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Rib Mountain: Previewing 'International Firefighters' Day'

VIDEO: Each year on May 4th many around celebrate International Firefighters' Day by thanking those who help to protect our communities. Monday morning on Sunrise 7, we celebrated a little bit early. S.A.F.E.R Fire Department in Rib Mountain invited us into their station for a 'morning in the life' segment.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 7:50:51 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

New emergency equipment aids obese patients in Janesville

The Janesville Fire Department has upgraded its technology and equipment to better help overweight patients and reduce the risk of injury to emergency responders. The Janesville Gazette reports that Janesville ambulances are equipped with power-assisted stretchers that lower and lift. They can be attached to devices in ambulance beds that make helping patients into the vehicles less strenuous.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 6:39:25 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Milwaukee Fire Captain Charged with Battery, Strangulation & Stalking

VIDEO: A Milwaukee Fire Captain is behind bars after being charged with beating, strangling and stalking his girlfriend. The girlfriend told police she is afraid her boyfriend will kill her after Leon Butts allegedly beat her and said he'd bury her by a shed. Milwaukee Fire Department confirms Leon Butts was a captain.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2017 1:47:48 AM - SOURCE: Telemundo Milwaukee,WI

Eau Clair 4-Plex Fire

VIDEO: The Eau Claire fire department also responded to a home fire this morning just before 5 a-m. It happened on Hartzell lane on the city's north side. When crews arrived, they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the windows, and doors of the front of the building. Fire damage was contained to one apartment, but there was smoke and water damage to all 4 units.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2017 11:32:06 PM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

Meet your chief: Western Lakes Fire District's Brad Bowen

Fire Chief Brad Bowen, one of the architects of the Western Lakes Fire District, readily admits that he eats, breathes and lives fire and emergency medical service in Lake Country. At 31, Bowen is the region’s youngest fire chief and is in charge of its largest department, based on number of emergency calls and square miles of service area.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2017 2:38:25 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Update: Autopsy unable to ID human remains found in Ixonia shed fire, officials say

An autopsy completed Wednesday came back inconclusive in identifying human remains found inside a shed that caught fire Monday morning, Jefferson County officials said. Human remains were found inside a shed that caught fire in the town of Ixonia, but officials are working on additional DNA testing to identify the body, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2017 9:20:03 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Gateway Technical College, Waterford working on fire training lease

Gateway Technical College hopes to start using the Village of Waterford’s indoor fire training center in the fall for its Fire Medic program if the Gateway board approves a lease with the village. Gateway and the village are currently drawing up a lease for the college to use the training center, a repurposed fire station at 122 N.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Osceola to buy Fullerton property for fire hall

The Osceola Village Board approved the purchase of the former Fullerton Lumber property last week, with the intent of repurposing the site as a fire hall. With the full support of all members of the board, the five members attending a special board meeting on April 17 unanimously approved the purchase of the former Fullerton Lumber property.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Osceola Sun

Milton: Fire department transition team suggests sharing administration with Janesville

Milton and Milton Township Fire Department interim chief Chris Lukas at last week’s joint fire commission meeting provided an introductory overview of a transitional project plan. In the past six months, the department’s transition team, which includes RW Management Group consultants, fire department members (including deputy chiefs) and Janesville Fire Department members, has met several times.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 11:06:17 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Madison Police and Fire Commission declines to elaborate on Koval decision

The Madison City Council will have to decide whether or not to reimburse Chief Mike Koval over $21,000 in legal fees fees without direction from the Police and Fire Commission. The city Finance Committee recommended paying fees Koval incurred while defending himself against a series of complaints. But alders questioned the PFC’s language in its decision to not penalize Koval.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 3:13:16 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

First full-time fire chief takes reins in Altoona

Altoona’s first full-time fire chief was just sworn in Wednesday morning, and the city’s police chief already has a nickname for the two emergency services leaders. “I already refer to us as the dynamic duo,” police Chief Jesse James said after Mark Renderman officially began his duties as fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 2:14:53 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Off-duty Milwaukee deputy chief helps prevent woman from jumping off Hoan Bridge

VIDEO: An off-duty Milwaukee firefighter heading home from work helped saved the life of a young woman threatening to jump off the Hoan bridge. Deputy chief John Litchford was heading south down the Hoan bridge Tuesday night when he saw the young woman outside of her car on at the highest point of the bridge.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 4:45:25 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Mysterious fire leads to discovery of human remains at home in Jefferson County

VIDEO: Authorities investigate a mysterious fire in a Jefferson County town. When it is over, investigators discover human remains -- in fact, what could be the remains of two human bodies. A pole barn went up in flames around 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24th. Home video captured the fire and response.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 2:15:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Woman jumps from Beaver Dam balcony to escape fire

A woman jumped Wednesday morning from a second-floor balcony after the house she was in caught fire. Beaver Dam firefighters were called at 4:18 a.m. to 115 Chatham Street on a report of a fire with someone trapped on the second floor. When they arrived, they found the first floor fully involved in fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 5:39:22 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste wins prestigious award

Wauwatosa has a decorated fire chief. The Commission on Fire Accreditation International presented Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste with the Ray Picard Award March 21 at the annual Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference in Anaheim, California. The international award recognizes individual superior leadership and outstanding contribution to the fire service accreditation process.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 2:30:31 AM - SOURCE: WauwatosaNOW

Waukesha Firehouse Subs owners looking to give back

As workers bustled around Waukesha's first Firehouse Subs on Tuesday, April 25 just minutes before the restaurant officially opened, new owner Scott Weidner outlined his goals for the business. He said he wanted the Waukesha location, 180 E. Sunset Drive, which he owns with his wife Jennifer, to eventually become the one that donates the most money to Firehouse's non-profit Public Safety Foundation, and as a business that gives back to the community.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 1:03:48 PM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Fire damages Gundersen storage building; cause under investigation

Authorities are investigating a fire that caused minor damage to a La Crosse storage building Monday afternoon. A fire was reported at 2300 South Avenue shortly after 3 p.m., according to the La Crosse Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The building, which is owned by Gundersen Health Systems and used for storage, was unoccupied at the time.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 4:06:58 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Fire closes West Baraboo hotel's restaurant

A West Baraboo hotel’s restaurant will be closed for at least two weeks after a fire broke out there early Sunday morning. Best Western front desk employee Stephanie Wills said officials still were assessing the damage Monday afternoon at Bonzos Bar & Grill Restaurant, and a cause had not yet been determined.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 8:03:23 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire danger "High" in the Northwoods, DNR temporarily suspends burning permits

Sixty-three Wildfires burned all across the state in the last week. The DNR suspended burning permits in 44 counties Monday, including all counties in the Northwoods. The fire danger level ranged from "High" to "Very High" in most counties. DNR fire crews have been on stand-by all day Monday. "On days like today we are fully staffed and on high alert.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 3:49:49 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Small fire breaks out after three rail cars derail near Brown Deer

Three rail cars derailed on a train in northwest Milwaukee County on Monday, starting a small brush fire that officials believe was caused by sparks. There were no injuries, no release of materials nor any hazardous materials involved in the small derailment on the Union Pacific railroad near North 107th Street and West Brown Deer Road in the town of Granville, a rail spokesman said.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 2:18:39 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee