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Arson fire displaces Milwaukee family, police looking for answers

William Libby was devastated at the sight of his home Friday afternoon. The side of his house was burned by fire. "We lost everything," he said. "We have but the clothes on our back." To make matters worse, he said his prized possessions were stolen before someone set the home ablaze. He collected comic books, video games and systems.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 9:52:44 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wisconsin fire officials ask Gov. Walker to adopt proposed safety measures

Wisconsin fire officials are asking Gov. Scott Walker's administration to expand the use of circuit interrupters in newly built homes, a step they say would prevent fires and save lives. The request comes from recommendations made last year by an advisory committee of experts. The state Department of Safety and Professional Services initially opted not to adopt that recommendation, but has not taken final action on the matter.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 8:17:37 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com

5 rescued from Greenfield apartment complex fire; no one injured

VIDEO: Greenfield firefighters on Monday morning, February 13th responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment complex near 100th and Oklahoma. The call came in around 6:30 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they encountered heavy smoke coming from the building. Officials say five people had to be rescued from a second story apartment.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 5:21:49 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire destroys apartment building in Onalaska

Firefighters spent Saturday afternoon battling a stubborn blaze that destroyed an eight-unit apartment building in the 600 block of 13th Avenue South in Onalaska. Streets were closed and electricity temporarily shut off around 13th Avenue South and Green Bay Street, and the Onalaska Fire Department called the Campbell Fire Department for help with the fire, which was reported shortly after noon.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 1:44:13 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

FBI investigates Milwaukee Fire Department Station 29; officials remain tight-lipped

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Division of the FBI has announced an investigation into Milwaukee Fire Department Station 29 on the city's south side. As a result of this, MFD officials are launching their own investigation -- looking into any possible employee misconduct. Officials are remaining very tight-lipped as to the circumstances surrounding the investigation -- leaving many with more questions than answers.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FOX 6 Now

Dane County departments train for drone rescues

The way emergency responders search for missing persons is changing in Dane County. "In the past, traditional search, methods would be where they line up to do a grid search," says Middleton firefighter Josh Larson. But Middleton Fire Department wants to be ahead of the curve when it comes to locating missing persons.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 9:48:31 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

“He was very dedicated:” Memorial service held for Waldo firefighter killed in rollover crash

VIDEO: Fire departments from across Wisconsin are remembering one of their own. Waldo volunteer firefighter, Ryan Moyer, died one week ago in a single-car accident. Two other members of the Waldo department were injured. The streets surrounding Blessed Trinity Parish were packed with fire trucks as firefighters throughout Wisconsin mourned the loss of Moyer.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 2:33:40 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

New Eau Claire fire station delayed by land purchase negotiations

Ongoing negotiations regarding the purchase of property that would be home to a new Eau Claire fire station have delayed the proposed timeline for that project. City officials continue to negotiate the possible purchase of two adjacent lots at the intersection of Birch Street and Malden Avenue on Eau Claire’s north side.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2017 2:13:31 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Firefighter hurt battling Kewaskum apartment building fire

A firefighter was hurt Friday night while battling a fire in an apartment building in Kewaskum. The Kewaskum Fire Department was called to the eight-unit building at 222 Brantz Drive just after 7:30 p.m. Friday. Heavy smoke and fire was coming from the second floor of the northeast corner of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2017 5:43:48 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Thick smoke, zero visibility for firefighters battling Georgia Pacific fire in Green Bay

VIDEO: A forklift overheated and caught fire at the Georgia Pacific Paper Mill early Friday morning. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to the mill on Broadway Street at about 2 a.m. The fire broke out in a paper storage area, where bales of scrap paper and cardboard caught fire. Firefighters encountered thick smoke, and had zero visibility at times while battling the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 3:10:15 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire destroys iconic former music club in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Firefighters spent just more than an hour battling flames at a vacant building at 2612 W. State St. on Thursday evening. The two-alarm fire gutted what once was the State Theater (1915-1955) and eventually a well-known music club where several big names started their careers in the late 70s and early 80s.
- PUB DATE: 2/10/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Meeting held for Altoona fire chief position

VIDEO: The Altoona City Council met to discuss the plans moving forward in hiring its first full-time fire chief including the wage for the position on Thursday. Originally, the starting salary for the position was between $48,000 and $60,000 a year, but now the median salary for the job will be $67,000 according to the city administrator.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 8:03:11 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Town of Ottawa OKs Western Lakes Fire District

Western Lakes Fire District — Lake Country’s newest and one of its largest consolidated fire and emergency medical response departments — will begin operations March 2. However, Ottawa, Oconomowoc, Summit and Dousman — the four presumed "owners" of the new, consolidated department — are already reaping the benefits of the consolidation of the Dousman Fire District and Oconomowoc Fire Department, according to Ottawa Town Chairman Richard Arrowood.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 1:06:29 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

First responders rescue man who fell in east Madison pit

First responders helped rescue a man who was injured when he fell into a pit with a concrete floor on Madison's east side Wednesday night. The Madison Fire Department said crews responded to a report of a man in his 60s who fell into a 6-foot by 8-foot pit in the 2700 block of South Stoughton Road at 11:13 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 9:07:13 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters from multiple departments battle blaze at barn in Sheboygan County

VIDEO: Officials on Thursday morning, February 9th were on the scene of a barn fire in Sheboygan County. The call came in around 3:11 a.m. According to authorities, the Sheboygan County Joint Dispatch Center received a 911 call reporting flames and smoke visible on Smies Road, west of State Highway 32, in the Town of Holland.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 6:42:43 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Wisconsin moves towards self-insurance system for state employee health care

Wisconsin may soon be heading into the health insurance business. The state’s Group Insurance Board on Wednesday approved a plan that would alter the way the state provides health insurance for its employees, moving to a self-insured model where the state pays for medical bills directly instead of paying premiums to private health insurance companies.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2017 4:11:59 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Gov. Scott Walker's administration quickly reverses itself on fire sprinkler decision

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration abruptly backed off Wednesday on plans to roll back a requirement for fire sprinklers, but the state might not adopt other safety standards that firefighters say would save lives. In recent weeks, Walker's Department of Safety and Professional Services has quietly advanced plans to end the requirement that fire sprinklers be installed in apartment buildings with three to 20 units.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 8:27:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Attic fire under control in Wausau

VIDEO: A fire is under control after flames were spotted shooting out of an attic at a Wausau home, according to the Wausau Fire Department. It happened around 5:30 a.m. on the 1300 block of N. 4th Street. Residents were home at the time, but everyone escaped safely, according to officials. Firefighters had the blaze under control in a half hour, but remain on scene looking for hot spots, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 5:57:16 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Oconomowoc approves fire district; Dousman to vote Monday

The common council on Tuesday night unanimously approved the creation of a fire district with three nearby municipalities, which city officials say will save money in the long run and provide round-the-clock EMS service. The Summit Village Board approved the agreement on Feb. 2, and the village of Dousman and the town of Ottawa must still approve it before it is made official.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2017 2:40:52 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Firefighters use hovercraft to rescue two fishermen on Delavan Lake

VIDEO: Two men had to be rescued from Delavan Lake in a hovercraft after their ATV broke through the ice Tuesday morning. Witnesses told first responders they heard the ATV go through the ice but could not see the men because of the dense fog in the area. "The fog was 100 percent dense. You couldn't see more than 50 to 75 feet.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2017 5:08:58 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee