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Wausaukee School Okays EMT, Fire Course Credits

Responding to community needs and arguments that training for service with volunteer rescue squads and fire departments can lead to future careers for students, Wausaukee School Board has approved a policy change that now allows students to get high school and college credits as well as GPA points for successfully completing EMT, First Responder and Fire and Rescue courses that are sanctioned and sponsored by the district.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 2:49:49 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

Holmen fire district facing deficits

As the Holmen Area Fire Department continues to rebuild, its fire chief is advising the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board the department is coming up short on funding. “We are five years behind,” said Holmen Area Fire Department Chief Paul Menches. “The equalized value has climbed, but the department’s finances have gone south.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 2:24:02 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Flags to be flown at half-mast for former Mosinee EMT

Gov. Scott Walker has ordered that the U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff on Thursday, Sept. 28, to honor Matthew Deicher, an emergency medical technician and firefighter who died in the line of duty, according to the Department of Military Affairs. Deicher died on Saturday, Sept. 23, due to injuries and complications he had suffered during an EMT call in 2003.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2017 2:09:12 AM - SOURCE: Spooner Advocate

Town of Beloit delays fall burning season after large house fire

VIDEO: A large house fire Monday prompted the Town of Beloit Fire Chief to postpone the fall burning season until Oct. 9. Normally, the Town of Beloit is allowed to burn from Oct. 1 to Nov. 30 and during the month of April. Fire Chief Gene Wright decided to delay the start of fall burning after the recent warm weather and dry conditions in the area, as well as a large house fire Monday afternoon that destroyed one home and almost caught another on fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 3:41:35 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Larger Eau Claire fire station approved

VIDEO: Eau Claire City Council members approved a plan to construct a larger fire station for one of the department's buildings. Eau Claire Fire Chief Chris Bell said the department is ecstatic to be able to move forward with the larger station. Not only will the larger station help keep some of their equipment from sitting outside, it will also help lessen costs for the future as certain areas in the city expand.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 3:17:24 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Gas leak causes evacuation in Burlington

Homes were evacuated and utility service was temporarily interrupted for dozens of homes and several businesses after a crew installing a sign post breached a natural gas line in the city Tuesday morning. City of Burlington firefighters were notified at 10:47 a.m. of the situation that occurred at the intersection of Edgewood Drive and Main Street, just east of the Fox River.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2017 2:15:19 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

“Only so much money:” 2018 budget plan may close fire stations, add response times across Milwaukee

VIDEO: Cuts to public safety are raising eyebrows, especially within the Milwaukee Fire Department. The department will end up closing six of its fire stations across the city. The impact to you may be a slower response time in emergencies. "I don't want them to do it. I don't want them to close it down," said Regina King, lives by fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 9:12:19 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

City shocked after Wausau paramedic charged with sexual assault while working

VIDEO: A city is in disbelief after a Wausau firefighter/paramedic is charged with sexual assault while on the job. 33-year-old Clifford Heiser is accused of inappropriately touching a female patient in the back of an ambulance earlier this month. Fire, police and city leaders held a press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the allegations.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 8:51:25 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Marshfield firefighters learn how to respond to school bus crashes

VIDEO: It's a skill they hope they never have to use, but Tuesday firefighters from the Marshfield area learned how to properly remove victims, in the case of a school bus crash. Using a real bus at Shaw's Wrecking Yard, crews will continue to practice their techniques through Thursday. “It gives the crew a better opportunity, a better understanding of where their access points are, what they have to do to stabilize the bus if it's tippy.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 8:48:05 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

36 people displaced by two Green Bay apartment fires

More than 30 people were displaced by a pair of apartment fires in Green Bay. The first fire, in the basement of an apartment building 2014 Vine St., was called in at 7:44 p.m. Monday, said Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Cody Johnson. "When crews arrived there was heavy smoke coming from the basement," Johnson said.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 3:48:30 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Over and out: New Richmond puts on surprise retirement party for longtime employee

It takes a lot to surprise a man who is tasked with being prepared for any contingency. But more than 100 City of New Richmond employees and community members were able to pull off just that on Thursday, Sept. 18, when they threw a surprise retirement ceremony for longtime city emergency government director Chuck Mehls.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 3:05:34 AM - SOURCE: New Richmond News

Mosinee EMT paralyzed in 2003 ambulance crash dies

A former Mosinee Fire Department EMT has died - 14 years after he suffered crippling injuries when his ambulance rolled over, according to the fire department. Matt Deicher died Saturday. The ambulance rolled over on state Highway 39 in Marathon County in July 2003 as Deicher and two other EMTs were transporting a patient to the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9

App to help Madison off-duty firefighters find heart attack victims

The closest first responder to a cardiac arrest victim might not know about the emergency, if the firefighter is off duty. Thanks to a pilot program coming to Madison, that won’t be the case anymore. The PulsePoint Verified Responder app will start up on Tuesday for off-duty Madison Fire Department firefighters and paramedics, signaling the responders of a cardiac arrest within a quarter-mile of their location.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 7:23:54 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Greenfield Fire Saves Whitnall Homecoming

Whitnall high schoolers almost had to go home early when the power went out during their homecoming dance, but their Saturday night was saved thanks to a quick response from some first responders. "Students spend a lot of money on their outfit, hair, and makeup, and we wanted to make sure they had the whole experience," said Principal Charles Tollefsen, Whitnall High School.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2017 7:20:32 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

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

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