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Wisconsin Fire News

Manitowoc firefighter gets Hall of Fame nod

Jacob Johnsrud, a Manitowoc resident and a firefighter with the Manitowoc Fire Department, will be inducted into the State of Wisconsin Fire and Police Hall of Fame Saturday, Sept. 10. The Hall of Fame, at The Old Firehouse and Police Museum in Superior, Wisconsin, was created to recognize firefighters and police officers from across the state for their heroic acts and dedicated public service, a press release from the State of Wisconsin Fire and Police Hall of Fame said.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 5:58:53 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Hudson High School grad spends summer fighting wildfires

Like many college students, Hudson High School Graduate Lewis Wiechmann spent his summer working. Unlike other students, Wiechmann’s job entailed fighting wildfires in national forests. Hudson High School graduation was held Saturday evening in the HHS gymnasium. Rain prevented the ceremony from being held at Newton Field.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 4:06:14 PM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

Vernon County fire departments work together to buy training tower

A successful bid on a piece of training equipment in a recent state auction will benefit firefighters throughout Vernon County for years to come. In August, 11 of the county’s 13 fire departments joined forces to buy a mobile burn tower. The tower allows firefighters to prepare training scenarios on a multi-story building.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2016 2:03:50 AM - SOURCE: Vernon Broadcaster

Baraboo home burns for second time in 18 months

A Baraboo home damaged in a February 2015 blaze caught fire again Wednesday morning. Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said the second fire at the Granite Lane home in the town of Baraboo didn’t do as much damage as the first. But the owner’s insurance company will decide if it is salvageable. “The fire was finally extinguished, but not after extensive damage to the roof and interior of the home,” Stieve said Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 9:26:55 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Children and Staff Trapped By Floodwater in West Allis Kindercare Rescued by Fire Truck

VIDEO: A staff member who answered the phone Wednesday confirms that several workers, parents and children were trapped for a time by floodwater surrounding Kindercare at 114th and Cleveland in West Allis. The worker said they could offer no further comment. The daycare center is near the Root River.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 9:06:56 PM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Milwaukee Fire Department: $5.8 million worth of damage done to Sherman Park businesses during unrest

VIDEO: Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department say $5.8 million worth of damage was done to seven businesses during the unrest in the Sherman Park neighborhood on the heels of the fatal shooting of Sylville Smith by a Milwaukee police officer on August 13th. "It's 5.8 million -- and that's a rough estimate," MFD Battalion Chief Aaron Lipski said.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 8:03:09 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Emergency responders to lead 9/11 procession, candlelight vigil Sunday in Portage

Portage and Columbia County’s first responders will conduct a memorial service Sunday, marking 15 years since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. The event will begin at 6:45 p.m. with a silent procession along West Conant Street starting near Sunset Park, with members of the Portage Police Department, Portage Fire Department, Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and Divine Savior Healthcare Emergency Medical Technicians proceeding to Pauquette Park.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 7:25:34 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

First responders, kids play kickball for charity in Fitchburg

PHOTO: The third annual Kickin' It For Kids kickball tournament was held at McGaw Park on Aug. 20. The event benefitted REACH-A-Child, a nonprofit based out of Madison that helps first responders comfort children they come across in a traumatic situation by giving them a children’s book. The event also included appearances from state and local law enforcement and first responders, corn hole, a bounce house and other kids' activities, concessions and a silent auction.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 4:38:05 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

Possible dust explosion injures one at Ixonia grain mill site

Fire departments from throughout Jefferson and Dodge counties responded today to a call at 7:20 a.m. for what firefighters said may have been a dust explosion at Insight FS cooperative grain mill in Ixonia that injured one worker. According to Jefferson County Sheriff's Department Chief Deputy Jeff Parker, who accompanied the Daily Times on a half-block walk west to the mill on Marietta Avenue from a command post set up at the intersection of Marietta and American streets, word among fire fighters was that the incident may have had its origins in a dust explosion at the grain facility.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 4:14:23 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Emergency response calls for Racine Fire Department up in 2016

