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Wisconsin DNR Forestry Wildland Firefighters train for potential wildfires in Wisconsin

VIDEO: The wildfires currently ripping through California serve as a painful reminder that it can happen anywhere, anytime. Wednesday, the Wisconsin DNR forestry wildlife firefighters held a training session at Black River State Forest for a potential wildfire. The state forest is nearly 70,000 acres big and has the potential to catch fire, much like California.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 5:53:16 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Startling new numbers show heroin overdoses at new high in Madison

VIDEO: It's a drug that has no boundaries. Almost everyone knows someone impacted by heroin. It's a national epidemic that's now hitting a new high in Madison. New numbers from the Madison Police Department show overdoses from the drug are up 205 percent. It's especially startling for those who respond to help.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 2:43:30 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Mount Pleasant man arrested after reportedly kicking firefighter

A Mount Pleasant man has been arrested after reportedly kicking a firefighter in the stomach. Andrew W. Nielsen, 22, of the 4300 block of Danbury Lane, is charged with a felony count of battery to a firefighter, two counts of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and a misdemeanor charge of resisting an officer.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2017 2:12:48 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Wausau police and fire departments search for new employees

VIDEO: The Wausau police and fire departments are seeing a high number of employees retiring; Now they have to fill those positions. Since 2016 the police department has added 19 new members to the team. The fire department is anticipating on filling at least four positions next year. "We've noticed baby boomers and some of the experience veterans firefighters reaching retirement age," Deputy Chief Josh Klug said.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 6:45:54 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Mauston fire department offering free smoke detectors

Mauston fire chief Kim Hale wants residents to know that there are 29 smoke detectors available for nearby residents in need. The detector will be installed by members of the Mauston fire department, free of charge. “These are provided through the American Red Cross and Wisconsin SAFE,” Chief Hale said.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2017 1:50:15 AM - SOURCE: Juneau County-Star Times

Firefighters find pet dog deceased after Green Bay house fire

Battalion Chief Dave Kolz with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department says a house fire claimed the life of a pet dog on Tuesday. Units were dispatched to the fire on the 1100 block of Reber Street just after 11:00AM. There, they found the home full of smoke and an active fire in the front living room of the residence.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 9:28:31 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

La Crosse Fire Department welcomes four new firefighters

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department added four new firefighters to its force Tuesday night during a pinning ceremony. The department welcomed Joe Albrecht, Tyler Hoerres, Jake Lincoln and Nic Woslager. The four men have been serving on the department for around a year taking part in extensive training and learning the ins and outs of how operations work.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 7:36:48 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

New Equipment for Oshkosh Fire

Oshkosh firefighters have some new equipment. A $7,000 grant has allowed the department to purchase new life vests for ice and water rescues. Oshkosh Fire's John Holland says they've wanted the vests for the last 20 years. "Obviously, being Oshkosh, we are surrounded by water, so it's very important that we have the right equipment.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 7:34:54 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Brandt makes his last sign count for Delton Fire

Like the countless signs he, and family members before him, created and painted in the Dells-Delton area over the years, Mike Brandt’s final sign is sure to leave an indelible and meaningful mark on the place he called home all of his life. In early September, Brandt and his wife, Sandy, headed off in their recreational vehicle for a retirement adventure of a lifetime, touring America while visiting the country’s numerous parks as part-time workers and residents.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 7:31:05 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Mass casualty drill including multiple organizations to be held in Waupun

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Waupun will see the most recent collaborative effort between the Waupun police and fire departments, as well as Waupun Memorial Hospital, Lifestar EMS and Flight For Life as they conduct a mass casualty functional exercise that evening. This team will gather from 2 to 4:30 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 5:44:06 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Kenosha County: Fire destroys unoccupied school buses

Firefighters are investigating the cause of an early morning fire Monday that destroyed three school buses and caused an estimated $120,000 in damages. Salem Lakes Fire Chief Mike Slover said firefighters were called to the blaze at 5:55 a.m. The fire started in a bus that had recently been repaired and quickly spread to two other buses in the maintenance area of Dousman Transport Co.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2017 2:20:37 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Several people rescued from Racine house fire on Grand Avenue

Three people, one of them a 3-year-old girl, had to be rescued Saturday afternoon from a second-floor balcony after a fire broke out at a multi-family dwelling at 17th Street and Grand Avenue as tenants were repairing the gas tank on a car. A 50-year-old man suffered what fire officials described as “noncritical burns” in the incident.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 7:14:38 AM - SOURCE: Jourrnal Times

Old and young celebrate 150 years of fire service in Beaver Dam

The Beaver Dam Fire Station was full of activity Saturday morning with staff dashing in and out of fire trucks, children operating fire hoses and retired firefighters trading old stories in the garage. “It’s good to see the retired guys show up,” Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel said. The Beaver Dam Fire Department celebrated 150 years of service with an open house at the Beaver Dam Municipal Building, 205 S.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 6:25:57 AM - SOURCE: Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

Hay fire destroys barn in Shawano County

A hay barn in Shawano County is a total loss after a fire early Sunday morning. Fire Chief Dan Ladwig from the Bowler Fire Department said firefighters were on scene for more than 12 hours at Matsche Farms in the Town of Almon. Multiple fire departments provided mutual aid. Cattle were in a nearby barn just feet away, but did not suffer any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 6:13:19 AM - SOURCE: WIZD-FM Rock 94.7

Chippewa Valley Technical College training site receives updates to prepare firefighters

Firefighters from 15 departments throughout west-central Wisconsin agreed on the toughest part of their upcoming state certification test: The ladder challenge was not going to be easy. At a new training facility on the west campus of Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire, firefighters set a tall ladder reaching three stories up, then climbed it while carrying another ladder on their backs.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 2:19:33 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Spring Green Volunteer Fire Department is staffed by generations of families

VIDEO: If you can't find the Buringa family at their auto shop, you can find them out helping the community as volunteer firefighters. "It's a lot of fun, but can be challenging," Matt Buringa said. Matt and his older brother, Marty Buringa, followed in their father's footsteps by joining the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KJCT-TV ABC 8

Black River Falls Fire Department teaches students about fire prevention

The Black River Falls Fire Department hosted several activities in conjunction with Fire Prevention Week to educate students and the public about fire safety. The department visited Black River Child Care to meet with pre-school and 4-K students Tuesday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. and then went to Teddy Bear Family Child Care pre-school afterwards at 11:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Jackson County Chronicle

Milwaukee Fire Department recruits applicants for firefighter for first time in a decade

VIDEO: For the first time in a decade the Milwaukee Fire Department is recruiting applicants for firefighter positions, despite cuts outlined in the mayor's budget. Roosevelt Walker is one of many applying to be a Milwaukee Firefighter. "It's an awesome opportunity. Personally I have a passion for helping people in general," Walker said.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 10:59:57 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-AM 620 Milwaukee

Milwaukee firefighters honored for bravery at Meritorious and Community Service Award ceremony

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters were honored for the work they do everyday in the city Thursday night at the department's Meritorious and Community Service Award ceremony. People like Fire Lt. Peter Nycz ran into a burning home on Mount Vernon Avenue on June 22. He went in before any water was on the fire just after three children had been dropped out a window.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 10:55:51 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Authorities ID New Richmond student killed in crash

The student killed Wednesday in a crash involving a semi-trailer has been identified as a New Richmond girl. The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release that 16-year-old Megan K. Bennig, a New Richmond High School student, died at the scene. The crash occurred at 3:08 p.m. at County Road G and 140th Avenue in the town of Richmond when Bennig’s 2001 Toyota Corolla entered the intersection.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2017 7:29:06 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

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