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More than a dozen fire departments help put out industrial fire in Germantown

The Germantown Fire Department thanked 15 area fire departments for helping put out a blaze at an industrial building Monday, Oct. 4. Multiple patients were treated by EMS and fire personnel on the scene. A total of five people were treated for smoke inhalation, but they all refused transport. No fire personnel were injured.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 7:06:52 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wagner Family Fire Fund distributes care bags to western Kenosha County departments to help those in need after a fire

Victims of a home fire themselves, a Salem Lakes family wants to make sure others have what they would need when they need it the most. Care bags for people who are displaced following a house fire were recently distributed to western Kenosha County fire departments by the Wagner Family Fire Fund, a new non-profit started by the family who lost their home to a fire in April 2020.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 1:01:42 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Peshtigo: More than 1,200 dead, a mass grave and a Wisconsin town destroyed in 1871

VIDEO/PHOTOS: The three-bedroom, two-bath house on this city’s east side blends into the neighborhood. The front door of 150 S. Beebe Ave. is adorned with a Green Bay Packers welcome sign. The walkway is framed by a pair of maple trees. There has been remodeling and additions over the years, but the history, while not visible, remains.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Milwaukee party bus arson, business owner seeks answers

A Milwaukee man is asking the community for help after losing his party bus business to an act of arson. Milwaukee police said they are investigating the arson and searching for the person or persons responsible, but the buses are a total loss. The owner, Ricky Grandberry, told FOX6 News he does not know who would do this to him.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2021 8:51:02 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Grand Chute Fire Department hosts poster contest for students

Fire Prevention Week is October 3-9, 2021 and this year’s fire prevention theme: is “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”. The Grand Chute Fire Department is hosting a fire safety poster contest that is open to all 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students who are residents of Grand Chute attending any school. Posters are to be related to this year’s fire prevention theme: “Learn the Sounds of Fire Safety”.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2021 11:20:36 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

How Altoona Fire & Rescue, UW Health are helping staff with suicidal thoughts

Because first responders are more likely to die by suicide than the general public, UW Health in Madison is working to help address the situation, as are local agencies in the Chippewa Valley. According to a report from the CDC this year, law enforcement officers and firefighters are more likely to die by suicide than in the line of duty, and EMS are nearly 1.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2021 9:56:25 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fallen Appleton firefighter's name to be added to national memorial

Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard will be among the 215 names added to the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland this weekend. Lundgaard's name will become a permanent part of the memorial during the 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend. Lundgaard, 36, died on May, 15, 2019, as his crew responded to an emergency medical call at the at the Valley Transit Center.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Deputy rescues two from house fire

A sheriff's deputy saved two people from a house fire in Waupun. Fond du Lac County Sheriff's deputy Derek Rehfeldt was driving through the city when he saw smoke coming from a nearby house. He helped two men and a dog escape as the house filled with smoke. "I'm really glad God put me in that place at the right time and it worked out," Rehfeldt told WBAY-TV.
- PUB DATE: 10/1/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Wisconsin roadside responder safety bill on to Senate

If your car has ever broken down on the side of the interstate, you know the horrifying feeling of having to sit while cars zip past you. For many emergency roadside responders, that happens every day. It is a dangerous job that lawmakers say does not have to be – and legislators are doing something to make it safer.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 5:29:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Marshfield Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Owen To Retire

Marshfield Fire & Rescue Chief Scott Owen informed leadership yesterday that he will be retiring later this year. His last day in the office will be December 17, with his official separation date being January 4, 2022. “I am very proud to have served the City and the citizens over the last 25+ years,” Owen said.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: On Focus

COVID-19 spread 'critically high' in 21 Wisconsin counties

State health officials indicate the COVID-19 situation in Wisconsin is getting worse. Wednesday, the Department of Health Services (DHS) reported the disease activity level is “critically high” in 21 counties and “very high” in the other 51. These labels are based on the number of positive cases per capita over the last two weeks (the “burden”) and the percent change in the number of cases in the past week (the “trajectory”).
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Potato truck accident in Waushara County kills one

At 2:30 a.m. on Thursday an accident occurred involving a potato truck and a minivan in the Township of Oasis. The Waushara County Sheriff’s Office received a 9-1-1 call reporting the accident had occurred near the intersection of County Road J and County Road P. Upon arrival, the driver of the minivan was pronounced dead and neither vehicle had passengers.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: On Focus

Eau Claire man suspected of arson and criminal damage

A former employee of a nail salon is suspected of arson and criminal damage. Authorities took 48 year-old Cuong Van Nguyen into custody. Nguyen is being given recommended charges of one count of arson of building, repeater, a second count of felony criminal damage to property, repeater, a third count of burglary of a building or dwelling, repeater, a fourth count of criminal damage to property, repeater, and a fifth count of disorderly conduct, repeater.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Motorcyclist killed in crash with semi-truck in Milwaukee County

A motorcyclist was killed in a crash involving a semi truck on Brown Deer Road Tuesday, Sept. 28. The North Shore Fire Department and Brown Deer Police Department responded to North 51st and Brown Deer Road around 6:55 a.m. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office were also called to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Camper goes up in flames near Readstown

VIDEO: A scary sight Tuesday afternoon near Readstown as an RV becomes fully engulfed in fire. Viewer Steven Rumstich shared this video with us of the fire, which happened around 1:40 p.m. a few miles east of Readstown. The RV was stopped at the intersection of U.S. Highway 14 and Holcomb Road. According to Rumstich, the Readstown Fire Department arrived just after he took his video.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Racine County Sheriff investigating house fire in village of Raymond

The Racine County Sheriff's Office is investigating a house fire in the village of Raymond early Tuesday morning. It happened around 12:01 a.m. near 76th St and N Cape Rd. The Racine County Communications center received a 911 call about a deck being on fire. When deputies responded the house was fully engulfed in flames.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Farm rescue training in Marshfield for a new generation

Emergency responders face unique, high-risk situations on farms, including toxic atmospheres, enclosed spaces, managing animals under stress and machinery entrapments. In order to prepare responders for these challenges the National Farm Medicine Center of Marshfield Clinic Research Institute, in partnership with Pittsville Fire and Life Link 3 Air Medical Transport, are hosting the Agricultural Rescue Training Scene Management program, Oct.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 7:02:46 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Man killed by falling tree while logging in Grant County

A Grant County man was hit and killed by a falling tree while cutting trees for firewood over the weekend. According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Office, 58-year-old Ronald Conley of Mt. Hope was hit by the falling tree just after noon on Sunday. The accident happened on Big Green Road. A Grant County man was hit and killed by a falling tree while cutting trees for firewood over the weekend.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Overheated brakes ruled to be cause of I-43 vehicle fire in Green Bay

No one was injured during a vehicle fire Monday morning that caused all lanes of northbound I-43 to temporarily close. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department says crews were called to the northbound lanes at University Avenue at about 9:13 a.m. for a semi that was on fire. When they arrived, they say heavy smoke and fire was coming from the back wheels and brakes of the semi.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

First responders from across the Fox Valley participate in active shooter response training

On Monday, September 27, first responders from four different police agencies, two fire departments, and Gold Cross ambulance came together at the old Shopko building in Neenah to train. “We gotta be prepared for the worst, you known, hope for the best type of thing,” Lt. Jonathan Kuffel of the Neenah Police Department said.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2021 11:37:56 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay