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Coon Creek Fire & Rescue needs help to meet $20,000 challenge

Coon Creek Fire & Rescue is hoping the generosity of people in the Coulee Region continues to shine as they reach out to the public to fulfill a financial challenge, which will allow the organization to purchase a new first responder vehicle. Chief Russ Cornford said over the past three years of fundraising the organization has already raise $40,000 toward the vehicle purchase price of $80,000.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2016 2:08:14 AM - SOURCE: Westby Times

Madison Fire Department: Paramedic bitten by dog as she helps revive heroin user

A paramedic received stitches Tuesday afternoon after an unconscious man's dog bit her as she helped try to revive him on Madison' south side, fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said firefighters and paramedics responded to a report of an unconscious person in the basement of a home in the University Hill Farms-area neighborhood at 2:07 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 7:47:03 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Family of five escapes house fire in Appleton

A family of five escaped a house fire in Appleton early Wednesday morning. The Appleton Fire Department says without working smoke alarms, it could have been “truly tragic.” Firefighters were called to the 200 block of N. Lawe Street at about 5:26 a.m. Crews arrived on scene to find smoke and flames in the basement.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 6:47:59 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

La Crosse County gets rolling on radio upgrade

La Crosse County emergency communications are getting a boost this year and by 2022 will have coverage as good as it can get, given the county’s terrain. By the end of the year, the county will add the first of seven new transmitter sites to improve the county’s radio system, which is used by the sheriff’s department as well as the emergency dispatch center and the highway department.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 3:10:46 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Kenosha names fire chief finalists

The city has released the names of the three men being considered for Kenosha’s next fire chief. The three finalists are Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter, Battalion Chief Kenneth Schroeder and Capt. Charles Leipzig Jr. A decision could come later this month. The Police and Fire Commission opted to look at internal candidates rather than perform a nationwide search.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Merrill Fire Department gets DNR grant for wildland firefighting

VIDEO: The Merrill Fire Department does more than just battle structure fires within city limits. It covers 141 square miles in southern Lincoln County. In the spring, the department helps control forest or wildland fires about every day or every other day. But it needs better tools to help do that job.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 4:41:57 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Stevens Point firefighters fundraise for kids' winter coats

Stevens Point firefighters are doubling their fundraising efforts this year to provide new winter coats to local kids in need. The Stevens Point Firefighters Union partnered for the first time last year with Operation Warm, a national organization that provides students with brand new winter coats made in the United States.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Fire at Oconomowoc townhome results in significant smoke, water damage

A townhome in the 500 block of Sutherland Court was the scene of a structure fire in the early morning hours of Oct. 16. Strong lightning and thunder traveled through the area before the 2 a.m. call to Oconomowoc Fire Department. The resident told dispatch that she heard “a loud bang followed by the smell of smoke and the smoke alarms sounding,” according to a news release from the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 1:04:11 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Column: I can drive like a cop, but not a firefighter

The tires spun beneath me on the wet pavement as I stepped on the gas. I took off toward a row of orange cones. I had two options as I approached: left or right. The only problem, though, was I didn’t get to decide which direction I took. That was up to the police officer sitting in the passenger seat.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 11:38:13 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Weyauwega area firefighters train for safety

The Weyauwega Area Fire District recently held training on grain-rescue safety for volunteer firefighters at CHS Larsen Cooperative in Weyauwega, Wisconsin. Harvest is well underway and farmers will soon be filling grain bins. Working in grain bins can be a dangerous activity. Thus it's important to be prepared for any unforeseen emergencies during harvest and tp have the proper training and equipment.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2016 1:45:50 AM - SOURCE: Agri-View

Shed is a total loss in Dunn County fire

VIDEO: Crews spent hours battling a fire in Dunn County that is now considered a total loss. According to the Elk Mound Fire Department, the fire started just after around 5 P.M. on Sunday evening. Crews say the fire started in a machine shed near a house off of 210th Avenue in the Town of Spring Brook.
- PUB DATE: 10/16/2016 8:23:05 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Flags fly at half-staff Saturday for firefighters, veterans

VIDEO: Flags around the state were ordered at half-staff on Saturday by Governor Scott Walker. It's in honor of Wisconsin Firefighters Memorial Day and to honor Korean War Veteran Cpl. Donald Ray Hendrickson. The flags were lowered to recognize the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice while on duty as firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2016 7:36:42 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Osseo Fire Department on the verge of operating illegally

VIDEO: A local fire department is pushing its limits of operation and looking for public support to help build a new station. This November, the Osseo Fire Department is asking voters to pass a $2.5 million referendum for a new fire station. “We’re packed in here,” Osseo Fire Chief Nels Gunderson explained.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2016 5:00:26 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Delafield firefighter battling brain tumor organizes fire department open house

The Delafield Fire Department opened its doors to the community Saturday to really give an up-close look at how everything works. The organizer of the open house is Nick Stacey. The firefighter and his 3-year old son, Brayden, are battling brain tumors. Stacey said he wanted to make sure his son, and the community that's supporting them, could see the station.
- PUB DATE: 10/15/2016 3:07:17 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Police disarm second airbag device in Kenosha County this week

For the second time this week, a suspicious device has been discovered in Kenosha County. Pleasant Prairie police and firefighters responded at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to the 10500 block of 80th Avenue and discovered a suspicious item underneath a picnic bench, according to a news release from the village.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 6:46:29 PM - SOURCE: Madison

New Wisconsin Rapids fire trailer helps students learn safety

A group of Immanuel Lutheran School students were standing in a small kitchen this week when suddenly flames began to shoot up from a garbage can in the corner. As smoke poured from the trash can, Wisconsin Rapids Firefighter Mike Lisitza calmly asked the students, who were from Susan Cour's third-grade class, what they should do when a fire breaks out.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:22:14 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Stove fire damages Janesville home Wednesday

Groceries left on the kitchen stove are being blamed for a fire that damaged a home at 12 S. Chatham St. on Wednesday. The homeowner, Holly Grams, said she didn't think the stove was on. “I was home, left to take a friend home, and I left some groceries on the stove,” Grams said. Upon return, smoke was billowing out of the windows of the house, Grams said.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 4:56:16 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Lightning strike causes fire near 670,000 gallons of solid waste in Madison

A lightning strike is believed to be the cause of a fire that started early Wednesday morning at the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District headquarters on Madison’s south side. According to a Madison Fire Department incident report, Ladder Company 6 and other crews arrived on the scene after employees saw lightning and smelled something burning.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:50:46 AM - SOURCE: Badger Herald

Growing Altoona looking to hire fire chief, two other department heads

Altoona police and fire Chief Jesse James says the city needs to hire a full-time fire chief to meet the growing city’s demands. Fire and emergency medical services calls are up nearly 30 percent and police calls up about 7 percent compared with last year, James said Wednesday. “What it comes down to is the city needs to think progressively, to be more proactive than reactive with the growth we’re experiencing in the amount of fire, EMS and police calls,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/13/2016 2:28:10 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Delafield Firefighter and 3-year-old Son Diagnosed with Brain Tumors

VIDEO: In the town of Delafield a firefighter and his three-year-old son are having a shared experience no one would wish for. Both have been diagnosed with brain tumors and critical treatment lies ahead for the young child especially. Nicholas Stacey and his three-year-old son Brayden have found support in the firefighting and emergency responder community.
- PUB DATE: 10/12/2016 4:44:58 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee