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Gateway Technical College, Waterford working on fire training lease

Gateway Technical College hopes to start using the Village of Waterford’s indoor fire training center in the fall for its Fire Medic program if the Gateway board approves a lease with the village. Gateway and the village are currently drawing up a lease for the college to use the training center, a repurposed fire station at 122 N.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Osceola to buy Fullerton property for fire hall

The Osceola Village Board approved the purchase of the former Fullerton Lumber property last week, with the intent of repurposing the site as a fire hall. With the full support of all members of the board, the five members attending a special board meeting on April 17 unanimously approved the purchase of the former Fullerton Lumber property.
- PUB DATE: 4/28/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Osceola Sun

Milton: Fire department transition team suggests sharing administration with Janesville

Milton and Milton Township Fire Department interim chief Chris Lukas at last week’s joint fire commission meeting provided an introductory overview of a transitional project plan. In the past six months, the department’s transition team, which includes RW Management Group consultants, fire department members (including deputy chiefs) and Janesville Fire Department members, has met several times.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 11:06:17 AM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Madison Police and Fire Commission declines to elaborate on Koval decision

The Madison City Council will have to decide whether or not to reimburse Chief Mike Koval over $21,000 in legal fees fees without direction from the Police and Fire Commission. The city Finance Committee recommended paying fees Koval incurred while defending himself against a series of complaints. But alders questioned the PFC’s language in its decision to not penalize Koval.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 3:13:16 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

First full-time fire chief takes reins in Altoona

Altoona’s first full-time fire chief was just sworn in Wednesday morning, and the city’s police chief already has a nickname for the two emergency services leaders. “I already refer to us as the dynamic duo,” police Chief Jesse James said after Mark Renderman officially began his duties as fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 4/27/2017 2:14:53 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Off-duty Milwaukee deputy chief helps prevent woman from jumping off Hoan Bridge

VIDEO: An off-duty Milwaukee firefighter heading home from work helped saved the life of a young woman threatening to jump off the Hoan bridge. Deputy chief John Litchford was heading south down the Hoan bridge Tuesday night when he saw the young woman outside of her car on at the highest point of the bridge.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 4:45:25 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Mysterious fire leads to discovery of human remains at home in Jefferson County

VIDEO: Authorities investigate a mysterious fire in a Jefferson County town. When it is over, investigators discover human remains -- in fact, what could be the remains of two human bodies. A pole barn went up in flames around 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 24th. Home video captured the fire and response.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 2:15:57 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Woman jumps from Beaver Dam balcony to escape fire

A woman jumped Wednesday morning from a second-floor balcony after the house she was in caught fire. Beaver Dam firefighters were called at 4:18 a.m. to 115 Chatham Street on a report of a fire with someone trapped on the second floor. When they arrived, they found the first floor fully involved in fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 5:39:22 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste wins prestigious award

Wauwatosa has a decorated fire chief. The Commission on Fire Accreditation International presented Wauwatosa Fire Chief Rob Ugaste with the Ray Picard Award March 21 at the annual Center for Public Safety Excellence Conference in Anaheim, California. The international award recognizes individual superior leadership and outstanding contribution to the fire service accreditation process.
- PUB DATE: 4/26/2017 2:30:31 AM - SOURCE: WauwatosaNOW

Waukesha Firehouse Subs owners looking to give back

As workers bustled around Waukesha's first Firehouse Subs on Tuesday, April 25 just minutes before the restaurant officially opened, new owner Scott Weidner outlined his goals for the business. He said he wanted the Waukesha location, 180 E. Sunset Drive, which he owns with his wife Jennifer, to eventually become the one that donates the most money to Firehouse's non-profit Public Safety Foundation, and as a business that gives back to the community.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 1:03:48 PM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Fire damages Gundersen storage building; cause under investigation

Authorities are investigating a fire that caused minor damage to a La Crosse storage building Monday afternoon. A fire was reported at 2300 South Avenue shortly after 3 p.m., according to the La Crosse Fire Department. Firefighters extinguished the fire within 10 minutes. The building, which is owned by Gundersen Health Systems and used for storage, was unoccupied at the time.
- PUB DATE: 4/25/2017 4:06:58 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Fire closes West Baraboo hotel's restaurant

A West Baraboo hotel’s restaurant will be closed for at least two weeks after a fire broke out there early Sunday morning. Best Western front desk employee Stephanie Wills said officials still were assessing the damage Monday afternoon at Bonzos Bar & Grill Restaurant, and a cause had not yet been determined.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 8:03:23 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fire danger "High" in the Northwoods, DNR temporarily suspends burning permits

Sixty-three Wildfires burned all across the state in the last week. The DNR suspended burning permits in 44 counties Monday, including all counties in the Northwoods. The fire danger level ranged from "High" to "Very High" in most counties. DNR fire crews have been on stand-by all day Monday. "On days like today we are fully staffed and on high alert.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 3:49:49 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Small fire breaks out after three rail cars derail near Brown Deer

Three rail cars derailed on a train in northwest Milwaukee County on Monday, starting a small brush fire that officials believe was caused by sparks. There were no injuries, no release of materials nor any hazardous materials involved in the small derailment on the Union Pacific railroad near North 107th Street and West Brown Deer Road in the town of Granville, a rail spokesman said.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 2:18:39 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Anger, concern after shots fired at Milwaukee fire station

VIDEO: Milwaukee Alderman Bob Donovan and others reacted with anger and concern after a Milwaukee Fire Department station near Teutonia and Locust was shot at on Sunday, April 23rd. A bullet penetrated the window of Station 30 during the shots fired incident. It happened around 6:45 p.m. as the firefighters at Station 30 were getting dispatched to a car fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 11:11:05 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee fire station hit by gunfire

VIDEO: For the second time this year, a Milwaukee fire station has been hit by gunfire. The most recent case happened around 7:00 p.m. Sunday at Station 30 near Teutonia Avenue and Locust Street. An official with the fire department said firefighters heard a loud noise and breaking glass as they were heading out to a call.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 6:14:12 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Ashland: Mortar rounds found to be inert; ordinance discovery led to evacuations

The discovery of apparent pieces of military ordinance following a garage fire in Ashland led to the evacuation of part of an Ashland neighborhood Friday afternoon before it was later determined that they were both inert mortar training rounds. According to a statement issued by Ashland Mayor Debra Lewis, the discovery came when an Ashland firefighter, conducting a post fire investigation, discovered what state officials tentatively identified as an M69 mortar round.
- PUB DATE: 4/24/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland daily Press

Three hurt in Madison house fire

VIDEO: Madison Fire Department officials are trying to figure out what started a fire that sent three people to the hospital early Sunday morning. An MFD spokesperson tells 27 News, the injuries were minor, and the three should be okay. The fire started a little after 3:00 a.m. at a home on N Roby Rd.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2017 10:35:04 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Firefighters get realistic training to protect Marathon County residents

VIDEO: Firefighters in Marathon County are improving their already tough job by training in a real life situation. A training burn held in the Town of Maine, just north of Wausau, helped firefighters Saturday. The Maine Fire Chief Joe Bozinski said the department has been using the unoccupied home after a party offered it to the fire department to use for training.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2017 7:30:30 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Closing arguments begin in Milwaukee double homicide/arson case

VIDEO: Closing arguments are being held Friday in the trial of a Milwaukee man accused of fatally stabbing his girlfriend and her daughter and then setting the house on fire in order to cover up the crime. Patrick Fowler took the stand Thursday in his defense and told jurors that someone else stabbed the victims.
- PUB DATE: 4/21/2017 8:37:16 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee