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Wisconsin Fire News

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

Two Rivers bar destroyed in overnight fire

VIDEO: Crews responded to an overnight fire at Hog Wild Bar in Two Rivers. Crews got the call around midnight to a bar on the 2500 block of Woodland Drive. Fire officials activated Mavis which is common for a fire of this size. The fire chief said they were able to get the fire out and under control around 3 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2016 7:17:34 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Milwaukee dad accused of drowning 3-month-old after fight

A man with the same name and date of birth had been the subject of a domestic violence restraining order petition filed in Milwaukee County Circuit Court in April 2015. But the suspect was not properly served, and the court denied the restraining order and dismissed the case. It was not clear Sunday whether the petitioner who sought the restraining order was the mother of the child.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2016 5:57:07 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Prank Call for Downed Plane in the Town of Norrie

A prank call of a downed plane drew the attention of many EMS services for a wasted effort Friday afternoon. Dispatchers received a 911 call that there was a plane down in the Town of Norrie, but the cell signal dropped during the call. A medical helicopter, the Hatley fire department, and the Marathon County Sheriff's Department were called in to search, but were unable to locate a plane.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2016 6:23:14 AM - SOURCE: WNCY-FM Y100

Plum City warning sirens will be hooked to Pierce County

When severe storms rolled through Plum City Tuesday, July 5, the fire whistle didn’t go off in town; it wasn’t hooked up to the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, who can set sirens off remotely, said Plum City Fire Chief PJ Hines. Hines and firefighter Ron Anderson told Plum City Village Board members July 11 that firefighters don’t receive any more advanced notice than residents when it comes to severe weather warnings.
- PUB DATE: 7/30/2016 7:57:01 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Eau Claire Fire Department announces new fire chief

The Eau Claire Police and Fire Commission is pleased to announce, after conducting a nationwide search, that Mr. Christian M. Bell has been appointed to the position of Fire Chief for the City of Eau Claire. Mr. Bell started his firefighting career as a volunteer in 1995 and joined the Eau Claire Fire Department in 1997 as a Firefighter/Paramedic.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2016 8:32:44 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee firefighters union chief played role in high-rise zoning fight

The Milwaukee Common Council's rejection this week of a $55 million apartment high-rise was largely the result of opposition from people living in a neighboring east side condo building. But the neighboring condo owners were joined in their campaign by a unexpected figure: the president of the local firefighters union, who lives 13 miles from the proposed project site.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2016 5:11:19 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel