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Milwaukee budget proposal would cut police, fire

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett will present his 2018 budget to the Common Council this week, and it is likely to include public safety cuts and higher taxes. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Barrett is going to call for a 3.7-percent increase in the city's property tax levy, adding he told the paper it's not the budget he wants to present.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 7:56:38 AM - SOURCE: WSAU-AM 550

Heat brings extra ambulances to Lambeau Field during Packers-Bengals game

VIDEO: Extra ambulances were summoned to Lambeau Field Sunday because heat was affecting large numbers of fans at the Green Bay Packers-Cincinnati Bengals game. Authorities requested three additional ambulances about 4:45 p.m. The exact number of heat-related calls was not available as the game's second half began, though the volume of police radio traffic regarding heat issues was clearly higher than in recent memory.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 1:48:46 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Two children dead, one adult hurt in Milwaukee apartment fire

VIDEO: A fire at a Milwaukee apartment has killed two children and injured an adult. Deputy Milwaukee Fire Chief David Votsis says firefighters were called to a unit at the Woodlands apartments on Milwaukee's northwest side just after 5 a.m. Sunday. The Milwaukee County medical examiner's office says two children - a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy - were found dead in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2017 10:42:48 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

La Crosse Fire Department holds Fire Prevention Open House

VIDEO: The La Crosse Fire Department invited the public to one of La Crosse's fire stations for their annual fire prevention open house on September 23. In promotion of fire prevention week, the event aims to teach people about fire safety precautions, as well as provide an opportunity for people to tour the station and meet La Crosse fire-fighters.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2017 10:30:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville EMS prioritizes defibrillator replacement

Facing a tight budget, the Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville EMS Department is looking for ways to replace aging defibrillators and purchase a second power load cot. At a Poynette-Dekorra-Lowville Fire Commission meeting Sept. 5, EMS Director Carie Myers asked commission members to prioritize replacing two defibrillators that will be outdated in 2022.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2017 2:24:53 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Update: Madison man charged with killing wife, blowing up home

VIDEO: Authorities say a Madison man accused of blowing up his home to cover up killing his wife gave conflicting statements to police before admitting he shot her. Steven Pirus was charged Thursday with first-degree intentional homicide and arson in the death of his wife, Lee Anne Pirus. He was also charged with four counts of felony mistreatment of animals and one misdemeanor charge of mistreating an animal.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 10:43:29 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

From foster care to Milwaukee fire cadet, man doesn't give up dream to help others

VIDEO: He spent years in a group home and foster care, but Noah Patrick never gave up on a dream. "I really love to help people," Patrick said. Patrick, 19, is a cadet training to be a Milwaukee firefighter. He's on a path to success despite a very difficult childhood. "The house was never clean. There was no food to eat.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 3:11:53 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Milwaukee boy who died trying to save cousin from house fire posthumously honored for heroism

VIDEO: A 10-year-old Milwaukee boy who died trying to save his little cousin from a house fire intentionally set by his stepfather will be posthumously honored by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, the organization announced this week. Kevin Little is one of 18 people who will be honored for extraordinary heroism.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 3:11:46 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Early morning fire destroys garage in Washington County, no one hurt

Firefighters early Thursday morning, September 21st responded to the scene of a garage fire in Washington County. Crews responded to the area of Cty Tk H in the Town of Kewaskum shortly before 2:00 a.m. Officials say the fire was reported by a passing motorist, who also notified the two adults that were home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2017 4:47:02 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Lighting Likely Cause Of Fire In Manitowish Waters

A structure in Manitowish Waters is a total loss after a fire Wednesday morning. The Vilas County Sheriff's Department reports a homeowner at 4755 Lavigne Road called about 8:30 a.m. to report smelling smoke after lightning had struck close by. Firefighters believe the fire started in the basement after the lightning strike.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 5:46:28 PM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Public Radio

Holmen fire board again facing uncertainty

About the time the dust appears to have settled around the Holmen Area Fire Department and the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board, an action by a majority of the Holmen Village Board could again create uncertainty within fire department. In a split vote at the village board’s Sept 14 meeting, four village board trustees voted to approve removing trustees Chuck Olson and Bill Ebner as the village’s representatives on the fire association board.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 1:58:39 PM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Madison Fire Dept. to host open house for military service members

VIDEO: The Madison Fire Department opens its doors to prospective firefighters during their Recruitment Open House. On Wednesday, Ben Lardie and Trent Meicher stopped by Wake Up Wisconsin to talk about the event. Unemployment numbers among veterans in the United States are improving, and the Madison Fire Department continues to do its part to introduce current and past military service members to a career that is significant, challenging, and personally rewarding.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 7:06:15 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Authorities investigate house fire in Town of Bloomfield

Waushara County officials say a home went up in flames before 9 o'clock Tuesday night. The Fire Department says it received a call regarding the house fire on North County Road A at 8:49 p.m. The West Bloomfield Fire Department along with the Poy Sippi Fire Department arrived to find the home fully engulfed.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2017 6:27:51 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Body has been recovered from a house fire in Waushara County

VIDEO: A body was found Wednesday morning inside a home that caught fire the night before in the town of Bloomfield, according to Waushara County Sheriff Jeffery Nett. The call came out at about 8:49 p.m. Tuesday to the home on North County Road A in Waushara County. Fire units arrived on the scene to find the house totally engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 10:58:01 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Nationwide Firefighter Shortage has the Sun Prairie Fire Dept. Developing New Recruiting Tactics

VIDEO: In head to toe fire gear, the recruits at Madison Area Technical College look like your typical firefighter in training. "Get down and crawl," said Lieutenant Lisa Becher, as she leads them around racks of more fire gear. New fire recruits learn how to put on the gear during a fire academy pilot program offered at Madison Area Technical College.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 5:53:24 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Menomonie fire captain honored at technology luncheon

VIDEO: A local fire captain was honored at a technology council luncheon at UW-Stout, Tuesday. Jeff Dykes, owner and founder of Northern Star Fire, won the 2017 Governor's Business Plan contest with an eight-directional electronic compass. Firefighters place the compass inside their breathing apparatus to help find their way inside burning structures.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 4:04:46 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Update: Pirus told police why he killed his wife and how he blew up his home

VIDEO: A man who police said killed his wife and blew up his home made his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon in Dane County. The Dane County District Attorney's Office found probable cause to move forward with charging Steven Pirus, 59, of 1st degree homicide, arson, and reckless endangerment because of a Probable Cause Affidavit from investigators.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 2:22:15 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Watertown: 6th Street fire injures occupant, kills two cats

A Watertown man was transported to the hospital after escaping a fire in his 410 S. Sixth St. apartment early Sunday morning. Watertown firefighters responded to the scene around 3 a.m. to rescue the man and extinguish the fire, but he was able to get out of the building by the time they arrived. "The guy that was trapped had broken a window to escape and our EMS that was there took him to the hospital for injuries and smoke inhalation," Watertown Interim Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 4:24:48 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Council Approves $54,000 Study Of Sheboygan Fire Department

Sheboygan's Common Council spent much of their meeting Monday night talking about whether or not to approve a $54,000 study of the city's Fire Department. The study is being done to determine how to better staff the department, as there is a push to add some new firefighters and additional management in the coming years.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 3:51:08 AM - SOURCE: WHBL-AM 1330

Propane Fire Training Lights The Sky in Waupun

If you live near Waupun, you may have seen flames shooting into the sky Monday night. No need to worry, it was training done by the Waupun Fire Department. Seventeen fire departments and about 100 firefighters participated in the live propane fire training. The training consisted of five propane fire scenarios with a variety of propane tanks.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2017 3:29:31 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101