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Cudahy Police: Juveniles Arrested for Suspected Arson at a Former Tannery

VIDEO: Cudahy Police now say a fire at a former tannery is a case of arson and suspects are under arrest. The fire broke out around 5 p.m. Sunday night in a vacant building near Packard and Edgerton. Detectives say they've arrested juveniles they believe to have started the fire. The evidence collected will be passed along to the District Attorney's Office for charges.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2017 5:14:05 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Cudahy Fire Investigates Vacant Building Fire

Cudahy Police report that arrests have been made in connection with a fire in a vacant tannery. No details about the arrests are available, but a news release is expected to be issued later today. Firefighters in Cudahy arrived to smoke pouring out of a vacant building at E Edgerton Avenue and S Packard Avenue around 5 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2017 9:47:46 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Man Extricated From Car After It Flipped Near 8th and Hadley in Madison

PHOTO - Milwaukee Police is investigating an accident on 8th and Hadley. Fire crews got called out reports of a car that flipped on a seemingly quiet neighborhood street. When crews arrived, they found one man inside the car. “I was scared, I was hoping no one was hurt in the vehicle. That was the first thing," said Calvin Moore, a witness.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2017 1:50:52 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fond du Lac area medical partners roll out program

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue, the Fond du Lac County Public Health Department and Agnesian HealthCare are once again joining forces to launch a new program with help from the Agnesian HealthCare Foundation. The one-year pilot, being called Innovative Mobile Services Program, was implemented March 21 and engages Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue paramedics with people in the community who have requested to be in the program or have been referred by a doctor, pharmacist or other person in the medical field.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2017 9:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Fire causes “substantial” damage to home, attached garage and vehicle in Pewaukee

Firefighters on Friday morning, March 24th responded to the scene of a house fire on Watertown Road near Pewaukee Road in the City Pewaukee. The call came in around 4:30 a.m. The fire was first reported by the homeowner to the Waukesha County Communications Center. When crews arrived on scene, additional assistance was requested from the Village of Sussex, Town of Delafield, and City of Waukesha Fire Departments.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 5:21:30 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Three-way EMS merger in Dane County takes another step forward

They’ve been talking since 2015 about a three-way merger. Now the Deer-Grove, Cambridge and Marshall EMS departments are taking a significant step toward that possibility. In coming weeks, they expect to jointly put out a request for proposal (RFP) seeking a consultant to study the idea. A consultant could be on board this spring.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 3:15:51 AM - SOURCE: Monona / Cottage Grove Herald Independent

West Salem Volunteer Fire Department seek volunteers

The West Salem Volunteer Fire Departments are seeking volunteers to bolster their daytime coverage. Fire department spokesperson Scott Johnson said The fire department is close to capacity during the evening hours but lacks the necessary volunteers for adequate daytime coverage. “Unfortunately, our daytime coverage is slim as most members work outside of West Salem,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 3:14:06 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Sun Prairie firefighter injured and journalist shot with pellet gun during fire

One Sun Prairie firefighter received minor injuries and a television journalist was shot with a pellet gun while fire department crews were responding to a duplex fire in the 5500 block of Larry Lane in the Town of Burke. The firefighter was treated and released at the scene. Four residents of the duplex escaped the badly damaged building.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2017 2:13:31 AM - SOURCE: DeForest Times

Lac du Flambeau Tribal Employment Rights Office offers Wildland Fire Training

VIDEO: It takes a lot of training to become a wildland firefighter, but 26 people in Lac du Flambeau are well on their way. The Bureau of Indian Affairs- Great Lakes Agency offered a five-day course on Wildland Fire Training this week. Many of the participants hope to make a career out of it. "I really would like to make a career out of it throughout my life.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 4:47:24 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Saukville firefighter faces life-and-death battle

As a devoted runner, cyclist, firefighter and father, Saukville resident Erik Kopp is no stranger to challenges, but the health issues that surfaced late last year have been giving him the fight of his life. Last November, Kopp, 36, learned he has a rare, difficult-to-treat form of cancer — hilar cholangiocarcinoma — and will ultimately need a liver transplant.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2017 2:08:31 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Trailer fire kills cow, closes Highway 151 in Dodge County

A cow died and a portion Highway 151 was closed for several hours Wednesday after a cattle trailer pulled by a semi tractor started on fire. According to Beaver Dam Fire Capt. Russ Johnson, the fire department responded at 12:21 p.m. to a report of a trailer on fire on Highway 151 in the northbound lanes one-quarter mile south of Highway C.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 9:08:05 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fond du Lac Assistant Fire Chief Beer Honored With Proclamation

In some ways Wednesday night’s Fond du Lac City Council meeting looked like a Fire Department mutual aid call. The Council honored Assistant Chief Steve Beer for his 27 years and 2 months with the fire department. He’s leaving to become the Fire Chief in Hutchinson, Kansas. Fellow firefighters from throughout the County attended the meeting for the proclamation.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 9:02:56 PM - SOURCE: KFIZ

Holmen fire departments work to hire, retain firefighters

There is a national shortage of volunteer firefighters, but local fire departments are having a hard time keeping paid-on-call and part time workers on their teams as well. The Holmen Area Fire Department's (HAFD) has started a campaign to hire part-time workers, and full-time workers later on this year.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2017 4:37:27 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Black River Falls firefighters rescue deer trapped on ice

PHOTO: A deer is freed from the icy water of a Jackson Co. lake thanks to the work of the Black River Falls Fire Department. Firefighters were called to Lake Lee in Millston Monday night for a report of a deer trapped on the ice. Rescue crews located the whitetail deer about 300 yards from the boat landing, partially submerged and unable to get to land.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 10:36:02 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Search process continues to find Altoona's first full-time fire chief

The Altoona Police and Fire Commission met Tuesday night to discuss the next steps for hiring the community's first full-time fire chief. The position was originally offered to Chad Peterson in February, but he turned it down citing family obligations. According to Police and Fire Chief Jesse James, all or some of the nine candidates will be asked to complete an essay portion of the application process.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 8:01:52 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Nail Polish Nightmare: McFarland woman 'making nail polish' ignites home on fire

VIDEO: A McFarland woman is lucky to be alive after a scare involving nail polish. In 23-years of fighting fires, McFarland Fire Chief Chris Dennis says he's never heard a call like the one that came in Saturday morning. "This was probably the first and only time we've had an incident where an individual was making nail polish," Chief Dennis said.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 4:35:58 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Waupun Fire Department to hold open house for Training Tower

VIDEO: The Waupun Fire Department will unveil its 2,800-square-foot Public Safety Training Tower during an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 1, at 903 N. Madison St., Waupun, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for 11. “When fire strikes, seconds matter,” explained Fire Chief BJ DeMaa.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:02:37 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Follow Up: Firefighter injured in Burke fire

Sun Prairie firefighters are still investigating a fire Sunday that injured a firefighter in the Town of Burke. Lt. Becky Gruber of the Sun Prairie Fire Department said that on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 6:12 p.m., the SPFD responded to a reported duplex fire in the 5500 block of Larry Lane. When fire units arrived on scene flames were coming from the roof of the one unit, Gruber said, and smoke alarms were sounding.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:15:39 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

City of Pewaukee agrees to new fire and EMS agreement with village

Months — even years — of uncertainty over the future of fire protection for the village of Pewaukee were put to rest Monday, March 20, when the common council approved a new fire and emergency medical services contract with the village. The village tentatively approved the agreement earlier this month.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 3:04:09 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Kenosha firefighter, police get raises

The Kenosha City Council approved across-the-board wage increases for employees of the police and fire departments Monday night. The council approved the 2016-2018 contract with the Local 414, the union representing Kenosha Fire Department firefighters. It also approved a separate resolution increasing pay for non-represented police and fire employees, such as division and battalion chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2017 1:53:30 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News