Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was the department's Deputy Chief of Training. He also taught as the Director of Fire and Rescue Training at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV News 8