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Janesville man whose house struck by lightning says it was "like a bomb went off"

VIDEO: A man whose home was struck by lightning overnight Tuesday tells 27 News "it was like a bomb went off." Wes Slater lives at 200 Kellogg Avenue in Janesville. He and his dogs were inside when the lightning struck and the explosive sound woke him up just before 1 Tuesday morning. While Slater didn't want to speak on camera, he was grateful he and his dogs got out safely, and is now looking forward to some rest before dealing with the aftermath.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 1:51:41 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Minocqua fire station comes in well under estimate

The town of Minocqua's fire department expansion committee approved Friday a recommendation to the Minocqua Town Board to accept the bid of just over $2.4 million from Boson Company in Marshfield to construct a new fire station. Minocqua town electors voted in October to build the fire station, which will be next to the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce on Minocqua's south side, for no more than $3.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 11:14:31 PM - SOURCE: Lakeland Times Minocqua

South Area Fire District earns what chief calls "gold standard" accreditation

South Area Fire District (SAFER) is re-certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Chief Matt Savage said Monday the accreditation is the "gold standard" of pre-hospital EMS care and his 60-member department is the only one to achieve the accreditation in Wisconsin. "We have held this honor since 2010.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 10:45:08 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Crash causes gas leak on Madison's west side

A car crash Sunday morning at a west side intersection caused a natural gas leak, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 10:35 a.m. to the intersection of Watts Road and Struck Street on a report of a car crash and the odor of natural gas. There were no injuries in the single-vehicle crash, but the driver reported running over a small tree, a natural gas pressure monitoring station and a pressurized gas pipe and then into an Alliant Energy transformer box that services the surrounding commercial district.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 8:14:38 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Preventing the unthinkable: Eagle Point tries out water rescue gear

Luke Anderson was excited after trying out a water rescue suit on the ice of Glen Loch, just north of Chippewa Falls. “This is wonderful,” he said of one of three wet suits purchased by the Town of Eagle Point Fire Department with a grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Awesome. You don’t even feel the cold water on you,” said Anderson, who is a volunteer for both the Eagle Point and Town of Tilden departments.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 4:11:37 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Three hurt as blaze destroys Kaukauna home

Three people were hurt during a house fire in Kaukauna Sunday. At about 5:21 p.m., the Kaukauna Fire Department was called to a home at 802 Crooks Avenue. The department says firefighters arrived to find heavy fire in the kitchen and smoke coming out of the front and rear doors and the eaves of the roof.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 3:40:07 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Passerby notices fire inside Mayville Fire Department station

VIDEO: A fire broke out at the Mayville Fire Department on Horicon Street late on Saturday, March 4th. Officials said shortly after 10:00 p.m., a passerby saw flames inside the building and called 911. The fire was confined to one apparatus. The station had heavy smoke. The fire station was ventilated and clean up was underway Sunday.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2017 5:35:54 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Deer-Grove, Cambridge and Marshall EMS services eyeing merger study

They’ve been talking since 2015 about a three-way merger. Now the Deer-Grove, Cambridge and Marshall EMS services 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: 3/3/2017 2:12:02 AM - SOURCE: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent

Walker orders flags to half-staff in memory of Spring Valley fire chief

Gov. Walker has ordered flags be lowered to half-staff in honor of an area fire chief who died last weekend. Terry Shafer, 62 of Spring Valley, died unexpectedly on Saturday. According to his online obituary, he served more than 30 years as fire chief of the Spring Valley Fire Department. He decided to step down as chief last year, but was continuing to serve in various roles with the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 5:46:06 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Beaver Dam firefighters rescue 2 people from apartment fire, including person hanging out window

Beaver Dam fire officials responded to an apartment fire to find someone hanging out of a window, trapped by smoke. The fire took place Thursday afternoon, March 2nd on Lake Crest Drive, near the Beaver Dam Bay Marina. According to the Beaver Dam Fire Department, several people were injured and taken to the hospital -- but they are expected to survive.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 2:17:18 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Darien Fire Department gets thermal imaging cameras

Darien Fire/EMS Department recently placed five personal thermal imaging cameras in service for crew members. The thermal imaging cameras where purchased using funds donated by Thelma Meyer in memory of her late husband, Darien Fire Department Captain Richard Sawyer. During the years that Captain Sawyer served with the Darien Fire Department no one would have dreamed of being able to see through smoke, but today that is a reality for every firefighter responding on the fire engine in Darien, said Darien Fire Chief Justin Schuenke.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 12:19:06 PM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette - Metered Site

Ice shoves crash into Lake Winnebago boathouse, sparking fire

VIDEO: While the shores of Lake Winnebago see ice shoves annually, massive ice mounds and strong winds this week are providing a stark reminder of just how powerful those shoves can be. State Senator Roger Roth witnessed it first hand, as he watched an ice shove destroy his boathouse Wednesday afternoon.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 9:20:17 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Kenosha Fire reports fewer seek firefighting jobs

At most businesses, 144 applicants for eight job openings would be an embarrassment of riches. But for the Kenosha Fire Department, that number of applicants is a steep decline from years past, leaving department leaders wondering how they can encourage more to consider careers as firefighters. Chief Charles Leipzig said they would have 400 applicants for job openings 10 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2017 6:19:54 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Back to School: Merrill firefighters learn importance of keeping accurate, clean public records

VIDEO: Between fire alarms and rushing out to emergency calls, firefighters see plenty of action every day. But on Wednesday, Merrill firefighters did a lot of sitting in a classroom. "Back to school," battalion chief Mike Drury said with a laugh. All 23 members of the crew sat through lessons on sentence structure and writing in the active voice.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2017 5:11:49 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Driver extricated from car hanging off Kaukauna bridge

PHOTO: No one was injured after a car was found hanging off the Veterans Memorial Bridge Wednesday afternoon. Rescue crews say they were called to the bridge at 1:15 p.m. Upon arrival, one of the passengers was able to get out of the car. Another person was unable to due to the position of the car. Firefighters used a 9,000-pound side winch to stabilize the car and safely extricate the driver.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2017 2:40:52 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Spring Valley mourns loss of longtime fire chief

There is a gaping hole in the fabric of the Spring Valley community after the unexpected death of longtime Fire Chief Terry Shafer, who died Saturday, Feb. 25 while on a weekend trip with his brothers. He was 62. Shafer joined Spring Valley Fire in 1979 and began wearing the white chief’s helmet in 1986.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 10:41:51 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Lightning strikes home in Kenosha, starts fire

VIDEO: A lightning strike started a fire Tuesday night in a Kenosha home. A Kenosha Fire Department battalion chief confirmed the strike on 47th Avenue near 42nd Street. "We did have a line of severe thunderstorms that came through the area with multiple lightning strikes," Battalion Chief Matthew Haerter said.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 7:26:45 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

A family affair: Baraboo firefighter celebrates 40 years

Baraboo Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Pointon thought he was about to attend a regular staff meeting Monday evening. Instead, he entered the garage to see friends and family standing alongside his fellow firefighters. They were gathered around a cake, ready to congratulate Pointon on his 40 years with the department.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 6:51:55 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

"It's a Huge Concern:" West Bend Arson Suspect Arrested

VIDEO: A man wanted for starting fires at three West Bend businesses has been arrested. Police announced the arrest Tuesday. The most recent fire happened behind Mountain Outfitters on Sunday, when police say the man started a trailer filled with cardboard boxes on fire. "I came out and checked it out, and it was pretty ugly and dirty and damaged," says Mary Gamerdinger, who works at a non-profit next door.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 1:51:07 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Town of Mitchell fire draws multiple departments

Firefighters from multiple area departments were working Tuesday afternoon to put out a structure fire at a residence in southwestern Sheboygan County. Emergency personnel were dispatched around 1:35 p.m. to the fire at N8746 County Highway W, in the Town of Mitchell, the county sheriff’s office reported.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2017 1:44:07 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press