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Wisconsin Fire News

Car collides with Randolph fire truck on way to fire

A Randolph Fire Department truck was struck by a Ford Fiesta Friday morning while the truck was responding to a fire on Highway 33. The collision took place at the intersection of Pleasant Road and Highway P. Randolph fire chief Bruce Miller said neither of the firefighters in the truck was injured. “The driver of the vehicle was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries,” Miller said.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2017 6:16:08 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Flight for Life Called after Person Falls Off Glenbeulah Fire Truck

Flight for Life was called to the Glenbeulah Fire Department in Sheboygan County Wednesday evening. According to the fire chief someone fell off a truck at the fire department. It is unknown if that person is a firefighter and the current condition of the person is unknown.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 6:38:57 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

McFarland firefighters climb to tackle lung disease

Five members of the McFarland Fire Department are preparing to climb more than 1,000 stairs while wearing full turnout gear. The quintet will walk up the stairs at the U.S. Bank Building in Milwaukee on March 18 as part of the Fight for Air Climb to raise funds and awareness for the American Lung Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 2:09:39 AM - SOURCE: McFarland Thistle

Larger fire station may be in Wheatland’s future

The need for a larger fire station in Wheatland was discussed at the Town Board meeting Monday in an effort to begin long-range facility planning. “We have outgrown the existing building,” Fire Chief Lou Denko said. Denko said the station houses five trucks and the all-terrain vehicle used to fight grass fires.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2017 2:06:45 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Madison Fire Department: Cancer a silent killer for firefighters

When firefighters report to duty every day, they know they're putting their lives on the line, but besides smoke and flames, there's a silent killer lurking: Cancer. According to recent studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, firefighters are more likely than the general population to be diagnosed with or die from cancer.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 8:38:45 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Earliest documented tornado to hit La Crosse County caused damage Monday

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado hit La Crosse County Monday night, the earliest recorded instance of a tornado in western Wisconsin. The F-1 twister, with winds of 100 to 110 mph, touched down near Barre Mills about 8:45 p.m. and traveled about 3 miles to the northeast, lifting up south of West Salem, according to the Weather Service.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 3:13:38 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

South Shore Fire Department crews battle fire at Affordable Tree Care

Crews spent hours Wednesday battling a fire that started in a wood pile at Affordable Tree Care, 3201 Highway H. The fire, which was reported about 12:30 p.m., spread from the wood pile onto parkland and up to the railroad tracks, said Mark Pierce, South Shore Fire Department division chief. A box alarm was called, bringing in additional crews from Racine, Kenosha and Milwaukee counties.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 2:14:46 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Multiple crews respond to Ellington house fire

VIDEO: More than 15 fire departments fought a fire at a single-family home Wednesday afternoon. Authorities were called to the 3000 block of Sunset Lane shortly after 3 p.m. Residents of the home reported the fire, which heavily damaged the residence. "They had gotten home from work or from town, and that's when they noticed the fire," said Ellington Fire Department Chief Jim Bentle.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2017 1:42:24 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Baileys Harbor home total loss in fire

A home near Baileys Harbor was consumed by fire Wednesday night as strong winds fed the flames while firefighters from throughout northern Door County worked to contain the blaze. The home is a "total loss," said Baileys Harbor Assistant Fire Chief Eric Peil. Fire crews were on the scene until 2:15 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 9:12:50 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

No injuries in Eau Claire County wildfire

VIDEO: Fire crews are investigating what sparked a wild fire in Eau Claire County. The fire was called in at around 3 p.m. Wednesday on County Road GG in Augusta. Officials have told WEAU 13 News they're still knocking down the fire and believe it's burning about 10 to 20 acres. The forestry team leader says with the windy conditions and low humidity more fire-activities are starting to pick-up.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 5:31:01 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Christiana home, shed destroyed by fire

Firefighters from several fire departments were called to the scene of a fire Wednesday morning in the town of Christiana. Firefighters were called at 9:30 a.m. to 2185 Clear View Road after a neighbor spotted the fire. Firefighters from from Fort Atkinson, McFarland, Edgerton, Stoughton, Deerfield and Cambridge were called to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 9:14:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Village, city of Pewaukee agree to tentative fire and EMS contract

After a three-year stalemate, the village has agreed on a number with the city of Pewaukee for a tentative new fire and emergency medical services (EMS) contract. That number is $1.361 million for a five-year contract, which includes a 3-percent increase yearly and an opt-out clause after 18 months. Administrative and inspection fees are also included in the contract number.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 3:04:46 AM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Fire ignites in Kenosha store’s trash compactor

Firefighters extinguished a blaze inside a giant trash compactor bin at local store that sells outdoor equipment Tuesday night. The Kenosha Fire Department responded to the fire at Gander Mountain, 6802 118th Ave., at about 6:10 p.m., at a loading dock on the northeast side of the store, Battalion Chief Wes Bernhardt said.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2017 2:05:57 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Council approves joint fire and rescue contract with Beaver Dam and towns

A new three-year fire and rescue joint contract between the city of Beaver Dam and five towns was approved by Beaver Dam Common Council Monday. Council President Jon Litscher complimented Beaver Dam Fire Chief Alan Mannel and the town representatives who make up the Beaver Dam Community Fire and Rescue Association for renegotiating the contract.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 7:30:45 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Wind speeds complicate early morning fire in Chilton

VIDEO: High wind speeds were a factor in the difficulty of fighting an early morning fire in Chilton on Weeks Road. The fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. The fire itself was called in by a passerby and when firefighters arrived a shed and barn were engulfed in flames. About 50 steer were inside the barn, all of which got out of the barn safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 5:20:36 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Beloit Fire Department hosts annual pancake breakfast

Bellies and hearts were full at the Town of Beloit Fire Department’s 26th annual pancake breakfast Saturday. Loyal fans returned for another year to see their neighbors and show support for firefighters. Held at Beloit Turner High School, the event featured a feast of whole hog sausage and all-you-can-eat pancakes made by seasoned experts.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 3:12:44 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Janesville man whose house struck by lightning says it was "like a bomb went off"

VIDEO: A man whose home was struck by lightning overnight Tuesday tells 27 News "it was like a bomb went off." Wes Slater lives at 200 Kellogg Avenue in Janesville. He and his dogs were inside when the lightning struck and the explosive sound woke him up just before 1 Tuesday morning. While Slater didn't want to speak on camera, he was grateful he and his dogs got out safely, and is now looking forward to some rest before dealing with the aftermath.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2017 1:51:41 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Minocqua fire station comes in well under estimate

The town of Minocqua's fire department expansion committee approved Friday a recommendation to the Minocqua Town Board to accept the bid of just over $2.4 million from Boson Company in Marshfield to construct a new fire station. Minocqua town electors voted in October to build the fire station, which will be next to the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce on Minocqua's south side, for no more than $3.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 11:14:31 PM - SOURCE: Lakeland Times Minocqua

South Area Fire District earns what chief calls "gold standard" accreditation

South Area Fire District (SAFER) is re-certified by the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services. Chief Matt Savage said Monday the accreditation is the "gold standard" of pre-hospital EMS care and his 60-member department is the only one to achieve the accreditation in Wisconsin. "We have held this honor since 2010.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 10:45:08 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Crash causes gas leak on Madison's west side

A car crash Sunday morning at a west side intersection caused a natural gas leak, according to a release from the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 10:35 a.m. to the intersection of Watts Road and Struck Street on a report of a car crash and the odor of natural gas. There were no injuries in the single-vehicle crash, but the driver reported running over a small tree, a natural gas pressure monitoring station and a pressurized gas pipe and then into an Alliant Energy transformer box that services the surrounding commercial district.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2017 8:14:38 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison