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Oak Creek purchasing new fire engine for $575,000

The city is looking to replace one of their 20-year old fire engines with a new one set to cost around $575,000. The city's common council approved entering into a contract up to that amount for a new Pierce fire engine to replace their current '96 reserve fire engine. The department has four total fire engines – one frontline engine for each of the three stations and one reserve.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 1:48:51 AM - SOURCE: My South Now

Eagle River's ice castle is finally finished

VIDEO: The Eagle River Fire Department and other volunteers stacked the 90-pound blocks over the last five days. Each ice block is nearly uniform, so they fit together like Lego blocks. "It's a tedious process using those ice scrapers and getting that tight seam," said Fire Chief Michael Anderson. Even though it took a lot of hours and manpower to get the job done, Anderson says they do it for the Eagle River community.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fire damages records, door at Sturgeon Bay law firm

A fire at a Sturgeon Bay law firm extinguished on its own Monday morning, but not before destroying boxes of legal records and a door. The Sturgeon Bay Fire Department received a call of smoke in the 454 Kentucky St. office building at 7:35 a.m., said Sturgeon Bay Firefighter Ethan Jorns. Upon arrival, personnel found that members of the Police Department and an employee had evacuated the building, Jorns said.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 8:39:23 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Wautier Named Door County Firefighter Of The Year

After 32 years on the job, Brussels-Union-Gardner Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier is getting the additional recognition he deserves. Wautier was honored last week as the Door-Kewaunee Fire Association Firefighter of the Year for Door County at a ceremony held in Algoma. The honor was unexpected by the Brussels man who also farms when he is not at the firehouse.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 9:35:25 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Saloon burns down after early morning fire in Wautoma

Bullshidders Saloon burned to the ground following an early morning fire on Monday, Jan. 16. Bullshidders Owner Denise Blader stated the saloon closed at 12:30 a.m. and by 1:30 a.m. she had received a call the bar, located at W9496 Cty. Road JJ, Wautoma, was on fire. Wautoma Area Fire District Chief Chris Wedell said the department received the call at 1:26 a.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 1:45:11 AM - SOURCE: Waushara Argus

Explosion, fire destroys Rice Lake apartments; one man dead

VIDEO: Just after 11 p.m. Sunday night, officers responded to a Main Street apartment building in Rice Lake. Police said they heard a man yelling and moved quickly to get other tenants to safety. Captain Tracy Hom, with the Rice Lake Police Department, said the dispatch center received a call from a disgruntled person, stating that he was going to “blow himself up”.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

Gregg Cleveland reflects on time as La Crosse fire chief

VIDEO: Gregg Cleveland has fought more than fires throughout his more than 30 year career, fighting to leave every department better, than he found it. His career began in 1979 with the Menasha Fire Department after being discharged from the Marine Corps because of an injury. "I was really upset after that happened and one day my dad told me I should join the local department and I thought that sounded intriguing," Cleveland said.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 4:38:44 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Retiring West Allis fire chief sees dream fulfilled

As a 16-year-old boy made news recently for being alive and well after his heart stopped at a basketball game at West Allis Central High School, retiring Fire Chief Steve Bane was thinking how his life had come full circle. Years ago as a firefighter, he and fellow firefighter Bruce Stonewood relentlessly worked to put defibrillators, one of which saved the boy's life, into every school and city building.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2017 1:02:14 PM - SOURCE: Greenfield West Allis NOW

One hospitalized after Suamico house fire

VIDEO: A woman is in the hospital Friday morning after a fire broke out at her home in Suamico. The fire broke out around 12:45 a.m. Friday morning on the 13,000 block of Velp Ave. When firefighters arrived on scene flames were visible but they found everyone had made it out of the home. Crews were able to put the fire out within about half hour.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 4:44:17 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Waupun fire training rises to new heights

VIDEO: Ask any fire department chief and they will tell you, burning a building on purpose has become much harder to do over the years. Why would a department want to burn a building on purpose? Chief B.J. DeMaa of the Waupun fire department says it is for training firefighters. “The need to provide live-fire training is paramount, as it provides an opportunity for firefighters to practice situational awareness, decision making, and a multitude of other skills,” DeMaa says.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Pickerel and Argonne Fire Departments in need of new gear receive grant

VIDEO: The Pickerel and Argonne Fire Departments will fight fires faster and more efficiently thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Public Service Foundation. Brennan Cook works for both fire departments. He is a firefighter with the Argonne Fire Department and a captain with the Pickerel Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Campbell Fire Department places high on ISO rating

VIDEO: A new national rating names one local fire department as one of the best in the country. The Campbell Fire Department has received a Class 3 rating in Public Protection Classification from the Insurance Services Office (ISO). The ISO rates fire departments across the nation on a 10 point scale with 1 being the highest and 10 being the lowest.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 7:39:28 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Eau Claire man invents device to help firefighters

VIDEO: An area man has invented a device that will help firefighters in low-visibility conditions. Jeff Dykes, an Eau Claire Firefighter for 20 years, invented the Northern Star, which is an eight-directional electronic compass firefighters can place inside masks to orientate themselves in low-visibility conditions.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 5:15:31 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Appleton looks to buy 4 new fire trucks from Pierce

The city of Appleton might buy four new fire trucks from a local company, over the next four years. In all, the Pierce Manufacturing trucks would cost more than $2.6 million. Ald. Kyle Lobner says they would get a better price with a package deal. The savings would add up to over $80,000.The safety and licensing committee unanimously agreed last night to let the fire department buy the trucks, without seeking bids.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 4:59:09 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Vehicle breaks through ice; pair rescued on Rock Lake

Two passengers of a vehicle that broke through the ice on Rock Lake are OK after being rescued on Tuesday afternoon. The pair had been fishing on the lake since noon Tuesday and when they turned around to head back toward Bartel's Beach the vehicle broke through the ice about 50-100 yards offshore. The Lake Mills Fire Department got the call to help at 3:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 4:21:13 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Ashland High School students weld new weight racks for the Ashland Fire Department

A weight has been literally lifted at the Ashland Fire Department as the rows of dumbbells that used to sit on the floor of its new weight room now have a designated resting spot. A set of weight racks has been installed there. That comes courtesy of a few Ashland High School students and a grant awarded to the AFD through the Walmart Corporation.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 2:15:03 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press

Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission discusses asset sales

At its last meeting in November, the Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission approved the sale of four vehicles, all of which have been recently sold. The money from the sales was distributed back to the three municipalities in the district, as directed in the district’s agreement. However, at the Jan.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 2:11:37 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Divided Wisconsin Supreme Court says blood draw legal

A divided Wisconsin Supreme Court has reinstated a drunken driving conviction against a Sauk County man who argued his blood was illegally drawn. The court overturned a state appeals court ruling with a 5-2 opinion Friday. The appeals court had ruled that the blood draw was unconstitutional because the emergency medical technician acted under the direction of police, not a doctor.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2

Oshkosh fire ruled suspicious, one injured

One person was injured after a fire in Oshkosh Tuesday night. At 6:01 p.m., crews were dispatched to the 300 West 6th Avenue for a fire. Heavy smoke and flames were seen coming from the back of the home, but firefighters were able extinguish the fire quickly. All eight people in the home were able to make it out of the house, but a man was treated for a hand injury on scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2017 8:46:56 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Firefighters from multiple departments called out to Nestle plant in Burlington

Firefighters on Tuesday night, January 10th were called out to a fire at the Nestle plant in Burlington. The Nestle plant is located on Pine Street near Durand Avenue in Burlington. Several departments were called to the scene. At this point, no details have been released as to how the fire started, how much damage it has caused, or whether there have been any injuries.
- PUB DATE: 1/10/2017 8:37:30 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6