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Woman rescued after jumping off Chippewa Falls Highway 124 bridge

A woman was rescued from the Chippewa Falls NSP dam after jumping off the Highway 124 bridge, Chippewa Falls police chief Matt Kelm said Thursday. Police responded to emergency calls at 7:27 a.m. that a woman had jumped into the river near the dam area. While driving over the bridge, the woman stopped her car in traffic and jumped off the edge of the bridge, Kelm said.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2017 4:13:06 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Attempted murder suspect likely focus of Monona fire probe

VIDEO: A suspect in an attempted homicide is likely the focus of an investigation into a Monona house fire, after authorities say SWAT team devices used to enter the home were not incendiary. Authorities say 42-year old Edward Matthews was arrested Thursday at a home at 5606 Tecumseh Avenue, after he fired gun shots at Sheriff's deputies, and emerged from the home as it became fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2017 3:08:02 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Fire damages Mount Pleasant assisted-living facility

Fire investigators are looking into a fire Thursday that damaged an assisted-living facility. The emergency call went out at 3:30 p.m. at Racine Commons, 8500 Corporate Drive, just north of Highway 20, and escalated to a second alarm for equipment and personnel. South Shore Fire Battalion Chief John Radewan said as soon as firefighters got to the scene they saw smoke and flames coming from the northeast corner of the H-shaped housing complex, which is west of Stuart Road and east of 90th Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/8/2017 2:26:11 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Beaver Dam Fire Department receives ‘Call of the Year’ award

Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel accepted the “Call of the Year” award from Flight For Life Wednesday night for his department’s quick response to a November 2016 crash. “It’s something you guys should never have to go through again,” said Jayce Commo, professional relations with Flight For Life. Commo told the fire department that the response won in a landslide.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2017 6:52:21 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

‘Incinerated Pop-Tart' prompts UW dorm evacuation

A University of Wisconsin-Madison residence hall was evacuated Wednesday morning after an incinerated Pop-Tart set off fire alarms, according to a release. Firefighters were called just before 9 a.m. to Phillips Hall on Willow Drive when alarms started to sound, officials said. A maintenance worker told crews the alarm originated in a second-floor dorm room, and there was a smell of burned food in the building, according to the release.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2017 7:28:42 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Saturday block party benefits Baraboo firefighters with entertainment starting Thursday

Fire On Oak Fest promises a hot time Saturday in downtown Baraboo. The third annual event benefiting the Baraboo Fire Department will return to the street outside Brothers On Oak, the fundraiser’s sponsor. “Every year has gotten bigger and better,” said Brothers On Oak owner Grant Slayton. Firefighters will sell brats, beer and raffle tickets to raise money during the block party, set for 1-10 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2017 6:18:26 AM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

Possible arsonist and fireworks thief in Town of Easton

The search is on in the Town of Easton for a possible arsonist and fireworks thief. A fire destroyed an uninsured home on East Tower Road on Aug. 26 when the homeowner was gone, Marathon County Deputy Sheriff Dale Ruechel said. "At the same time, someone stole a large amount of fireworks from a shed on the property and stole three of the five trail cameras the owner had up on the land," he said.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2017 3:46:26 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Follow Up: Fund to help Kenosha family displaced by fire

A fund has been established to help a multi-generational family of six who was displaced Monday when a fire destroyed their home at 4611 18th Ave. Karen and Michael Scofield owned the home they shared with their daughter Stephanie, son-in-law Jared Hunt, and grandchildren Tyler, 5, and Avery, 1. Karen said the family’s most immediate needs — clothing, school supplies and temporary shelter — have been met.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2017 1:52:52 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Clyman shed, other buildings are damaged by fire on Friday

Firefighters from multiple agencies were paged to N4040 Welsh Road in the town of Clyman shortly before noon Friday for a shed fire. According to Clyman Fire Chief Eric Howlett, initial reports were called in that a shed was fully engulfed in flames. Howlett said that, upon arrival ,the Clyman Fire Department found one shed that was completely destroyed and the fire had spread to a nearby garage and storage shed.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2017 4:11:32 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Plans for new Eau Claire fire station advance

The city Plan Commission approved on Tuesday plans for a new fire station at Malden Avenue and Birch Street on Eau Claire’s north side. The commission approved the site plan showing the station on the 5.76-acre plat’s northern side, one of three options proposed by Five Bugles Design. The proposals on the southern side would have meant $300,000 more in construction costs largely due to soil remediation because a portion of the site used to house a landfill.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2017 2:12:56 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Arson suspected in fire that destroyed vacant Kenosha building

Investigators believe an arsonist may have set the fire that destroyed a vacant building early Tuesday. Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig said firefighters were called to the blaze at 5907 Fifth Ave. at about 3 a.m. The building was among five aging apartment buildings and a rooming house the city purchased recently, with plans to raze them to make way for future development.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2017 1:51:27 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Study calls for Baraboo Fire Department to add staff, find new facility

A consultant hired to analyze the Baraboo Fire Department recommends adding daytime staff and looking for a new facility. Full-time staff would help the department respond to daytime calls, when most paid-on-call firefighters aren’t available, RW Management Group of Waukesha observed. The firm recommends hiring a full-time firefighter to respond to daytime calls and handle routine daily duties, an emergency services director to facilitate cooperation with Baraboo District Ambulance Service and a building inspector who would also serve on the Fire Department and assist the fire inspector.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2017 7:50:12 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Grill sparks garage fire in Fond du Lac

VIDEO: A charcoal grill sparked a Labor Day garage fire in Fond du Lac, according to firefighters. Crews got the call to the 200 block of Chestnut St. just after 5:15 p.m., according to a news release. The grill, before it was completely cooled, was put back in the garage near flammable materials, which caught fire, authorities said in a news release.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2017 10:51:39 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Beaver Dam Fire Department gets $10,000 toward rescue program

United Cooperative, a farmer-owned cooperative, donated $10,000 to the Beaver Dam Fire Department to help the department in funding its water rescue program. “These funds will help prepare Beaver Dam’s response teams with water rescue equipment that is necessary to keep first responders safe and give victims the best possible chance in an unfortunate situation,” David Cramer, president and CEO of United Cooperative said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2017 10:41:28 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

“Engulfed in minutes:” Intense flames rip through Kenosha home; spread to neighbor’s

VIDEO: Flames jumped from one Kenosha home to another on Labor Day, Monday, September 4th during an intense blaze near 18th Avenue and 48th Street -- and firefighters had to put their hoses down as flames grew. For seven minutes, they had to put their hoses down and back away from their trucks because an electrical line fell onto their equipment.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2017 10:22:56 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fond du Lac Fire Department adds concussion testing to physical exams

VIDEO: Concussions are a big concern in the sports world, but they're also a worry in the workplace. One career that poses a serious risk is firefighting. Fond du Lac Fire Rescue has made a new policy for employee physical exams. Now every firefighter has to get baseline concussion testing. "About 68,000 injuries to firefighters throughout the United States every year and about 13% of those are head injuries," explained Captain Jim Wamser.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2017 7:35:32 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Westby home destroyed by fire, one pet perishes

The tears rolled nonstop from the eyes of Angie Geier as she watched flames shooting through the roof of her home at 417 Coon Prairie Ave. in Westby, Saturday, Aug. 26. A short time later, Lucas Geier arrived and stared in disbelief as firefighters carried armloads of charred items from the house. Boxes of family photos and dresser drawers filled with children’s clothing, all blackened with soot, covered the front yard, along with the mangled remains of furniture.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2017 2:48:50 AM - SOURCE: Westby Times

Lodi Fire, EMS budget postponed until Nov. 6 meeting

Lodi and West Point municipalities examined the next steps for a Lodi Area Fire/Emergency Medical Services Department station at a joint meeting Aug. 21. All gathered to discuss proposed Fire and EMS 2018 budgets with the intent to pass them. They also discussed a Request for Proposal that solicits a firm to conduct a comprehensive review of long-term facility needs, as well as new site locations for a joint EMS and Fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2017 1:41:50 AM - SOURCE: Lodi Enterprise

Milwaukee firefighters respond to house fire near 11th and Keefe

Milwaukee Fire Department is looking into what caused a house fire near 11th and Keefe Friday morning, September 1st. According to authorities, the fire happened around 1:00 a.m. The house suffered heavy damage on one side. Red Cross was at the scene but said the house looked vacant.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox6now.com

Marshfield Fire Department, Police partner with animal shelter for calendar

The Marshfield Area Pet Shelter has partnered with Marshfield Police Department and Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department to create a calendar to raise money and awareness. The calendar features 12 kittens posed with firefighter/paramedics and police officers at their departments. MAPS is working with local company Premier Printing to design and develop a calendar, which will be sold at MAPS’ Adoption Center in Marshfield Mall beginning in October.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2017 9:20:51 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau