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Ammonia leak at TNT Crust in Green Bay injures six, 3 taken to hospital

Three people were taken to a hospital during an ammonia leak at a business in Green Bay. At about 1:15 a.m., the Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to TNT Crust at 508 Elizabeth Street. Crews found a “substantial leak” in the ammonia coolant system, according to the department. Employees were evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Home expected to be a total loss after fire in Dane County

An home near Oregon is expected to be a total loss after a fire Wednesday afternoon. Dane County dispatchers confirmed the fire was happening at a home off of Oak Hill Road, in Rutland. Crews from three counties responded to the scene around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday. A heavy plume of smoke could be seen coming from the fire just after 5 p.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Madison Fire Department responds to gas leak at East High School

The Madison Fire Department says it was called to East High School Thursday morning for a gas leak while students were briefly held outside of the building as a precaution. Firefighters were called to the school just before 8 a.m. for a report of a natural gas leak. The fire department says a large piece of concrete broke apart during demolition work in the school and hit a gas line in the school’s boiler room, breaking the line.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 3 Madison

Update: $25,000 reward offered in firebombing of Madison anti-abortion office

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now offering up to $25,000 to anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest and conviction of whoever was behind the arson at a Madison anti-abortion group’s executive office, which happened on Mother’s Day last year. Federal agents announced the new reward Thursday, noting the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Madison Police Department are still investigating the case.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Packers donating AEDs after Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin’s sudden cardiac arrest on the football field two weeks ago has sparked action in the Green Bay Packers organization. It’s teaming up with Bellin Health to purchase and donate automated external defibrillators, or AEDs, to local organizations. Hamlin’s collapse during a primetime game not only shocked spectators but also those in charge of National Football League franchises.
- PUB DATE: 1/19/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

New mural in Madison to recognize firefighters' work during pandemic

A permanent thank you to firefighters who have given their all during the pandemic will soon grace the wall of Madison Fire Station 10. That thank you is a mural made by Developing Artists, Murals and Alliances (or DAMA). Veronica Figueroa, Executive Director of DAMA, helped design the mural with input from community members and first responders.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Monroe County: Fort McCoy firefighters hold ice rescue diving training at frozen-over installation lake

One by one, firefighters donned their dry suits and diving equipment and slipped below the ice of Big Sandy Lake on Jan. 11 to practice rescuing a victim during ice rescue training for the Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department dive team. Members of fire department’s dive team spent most of the day at the lake practicing various scenarios and honing their ice diving skills as part of an annual requirement to not only refresh skills but also maintain certifications, said Assistant Fire Chief Hunter Young.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: DVIDS

Update: Watertown fatal fire cause 'undetermined;' no suspicious activity

Watertown fire officials announced on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that the cause of a fatal fire on Western Avenue last month will be listed as "undetermined." Officials stated in a news release that no suspicious activity, foul play, or criminal activity is suspected. It was around 12:30 a.m. on Friday, Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/18/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

2022 marks the busiest year in Wausau Fire Department history

The Wausau Fire Department received 6,686 calls in 2022 which is about 200 calls less than the previous year, but the department is busier than ever. “The Wausau Fire Department in 2022 had the busiest year in history,” said Chief Bob Barteck, Wausau Fire Department. He added that Wausau had more than a 3% increase in calls in comparison to 2021 and despite making a policy change to off-site facility alarm response, 99.
- PUB DATE: 1/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Tomahawk, other crews battle fire at Tripoli BP

PHOTOS: A fire at the Tripoli BP caused significant damage as firefighters from Tomahawk and area fire departments battled the blaze Monday morning. On Monday January 16 at approximately 4:01 a.m., the Lincoln County Sheriffs Office Communications Center dispatched Tomahawk Fire Department to W11069 US Highway 8, the Tripoli BP, in the Town of Somo for a report of smoke coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2023 11:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

5 displaced after bathroom exhaust fan causes fire in Sun Prairie townhouse

A neighbor's quick thinking limited the damage to a Sun Prairie townhouse after an attic fire. Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue Company Assistant Chief Bill Sullivan said they responded to a reported fire at a six-unit townhouse on Schiller Street Sunday. The caller explained they could smell smoke but didn't see any smoke or fire in their unit.
- PUB DATE: 1/16/2023 11:15:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Crews respond to vehicle fire in Sparta area

No one is injured after a fire destroyed a vehicle in the Town of Leon. The vehicle caught fire while in the woods, just a mile off Kale road. “The only way to access the fire was with four wheel drive and our all wheel drive engine. Once we finally got to the vehicle it was fully engulfed– the occupants of the vehicle were out in the woods and were going to do some wood cutting,” Sparta Fire Chief Mike Arnold said.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2023 1:44:12 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 Milwaukee

'You never know what you’re going to get into': Madison firefighter reminisces and retires after 29 years

Long-time Madison Fire Department member and leader John Fleming retired after 29 years of service this month. The department said Fleming was inspired to join the profession after watching his father and other family friends enjoy the career. According to the fire department, after Fleming graduated from the recruit academy in 1994, he was assigned to Fire Station 9.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2023 7:46:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Howard, Suamico Fire Departments receive grant to train high school students

The Howard and Suamico Fire Departments are recruiting future firefighters at Bay Port High School. Both agencies were among the only 2 others in the state to receive a $25,000 grant to purchase the protective equipment for their new program, ‘Building Up Future Firefighters.’ Chief Joe Bertler with the Suamico Fire Department says, “It’s a great opportunity for not only us but community-wide.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 1:32:32 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Western Technical College in Sparta training newest firefighting students

People see firefighters protecting the area all the time, but each got their start in the classroom. Western Technical College in Sparta has several students hoping to graduate and become full-time members of the firefighting profession. The latest recruits say that they chose the career for a variety of reasons.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2023 12:15:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Janesville kitchen fire sends 1 to hospital

The Janesville Fire Department responded to a residential fire Wednesday that sent someone to the hospital. The department posted on Facebook the fire took place at the second-floor apartment of a multi-family home on Prairie Ave. Firefighters quickly entered the upper apartment, finding and extinguishing a fire that had "engulfed the kitchen.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 7:57:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Crews battle fire at Macht Village Offices in Brown County

Multiple crews responded to a fire on the 3300 block of Mid Valley Drive on Thursday morning that caused smoke to cover a section of I-41 south. Local 5 was on the scene and confirmed that the fire was at the Macht Village Offices, the primary location of Macht Village Programs. Macht Village Programs assists children and young adults with severe emotional and behavioral problems.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 5:58:01 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

City of Beloit restructures fire department to elevate emergency responses

The City of Beloit Fire Department reorganized their leadership levels and hired three new battalion chiefs to oversee their own divisions. From firefighters all the way up the leadership ladder to fire chief, every department is made up of different people with different titles and responsibilities.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 5:15:07 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

West Salem firefighters bartend for School District's Random Acts of Kindness fund

West Salem firefighters are trading fire hoses for cocktail shakers– and they’re doing it to benefit the kids. The volunteer fire staff worked behind the Westview Inn bar between 4:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Every tip they earned went to West Salem School District’s “Random Acts of Kindness” account, which helps support kids from kindergarten to senior year.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 3:26:02 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eau Claire and Altoona Fire Departments could merge in response to rapid population growth

Altoona and Eau Claire already share ambulance services. Now. a merger between the Eau Claire Fire Department and the Altoona Fire Department may be in the works, and that would mean changes for both departments. With both cities growing at high rates, the Eau Claire Fire Department and the Altoona Fire Department could soon merge together.
- PUB DATE: 1/12/2023 3:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC18 Eau Claire

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