If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately!

Wisconsin Fire News

Caledonia Fire officials say more firefighters are needed, but it’ll be costly

The village has some decisions to make. Leaders of the Caledonia Fire Department believe 18 more firefighters need to be hired, but the cost of that would be in the millions and is more of a long-term goal. For starters, Fire Chief Richard Roeder and Battalion Chief Jeff Henningfeld want to add six new firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 4:46:18 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

'It's OK if you need help': Superior firefighters focus on mental health

Superior firefighters know what it's like to lose one of their own. Battalion Chief Erik Sutton died by suicide in April 2018, a few weeks after retiring. Sutton, 46, was a 20-year veteran of the department. "That is, as an organization, as an individual, one of the most challenging and difficult things that I've ever been through," said Capt.
- PUB DATE: 3/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: superiortelegram.com

12 people displaced after apartment fire in the Town of Madison

Representatives with the Red Cross are assisting 12 people, including nine children, displaced after a fire Sunday afternoon. Firefighters responded around 4:15 p.m. to a fire inside the Parker Place Apartments on the 2000 block of Parker Place in the Town of Madison. Residents who were home at the time of the fire escaped without injuries, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 5:02:44 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Verona: Farm Safety Day trains first responders on how to handle farm rescues

Stateline Farm Rescue trained area first responders on how to safely execute farm rescues at Doerfer Farms on Saturday. Approximately 60 first responders from 10 area fire departments participated in the hands-on training that focused on grain bin extractions and auger entanglement, two common farming incidents.
- PUB DATE: 3/10/2019 2:34:23 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Sauk City Fire receives grant to help with water rescues following summer flooding

The Sauk City Fire Department has received grant money to purchase 10 new warm-weather water rescue suits. Assistant Chief Mike Breunig says the suits are necessary to make water rescues safely. "It's just about knowing, no matter what I'm wearing, I'm protected from the water," he said. "That I have the right gear to do my job and not have to worry about not having the right gear when I'm out in the water.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 6:37:20 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Madison firefighters prove to be fastest at 2019 American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb

The Madison Fire Department took home the medals for fastest female firefighters at the 2019 American Lung Association Fight For Air Climb Saturday afternoon. Firefighters had to climb the 47 floors, 1,034 steps, to the top of the US Bank Center in Milwaukee to raise awareness and funds for the American Lung Association.
- PUB DATE: 3/9/2019 1:59:46 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Gov. Tony Evers proposes $6.7M for Parkside fire alarm upgrades, Ellsworth plans defered

Gov. Tony Evers is proposing spending spending more than $1 billion of his $2.5 billion proposed capital budget on upgrades for different schools within the UW-System. For the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, Evers is proposing spending $6.7 million for a campuswide upgrade of the fire alarm system.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 7:10:45 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Manitowoc garage severely damaged in fire

A residential garage in Manitowoc suffered significant damage Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out inside of it. Fire crews were dispatched about 4 p.m. to 732 S. 22nd St. for a report of smoke coming from a two car unattached garage, a press release from Manitowoc Fire and Rescue said. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy smoke coming from the roof and closed overhead door of the structure, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 4:38:18 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Mother Speaks About Superior Firefighter Son’s Suicide; Dept. Holds New Support Training

Cheryl Sutton, the mother of Erik Sutton — a retired Superior fire battalion chief – broke her silence Thursday about her son’s suicide to FOX 21’s Dan Hanger. This, as the Superior Fire Department – for the first time – takes on special mental health training to help prevent another tragedy involving one of their own.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fox 21 News

Dangerous carbon monoxide levels send Milwaukee family of 4 to hospital

Deadly levels of carbon monoxide (CO) sent a family of four to the hospital. It happened on Milwaukee's northwest side. "They were having symptoms of headaches and a bit disoriented," said Battalion Chief James Hardy, with the Milwaukee Fire Department. A carbon monoxide leak brought firefighters out on a cold day to a home just north of 79th and Hampton.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 10:27:07 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Two months after their captain's death, Lake Mills fire department keeps memory alive

A man accused of killing a Lake Mills firefighter was officially charged in Dane County Court Thursday. Originally, Cremers was arrested on a tentative charge of homicide by drunken driving. He blew a .079 during a breathalyzer test, which is below Wisconsin’s legal limit to drive. Cremers is now charged with knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended license.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 8:05:16 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Schulenburg pledges to keep Prairie du Sac Fire Department moving forward

Although he isn’t completely used to the title yet, James Schulenburg has been preparing for his role as Prairie du Sac’s new fire chief ever since former Fire Chief Jim Hambrecht started talking about retiring. “Jim started talking about retiring last year,” Schulenburg said. “We knew it was coming and he’s been preparing us.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 11:41:58 AM - SOURCE: Wisc News

No OWI charges for driver who killed Lake Mills firefighter

The man accused of hitting and killing an off-duty firefighter during a New Year's Eve crash will not be charged with drunk driving. Court records filed Wednesday show that Samuel Cremers will instead be charged with knowingly operating a vehicle while his license was suspended causing death. Cremers allegedly caused the crash that killed Lake Mills Fire Captain Chris Truman after Truman had pulled over to help a stranded motorist along the Beltline.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2019 8:15:06 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

'Boots vs. Badges': The good guys go head-to-head with the good guys on the court in Oshkosh

In Oshkosh, it was the good guys vs. the good guys Wednesday afternoon. The Oshkosh Fire Department, and the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office faced-off in the Boots vs. Badges charity basketball game. But for some, being on the court was foreign to them. “I know nothing about basketball!” said Winnebago County Sheriff John Matz who was also the Badges’ head coach for the game Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 10:51:16 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Janesville company develops glycol-free training smoke

Fire departments train almost every day. “We want the visibility to be what we think we’re going to go into when we go into an actual fire,” said Janesville Deputy Fire Chief James Ponkauskas. “That’s what we’re looking for when we’re training.” While cancer prevention has come to the forefront for many departments battling real fires, Ponkauskas says only recently has the Janesville Fire Department looked at the dangers they face while training.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 8:59:22 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Pine River firefighters lose everything after firehouse burns down

Firefighters in far northern Wisconsin are living their worst nightmare after their own firehouse burned down Tuesday night. According to a Facebook post from the Pine River Fire Department, firefighters of the La Pointe, Wisconsin Fire Department in Madeline Island lost their firehouse. Initial reports suggest the building and everything inside was destroyed including firetrucks and firefighting equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 9:54:48 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Gear freezes up during Neenah-area business fire

Firefighters say cold weather caused gear to freeze up as they battled a fire at a Neenah-area business. Crews from Town of Vinland and Town of Neenah responded at about 11 p.m. to a fire at Geffers Construction, 7276 Commerce Plaza Dr. Photos posted on the Town Of Neenah Fire Department's Facebook page show smoke and structural damage.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 9:03:21 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee firefighter hurt while responding to scene near 35th and Hadley

A Milwaukee firefighter was hurt late Tuesday night while responding to a fire near 35th and Hadley. According to the department, crews were responding to a fire in a vacant house when a firefighter fell through a hole in the floor. The firefighter had minor injuries, was treated and is expected to return to work.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2019 6:09:41 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Green Bay: 30-vehicle pile-up on Leo Frigo Bridge started with one car hitting ice

A 30-vehicle crash closed a section of Interstate 43 for hours Tuesday morning. Green Bay Police believe one crash triggered the pileup in the southbound lanes of I-43 on the Leo Frigo Bridge, formerly known as the Tower Drive Bridge, which crosses the Fox River. Video released by the state Department of Transportation shows a car spinning out over a patch of ice in the far right lane.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 8:35:58 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroys Oneida Village Inn in Three Lakes

A massive fire destroyed the Oneida Village Inn in Three Lakes late Monday night. According to News Watch 12, Fire engines from multiple agencies arrived on the scene as Cassie Stedman watched the inn burn. "A lot of memories, a lot of good times, good friends, family," said Stedman, who has been coming to the Oneida Village Inn for years.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 5:43:22 AM - SOURCE: NBC26