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13-year-old killed in Oneida crash; responding firefighter also dies

VIDEO: A 13-year-old boy and a 65-year-old volunteer firefighter are dead after a crash in the Town of Oneida Monday night. The Outagamie Co. Sheriff's Office says the crash happened around 10 o’clock on Bain Road just west of Hwy. U in the Town of Oneida. The driver of a westbound SUV lost control and the vehicle rolled over and hit a power pole.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2016 1:42:23 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Stevens Point firefighter nabs statewide award

Shane Westphal doesn’t have a problem with coloring books. He just had other ideas. Westphal, a firefighter and paramedic with the Stevens Point Fire Department, was named Public Educator of the Year last week by the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association. Westphal introduced technology to the fire department’s safety education program using apps developed by the National Fire Protection Agency.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2016 9:34:17 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Firefighters cut down burning tree near University of Wisconsin-Parkside

Firefighters believe a fire that destroyed a large tree near the University of Wisconsin-Parkside Monday afternoon was intentionally set. The fire, in the wooded area of Petrifying Springs Park near the Pike River, was reported at about 2:45 p.m. by two students who attempted to put out the fire. “We walked into the woods and some guy’s in the woods with a dog and accused us of starting the fire,” said Enrique Azuaje, 19.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2016 3:30:01 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Radio communications practiced for Washburn County emergency response

Washburn County Emergency Management coordinated an Emergency Communications regional training and exercise during the week of October 24-28 at the Spooner Fire Hall. The training focused on the development of technician-level communications in the region to better support the various public safety communication needs at an emergency response during significant incidents such as flooding and other natural or man-made disasters.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2016 3:23:28 AM - SOURCE: Spooner Advocate

Milwaukee Landlord says Fire started during Eviction Hearing was Arson by Tenant

VIDEO: He was trying to evict his tenants. Now a Milwaukee landlord finds himself homeless. Monday afternoon a fire destroyed Dan Crowley's duplex on North 36th Street. He said he believes that the fire was started by his tenants who live on the other levels of his building. "This has a lot to do with a landlord tenant issue.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2016 8:59:36 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Manitowoc carbon monoxide incident sends multiple people to hospital

VIDEO: About one dozen patients were taken to a hospital following a carbon monoxide incident in Manitowoc. The Manitowoc Fire Chief says 12-16 patients were transported to the hospital. “This was a mass casualty incident for the city of Manitowoc. Meaning that our local resources were tasked and we had additional agencies from Two Rivers and Mishicot EMS that came to assist with this incident,” said Chief Todd Blaser.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2016 8:40:47 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Small fire evacuates Bellevue Apartment

VIDEO: No one was hurt after an early morning apartment fire. Bellevue firefighters were called to an apartment on Verlin Road early Monday morning for a kitchen fire. When they arrived, they say everyone in the building had evacuated on their own. Fire fighters said they saw flames on and around the stove top in one apartment.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2016 5:48:22 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Apartment fire in Denmark displaces 30 residents

About 30 residents had to be evacuated early Sunday morning because of a fire at an apartment complex. Denmark Fire Chief Dave Bielinski said the entire building in the 300 block of Danish Way was evacuated after crews responded shortly after 4 a.m. to a fire that started in the kitchen area of one of the apartment units.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2016 7:38:38 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Follow Up: Minocqua voters approve new fire station

After years of study, the town of Minocqua will have a new fire station to replace its main station in use since the early 1970s. At a special meeting of town electors Thursday attended by several Minocqua firefighters, voters approved the station's construction, 63-0, on land the town purchased next to the Minocqua chamber of commerce office last fall.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2016 11:17:05 PM - SOURCE: Lakeland Times Minocqua

First responders take part in forcible entry training in Delafield

VIDEO: With multiple calls a day, first responders need the best equipment and training possible to try and save lives. FOX6 takes a look into how many get the training needed to force entry into a building. When seconds matter, the first responders rely on their equipment and training to do their job.
- PUB DATE: 10/29/2016 7:17:47 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

‘Warm zone’ training under way in Sun Prairie

Hypothetical situation: A shooting incident with mass casualties and a shooter on the premises takes place in Sun Prairie. Would you as a public safety officer want to either wait to get the victims medical aid, or get them medical aid as quickly as possible? Thinking about the unthinkable, Sun Prairie’s emergency services have been participating in “warm zone” training at the former Fuzzy’s Liquor on A Street recently — conducting the third of four training sessions last Friday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2016 3:14:06 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

More police and fire overtime and raises in Racine budget

Police Chief Art Howell and Fire Chief Steve Hansen presented 2017 budgets that just slightly differed from their respective 2016 budgets Wednesday night, although they include salary and overtime increases. Overall, the Police Department’s budget is projected to increase by just less than 3 percent, to roughly $28.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2016 2:15:44 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

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