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Volunteers needed for storm cleanup in Sheboygan, Fond du Lac counties

PHOTO: Emergency management in Sheboygan and Fond du Lac counties are asking for volunteers Sept. 10-14 to help clean up debris from the Aug. 28 storm. A Volunteer Reception Center is set up at the Plymouth Fire Station, 111 E. Main St., in the city of Plymouth. It will be open from 9 a.m. to noon and 4 to 7 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/10/2018 4:32:00 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Tomahawk honors fallen first responders of 9/11

Tuesday will mark the 17th anniversary of 9/11. On Sunday, a group in Tomahawk gathered to recognize that anniversary. The event held in Lincoln County's Veteran Memorial Park honored the first responders who lost their lives. "It's a difficult time when you have an event such as this when emergency service people do what they do every day," said Nokomis Fire Department Chief Don Richert.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2018 11:14:02 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Sun Prairie Fire Department to host 9/11 ceremony

The Sun Prairie Fire Department and members of Sun Prairie Police & EMS will be hosting a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at 7:30 a.m. at Fire Station #1, located at 135 N. Bristol Street. "On this day we will remember all the civilians and public servants who made the ultimate sacrifice that horrible day," remarked Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2018 1:01:00 PM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Firefighters extinguish two-car vehicle fire in Belleville early Sunday morning

PHOTO: Firefighters in Belleville responded to the parking lot of an apartment complex early Sunday morning after a two-car vehicle fire was reported, according to a Facebook post. Officials were dispatched at 6:27 a.m. to the complex on Hillside Lane and Old Street. The fire department said there were no injuries and no damage to the building's structure.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2018 12:54:08 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

‘It’s just a mess:’ House fire that spread to 2 other Milwaukee homes near 40th and Garfield investigated as arson

VIDEO: One home was deemed a total loss and two others were scorched after a fire around 4 a.m. Sunday morning, Sept. 9. MFD officials said this fire is being investigated as arson. With a gaping hole in its roof and charred interior, a shell of a home was all that remained near 40th and Garfield after the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/9/2018 5:41:55 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Toddler rescued by firefighters in Menasha

A fire captain and firefighter made the rescue of an 18-month-old boy from a fire at an apartment building Thursday afternoon east of Menasha's downtown. The condition of the boy, who was not breathing when he was pulled from the building, was not released as of Friday morning. But Assistant Chief Vernon Green of Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue said more details are expected later on Friday.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 9:36:42 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

West Salem Fire Department 125th anniversary celebration

West Salem Fire Department 125th Anniversary celebration (1893-2018). We will be celebrating with the communities of Village of West Salem, Town of Barre and Town of Hamilton which our fire district covers. There will be a breakfast in the morning, chicken Q in the afternoon and a Polka band and rock band in the evening and night.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 4:31:22 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

La Crosse firefighters 'Fill the Boot' for the Muscular Dystrophy Association

Many organizations have iconic containers for monetary donations — the Salvation Army has its Red Kettle, Unicef its Trick-or-Treat for change boxes. But the Muscular Dystrophy Association takes a unique approach to fundraising, collecting dimes and dollars in sturdy rubber boots. On Thursday afternoon, 16 members of the La Crosse Area Professional Firefighters IAFF Local 127 took turns holding out their boots to passerby, collecting donations on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- PUB DATE: 9/7/2018 2:33:07 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

National Guard places sandbags along interstate near Portage

While the sun was shining down and drying out roads and fields, the National Guard returned to the interstate to stack sandbags and attempt to hold back the rising Baraboo River. The ramps from Highway 33 to Interstate 90/94 were closed Thursday while trucks from the National Guard dropped off pallets of sandbags.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 6:15:52 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

‘Extremely troubling:’ Some city leaders concerned over Milwaukee Fire Department placarding program

VIDEO: Warning signs being installed by the Milwaukee Fire Department on vacant homes in the city are causing a bit of a dispute. They are being put up to help reduce risk in a fire, but that is not the way some city leaders see them. The placards are being nailed on some of Milwaukee's most run-down, abandoned homes.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 4:45:29 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Poynette Fire Commission to hear future options for EMS District

The Poynette Fire Commission convened Aug. 21, and voted to potentially set the course for a new direction of the EMS department. The vote to explore coverage options with Divine Savior, hiring full-time EMS staff, or perhaps a mix of either, is aimed at solving a long-standing, severe shortage of weekday daytime coverage.
- PUB DATE: 9/6/2018 1:41:17 AM - SOURCE: Poynette Press

Floodwaters encroach on Portage area

As storms continued to roll through the area Wednesday, damage spread into the Portage area. One Portage family was outside their East Carroll Street home Wednesday afternoon inspecting damage from a massive tree that fell in their backyard. It crushed a shed and branches punched holes in the tops of the house and the garage.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2018 6:06:16 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Wesley United Methodist Church destroyed in fire was a 'beautiful landmark' in community

Wesley United Methodist Church was a "landmark" in Marshfield for over a century. But now, a fence surrounds it and part of the structure is rubble, with nearly the entire roof and center of the building gutted by a fire Sunday afternoon. The building is sagging and much of the east end of the church is destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2018 3:41:20 PM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Fire station discussion tabled at Milton City Council meeting

At the Milton City Council meeting, during public comments, Town of Milton and Joint Fire Commission chairman Bryan Meyer expressed concern about where the discussion about the fire department might lead. He noted the town and city have an intergovernmental agreement and joint ownership of the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2018 1:01:41 PM - SOURCE: Milton Courier

Firefighters battle 2-alarm fire at home in Whitefish Bay after storm pushed through

North Shore Fire/Rescue officials on Tuesday evening, Sept. 4 battled a two-alarm fire at a home in Whitefish Bay. It happened around 6:15 p.m. near Hampton and Newhall. Fire officials said arriving firefighters found heavy smoke and fire in the attic. It was difficult to extinguish because it would flare up again once they knocked it down.
- PUB DATE: 9/5/2018 3:29:25 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Wuapun department heads lay out budget priorities

Leaders in Waupun are lining up their wishes in the 2019 budget process. At the city’s special Common Council meeting on Tuesday, the various department heads gave presentations about their goals and initiatives for 2019 as they work to translate them into numbers. The numbers are not actually out yet.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2018 7:38:34 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Firefighter turns on Eastman baseball field lights to help helicopter land in dense fog

PHOTO: The lights of a local baseball field helped a helicopter pilot land safely in the city of Eastman on Monday night, according to the town's fire chief. Chief Tim Sprosty said residents in the village could hear a helicopter circling low over the village before 10 p.m. Monday. Local firefighters reached out to try and find out whether there was an issue with the aircraft and discovered the pilot and two passengers could not see through dense fog.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2018 6:22:29 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Firefighters dispatched to roof fire on Milwaukee’s south side

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters were dispatched to the scene of a fire on a roof of a building on the city's south side. Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department said a building at 2nd and Orchard was having roof work done by a contractor. A fire ignited. The cause of the fire is listed as accidental.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2018 1:56:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

North Shore firefighters rescue woman on Lake Michigan bluff

VIDEO: North Shore firefighters rescued a woman Sunday evening who fell halfway down a Lake Michigan bluff. The 58-year-old woman slipped down a steep, unpaved trail near Big Bay Park in Whitefish Bay, firefighters said. According to the fire department, she suffered minor injuries and was unable to walk back up the path herself.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2018 10:04:11 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Vernon County: Heavy rain overnight takes out bridge, closes more roads

Mother Nature added insult to injury late Monday, Sept. 3 when she opened the flood gates again dumping an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain across an already rain-saturated Coulee Region. The down pour started at approximately 10:30 p.m. and continued into the early morning hours of Tuesday, Sept. 4.
- PUB DATE: 9/4/2018 3:50:25 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune