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Anderson Enjoying Expanded Role With Gibraltar Fire And Rescue

AUDIO: Gibraltar Fire Chief Jerrad Anderson has been a busy man since taking over for Caleb Whitney, who resigned from the post in February. In addition to running the volunteer department, the former department captain Anderson has been trying to grow his firefighter numbers and replace equipment on Chambers Island.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Car Fires Deliberately Set at Milwaukee Home of MMA Fighter Anthony Pettis

VIDEO: Milwaukee Police are investigating two car fires as suspected arson. Officers were called to the 3700 block of S. Cherokee Way around 1:10 a.m. for a report of a fire. The preliminary investigation reveals that an unknown suspect used an accelerant to ignite two vehicles, which spread to a third vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 4:36:21 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Manitowoc firefighter, citizen of year named

The Manitowoc Noon Rotary Club has named its 2016 Firefighter and Citizen of the Year winners. Firefighter and paramedic Tyler Kiel and Kassondra Woolford won the titles at the club’s celebration banquet earlier this month at Manitowoc’s Holiday Inn. Kiel was hired by the Manitowoc Fire Department in 2010 and took an immediate interest in the “Fill the Boot Campaign,” which asks firefighters to gather on local streets and collect donations in their boots.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 3:38:29 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Milwaukee County: Man sentenced to 71 years for setting fire that killed 2 children

A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Michael Morgan to 71 years in prison on Thursday, October 27th. Morgan was convicted of setting a fire that killed two children at a Milwaukee home in October 2015. The arson fire happened at near 36th and Silver Spring Drive around 2:00 a.m. Six children had to be rescued from the burning home — four of them by their grandmother.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 8:49:18 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Town of Fulton barn fire re-ignites

Firefighters returned to the scene of a barn fire south of Edgerton just before midnight Wednesday after the building re-ignited, officials said. Multiple fire department crews had responded at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday to 4649 W. Stone Farm Road and extinguished the flames. The fire re-ignited at 11:57 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 4:36:29 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Fredonia fire chief stepping down

Fredonia Fire Chief Brian Schommer has spent much of his tenure lobbying for better facilities for his department. Although plans are moving on a major expansion project that should ease cramped conditions at the fire station next year, it turns out Schommer will not be around to enjoy the fruits of his lobbying efforts.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 1:56:10 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Chief’s call for new Port Washington firehouse gains some traction

A study of the Port Washington fire station will be done next year, something Port Fire Chief Mark Mitchell has been seeking for the last several years. But what shape that study will take has yet to be determined. City Administrator Mark Grams said on Tuesday that the Finance and License Committee placed $15,000 in the contingency fund for a study of the fire station, but whether that will be an analysis of expansion of the current firehouse or planning for a second fire station has yet to be determined.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2016 1:53:03 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Water exercise yields answers for Merrill Fire Department

VIDEO: “Just how effective would Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) be if a Firefighter were to fall through the ice while in full gear?” “Once in the water, how long would it take the rather heavy turnout gear Firefighters wear during fire fighting operations, to become saturated with water to the point of causing the fire fighter to begin sinking below the surface of the water?” Those were the two questions members of the Merrill Fire Department sought to answer on Tuesday afternoon, during an exercise at Riverside Athletic Club.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2016 11:11:11 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

Crews battle fire at Fond du Lac business

VIDEO: No one was injured after a Fond du Lac business caught fire Wednesday morning. Crews responded to the fire at The Other Place on Main Street around 7:30 a.m. Firefighters on scene says that there was no one inside the business at the time of the fire. Most of the fire was contained to the rear of the building.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2016 7:35:37 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire engulfs former Stevens Point auto shop

A fire destroyed a former auto repair shop early Wednesday morning near downtown Stevens Point. The fire was reported shortly after 1:45 a.m. at the former site of Jerry’s Auto Service near the intersection of Second Street and Centerpoint Drive, according to Stevens Point Fire Capt. Jodi Baganz. The building was already engulfed in smoke and flames when the first firefighters arrived at the scene, Baganz said.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2016 6:37:44 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Thiensville Fire Department hosting 3rd annual “Truck or Treat” on Sunday, October 30

Grab your costume and a non-perishable food item — the Thiensville Fire Department will be hosting its 3rd annual “Truck or Treat So Others Can Eat” event on Sunday, October 30th. The annual event will take place at the Thiensville Fire Department during Sunday’s trick or treating in the village from 3:00 – 6:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 7:29:54 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac firefighter receives hero’s sendoff

VIDEO: A firefighter who has served the Fond du Lac community for the past nine years is preparing to serve his country in a third deployment overseas. But, before Lt. Shawn Kneeland leaves, his department wanted to give him a proper sendoff. Fond du Lac Fire Department Lieutenant Shawn Kneeland knew this day was coming.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 4:35:52 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire destroys The Real McCoy's pub and grill in Whitewater

The Real McCoy's tavern was destroyed in an early Tuesday morning fire. “It is a total loss,” Whitewater Fire Chief Don Gregoire said. Damage is estimated at $400,000 damage, he said. When Walworth County sheriff's deputies arrived at the tavern, W8632 County A, they found flames shooting out of the windows of the 2,000-square-foot establishment, he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 5:11:29 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette - Metered Site

Beaver Dam committee talks about drug detective and paramedic positions

Alderpersons in Beaver Dam’s Administrative Committee felt confident moving forward with the 2017 preliminary budget after Monday night, which include a drug detective position, full time paramedic and an off-leash dog area. The proposed net tax levy is a 1.5 percent increase amounting to a more than $147,000 bump over this year.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2016 1:43:51 AM - SOURCE: Beaver Dam Daily Citizen

1 dog killed, 2 others survive New London house fire

PHOTO: One dog died in a house fire while paramedics and first responders revived two others during a late-morning fire on Quincy Street Monday, Oct. 24. A passerby reported the fire at 639 E. Quincy St. near Ridgeway Drive before 10 a.m. The house is also home to Kuether Services, a lawn care and snow removal business run by Kelly and Kim Kuether.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 4:50:11 PM - SOURCE: Waupaca Now

Merrill Fire Department looks to improve supply of EMTs through mentorship opportunities

VIDEO: The Merrill Fire Department sees the need for more, younger EMTs to get into the business. Like other area departments, it wants to ensure its staff will stay strong for years into the future. People like Dylan Schielke can help make that happen. Schielke is a Northcentral Technical College EMT student.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 4:45:08 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

No one injured in Town of Sheboygan house fire

Firefighters battled a house fire in the Town of Sheboygan on Monday afternoon. Firefighters responding to the structure fire at approximately 11 a.m. on Monday saw smoke billowing from the home. All residents of the home, which is located on County Road Y, were accounted for and were not in the home at the time of the fire, according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 12:45:49 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Sun Prairie Fire Department’s Mark Mlekush earns Wisconsin Fire Inspector of the Year Award

The Sun Prairie Fire Department announced that SPFD Fire Inspector Mark Mlekush has been selected as this year’s Fire Inspector of the Year by the Wisconsin State Fire Inspector Association. Mlekush has been the lead inspector for the department for over seven years and has completed 17,741 inspections.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 3:13:52 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Families displaced by Kenosha fire

Fire broke out in an upper unit of a two-level residence in the Uptown area of the city late Sunday. Firefighters were called to the scene at 9:45 p.m. for the fire at 2106 61st St., where smoke and flames could be seen emanating from the top of the building. Residents looked on as firefighters took an ax to the roof, which was still smoking half an hour later, to vent the smoke and flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2016 1:58:38 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Six families displaced after Menomonee Falls apartment fire

VIDEO: Six families were displaced Sunday after a morning fire at a 36-unit apartment complex in Menomonee Falls. Crews from nine fire department responded to the Cameron Heights Apartments, near Appleton Avenue and White Oak Circle, south of County Line Road, shortly after 10 a.m. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2016 2:44:56 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee