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Intentional Car Fires have Milwaukee Firefighters Training to Become Detectives

VIDEO: It's a call Milwaukee Firefighters are seeing more than ever before: A car engulfed in flames, abandoned on a quiet road or in a parking lot. Their first concern is putting out the flames. Their second, figuring out how the fire started. "What we're trying to do is determine whether or not the car fires that we do see in the city of Milwaukee are accidental, or whether they're arson," says Captain Schuyler Belott.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2017 3:39:50 AM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Merrill Fire Department hoping to provide in-home care

The Merrill Fire Department is hoping to begin a pilot program that would provide recently released emergency room patients with in-home care. The program is called Community Care Paramedics. “There's a void here in this rural area that we serve.” Merrill Fire Chief Dave Savone said. “What it does is shift the role from this emergency paramedic to a kind of preventative proactive type of thing.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 4:53:11 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Holmen area sees greater EMS demand

Since the beginning of the year, the Holmen Area Fire Department has been experiencing greater demand for services. HAFD Assistant Chief Bill Bulawa told the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board at its April 20 meeting, the department has responded to 99 calls since the board’s March meeting. “We’re running,” said Bulawa.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 2:17:22 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Update: Milwaukee fire captain pleads not guilty, accused of strangling, beating his girlfriend

47-year-old Leon Butts — a high-ranking Milwaukee firefighter facing several domestic abuse charges after he allegedly beat and strangled his live-in girlfriend, appeared in court Friday, May 5th for a preliminary hearing and a bail/bond hearing. During the hearings, Butts plead not guilty and the court found probable cause and bound Butts over for trial.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

“Sad reality:” Milwaukee alderman says alarming number of arson cases going unsolved

VIDEO: A Milwaukee alderman says an alarming number of arson cases in the city are going unsolved -- pointing to an understaffed police force. This isn't the first time Alderman Bob Donovan has spoken out about police staffing. The sad reality is there are consequences," Donovan said. "The cuts to the strength level to the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 5:59:41 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Kate Goodrich 5th graders win Merrill Fire Department tour

VIDEO: About two dozen families around Merrill should feel a little safer now. All 24 students in Jay Peterson's 5th grade class at Kate Goodrich Elementary filled out a home fire safety evaluation. That helped his class win a tour of the Merrill Fire Department on Thursday. The students got to see various tools, rigs, and gear at the fire house.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 5:26:26 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fire rips through apartment complex in Mukwonago

VIDEO: The State Fire Marshal is investigating after a fire at a construction site in Mukwonago. Crews were on the scene for hours. Around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 4th, smoke could been seen for miles as flames engulfed an apartment building at Phantom Woods Road and Main Street in Mukwonago. "Fortunately, the water service was in place, so we were able to use the hydrants that were here," said Mukwonago Fire Chief Jeffrey Stien.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 3:51:30 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Cause of Dane County landfill fire deemed accidental

Multiple crews had to respond to a fire at the Dane County landfill on Madison’s southeast side early Thursday morning after a pile of construction materials caught fire. Firefighters arrived on the scene of the fire at 7102 U.S. Highway 12-18 just after 5 a.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they found a pile of rubbish on fire in the area of a building the houses construction waste.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 4:58:04 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Former Milwaukee firefighter accepts deal, pleads guilty in Opening Day crash that killed two

VIDEO: A former Milwaukee firefighter took a plea deal on Tuesday, pleading guilty to two of four charges connected to a crash that killed two people following last year's Opening Day game at Miller Park. Joshua Larson pleaded guilty to two counts of homicide by use of a vehicle with a PAC (prohibited alcohol concentration).
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Merrill Fire Department to pursue Community Care Paramedic pilot program

As part of last week’s meeting of the city’s Health and Safety Committee, Merrill Fire Chief Dave Savone received the green light to move forward with a Community Care Paramedic pilot program. As Savone explains, the program has been utilized by EMS services and fire departments nationwide and around the state for quite some time; including Wausau and Stevens Point.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 11:25:35 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

Man, child killed in Shullsburg house fire, officials say

A man and a child were killed Wednesday in a house fire in Shullsburg, police said. Emergency crews were called to a home on Victor Street just before 2:30 a.m., officials said. Crews were eventually able to put out the fire. According to a release from the Shullsburg Police Department, a man was pronounced dead at the scene, and four other people were taken to an area hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 10:26:43 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New southeast Madison fire station to include training area, community room

With additional funding approved by the Madison City Council Tuesday, the Madison Fire Department will be able to expand its southeast side fire station that includes training space and a community meeting room. The approved resolution authorizes the fire department to design Fire Station 14 with an additional 6,000 square feet — totaling a 20,000 square feet station — at a total estimated cost of $6.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 1:24:37 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Oshkosh assistant fire chief to retire Friday

The Oshkosh Fire Department's second in command is stepping down after more than three decades with the department. Assistant Chief Jeff Schettle will retire Friday, the department announced Wednesday. He has served the city for nearly 33 years. Schettle started as a firefighter/paramedic with the department in 1984, rising through the ranks to become lieutenant in 1998 and captain in 2005, according to a department news release.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 9:47:06 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Follow Up: Man lured kids into Green Bay bar, torched it

VIDEO: An 18-year-old homeless man will spend five years in prison for trying to burn a restaurant down while holding children prisoner there. Jesus A. Castilloveitia-Quinton will spend another 19 years on extended supervision following his prison term, Brown County Circuit Judge Kendall Kelley ordered Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 7:09:53 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Wausau paramedics react to Dallas shooting

VIDEO: In the wake of a shooting in Dallas that left a paramedic in critical condition, first responders from the Wausau Fire Department said the incident reminds them of the potential danger they face on every call. Engineer Kurt Riel said even though the incident happened 1,000 miles away, it still hits home for the 20-year veteran of the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2017 6:01:30 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Potential second fire station on Beaver Dam's north side gets momentum

Beaver Dam Police and Fire Commission gave Fire Chief Alan Mannel permission to move ahead with preliminary planning for a second fire station and staffing. “I think things will change about 100 times,” Mannel said. In order to possibly cover a second fire station, Mannel wants to hire nine more firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 7:26:57 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Portage County woman charged with arson

Instead of allowing the bank to foreclose on her home, a Portage County woman is accused of trying to burn it to the ground. 53-year-old Barbara Maslowski-Day is charged with felony arson in connection with the fire from 2011. A criminal complaint says fire investigators found an accelerant near the source of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 7:42:58 AM - SOURCE: WDEZ-FM 101.9

Head-on crash in Rock County leaves one dead, another critical

A Janesville man is dead and a Whitewater woman in critical but stable condition after a two-car, head-on traffic crash Monday on Highway 59, near East Gould Road in the town of Lima, according to a Rock County Sheriff’s Office news release. The 59-year-old man was driving east on Highway 59 at 5:43 p.
- PUB DATE: 5/2/2017 5:05:09 AM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

Remains of 2 people found inside home destroyed by fire, Juneau County officials say

The bodies of two people were found Monday inside a house that was destroyed by a fire late Sunday night, officials said. Firefighters were called at 11:31 p.m. Sunday to a house on Highway 82 east of Elroy. Deputies said a family member of the two people who lived in the home attempted unsuccessfully to get them out.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 5:54:46 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Tosa fire department quickly controls basement fire at building on Harwood Avenue

A fire that broke out Sunday, April 30 in the basement of a mixed-use building was quickly contained by the Wauwatosa Fire Department. At 10:21 a.m. firefighters responded to a call reporting a fire had broke out in the building at 7463 Harwood Ave. in Wauwatosa. According to a news release from the Wauwatosa Fire Department, the exact cause of the fire is undetermined but is suspected to be related to a light fixture in the basement laundry room.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 1:03:45 PM - SOURCE: WauwatosaNOW