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Wisconsin Fire News

2 selected as finalists for La Crosse fire chief

La Crosse’s Police and Fire Commission selected two external candidates as finalists for the city’s next fire chief. St. Paul (Minn.) Deputy Fire Chief Leeland Gilliam, who also serves as the director of Fire and Rescue Training at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, and Brian Lee, who is a public safety promotional and professional assessment consultant, are vying for the position.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2017 2:01:43 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

New Holstein: Firefighters battle real flames and smoke in hands-on training

VIDEO: It was a rare opportunity for firefighters, as departments from across Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois, came together for hands-on training. Nearly 20 departments got the rare opportunity to practice saving lives, inside a house fire, using a simulator put on by a group called "Brew City Fools," a training group out of Milwaukee.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2017 10:38:09 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Person rescued from downtown Madison elevator

One person was rescued from a downtown elevator by Madison firefighters after the elevator malfunctioned, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 8:20 a.m. Friday to the YWCA on East Mifflin Street when an elevator became stuck on the 6th floor. A firefighter went up to the 7th floor and opened the lobby doors there.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2017 11:01:22 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Gardner trailer home loss after fire

The Brussels-Union-Gardner Fire Department responded to a trailer home fire in Gardner Sunday afternoon. The call of a trailer home engulfed in flames at 8919 County CC came in around noon, said BUG Fire Chief Curt Vandertie. The fire department also received a call about the trailer’s propane tank being on fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2017 5:53:01 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Racine investigators probe cause of house fire

Fire investigators are trying to figure out what caused an early- morning house fire Sunday at 2408 Carmel Ave. According to a press release issued by the Racine Fire Department, neighbors heard a noise, then saw an orange glow at the home at about 12:40 a.m. when the call for help was made. The blaze coming from the first-floor bedroom was quickly put out by responding firefighters but not before $40,000 in damage was done to the home.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2017 2:27:10 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Fire Destroys Chippewa County Home

VIDEO: A home and attached garage are destroyed after a fire in Chippewa county. It happened in the 15- thousand block of state highway 27. According to chief Dennis Klass with the Cornell area fire department. The call came in from a passerby just after 12:30 this morning. Klass says the buildings had a steel roof, which made it hard to fight the fire because water couldn't get in.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2017 8:57:40 PM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

One person dead in Black River Falls house fire

VIDEO: One person is dead following a house fire in Black River falls early Sunday morning. According to the Black River Falls Fire Department, it received a call shortly after midnight for a report of a fully engulfed apartment fire at 1256 Harrison Street. Upon arriving on scene, crews observed heavy fire venting out a large window and the doorway of the one-story multi family wood frame apartment complex.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2017 3:46:51 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Three candidates set to interview for Altoona fire chief position

Three candidates are expected to interview for the Altoona fire chief position. This will be the community's first, full-time fire chief. Right now, Jesse James serves as both the police and the fire chief. President of the Altoona Police and Fire Commission Michael Wall said there were nine applicants for the position.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2017 7:04:21 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

New Chippewa Falls fire station holds door-opening ceremony

VIDEO: A local fire station opened its doors for the first time at its new location. The Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency services department hosted a door-opening ceremony Thursday afternoon. The new station is located in the 1300 hundred block of Chippewa Crossing Boulevard in Chippewa Falls. The fire chief says there are many benefits to the new station, including a training facility for firefighters and additional space.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2017 6:18:24 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Grill likely caused house fire in Eau Claire's Princeton neighborhood

Eau Claire firefighters quickly doused a house fire Thursday evening in the Princeton Valley development on the city’s northeast side. The fire at 4118 Liberty Court was reported at about 6:30 p.m., and the back side of the home was totally involved with flames when firefighters arrived, said Eau Claire fire Battalion Chief Matt Jaggar.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2017 5:36:21 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Sheboygan Fire Chief may be tasked with jobs review

VIDEO: The city’s fire department could come under staffing scrutiny, though with far less intensity than several Common Council members would prefer. The council could consider at an upcoming meeting asking the fire chief and the head of the city’s human resources department to work together to review department workers’ job descriptions and then come back with a report on the matter to the city.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2017 5:24:31 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Dogs rescued in Green Bay fire, given first aid

Firefighters rescued two dogs — and administered a bit of first aid to them — after a fire displaced a family of four. It happened Wednesday afternoon at 229 Oak Grove Ave. Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded about 4:14 p.m. to black smoke pouring from the front door of the home. Residents had returned home to discover the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2017 3:41:48 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Family and first responders recount Poynette incident

“I was upstairs and all of a sudden, my mom came running up the steps and all she could really say was, ‘there’s something wrong with dad,’” Poynette resident Josh Zaring said, recollecting the beginning of an incident involving his father in late February – a life-or-death scenario that Zaring said could happen to anyone.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2017 2:12:37 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Sturgeon Bay Fire Department: Let professionals handle ice rescues

As ice conditions continue to deteriorate the Sturgeon Bay Fire Department is asking people to call 911 rather than try to personally rescue a person or animal in distress. On March 20, Carey Cregan called 911 after her dog, Halas, went through the ice on Little Lake inside Sunset Park in Sturgeon Bay.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 8:34:33 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Fire burns rooms at Country Squire Inn in Wisconsin Dells

A fire Wednesday morning damaged Country Squire Inn on Highway 12 in Wisconsin Dells. The building is at 831 Wisconsin Dells Parkway. Lake Delton fire and police departments were called to the scene. Firefighters at the scene said the fire was contained to vacant apartment units. No one is injured and no one is displaced.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 8:51:22 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Former Kenosha fire chief remembered fondly

A firm, fair and compassionate leader with a great workplace demeanor — that’s how colleagues were remembering former Kenosha fire chief Richard Thomas on Tuesday. Thomas, a member of the Kenosha Fire Department for 35 years and chief from 1991 to 1999, died Sunday. He was 75. “We had a tremendous working relationship,” said Richard Bosanko, retired assistant fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2017 1:41:11 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Update: Altoona Encore fire investigation begins

VIDEO: It's been more than one month since a fire broke out at Encore Bar and Grill in Altoona. On Tuesday, crews were able to get inside the building, for the first time, to try and find out how the fire started. The Altoona Police Department is being joined by insurance companies, contractors who worked on the building in the past and previous owners to dig through the debris.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 1:46:04 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fire damages Beaver Dam home

A fire that did $30,000 in damage to a home in Beaver Dam also killed a cat living in the home, according to a release from the Beaver Dam Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 3:34 a.m. Tuesday to N5942 S. Center Road in the town of Beaver Dam on a report of a fire in the basement and possibly the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 5:42:47 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Waukesha police, fire department basketball challenge set for March 31

As the NCAA basketball tournament draws to a close, the Waukesha police and fire departments are gearing up for their own championship of sorts. But they're not playing for a trophy – they're playing for charity. Members from both departments will clash in the seventh annual Waukesha Police and Firefighter Basketball Challenge at 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2017 1:41:27 AM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Home Damaged in Manitowoc County Fire

Crews battled a house fire in northern Manitowoc County Monday afternoon. The blaze hit a home on Highway K, between Kellnersville and I-43. Kellnersville's fire chief says the house was vacant and is typically used for storage. Officials do not believe the fire was suspicious. No word has been given on the extent of the damage.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 8:05:57 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO