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Firefighters group names Sen. Wanggaard "Legislator of the Year"

The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin have named state Sen. Van Wanggaard, R-Racine, as the “2018 PFFW Legislator of the Year.” Wanggaard was recognized for his work advocating for public safety and firefighters during the 2017-18 legislative session. “I am deeply honored to receive this award.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 1:47:36 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Portage Fire Department shows off training grounds

It can be hard finding a place to do your work when it involves breaking in doors and starting fires, but the Portage Fire Department now has some space and new tools to train firefighters. The department held an open house Saturday at the Portage Fire Department Training Facility off Highway 33 at Wauona Trail.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Oneida House Fire Closes Down Section of Highway 54

VIDEO: A structure fire closed down a portion of Highway 54 east and west bound, that forced traffic to be diverged elsewhere for nearly three hours this evening. It happened around 4:50 pm in the Town of Oneida. When crews arrived, the house was completely engulfed in flames. While the house and everything inside is a complete loss, the daughter, whose parents owned the home, says memorabilia and stuff can be replaced.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 8:42:09 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Silo home lost to fire in Alden Township Sunday morning

A fire broke out Sunday morning, June 10, 2018, at 244 192nd St. in the Town of Alden, Polk County. The property, owned by David and Barb Grevich, was distinctive for the home fashioned out of a steel silo. Personnel and equipment from New Richmond Fire & Rescue and Allied Emergency Services (formerly DOG Fire) were the first to arrive on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 5:32:45 AM - SOURCE: New Richmond News

1 taken to hospital by Flight for Life after house fire in Town of Vernon, cause under investigation

VIDEO: One person was transported to the hospital by Flight for Life early Monday morning, June 11 following a house fire in the Town of Vernon. Firefighters were called out to a home off Guthrie Road around 3:15 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found a single-family home fully involved in fire. One person was taken to the hospital via Flight for Life with serious burns.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2018 3:48:34 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Chilton Fire Chief retires after 30 years of service

VIDEO: After 30 years of service, Chilton Fire Department Chief Gary Halbach is retiring. On Sunday a party was thrown for him. He says the moment is bittersweet. He also says he’ll cherish the memories made with his colleagues, but is looking forward to what is ahead. "Spend more time in Algoma, I got a permanent camp site up there, and spend time with my family, my sons,” said Halbach.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 9:56:39 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Minocqua's new fire department is built for growth

VIDEO: The Minocqua Fire Department moved into a new $3 million home this year and it was meant for a growing department. It has a gym, more training space and more garage space, something that was needed in the old building. This will allow the department to store more equipment on-site and accommodate new trucks if they need them.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 8:23:44 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

‘It’s a tragedy:’ Girl, boy, mother, grandmother killed in fiery plane crash near Monroe airport

VIDEO: A small plane crashed in southern Wisconsin Sunday, June 10 -- killing four people -- a 17-year-old girl, a 13-year-old boy and their mother and grandmother. The Green County sheriff said the crash happened just after noon on Sunday about a mile north of the Monroe Municipal Airport. The grandmother was the pilot.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 6:28:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Platteville man identified as victim of Oshkosh helicopter crash

VIDEO: Authorities on Sunday released the identity of the man who died Saturday when the helicopter he was flying crashed into power lines and, subsequently, the Fox River in Oshkosh. The body of Jonathan D. Bahr, 27, of Platteville, who the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office believes was the sole occupant of the helicopter, was recovered by divers Saturday evening.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2018 3:14:53 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Tim Franz, longtime Oshkosh fire chief readies for retirement

Tim Franz was putting ceramic tile down on his kitchen floor when he got the call. He was six months into his job as Oshkosh fire chief, and a boxcar loaded with over 140,000 pounds of sodium hydrosulfite had caught fire. Soon he was helping to facilitate the evacuation of a large swatch of Oshkosh south of 20th Avenue,an area which included his own home.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2018 6:44:41 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Arbor Vitae junior firefighter program teaches teamwork and responsibility

VIDEO: Volunteer firefighters have to be ready to respond anytime, anywhere. "I learned how to stay on my toes and expect the unexpected," said 16-year-old Austin Plowman. But junior firefighters have a little bit of a smaller window of when they can respond. "They can only come on calls on school nights until nine o'clock," said Arbor Vitae Fire Chief Mike Van Meter.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 8:40:46 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Plea deal struck for Eau Claire man charged with burglary and arson

VIDEO: A man already serving prison time for an armed robbery in Eau Claire struck a plea bargain with prosecutors on burglary and arson charges. Davy Cole is accused of burglarizing three Verizon stores in Eau Claire, as well as a Sprint PCS store and a T-Mobile store in 2017. He is also charged with soliciting a minor to start two house fires to distract police during the burglaries.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 7:47:09 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Holmen Area Fire Department Fire Board moves forward with combination fire truck

VIDEO: On Thursday night, the Holmen Area Fire Department Fire Board approved the purchase of a new combination fire truck in a 4-2 vote in a special meeting. Residents impacted by the purchase had an opportunity to address the board. Although everyone at the meeting agreed that there is a need for a new engine, many question the financing and the timing.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 3:30:54 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

6 people injured in Chippewa Falls apartment fire

VIDEO: Six people are hurt, including a firefighter, after a fire at an apartment building in Chippewa Falls. It happened at the St. Joseph's apartment building on Pearl Street around 10 a.m. The Chippewa Falls Fire Department says the fire started on a mattress in an apartment on the second story of the building but there's no word on how it happened.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13

Milwaukee crossing guard wakes up to fire in apartment, nearly dies trying to fight it himself

VIDEO: A Milwaukee crossing guard is back home with relatives after spending two weeks in the hospital recovering from a fire at his apartment last month near 5th and Lapham. Jesus Gracia said he lost nearly everything in the fire, but thanks to him, everyone in the apartment complex got out alive. On May 20, Gracia fell asleep on the couch.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 3:14:39 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Town of Gibraltar to introduce fire chief candidates Friday

Candidates for the Gibraltar Fire Department Chief position will get their opportunity to meet local residents Friday during a meet and greet event. Jerrad Anderson has served as the department’s interim chief since Caleb Whitney resigned in 2016. Gibraltar Town Chairperson Dick Skare says it is important for the candidates to get a feeling for the town they will be serving.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 1:45:16 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Electric co-op helps fund equipment for Bear Lake-Haugen Fire Rescue

Barron Electric Cooperative, along with matching funds from CoBank’s Sharing Success Program, recently donated $3,000 to the Bear Lake-Haugen Fire Rescue to help purchase personal protective equipment for firefighters. Barron Electric’s General Manager Dallas Sloan said, “Giving back to the communities we serve is part of our culture, and we are proud to support this worthwhile cause.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 1:00:52 PM - SOURCE: Rice Lake Chronotype

Mauston breaks ground on new fire station

Officials from the city of Mauston and MSA Professional Services met June 5 to officially break ground at the site of the new Mauston Fire Station. Mauston Mayor Brian McGuire said the new station is part of a long term plan to improve the city’s services. “We’ve been working on this a couple of years and we worked to find the most economical solution to improve our safety and services to people in the community,” McGuire said.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 12:50:52 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Related: La Crosse area leaders talk about ways to boost regional emergency response

Officials from La Crosse and neighboring municipalities will explore whether to implement a new response system for fires and other large-scale emergencies. Adopting automatic aid would allow the firefighters closest to the disaster to cross jurisdictions immediately; existing mutual agreements require agencies to request the response when an emergency exceeds local resources.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 6:44:58 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Person found dead on burning porch in Kenosha

A person was found dead inside a burning enclosed porch at a home on 14th Avenue early Tuesday. The Kenosha Police and the Kenosha Fire Department are investigating the fire, which was reported at about 5 a.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived at the tiny, 360-square-foot home, 7732 14th Ave., they found the enclosed porch engulfed in flames, according to Fire Chief Charles Leipzig.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2018 6:36:43 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News