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Two people displaced after home goes up in flames in Town of Sun Prairie

Two people are displaced for at least a night after their home caught fire in the Town of Sun Prairie Thursday evening. Firefighters tell NBC15 News that the fire started at the home in the 5700 block of Twin Lane around 5:45 p.m. The two people who live there will be displaced Thursday night as crews continue to look for hot spots.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 7:08:54 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Firefighters respond to large fire at apartment complex in East Troy

Firefighters on Thursday morning, May 7 responded to the scene of a fire at the Honey Creek Apartments in East Troy. The came in around 8 a.m. Upon arrival, crews found heavy flames and smoke pouring from the roof of the building. Officials say the fire broke out the second floor. More than 20 departments responded to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 7:50:33 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Fire destroys De Pere home

De Pere Fire Rescue says a fire destroyed a house Wednesday night. Fire crews were called to the home on Jordan Road at the intersection with Saddlebrook Lane just before 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6. Neighbor Jason Dahlke tells us he saw an orange glow while watching TV. He says he called 911 and helped make sure his neighbor was safely out of the house.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 4:18:20 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Kenosha Fire Department changing hiring practice to increase applicant pool

Hoping to increase the pool of qualified candidates, the Kenosha Fire Department is shifting its hiring practice for new firefighters. The department this week posted its new requirements for applicants, the shift eliminating the requirement that candidates have firefighting training to apply. Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig said the change will open the door to more applicants.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 3:47:11 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Follow Up: Appleton names northside park in honor of fallen firefighter Mitch Lundgaard

A northside neighborhood park will be named Lundgaard Park in honor of fallen firefighter Mitch Lundgaard to ensure his sacrifice in the line of duty isn't forgotten. The Common Council voted unanimously Wednesday to name the 7-acre park in memory of Lungaard, who was fatally shot by a gunman during a May 15, 2019, medical call at the Valley Transit Center.
- PUB DATE: 5/7/2020 3:19:32 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Reedsburg restaurant hosting spaghetti supper fundraiser for fire department

Every year, the Reedsburg Fire Department hosts a spaghetti supper, which raises money for the department to purchase equipment. With this year’s event postponed due to COVID-19 concerns and restrictions on gatherings, J’s Pub and Grill decided to host a smaller fundraiser to support the department. Owner Jayson Pettit said he was disappointed when he heard the Reedsburg Fire Department postponed its annual spaghetti supper due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/6/2020 10:38:05 AM - SOURCE: Reedsburg Times-Press

Unattended cooking causes Green Bay garage fire, $80,000 in damages

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded to 2426 Robinson Ave. Tuesday at 3:28 PM for reports of a house on fire. Upon arrival, crews located the fire in the attached garage which was spreading into the attic. Firefighters made entry into the garage to knock down the fire while other firefighters pulled soffits and ceilings to extinguish the fire in the attic.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 5:37:09 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Madison fire officials ask for public's help to solve arson cases during Arson Awareness Week

This week is Arson Awareness Week, and state leaders and fire officials are sharing strategies to combat arson problems in local communities. According to the National Fire Protection Association's fire loss data, an estimated 25,500 structure fires were intentionally set in 2018, an increase of 13 percent over the year before.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 3:46:46 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

15 years ago, Adams Co. wildfire burned 3,400 acres and 30 homes; Central Wisconsin is dry and at risk again

As spring brings the wildfire season to central Wisconsin, longtime residents of Adams County worry it also could bring a repeat of the Cottonville fire that scorched thousands of acres and dozens of homes 15 years ago. The fire broke out May 5, 2005, as a 55-year-old Racine man was trying to clear brush on property near Big Flats.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 12:36:37 PM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Fire reported on second-floor balcony of Fond du Lac apartment building

Fond du Lac firefighters are trying to determine what started a fire on the second-floor balcony of an apartment building. Fire/rescue responded to an eight-unit apartment building at 691 E. Scott St. The fire on the balcony was threatening the structure. The apartment building's fire alarm was working.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 11:24:49 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Appleton park could be named for fallen firefighter, Mitch Lundgaard

The City of Appleton might name a park after a fallen firefighter. Driver-Engineer Mitch Lundgaard was shot and killed while on a medical call at the downtown transit center nearly one year ago. Mayor Jake Woodford says the park is on the northeast side, next to Fire Station No. 6. He believes it would be a fitting tribute, and having it next to the station only added to it.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 3:53:51 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

Cash-strapped and volunteer-dependent, Wisconsin’s rural EMS providers scramble to keep responders safe

The reality of the COVID-19 pandemic struck Rob Puls on March 19, when Bayfield County confirmed its first positive case of the virus. Puls coordinates paramedics for Great Divide Ambulance, which staffs four ambulances around the clock in the 15,000-person county that hugs Lake Superior. The four vehicles cover around 730 square miles, an area three times the size of Chicago.
- PUB DATE: 5/5/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spooner Advocate

COVID-19 testing to ramp up in Wisconsin, firefighters could help administer tests

Governor Tony Evers says Wisconsin will increase COVID-19 testing this week. The governor says he wants the Badger State to be one of the top states in per capita testing. Health officials said that the current testing capacity put the state in a good position for that. “We currently have 51 labs in our state with a daily capacity of 11.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2020 8:35:44 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Woman injured, dog killed in house fire in Merrill

A woman was injured and a dog was killed in a house fire Sunday in Lincoln County. Authorities responded around 4:50 p.m. to a report of a kitchen fire in a home on County P in Merrill, according to the Pine River Fire Department. Officials said a Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on scene first and tried to use a fire extinguisher on the fire, but he was driven out by heavy smoke.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2020 4:41:22 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Free app for dealing with COVID-19 coronavirus launches across Wisconsin

A free app designed like a Swiss Army knife for Wisconsinites coping with the coronavirus pandemic launched Monday. Developed during the past five weeks by the Center for Health Enhancement System Studies (CHESS) at UW-Madison, COVID-19 Wisconsin Connect is a desktop and mobile app that serves as a multipurpose tool for people struggling with various aspects of the pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 5/4/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Wildfire warnings issued for central Wisconsin

The state Department of Natural Resources and National Weather Service have issued a red flag warning for 12 central Wisconsin counties out of concern for brewing wildfire conditions. The warning includes Jackson, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Monroe, Juneau, Adams, Marquette, Waushara, Wood, Portage, Waupaca and Green Lake counties.
- PUB DATE: 5/3/2020 2:15:44 PM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

One person taken to hospital following apartment building fire in Sun Prairie

One person was taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation following a fire at a Sun Prairie apartment building. Firefighters responded to reports of smoke and an active fire alarm Thursday at an apartment along the 1000 block of O’Keefe Avenue. Crews found a fire inside one unit had been extinguished by a single fire sprinkler, according to a release by the Sun Prairie Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 7:39:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Paratech Ambulance Services dedicate rigs to COVID-19 transports, up safety procedures

The COVID-19 pandemic is an untraveled road, even for those trained in emergencies. While getting potential coronavirus patients where they need to go, ambulance services are making changes. Paratech Ambulance, which covers the Milwaukee area through Madison to the Illinois border, has transported more than 700 possible COVID-19 patients, with 150 being confirmed, since early March.
- PUB DATE: 5/1/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Retired Sheboygan fire chief receives ladder truck visit to reunite with family

The Town of Sheboygan Volunteer Fire Department responded just after 5 p.m. Thursday to Aurora’s Sheboygan Memorial Medical Center. The call? To say hello to former chief Ken Gumm. Gumm, who had spent nearly six decades with the department, is battling cancer. And because of coronavirus restrictions, friends and family aren’t allowed to visit.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 8:45:56 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Town of Beloit Deputy Fire Chief retires, starts RV adventures

One day he was a mechanic, another day a psychologist. In between it all, he ran into burning buildings. That described the almost 29 years Fire Department Deputy Chief Glen Hennig spent with the Town of Beloit Fire Department, which was big enough to be stimulating, but small enough to let firefighters wear many different hats.
- PUB DATE: 4/30/2020 8:09:41 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News