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After 32 years, Stratford Area Fire Department chief retires

VIDEO: The Stratford Area Fire Department honored and celebrated Chief Bill Griesbach, who retired Wednesday after 32 years with the department. "When Stratford Fire Department became Stratford Area Fire Department, that was 32 years ago. When they started is when I started," said Bill Griesbach, the retiring fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 10:44:21 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

New documents present new insight in Mosinee Fire Department resignations

VIDEO: Records released to News 9 Wednesday provide a potential backstory to the abrupt resignations of Mosinee Fire Chief Doug Jennings and Deputy Chief Emily Dobeck. They both stepped down back in January, and were connected professionally before entering their roles in Mosinee. Newly released documents obtained through an open records request contain a personal statement, as well as letters to the mayor of Mosinee regarding complaints about Jennings and Dobeck.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 4:52:04 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

DNR pilots get bird's-eye view of wildfires, rising waters

VIDEO: The engine rumbled to life. A propeller spun with a rush of noise, and Mike Callahan gently guided his small single-engine plane, a Cessna Skywagon 185, toward a runway at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. He checked his instruments a final time on the plane's faded yellow dashboard and radioed the control tower.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 9:05:58 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Small explosions heard during Marathon County structure fire

VIDEO: A two-car garage burned to the ground Tuesday in southwestern Marathon County and investigators have not been able to determine a cause. "It was fully engulfed when we got there," said Stratford Fire Chief Bill Griesbach. Fire crews responded just before 11:20 a.m. to the fire on Kuehlman Lane in the Town of Green Valley, southeast of Stratford.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7

Chippewa County Board lauds dispatcher who won award

A Chippewa County dispatcher has won an award for telecommunicator of the year. Wade Davis was given the award by Wisconsin Public Safety Communications. Davis was honored at the Chippewa County Board meeting on Tuesday, and the board gave him a standing ovation. Chippewa County Sheriff Jim Kowalczyk said Davis is a hard worker and liked by everyone in the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Leader-Telegram

Update: Bodies found in home west of Neenah identified as Jeremy Wallenfang and Ashley Mielke

VIDEO: The bodies found last week in a burned home west of Neenah have been identified as 36-year-old Jeremy Wallenfang, of Neenah, and 27-year-old Ashley Mielke, of Appleton. The cause of death has yet to be determined because both bodies were "significantly degraded" by the fire, the Winnebago County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday.
- PUB DATE: 5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Post Cresent

Motorcycle crash survivor questions why Milwaukee EMS crews didn't attend to driver, who died

VIDEO: A woman who survived a weekend motorcycle crash that killed her boyfriend, is questioning first responders' actions. Crash passenger Ayana Johnson suffered a broken leg after flying off her boyfriend Edgar Ramirez's crashed motorcycle Saturday afternoon at 11th Street and Madison Street on Milwaukee's south side.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2018 5:31:35 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Proposed 82-unit apartment complex in Beaver Dam features no sprinkler system

The Beaver Dam Common Council on Monday approved a conceptual design for a new 82-unit apartment complex that has drawn concerns from the fire chief over its lack of sprinkler systems and access points, allowing the project to move forward. The new complex would be near Spring Street, north of the Spring Lake apartment complex near Kohl’s and between two older subdivisions.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2018 10:29:10 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

2 rescued from roof in fire at Madison apartment building, officials say

The Madison Fire Department is investigating an apartment fire in the 200 block of North Street where two people were rescued from roof areas, officials said. The Madison Police Department said around midnight Tuesday, officers and firefighters responded to a fire at an eight-unit residential building operated by the nonprofit organization Porchlight.
- PUB DATE: 5/8/2018 6:43:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Greenville Looking to Build New Fire and Safety Building

VIDEO: The Town of Greenville announced today their request to help in financing the construction and equipping of a new fire and safety building. The current building they use right now was build in 1968 and it is not meeting the needs of the service people that work there. One big issue is safety concerns.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2018 8:10:40 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Superior oil refinery fires spark health concerns over soil

People in south Superior are concerned about whether it’s safe to plant vegetables or work with soil after a series of explosions and fires at the Husky Energy oil refinery. University of Wisconsin-Extension officials are looking to calm people’s fears by seeking out soil tests. Some have questioned whether people may be at risk due to last week’s fires, including Steven Sternberg, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2018 1:03:29 PM - SOURCE: Rice Lake Chronotype

Okauchee Fire Department member Dan Ferrise will retire after more than three decades on the department

A love of baseball led 19-year-old Dan Ferrise to join the Okauchee Fire Department. A love of firefighting kept him there for more than three decades. Ferrise is retiring May 19 as president of the department. He joined the department in 1982 so he could play ball on the department ream with his father, Frank, who had joined OFD in the late 1970s.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2018 10:23:19 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

‘Vitally important:’ 90 firefighters work with newest tools during annual ‘Jaws of Life’ extrication training in Delafield

VIDEO: In some of the most serious crashes, victims are trapped inside vehicles, and it's up to first responders to get them out safely; however, a lot more than expertise goes into tackling these tough situations. On Sunday, May 6, various scenarios were simulated as part of 5 Alarm Fire and Safety Equipment's annual "Jaws of Life" training school.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2018 3:49:16 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Volunteers hope to install 700 free smoke alarms in Dane County

VIDEO: Hundreds of Dane County homeowners are getting brand new smoke alarms for free. About 150 volunteers for the Red Cross and American Family Insurance are helping install and fix smoke detectors in people's homes. The goal is to install 700 alarms as part of a nationwide campaign to install 100,000 smoke alarms in just 16 days.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2018 2:37:25 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Milwaukee firefighters quickly knock down blaze at vacant home near 28th and Fond du Lac

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating a fire that happened at a vacant home early Sunday, May 6. It happened around 3:45 a.m. near 28th and Fond du Lac. Officials said firefighters were able to knock down the fire quickly. No one was hurt. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2018 2:17:53 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison apartment fire displaces 3

Saturday night, Madison Fire Department said an aggressive fire was reported on the 1900 block of Northport Drive. MFD was called to the 20-unit apartment building around 7:18p.m. The fire department said firefighters entered through the front of an apartment where they found heavy smoke. The second story bedroom was fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2018 3:23:25 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Madison resident comes home to find fire in garage

When a Madison resident arrived home around 6:50 p.m. Friday, there was a fire in the garage, according to officials with the Madison Fire Department. The garage fire was starting to extend toward the house when firefighters arrived at 1401 Nevada Road. Officials were able to put out the fire quickly before it reached the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2018 6:08:44 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Marshfield boy battling cancer becomes firefighter for a day

A young boy in Marathon County battling cancer had a dream come true Thursday when he became an honorary firefighter for the day. Lincoln Schrock is only 3 1/2 years old, but he already knows he wants to be a firefighter. "That's been a dream of his forever," said Kaitlyn Schrock, Lincoln's mom. "I hope one day he can experience it for real, being a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2018 6:33:08 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Good Samaritan helps save Elk Mound family from burning house

A house fire in rural Elk Mound left a family without a roof over their head on Wednesday. The Chippewa Fire District was dispatched to the home on 30th Street around 5:45 p.m. Fire officials said five people were in the home at the time, but luckily everyone was able to get out safely. "To get the fire under control took about 40 minutes, because the fire had gone up the back, outside of the house and into the attic.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2018 5:10:49 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Janesville Fire Department to use drones to create pre-planned fire responses

Drones could be spotted "buzzing" around Janesville soon, according to a news release from the Fire Department. Fire Chief Randy Banker hopes that using unmanned aerial vehicles could help create actionable pre-planned responses to buildings across the city. Officials plan to collect aerial images of commercial structures that can be accessed by emergency responders at a moment's notice.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2018 4:51:52 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison