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Wisconsin Fire News

Several homes damaged in Chippewa County home explosion

VIDEO: At least six homeowners in northern Chippewa County were forced out of their home after a home exploded near New Auburn. Shortly after 9:00 Monday night crews responded to a home near Long Lake. The New Auburn Fire Department said it was a brand new home, still under construction and a few months until being ready to live in.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2016 12:42:56 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fond du Lac fire chief in Germany; reacts to deadly truck crash at Christmas market

VIDEO: The death toll rose to 12 Monday after a tractor trailer barreled into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin, Germany. The White House says the crash appears to be a terrorist attack. NBC26 spoke with Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O'Leary who is vacationing in Germany. He says he spent the day at Frankfurt's Christmas market and planned to return to do more shopping, but after hearing the news of what happened, he's decided against it.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 8:59:37 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Fond du Lac to begin search for new communications/emergency director

Fond du Lac County will begin searching for a new director of communications and emergency management in the new year now that James McNabb has retired. Bobbie Hickens has been appointed as interim director until an appointment can be made with approval from the Fond du Lac County Board of Supervisors, said County Executive Allen Buechel.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 6:56:27 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Green Bay Firefighter Writes Book

VIDEO: Lt. David Siegel, a Green Bay Metro Firefighter, recently wrote a book about the history of the department. "Forces of Change" examines the landmark and seminal events that led to the creation and development of the early Green Bay Fire Department. This exhaustively researched book chronicles the time from establishment of organized firefighting in 1836, to creation of a stable fire department, through the merger of the cross-river sister-city fire departments of Green Bay and Fort Howard in 1895.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 5:40:59 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

House fire in Mount Pleasant injures 3 people, kills 4 pets

Three people suffered minor injuries in a house fire in Mount Pleasant early on Monday, December 19th. Firefighters were dispatched to the home on Lawndale around 2:15 a.m. — and arrived to find the house fully engulfed. Everyone inside the home managed to get out of the building. South Shore Fire Department provided emergency medical care to the three occupants.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 5:19:31 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Town of Darien and village disagree on fire and EMS services

Officials in the town of Darien staked out their positions on the future of the joint EMS department it shares with the village of Darien during a town board meeting Tuesday night. The two municipalities share fire and EMS services, but town board member Jim Terpstra said the way things are split is unfair to the town.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Red Cross helping victims of fire in southern Door County

VIDEO: Fire crews are on the scene of a fire in the southern part of Door County. It’s on Rocky Road, at the intersection with County Line Road, between Dykesville and Brussels. Firefighters were first called around 10:00 Sunday night. Red Cross volunteers on the scene say the fire started in a house and spread to three attached apartments.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2016 11:06:57 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fall Creek couple trapped in silo for hours, Sunday

VIDEO: A Fall Creek man was stuck inside a silo for nearly 5 hours Sunday after part of the structure collapsed while he was inside. Crews were called to 1907 N 130th Street in Fall Creek Sunday evening. Officials say a man and his wife were stuck inside their silo. Firefighters say the man went into the silo around 4 P.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2016 10:58:41 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Dozens of sheep die in early morning fire in Town of Chase

The Pulaski Tri-County Fire Department was called out for an early morning fire that killed dozens of animals. Fire chief James Styczynski tells Local Five the fire was called in around 5:30 Sunday morning at a farmette in the Town of Chase. The fire was in a pole shed containing equipment and animals.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2016 11:21:43 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire damages vacant home near 18th & Wright in Milwaukee

Firefighters on Friday morning, December 16th responded to the scene of a house fire near 18th and Wright in Milwaukee. Fire officials say the blaze appears to have started in the basement of a vacant home. No injuries were sustained as a result of the fire. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2016 8:32:55 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Ledgeview Fire Departments stress heating safety as frigid temperatures return

In these freezing temperatures many people use their fireplaces to keep warm. However, if people don't clean their fireplaces, it could start a fire. On Thursday, firefighters weren't just battling fires, they were also battling frigid temperatures. "He had wood burning in two chimneys with metal flues and it just got too hot, probably burnt some creosote on the inside and then started up the outside of the chimney,” said Ledgeview Fire Chief, Tom Guns.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 7:37:16 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Wood County: Firefighters, loggers team up for safety

With more than 88,000 acres of managed forestland in Wood County, logging accidents are always possible. When it comes to logging, it isn't "if" there will be an accident, it's "when," said Dana Hinkley, who owns Logger Rescue Training in Berlin, New Hampshire. Hinkley oversaw training Wednesday of more than 25 men, some loggers and some firefighters, who gathered at the Pittsville Fire Department to learn what to do when a logging accident happens.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 6:38:01 PM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

New emergency dispatch center serves city, Sheboygan County

With the flip of a switch, Sheboygan County's dispatch center recently came to life, signalling the conclusion of a multi-year goal to bring online a digital system capable of handling all of the area's emergency needs. The $12 million project brings together two former analog dispatch centers, one in the city and one in the county, to provide an efficient response to 911 calls using technology updated for the digital age.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 5:02:50 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Fort Atkinson looks at fining assisted living facilities for emergency calls

When officials in this Jefferson County city saw that many ambulance, fire and police calls were going to assisted living facilities, they took action. In September 2015, they adopted a temporary moratorium on new facilities or expansions, which remains in effect. The City Council is expected soon to consider an ordinance to establish $1,000 fines for preventable calls to assisted living centers.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 4:14:07 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Crews brave frigid temperatures to battle fire in Milwaukee

Fire damaged a house in Milwaukee early Thursday morning. The fire was reported around 4:40 a.m. on Mother Daniels Way -- one block from the intersection of 35th Street and Hampton Avenue. Emergency crews responding to the fire had to deal with a temperature of 1 degree and a wind chill of -17 degrees.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Department to help homeless stay warm

With some of the coldest temperatures of the winter season upon us, the Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Department is taking steps to help homeless people in the city. “We realize the overnight warming shelters have their own limitations," Fire Chief Peter O'Leary said. "Each morning at 7 a.m. those using the overnight shelter are sent back out in the cold.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Green Bay Takes Next Step Toward Constructing Public Safety Building

VIDEO: It may be more than a year before construction could begin, but the City of Green Bay is moving forward with plans for a new public safety building. Action 2 News first told you Tuesday night that a city committee unanimously approved a study showing what the community needs in that building. While it would include police and fire, another agency would not be moving there.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 5:22:50 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

New fire alert system tested at Chippewa Valley Technical College

An Eau Claire apartment’s Christmas tree went up in flames midmorning on Tuesday. The tree, shrouded in twinkling red and white lights, had a small pile of boxes wrapped in festive paper nestled beneath its branches. There was a brown couch to the tree’s left, a window to its right. The flames licked their way up the tree’s dry pine needles before engulfing the ceiling and the living room’s surrounding features in a thick, dark smoke.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2016 2:14:54 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

City approves negotiations for new Eau Clair fire station site

Plans for a new fire station on Eau Claire’s north side are moving forward. Tuesday, the city took the first step to acquire land at the corner of Birch St. and Malden Ave. for the new building which would replace Fire Station 10. The station was built back in 1949 and the city says its outdated and in need of replacement.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 8:46:52 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire at Cudahy condo complex leaves 5 homeless

VIDEO: Several people are fortunate to have escaped with their lives after fire damaged two condominiums in Cudahy on Monday, December 12th. "Their holiday's going to be altered quite a bit," said Cudahy Fire Chief Dan Mayer. "Kind of hits home for us when we fight a fire where there's a Christmas tree up, Christmas gifts already set, and the fire comes in and damages everything -- and you know that all of that's ruined.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2016 3:35:58 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6