Emergency calls for the Racine Fire Department are up from 2015. The department had responded to 6,789 emergency response calls as of Aug. 23, up from 6,658 calls at the same point in 2015, according to Racine Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Perkins. “These cover a wide variety of emergencies such as fire, medical, hazardous materials, water rescues and other specialties,” Perkins said.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 2:21:16 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Racine County first responders react to overdose increases

Nick Hempel remembers walking into an apartment and seeing a man face down on the kitchen table, as a result of an apparent overdose. The man was unconscious. An overdose seemed likely but there were no needles in sight, said Hempel, division chief of EMS for the Racine Fire Department. When responders lifted the man’s head, the drug use became apparent.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 2:19:50 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

La Crosse Fire Department proposes new station on South Side

The La Crosse Fire Department hopes to add a fifth fire station on the city’s South Side after data analysis showed it would allow them to better respond to at least 17 percent of emergency calls. While the department hasn’t yet drafted an official proposal, Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland and Division Chief Mark Amann told the Common Council Tuesday that bringing the city back up to five stations by building a new one near the intersection of 33rd Street and Mormon Coulee Road would support the city’s growth and protect its citizens.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2016 1:41:35 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Beaver Dam fire and police departments request outlays for 2017

Budget and general outlay request are starting to roll in and Beaver Dam’s fire and police department chiefs previewed their 2017 general outlays for the Police and Fire Commission meeting, Tuesday night. The budget and outlay requests are preliminary, at the moment, and most likely will change in the months ahead.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2016 7:18:41 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

House Fire in Fond du Lac

Several people are displaced after a house fire in Fond du Lac. It happened just before 10 Monday night at 4th Street and Fond du Lac Avenue. When crews arrived on the scene they saw smoke and found flames in the laundry room. Firefighters were able to put out the fire, but not before it caused smoke and heat damage.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2016 6:07:11 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Janesville Fire Department's call volume swells as staffing stays same

The number of emergency calls fielded by the Janesville Fire Department continues to rise, while the department's staffing levels continue to flatline. Car accidents and medical emergencies have been going skyward for years. And so far in 2016, those trends have been coupled with spikes in residential fires, water rescues and hazardous materials incidents.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra - Metered Site

Eau Claire Firefighters to compete in Wisconsin Iron Man

VIDEO: Two Eau Claire Firefighters are gearing up for a new challenge that's 140 miles long, and have a special reason for taking part in the race. On Sunday thousands of athletes from all over the country will make their way to Madison, Wisconsin for the IRONMAN triathlon. Among them will be Pat Hamler and Jeff Patrow, firefighters with the Eau Claire Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2016 8:58:01 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Onalaska home's roof catches fire on Labor Day

VIDEO: Some local firefighters spent part of their Labor Day fighting a house fire in Onalaska. The fire broke out around 1:00 p.m. Sept., 5, at 2440 Thomas Court in Onalaska. Firefighters from La Crosse and the Town of Campbell assisted to put out the roof fire, that spread to the house's deck. They spent about an hour at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2016 4:46:49 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fire reduces Brown County's old school building to rubble

VIDEO: The Brown County Fire Task Force is investigating the fire that reduced an abandoned school house building in Brown County’s Town of Rockland to a pile of rubble. Crews were called to the old Lincoln School building at the intersection of Old Martin and Ryan Roads at about 2:30 Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2016 4:07:10 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Classes canceled at Milwaukee school after morning fire

Classes at Messmer Preparatory Catholic School were canceled Friday after an early-morning fire on the south end of the building. School president Jim Piatt said a staff member arriving for work at about 6:30 a.m. heard the fire alarm and called authorities. Firefighters quickly arrived at the school, located on the 3000 block of North Fratney Street in Milwaukee's Riverwest neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 9:21:55 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Holmen Fire Department receives grant for new gear

The Holmen Fire Department will soon be replacing their old protective equipment thanks to a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The department is getting nearly 90-thousand dollars through the FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant. Fire departments across the nation can apply for grants through the program to better protect the public and their members.
- PUB DATE: 9/2/2016 7:18:31 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse