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Town of Wilson names interim fire chief

An interim fire chief has been named by the Town of Wilson board following the resignation of the town's existing chief last week. Todd Hittman, a firefighter with the department, has been named to the interim position until a permanent chief is selected. "You guys do a tremendous service to the town and I really appreciate all the work you're doing to step up and serve us during this difficult time," Town Board Chairman John Ehmann said following the decision Monday.
- PUB DATE: 4/18/2017 1:37:45 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Buffalo County firefighters treated for smoke inhalation while responding to chimney fire Saturday

Several firefighters had to be treated for smoke inhalation after they responded to a chimney fire in Buffalo County. It happened in the Village of Nelson Saturday afternoon. The sheriff's department says the chimney of the home had to be torn down, and portions of the outside wall had to be removed in order to prevent the fire from spreading into the entire house.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2017 3:00:15 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Urban spelunking: Former North Milwaukee Fire Station & Town Hall

Writing about Milwaukee history serves as a constant reminder that there's always more to learn; that no one knows it all. And surely not me. The former North Milwaukee Fire Station and Town Hall, 5151 N. 35th St., is another reminder. When I first saw an old photo of the place, I thought, "what a shame that's gone.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2017 10:51:19 AM - SOURCE: OnMilwaukee.com

Two men rescued on Lake Altoona after boat capsizes

Two men are safe after being rescued on a local lake after the boat they were in capsized Sunday afternoon. According to the Altoona Police Department, Johnny Lowe, 31, and Frank Scholl, 32, were pulled from Lake Altoona just before 1 P.M. Sunday. "Originally, when we first got here we could only see one life jacket on a gentleman and he was trying to wave his arms around out there," said Pamela Nelson who was at the beach when the boat went under.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2017 10:42:16 AM - SOURCE: Altoona, WI

Pierce County fire sends one firefighter to hospital

Ellsworth fire crews battled flames at an area business Saturday afternoon. According to a press release, the Ellsworth Fire Department responded to River City Metals, located at N3941 State Road 35, for a structure fire. Fire crews said heavy fire could be spotted coming from two, pole-shed type buildings that were built together.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2017 9:14:47 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Lightning-fueled fire destroys Paris garage, truck

Lightning is believed to be the cause of fire that destroyed a garage and large truck late Saturday, according to authorities. The fire was reported around 11:30 p.m. by a passerby who also alerted the renter who lives in the house at 714 172nd Ave, property owner Marcel Kuper said Sunday. Kuper’s home is nearby.
- PUB DATE: 4/17/2017 1:43:50 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

New recommendation calls for rebuilding of La Crosse fire stations

VIDEO: Firefighters risk their lives responding to calls, but what about the risks at their own fire station? "We're a little different than most other occupations, because not only do we work here, but we live here," said Fire Chief Gregg Cleveland with the La Crosse Fire Department. The stations La Crosse firefighters call a second home are all over 50 years old.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2017 8:25:32 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

New Burlington EMS agreement aimed at improving care, reducing volunteer burnout

It was only about a year ago when then-mayoral candidate Jeannie Hefty, a member of the all-volunteer Burlington Rescue Squad, made the need to improve the squad's relationship with the Burlington Fire Department a major focus of her campaign. Today, with Hefty as mayor and Fire Chief Al Babe, who formerly ran an all-volunteer unit in the Town of Raymond, running the Fire Department, the relationship between the two organizations has improved substantially.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2017 2:13:56 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Major apartment fire in Somerset Friday afternoon, nobody injured

VIDEO: A fire did severe damage to an apartment building in Somerset Friday afternoon. The Somerset Fire Department was called to a fire at 308 Willow Street in Somerset just before 2 p.m. This is the site of an apartment building. The fire appeared to start in an upper corner apartment, where flames could still be seen inside the apartment.
- PUB DATE: 4/15/2017 10:24:44 AM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Sun Prairie High School, Prairie Phoenix Academy may offer fire academy program

If the program garners enough student interest, Sun Prairie High School and Prairie Phoenix Academy will team up with the Sun Prairie Fire Department to offer students a chance to become licensed firefighters before high school graduation. Students would spend three mornings a week in Madison College’s Fire Academy course for college credit, said SPHS School to Career Manager Nancy Everson.
- PUB DATE: 4/14/2017 3:11:29 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Two people hurt in Madison house fire

Two people are in the hospital after a house fire on Madison's north side. Crews were called to the fire at 1401 Nevada Rd. around 10:30 p.m. Thursday. As of 12:45 a.m. Friday, Madison Fire said firefighters had the fire under control and were working to put out hot spots. There is no word on the extent of the injuries.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2017 11:20:08 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Town of Wilson fire chief resigns

Town of Wilson fire chief called it quits Tuesday and was followed out the door by several firefighters. The now former fire chief's tenure with the department has been a point of contention since the fire department switched from a private corporation to a municipal fire department on Jan. 1 of this year.
- PUB DATE: 4/13/2017 5:06:34 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Carbon monoxide leak evacuates Madison restaurant

A carbon monoxide leak prompted an evacuation Tuesday night of a downtown Madison restaurant, according to a news release. The Madison Fire Department said a crew responded at 10:26 p.m. to Zandru's Tapas Bar at 419 State Street on a report of a CO leak in the basement. Everyone inside had already evacuated when firefighters arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 1:49:46 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Princeton man faces charges in house fire homicide

A 29-year-old man has been charged with First Degree Intentional Homicide for shooting his girlfriend to death and setting their Princeton home on fire to destroy evidence, according to a newly released criminal. On March 13, Princeton Police were called to a fire at 103 South Farmer Street. They arrived to find heavy smoke and flames coming from the upstairs of the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 9:42:47 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Altoona Police & Fire Commission decides to extend fire chief offer to third candidate

VIDEO: After two people have turned down the job to become Altoona's first, full-time fire chief, a decision is made to extend the offer to a third candidate. In February, the job was offered to Chad Peterson. He turned it down citing family obligations. On April 5th, the commission decided to offer the job to James Cleveland.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 7:19:44 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

State patrolman dies in single-vehicle crash near Dells

A Wisconsin State Patrol officer was killed early Tuesday near Wisconsin Dells when his patrol car crashed on Interstate 90/94 near mile marker 89. The trooper was identified late Tuesday morning as Anthony J. Borostowski of Tomah. Borostowski reportedly lost control of his patrol car and it veered off the highway into a ditch, hitting a nearby tree.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 2:12:11 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Dells-Events

Design team recommends rebuilding La Crosse fire stations, adding a fifth

The La Crosse Common Council heard recommendations on improvements to and rebuilding of the four existing fire stations and a possible new fifth station Tuesday night from the design team Five Bugles during the council’s planning meeting. Owner and principal Steve Gausman and senior emergency services specialist Ed Mishefske with Five Bugles, a design company with Architectural Design Group in Eau Claire, Wis.
- PUB DATE: 4/12/2017 1:42:51 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

La Crosse Police and Fire Commission interviews fire chief finalists

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department is entering the final stages in its search for a new fire chief. Current Chief Gregg Cleveland announced his retirement earlier this year after nearly 11 years on the job. Tuesday morning, The La Crosse Police and Fire Commission, along with Mayor Tim Kabat and the city's human resources department, sat in on the interviews of the two finalists.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 4:03:01 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Amherst: 4 significant fires reported in 25 year span at homes occupied by arson suspect

Nearly six years after an Amherst garage was damaged by fire, one of its owners faces criminal charges. Online court records show Barbara Maslowski-Day will be charged with arson at her first court appearance on May 1. According to court documents, a neighbor reported the fire around 2 p.m. on May 18, 2011 at 8088 Standing Rocks Road in the Town of Stockton, near Amherst.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 2:18:56 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

15 people injured in Beaver Dam fire; residents rescued from 2nd floor windows

A smoky kitchen fire in an apartment building in Beaver Dam left 15 people injured early Tuesday morning, with five people needing to be rescued, several hanging out of second-floor windows. The fire was reported at 12:10 a.m. at a 24-unit, two-story apartment building on Lake Crest Drive, the Beaver Dam Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 4/11/2017 5:51:07 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times