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Police arrest Sheboygan man, 31, suspected of arson, vandalism

A man suspected of vandalizing a home in the 900 block of Kentucky Avenue several times over the last three weeks — including trying to set the home on fire — has been arrested by Sheboygan police. Over the past three weeks, the police department has taken five separate reports of damage and vandalism to a home and vehicle at the address.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 3:39:20 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

1 worker taken to hospital, 2 Madison buildings evacuated after toxic mixture incident

Madison crews are responding to a report of a hazardous material incident at a west Madison building Thursday afternoon, an official says. Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster said firefighters and the hazmat team were sent to 601 Science Drive at 1:09 p.m. for a report of two chemicals that had combined in the lab, causing a toxic mixture.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 12:01:13 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Retired Milwaukee firefighter tracks history of American fireboats

PHOTO: Retired Milwaukee firefighter Wayne Mutza knows a thing or two about firefighting and the equipment required for the job. Over the course of more than two dozen books, Mutza has shared that knowledge – as well as his passion for battle aircraft. He's written a memoir about firefighting, an illustrated history of firefighting in Milwaukee and a collection of stories from Milwaukee firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 7:53:24 AM - SOURCE: OnMilwaukee.com

Multiple West Allis auto dealership break-ins, vehicle fires reported overnight

VIDEO: Multiple auto dealership break-ins and vehicle fires were reported early Thursday morning in southeast Wisconsin. WISN 12 News has seen police officers at the Acura near Bluemound Road and Brookfield Road in the town of Brookfield and also at a group of dealerships near 108th Street and Hayes Avenue in West Allis.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 4:37:07 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Spontaneous combustion blamed for barn fire in Augusta

VIDEO: Smoke was seen from miles away when an Augusta barn went up in flames on Wednesday. Fire crews responded to a structure fire on Kelly Road in Augusta at roughly 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday. The high amounts of smoke and heat led to responses from crews in Fairchild, Osseo, Augusta, and Fall Creek. Fire officials believe that spontaneous combustion cause the fire inside the barn.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 4:25:20 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

New Milton and Milton Township fire chief is on duty

Randy Banker, who became chief of the Janesville Fire Department in 2016, is officially the chief of the Milton and Milton Township Fire Department. Banker serving as the chief for two departments is the result of shared services. A transition team of consultants, fire department members and Janesville Fire Department members suggested the plan after the 2016 retirement of chief Loren Lippincott, who had served Milton part-time for nearly a decade.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2017 2:31:00 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Milwaukee mother faces life in prison after 4-year-old with autism bound with 7 belts, set on fire in bathtub

VIDEO: Criminal charges have been filed against a mother accused in the death of her four-year-old son -- her only child, who had autism. The accused is 23-year-old Amelia Di Stasio, who faces a charge of first degree intentional homicide in the death of Antonio Di Stasio, which happened on September 28th near 17th and Grant.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 3:13:25 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Sauna fire likely caused by candle, Madison officials say

A candle likely caused a sauna on Madison’s near east side to catch fire Tuesday morning, fire officials said. Crews were called around 9:50 a.m. to the 200 block of Merry Street for reports of a fire inside a backyard sauna, according to a release. Firefighters could see brown smoke coming from the eaves and around the door of the structure, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 8:39:09 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Early morning fire damages home on Milwaukee’s north side

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, October 4th responded to the scene of a house fire on Milwaukee’s north side. The call came in shortly before 5:00 a.m. It happened near 35th and Hampton. The Red Cross says they are assisting two adults and six children following the fire. No additional details have been release — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 4:39:21 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Eagle Point elections reject new fire hall

The Town of Eagle Point will not be getting a new fire station after a vote for a new building failed at Monday night’s special meeting of town residents. The residents, called electors, rejected a proposed fire station by a margin of 137-116. The town said the current fire station, built in the 1970s and next to the town hall, lacks space for equipment.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 4:13:19 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Fire at auto parts recycling business in Grand Chute

VIDEO: The Grand Chute Fire Department says a fire broke out at Cousineau Auto around 2:30 Wednesday morning. Assistant Fire Chief Brian Schommer says flames were visible in the front windows when crews arrived on scene. He says they were able to put out the blaze in about five minutes. "Looks like damage was limited to the showroom area," said Schommer.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 3:35:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Fire at garage in Kenosha apartment complex

A garage at Stationside Village apartments caught fire Tuesday night. Firefighters were called at 8:31 p.m. to 5221 10th Ave. for the fire, which started in a garage on the ground level, with apartments above. A vehicle inside the garage sustained extensive damage as 6-foot flames shot out of the garage.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2017 1:42:23 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

BUG Fire Department battles biggest grass fire of the year by Highway 57

The BUG Fire Department was able to contain a grass fire on the Brussels hill in southern Door County Tuesday and prevent any damage to structures. The fire was reported about 3:20 pm near the southbound lane of Highway 57. Assistant Fire Chief Jim Wautier describes what firefighters from both departments that were deployed encountered.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2017 5:30:22 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

'Stork' award: Public safety recognized for help in baby's surprise home delivery in Farmington

Baby Noah Marthey squealed with delight while being held by his mother inside Farmington City Hall chambers. Maybe it was his way of thanking 10 Farmington public safety fire and police who were present during his grand entrance into the world at his Farmington home on July 23. Noah is the son of Jenae and Josh Marthey of Farmington and the new sibling to big brother, Landon, who was home to welcome his new baby brother into the family during the surprise home birth.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 7:14:16 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Fond du Lac welcomes home local firefighter

VIDEO: A special welcome home ceremony was held for a Fond du Lac firefighter Monday. Master Sergeant, Shawn Kneeland, returned home last month after his fourth active military-duty deployment. He is a part of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, 115th fighter wing, based in Madison. He was deployed in January and went to places like Mosul, Iraq and Syria.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 4:00:12 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Stevens Point firefighters go pink

VIDEO: For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stevens Point firefighters are selling and wearing pink shirts. The fundraiser proceeds go to the St. Michael's Foundation Breast Care Center. The fundraiser is put on by the Stevens Point Fire Fighters Local 484 Charitable Foundation, Inc. "Come on out it's a great cause," the foundation president and Stevens Point Fire Department MPO Paramedic, Justin Thomson, said.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 3:45:52 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Fallen firefighters honored with memorial service in Eau Claire

VIDEO: Fallen firefighters were honored on Monday in Eau Claire. The Eau Claire Fire Department held a fallen fire fighter memorial service at Florian Gardens for those who died while in the line of duty or died of cancer due to the 9/11 attacks. Ninety-six fire fighters from across the nation were honored during Monday's service.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2017 3:27:14 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Madison Fire Department hopes to become more diverse with new recruitment class

VIDEO: Madison Fire Station #1 held an open house Sunday for potential entry-level firefighter and EMT applicants. Lisa Tatar, who helped organize this event, said "There are constant retirements and constant needs to hire new firefighters." On top of staff attrition, Tatar said the Madison Fire Department will need to find employees for Fire Station #14, which will be opening soon in Madison's southeast neighborhood.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2017 6:01:40 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Off-duty Madison firefighters, paramedics can now save lives off duty

VIDEO: Responding to emergencies will be faster than ever for Madison firefighters and paramedics. Off-duty first responders will now be able to provide life-saving care, thanks to an app. When it comes to cardiac emergenies, seconds can mean the difference between life and death. “The longer it takes to get a 911 responder there or somebody doing bystander CPR, the less likely it is the person’s going to recover,” Che Stedman, Asst.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2017 2:33:02 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Mosinee fire district welcomes the community to their station

The Mosinee Fire District opened their doors for the first time to the community, as a part of their first open house. Fire trucks were out for the kids to see and fire fighters were interacting with community members. Mosinee Fire Chief Doug Jennings said events like this are an important way to reach out to those they serve -- days after saying goodbye to former Mosinee fire fighter Matt Deicher.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2017 12:22:51 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

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