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Racine Fire Department hosts national conference at Wingspread

Experts from across the country charted the future of firefighting at a landmark national conference held in Racine County last month. The Racine Fire Department in July hosted the Wingspread VI Conference, the sixth national gathering to prepare fire departments for challenges they might face in the next decade.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times

15 acres of straw field damaged after fire in Marathon County Sunday

VIDEO: About 15 acres of grass and straw are damaged after a fire Sunday afternoon in Marathon County. The fire was reported around 3:50 p.m. Sunday to an address on the 3600 block of County Rd. Y in the Town of Harrison. Birnamwood Fire Chief Randy Berger told NewsChannel 7 that the fire was getting close to a house and barn.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2016 2:34:20 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroys Cross Plains barn, causes $140K in damage, officials say

PHOTO: A barn containing hay and straw caught fire Saturday afternoon in the town of Cross Plains, and collapsed despite the firefighting efforts of seven area departments. In a news release, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said deputies, along with firefighters from Cross Plains, Madison, Mazomanie, Middleton, Arena, Verona and Waunakee, responded to the blaze at 3822 Garfoot Road around 4:52 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2016 1:45:12 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire reported at Magnet Billiards & Bar in Oshkosh

Oshkosh emergency crews responded at 6:40 a.m. to a fire at the Magnet Billiards & Bar, 519 N. Main St. There were three fire trucks in the back parking lot at Division and Church Streets, two fire trucks in the front of the building on Main Street, two ambulances and police officers at the scene as of 8:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 7:47:08 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Racine dive training helps improve local readiness

PHOTO: The Racine Fire Department and the Racine County Water Rescue Response Team, comprised of area law enforcement members and firefighters, have been participating in dive training sessions this week to gain certification in specific areas of dive rescues. The training began Monday and continues through today near the Fifth Street Boat Launch.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 2:21:25 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Onalaska Town Board waiting on Holmen Area Fire Dept. proposed impact fee

The Onalaska Town Board decided to take a wait-and-see plan of action regarding a $100-impact fee proposal for the Holmen Area Fire Department’s capital fund. The board decided at its meeting Tuesday to table an agenda item that would authorize a board representative to negotiate the fee schedule for the proposal.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2016 2:12:42 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

La Crosse: Drug needle pickup may shift from fire department to volunteers

VIDEO: The responsibility for picking up discarded drug needles in La Crosse now lies with the Fire Department, but health agencies are discussing the possibility of a shift. The AIDS Resource Center has a needle exchange program, which works as a harm reduction strategy to prevent disease. Although most of the needles the center gives out make it back, not all are properly disposed-and some are left outside.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 5:11:55 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Small Janesville fire could displace two duplex tenants

Two tenants could be displaced after a small duplex fire near Memorial Drive on Thursday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Ruchti said. Something was left cooking on the stove at the upstairs residence at 815 Harding St. before 11 a.m., causing the fire. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames within about 15 minutes, Ruchti said.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 9:49:03 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Milwaukee Home Damaged by Late Night Fire

Three people escaped a house fire unharmed late last night in Milwaukee. The fire was reported to the Milwaukee Fire Department around 11:55 PM in a two-story wood frame house at N 21st Street and W Concordia Avenue. According to fire officials, the fire was located on the second floor of the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 7:11:15 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wausau Police: Cabaret bar fire could be arson

Police are investigating an early Thursday morning fire at The Cabaret Bar as a possible arson. Wausau Police Lt. Melinda Pauls said a caller reported flames and the sound of glass shattering at around 5 a.m. Thursday at The Cabaret on Rib Mountain Drive. Pauls said the bar was closed at the time of the fire but a witness saw someone walking near the tavern around the same time, which is one of the reasons investigators are considering the fire to be suspicious.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 6:12:21 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Porch fire extinguished at Washington Ave. building in Racine

PHOTO: A portion of Washington Avenue was temporarily shut down Wednesday afternoon after a small porch fire broke out at a multi-family dwelling. The fire was reported at 1:35 p.m. at 1010 Washington Ave., between 10th and Racine streets. That entire section of Washington (Highway 20) was closed for about 30 minutes as the Racine Fire Department battled the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2016 2:35:24 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Beloit Fire Department OT exceeds budget

The Beloit Fire Department has a history of too much overtime and too many unnecessary emergency calls. The Fire Department is projected to spend $320,800 in overtime which is $60,000 more than budgeted but is the approximate total spent each of the last four years, Fire Chief Brad Liggett said. The department spent $320,345 in 2015 overtime and was budgeted $295,000.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2016 7:01:37 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

'Pastor Steve' Keller named chaplain for Lake Delton Fire Department

The Lake Delton Fire Department welcomed a new chaplain into its fold Monday night. The Rev. Steven G. Keller, long-time pastor for Wisconsin Dells United Presbyterian Church, received his chaplain badge from Lake Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson during a brief induction ceremony at the station. Keller steps into the role held by the Rev.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2016 5:52:08 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Dells-Events

Home damaged in Wausau fire

VIDEO: A fire damaged a home in Wausau early Wednesday morning. Dozens of firefighters were at the scene on Pearson Street. The blaze was called in just before 4 a.m. Authorities from the Marathon County Sheriff's Department say the family was able to get out of the home safely. The families two pet rabbits also made it out safely, but their bird was not as fortunate.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2016 5:33:21 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Milwaukee Fire Department announces tribute events for 15th anniversary of 9/11

Representatives from the Milwaukee Fire Department and On Purpose Journey, a non-profit that provides support for military, firefighters, law enforcement and veterans, today announced a collection of events to pay tribute to the upcoming 15th anniversary of the tragic events of Sept. 11, 2001. "This year, we were asked by fire departments, law enforcement agencies and military veteran groups around the country to stand for their fallen, and we are excited and humbled and honored to answer that call," said Mollie Manhattan, founder of On Purpose Journey, at Tuesday's press conference, held outside of Milwaukee Fire Department Engine House 2, 755 N.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2016 8:39:15 PM - SOURCE: OnMilwaukee.com

Fond du Lac police officers and firefighters engage community on Night Out

As the propellers grew louder and Flight for Life came nearer, a massive crowd of parents and children ran to watch the helicopter land, then wait for a look inside. Flight for Life, along with numerous Fond du Lac police officers and firefighters, was present at the fairgrounds for National Night Out, an event celebrated around the world Aug.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2016 7:33:35 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Two killed in Vernon County house fire

Police are investigating two deaths that occurred after a fatal fire in Hilllsboro early Monday morning. The Vernon County Sheriff’s Office received two phone calls around 6:53 and 6:56 A.M. from citizens driving by the residence and reporting a fully engulfed structure fire that was almost burnt to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2016 7:54:49 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Sun Prairie leaders make case to add fire, police, EMS personnel for safety

City public safety leaders say they will need more police officers, firefighters and a third ambulance to keep the growing Sun Prairie community safe. Sun Prairie Fire Police Chief Chris Garrison said needs are being met with calls volume on the east side of town but more westside growth could see service to that area could fall in the future.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2016 5:18:42 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Fire association hopes for agreement with Dodge County

Dodge County and local fire departments may be closer to an agreement about purchasing water safety equipment over the next few years. Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel and Clyman Fire Chief Eric Howlett attended the Dodge County Board of Supervisor’s Executive Committee meeting Monday to broach a proposal about the county contributing to the expense of water rescues in the area.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2016 6:50:05 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire Dept.: Sprinkler system helps put out apartment fire on Madison's south side

Authorities in Madison say an automatic sprinkler system helped put out an apartment fire after a candle was left burning in a bedroom on the city's south side over the weekend. According to the Madison Fire Department, people who live in an apartment on the 4700 block of Jenewein Rd. left the candle burning just after 11:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2016 9:43:19 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

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