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Lake Geneva Fire Department paramedics ready for emergency calls

The Lake Geneva Fire Department is now able to offer a higher level of care to emergency medical patients before they arrive at a hospital. The fire department on March 23 received its paramedic certification from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, and began offering the improved service effective April 1.
- PUB DATE: 4/6/2018 4:33:26 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Governor orders flags to half-staff Friday to honor fallen Madison firefighter

Gov. Scott Walker ordered Thursday that all flags be flown at half-staff Friday in honor of Madison firefighter and paramedic Richard Garner. Garner, 29, collapsed suddenly Sunday morning shortly after completing his shift. He joined the Madison Fire Department in 2012, and served as a firefighter and EMT at station 5 until moving to station 10 and becoming a paramedic in 2017.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 4:36:52 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Oshkosh Police and Fire Commission picks 4 finalists for fire chief position

There are four people in the running to become the city's new fire chief. The Oshkosh Police and Fire Commission selected four finalists after a nationwide search, the city announced Thursday. The commission has set an open house-style meet and greet for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Oshkosh Convention Center, according to the city.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 4:32:10 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Follow Up: Casual phone call sparks $20,000 donation to Wales-Genesee Fire Department

VIDEO: What started as mysterious phone call ended with an anonymous $20,000 donation to the Wales-Genesee Fire Department. Wales-Genesee Fire Chief Jim Moon took a call in mid-December 2017 from someone asking about donations. "I had gotten a phone call from a gentleman asking me how he could donate to the Wales Fire Department," Moon said.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 7:23:01 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Crews investigate potentially suspicious house fire in Morrison

The Brown County Arson Task Force is investigating a potentially suspicious house fire in the Town of Morrison, according to officers. No one was home when the fire broke out around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. Firefighters are not sure how many people live at the home. Deputies said there are no injuries or deaths related to this fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2018 6:34:23 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Osceola community rushes to Crystal Ball’s aid during barn fire

Area fire departments, passers by and locals rushed to Crystal Ball Farms Organic Dairy in Osceola last Thursday to help mitigate the damage of a barn fire. Although the barn burned to the ground, creamery manager Jessi Fouks said the outcome would have been worse if a passerby had not stopped to alert her to the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 7:27:17 AM - SOURCE: Osceola Sun

Fire damages home near 39th and Galena in Milwaukee, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, April 4 responded to the scene of a house fire in Milwaukee. It happened shortly before 5 a.m. in the area of 39th and Galena. Officials say one person was transported for medical help. At this time, it is unclear if that person was hurt directly by the fire or if a medical issue flared up because of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2018 6:00:28 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison firefighters respond to garage fire in snowy conditions

VIDEO: Firefighters in Madison are looking into the cause of a fire on the city's east side Tuesday night. The fire broke out just before 7 p.m. in the 400 block of Galileo Drive, which is off Cottage Grove Road. Madison fire officials say the fire started in the garage and spread to the home. Everyone got out of the house safely and no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 7:44:23 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Goat dies in Medina barn fire on Tuesday afternoon, Dane County Sheriff's Office says

A baby goat died in a Tuesday afternoon barn fire in the town of Medina, authorities said. Forty-nine other goats were rescued from the blaze and nobody was injured in the fire, said Dane County Sheriff's Office Spokeswoman Elise Schaffer. Dane County Sheriff's deputies and firefighters from six area departments responded to the barn fire at 1394 W.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 4:32:15 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Wales Genesee Fire Department receives $20,000 gift from anonymous donor

Late last year, Fire Chief Jim Moon got an unexpected early Christmas gift. He found it Dec. 20 when he went through his mail and came across an envelope from a bank he didn't recognize. At first, he thought it was just promotional mail. "I thought it was going to say something like 'open an account with us.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 1:26:45 PM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Fire breaks out in Mauston

Local emergency personnel responded to a fire at 1010 Parker Drive in Mauston April 3 at approximately 9:15 a.m. The building is used by Brunner Manufacturing. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time. Mauston Fire Chief Kim Hale said there is reason to believe the fire was caused by an "air handling unit," but that may be subject to change as they learn more.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 9:52:16 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Beaver Dam Fire responds to house fire

A town of Beaver Dam family was displaced by an electrical fire on Monday night. Dan and Jackie Chase were able to contact authorizes after exiting the home. Beaver Dam Fire Department deputy fire chief Matthew Christian said there were no injuries reported. However the family was displaced from the home and will be staying with relatives in the area.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 8:37:20 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Discarded cigarette causes fire at home in Janesville

A discarded cigarette appears to have caused a fire on the back porch of a multi-family home in Janesville early Tuesday morning, according to fire officials. Janesville fire says around 4:40 a.m., they resp onded to a fire at a home on the 800 block of McKinley Street. When firefighters arrived they found the back porch of the home and exterior wall had been partially extinguished by the residents.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 7:02:26 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Madison firefighter Richard Garner dies shortly after shift end

A Madison Fire Department firefighter and paramedic died Sunday morning shortly after his shift ended. A release from the department said Richard Garner, 29, collapsed suddenly in Mount Pleasant. He joined the department in 2012 and became a paramedic in 2017. He first served as a firefighter/EMT at Fire Station 5 on Cottage Grove Road, serving the Southeast Side of Madison, then moved to Fire Station 10 on Troy Drive, serving the North Side.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison State Journal

Chippewa Falls Fire Department demonstrates new hydraulic cot system

Chippewa Falls firefighter/paramedic David Patten moved a new hydraulic cot Monday by pushing a few buttons on the side of the machine. The new system glides in and out of the back of an ambulance, much like a drawer, with no lifting by workers required. “It saves our backs,” Patten said. “These are fantastic.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 9:10:35 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

La Crosse Fire Department expands response to Town of Medary

VIDEO: As of Saturday, March 31, the City of La Crosse Fire Department will provide emergency services for the Town of Medary. More than 1,500 people call the Town of Medary home. In recent years, those people have relied on the Onalaska Fire Department to respond to calls. The services were made available through a contract arrangement between the City of Onalaska and the Town of Medary.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 4:03:59 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Firefighters respond to chimney fire near Stratford

VIDEO: Stratford and Mosinee firefighters responded to the scene of a chimney fire at a home in the Stratford area early Sunday morning, according to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department. The fire was on Rangeline Road north of Highway C in the Town of Day, according to Marathon County dispatch supervisor Tony Nardi.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 8:56:55 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Portage County fire department warns community on potential scam

VIDEO: Stevens Point authorities are asking the public to stay vigilant to a potential "scam" going around the area. A group called "Volunteer Fire Fighter Alliance" is soliciting funds under the departments name, fire chief Robert Finn posted on Facebook. Finn said the department is in no way connected to the group.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2018 7:30:44 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Deer rescued from ice in Oneida County

VIDEO: The Pelican Fire Department rescued a deer from the ice Sunday morning. According to their Facebook page, they were notified a deer had fallen through the ice on the Pelican River. The deer was unable to get out of the river. Firefighters were able to rescue the deer. They said she stuck around for a few minutes and then went on her way.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 4:45:48 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Calumet County driver pulled from burning truck

VIDEO: The driver of a pickup truck that rolled over early Saturday on Calumet County M was injured and unconscious when he was pulled from the fiery wreckage by neighbors who rushed to help. Capt. Patrick Klein of Harrison Fire Rescue said the outcome could have been much different had the neighbors not been awakened by the sound of the crash about 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2018 3:42:22 PM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter