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Fire forces 2 families from apartment building in Fox Crossing

Two families were forced from their homes overnight as a result of a fire at an apartment building in Fox Crossing. Firefighters say they were called to 2211 Southwood Dr. just before 10 p.m. Sunday. Crews discovered the fire in a wall of a first-floor apartment. Firefighters isolated the fire to a small section of the wall.
- PUB DATE: 6/18/2018 7:47:13 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Lightning strike likely cause of Chippewa Falls garage fire

A lightning strike is the likely cause of a garage fire, according to the Chippewa Falls Fire Department. It happened just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 416 Herbert Street. According to the fire department, multiple trees fell across the driveway during the storm and access was difficult. Heavy smoke was coming from the attic of a steel garage that was used to work on vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 9:59:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Dover: Five taken to hospital after Raynor Road crash

Five people were sent to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries after a two-vehicle crash Saturday at the intersection of Raynor Avenue and Highway 20. At 10:10 p.m. Saturday, a Kansasville Fire and Rescue Department responded to the intersection after a Chrysler reportedly pulled out in front of a Jeep, according to Kansasvile Fire Chief Scott Remer.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 8:40:41 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Milwaukee County wins gold for excellence in heart attack response

VIDEO: Speed and accuracy are necessary and sometimes life-saving in emergency medical situations. Now, Milwaukee County EMS crews are taking the lead when it comes to responding to heart attacks, offering life-saving results with the click of a button. "This takes, what we call a snapshot of their heart," said Ryan Kurz, South Milwaukee firefighter and paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 8:38:52 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Town of Stinnett house destroyed by fire

Town of Hayward Firefighters reported to a house fire on Friday night, June 15, at 1653W Lee Rd. in the town of Stinnett. The house was consumed by flames. On Saturday, June 16, the firefighters returned around 2:15 p.m. to put down small flames that had reignited. Land records show the home belongs to Lynda G.
- PUB DATE: 6/17/2018 4:04:56 AM - SOURCE: Spooner Advocate

Firefighters rescue woman stuck in downtown Madison tree, Madison Fire Department says

Firefighters rescued a woman from a tree in downtown Madison Thursday afternoon, according to a news release. The Madison Fire Department said a crew responded at about 4 p.m. to the 400 block of Henry Mall to assist a 20-year-old University of Wisconsin-Madison student who climbed a tree on the mall but couldn't get down.
- PUB DATE: 6/15/2018 7:58:47 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Multiple Agencies Come Together to Put Fire out at Belmark

A fire on the Belmark campus in De Pere prompted multiple agencies to respond including Ledgeview, Bellevue, Ashwaubenon and County Rescue. It happened today around 5:00 pm when a paper shredder was on fire in the mechanical room of a building. The motor had caught fire and while the fire was put out in the first ten minutes, very heavy smoke continued.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 7:58:54 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Interview process underway for Holmen Area Fire Department Assistant Chief

VIDEO: The Holmen Area Fire Department Fire Board is moving ahead to fill the Assistant Fire Chief position. Steve Johnston, Holmen Area Fire Department Fire Board President, says the department received twenty applications for the position. Four finalists will be interviewed on Thursday and Friday. Johnston says the ideal candidate will be a "boots-on-the-ground" firefighter and an educator with strong leadership skills.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 6:40:28 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Racine Fire Department asking for tips after two suspicious fires

The city Fire Department is asking for any information the public may have following two suspicious vehicle fires that occurred early Thursday morning, including one that spread to a house. The fires were reported around 3 a.m., with police discovering one of the fires while responding to the other. According to a release from the department, at 3:11 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 5:15:16 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

New Merrill Fire Chief formally introduced

The Merrill Fire Department searched across the country for a new fire chief. But the chief it picked ended up close to home. Josh Klug was introduced as the new fire chief at a badge pinning ceremony Thursday morning. He previously served as a firefighter in Merrill for 11 years before leaving for a new job in Mosinee in 2013.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 4:49:07 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Car fire spreads to home in Racine

A car fire was quickly put out in Racine before it extended into a home early Thursday morning. Authorities say they were called to the area near 11th St. and Davis Pl. around 3:11 a.m. When crews got to the scene, the fire was spreading to a nearby home. Firefighters were able to put out the fire before it got into the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 9:28:05 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wisconsin suicide rate has increased 25 percent since '99, mirroring national problem

MHA of Wisconsin contributes to the initiative by organizing Zero Suicide training sessions in which clinicians, as well as other community members like police officers and firefighters, are educated on how to recognize warning signs. But Rolando said one of the most important efforts in suicide reduction is storytelling.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 6:15:40 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire stretches out in new station

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department will have plenty of room to grow in the future at its new facility on County Highway C in Brussels. The joint venture with Door County Emergency Services has benefited from local support as well as federal grants and surplus programs to help make the facility state of the art.
- PUB DATE: 6/14/2018 4:46:08 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Paramedics pleased with faster response times out of new ambulance garage on Sugar Camp-Three Lakes border

VIDEO: The ambulance inside might not be brand new, but Marty Aubol loves the new building that houses it. "Gotta keep it clean, yep, keep it looking nice," Aubol said. The paramedic moved in to his home base, which was built on the Sugar Camp-Three Lakes town line on Thunder Lake Road, in April, about nine months after construction started.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 5:41:34 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Woman grabs dog in time to escape carbon monoxide-filled Madison house

A woman took herself to the emergency room early Wednesday morning after she had possible symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, but not before making sure her dog got out of the home as well. The woman's carbon monoxide alarm activated around midnight Wednesday, according to the Madison Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 4:00:07 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Mike Stanley of Aurora, Colorado, takes over as chief of the Oshkosh Fire Department

Mike Stanley's new home will be his fifth ever and his first outside of Colorado. The past Aurora, Colorado, firefighter took over the job of Oshkosh fire chief this week from retiring longtime chief Tim Franz. His first day as chief was Monday. "(My wife and I) have been in the same house for 19 years, I've been at the same job for almost 22 years," he said.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 9:35:57 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Union leaders rallying for Mahlon Mitchell say this time different

Embracing the label of “union boss,” state firefighters president and Democratic candidate for governor Mahlon Mitchell rallied organized labor supporters June 11, urging them to unite to elect him in August and then defeat Gov. Scott Walker. Mitchell is one of 10 Democratic candidates for governor, but his position as head of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin has given him an early advantage in union backing — both in campaign donations and people power.
- PUB DATE: 6/13/2018 3:21:40 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Gazette

Eau Claire: Training helps handle standoff

Training, planning and having access to resources were key in handling a daylong standoff in one of the city’s business districts, local officials said. “It was a complicated incident that involved a barricaded criminal suspect who had displayed assaultive behavior toward our officers,” said Matt Rokus, deputy police chief, referring to Za Vue, who eventually was found dead inside the building at 301 Water St.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 9:00:15 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

First Algoma Blessing of the Fleet set for June 22, two years after marina fire

Almost two years ago, a raging fire in Algoma Marina damaged at least five boats, three of which sank. On the upcoming eve of that inferno, one of the people dramatically affected by it wants not only ask for divine guidance to protect vessels and boaters, but also recognize the fire and rescue personnel who saved lives and prevented the damages from being much worse.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 7:50:33 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Prosecutors: Milwaukee teen girl shot Kenosha man in head, torched his home

A 17-year-old Milwaukee girl is being held on $1 million bond in connection with the death of a Kenosha man whose body was found in his burning home on 14th Avenue on June 5, with authorities saying she bragged on social media about shooting someone in the hours after the man’s death. Chrystul Kizer appeared in court for a bond hearing Monday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 8:50:57 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com