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Over 10 local fire departments respond to barn fire in Maple Grove, incident under investigation

A large barn fire in Maple Grove on Sunday morning required the assistance of over 10 local fire departments from three different Northeastern Wisconsin counties. According to the Brillion Fire Department, at around 4:14 a.m., Brillion fire crews responded to the 24100 block Manitowoc Road in the Town of Maple Grove for reports of a barn fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2021 3:32:14 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

‘We need to be prepared’: Iowa County firefighters battle flames in propane training

Many of us learn through experience, but for a firefighter who has to be ready for anything, realistic practice scenarios can be tough to come by. When Iowa County fire departments got the chance for hands-on propane fire training Thursday, many jumped on the chance. “We need to be prepared for every situation we come across,” Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Dept.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

La Crosse Fire Chief wants to slow down conversation on adding speed bumps

A speeding issue in an area of one La Crosse neighborhood had the Board of Public Works discussing adding temporary speed bumps. The idea was to put those up on 8th-through-10th streets in the 200 block of King to Cass streets. La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam said the city needs to look at the impact of such traffic-slowing measures, because it’s a nuisance for fire trucks.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIZM-AM 1410 La Crosse

Fire damages building at Cruisers Yachts in Oconto

A fire in one of the buildings in the Cruisers Yachts complex Wednesday could have been much worse without the quick response of employees, according to the Oconto Fire Rescue Department. The department was called out just before 6:30 p.m. and arrived to find smoke venting through many of the doors to Building 16.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 9:55:53 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Extinguisher saves Gibraltar hotel room

A fire inside a vacant hotel room in the Town of Gibraltar earlier this week is giving you more of a reason to keep an extinguisher nearby in your home or business. Gibraltar Fire and Rescue shared the details of a Tuesday evening fire on Wednesday after having to cut their monthly Mid-Door training session short.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 5:43:27 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Sun Prairie emergency services chiefs welcome NextGen 911 announcement

All three Sun Prairie emergency services chiefs welcomed the recent announcement that Next Generation 911 has arrived in Wisconsin, saying in a joint statement it is an exciting opportunity to improve emergency communications — especially in rural areas of the state. The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs, Office of Emergency Communications has selected AT&T to implement AT&T ESInet, including Next Generation 911 (NextGen 911) call routing and emergency call statistic reporting, to improve emergency communications across the state.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

State Representative seeking nominations for 35th Assembly District’s First Responder of the Year Award

State Representative Calvin Callahan (R-Tomahawk) announced on Thursday, Sept. 23 that his office is seeking nominations for the 35th Assembly District’s 2021 First Responder of the Year Award. The 35th Assembly District includes all of Lincoln County and portions of Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, and Shawano Counties.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Tomahawk Leader

7 Things to Know About Wisconsin’s Peshtigo Fire of 1871

Wisconsin inferno of 150 years ago remains America’s deadliest. While coverage of wildfires in the American West dominates 2021 news coverage, most people don’t know that the deadliest wildfire in the nation’s history occurred 150 years ago along the shores of Lake Michigan, right here in Wisconsin. On Oct.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Up North News

Old La Crosse Fire Station No. 5 climbs ladder to State Register of Historic Places

PHOTOS: La Crosse Fire Station No. 5 has another claim to fame, in addition to being the last station in the city to use horse brigades: It’s now listed on the State Register of Historic Places. The Wisconsin Historical Society, which bestowed the distinction on the station last month, cements the building’s heritage as the last surviving firehouse in the city, although it’s no longer used as a fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 4:37:39 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

1 person dead, 1 injured after Marathon County crash

One person is dead and another is injured after a crash Monday, in a post on the Marathon County Sheriff's Facebook. The post said it happened around 8:15 p.m. in the Town of Marathon. Officials said they were called to the intersection of County Road N and County Road B. According to the sheriff's department, one person was dead when deputies got on scene and another person was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Struck gas line sends La Crosse emergency crews to 13th and Jackson

A diverse round of calls the past four days for the La Crosse Fire Department. The traditional, on Friday — a fire. After that, firefighters had to deal with a bit of everything, including a gas line that was struck Monday, sending La Crosse emergency crews to the scene. Around 11:15 a.m., the department was dispatched to the 13th and Jackson street area, where a two-inch gas line had been hit by a worker using a hydraulic auger.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIZM-AM 1410 La Crosse

James Ponkauskas selected as Janesville Fire Chief

The deputy Janesville Fire chief who has filled-in as interim chief twice in the last five years is official appointed to the position of fire chief. Fire Chief James Ponkauskas joined the Janesville Fire Department in 1994 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. During his service with JFD, he has held the positions of Paramedic, Motor Pump Operator, Lieutenant, Acting Captain, Shift Commander, and Deputy Fire Chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 1:39:08 PM - SOURCE: WCLO-AM 1230 Janesville

La Crosse emergency responders tend to bicyclist injured in bluff trail fall

A bicyclist needed to be rescued Sunday, after getting injured falling from a bluff trail in La Crosse. Emergency crews got to the cyclist around 1:45 p.m., when the La Crosse Fire Department and a Tri-State Ambulance crews provided medical care, according to a statement. The La Crosse F.D. Urban Search and Rescue team helped get them off the bluff.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIZM-AM 1410 La Crosse

Residents alert De Pere business manager of fire under electrical panel, help prevent further damage

Thanks to two residents an electrical fire in a De Pere four-story business was quickly detected and extinguished before causing damage and harm to the building and those inside. According to the De Pere Fire-Rescue Department, on Sunday at around 3:10 p.m., crews responded to the 200 block James Street in the City of De Pere for a report of a building fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2021 4:00:29 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Passengers, dog rescued after boats capsize on La Crosse River

The La Crosse Fire Department helped rescue five canoeists Saturday night in the La Crosse River near Red Cloud Park, according to a news release from the fire department. Fire crews were dispatched to the scene at about 7:52 p.m. to a report of people stranded in a canoe. Crews discovered five people stuck on a tree in the water.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2021 10:16:48 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Milwaukee firefighters help Komen Wisconsin fight breast cancer

Saving lives is part of the job description for Milwaukee firefighters, which, by any definition, makes them heroes. But this week, we're meeting a group of firefighters who go above and beyond the call of duty. On their off days, they help Komen Wisconsin fight breast cancer. Of course when the alarm sounds, these firefighters spring into action, heading out wherever duty calls, but that is just part of the job.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Retired Marinette fire chief dies at 62

A longtime firefighter and retired fire chief in Marinette County has died. Chief Joseph “Joe” E. Giver died Sunday, Sept. 12 at the age of 62. Chief Giver was born in downstate Niles, Mich., but graduated from high school at the Wisconsin Academy in Columbus, Wis. After graduation, Chief Giver moved to Hinsdale, Ill.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUC-TV NBC/FOX 6 Marquette

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief to retire

After 30 years with the city, Wisconsin Rapids Fire Chief Scott Young will retire this fall. Young was born and raised in Madison, where is also obtained his associates degree in fire protection technology. “I obtained required/numerous certifications while working on various departments. While employed at the WRFD I obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbian Southern University,” Young recalled.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids City Times

Marquette County woman who lost husband to suicide raises awareness about mental health for first responders

The job of first responders is to take care of others but when it comes to mental health, taking care of themselves may not always be top of mind. A Marquette County woman is raising awareness about suicide prevention after losing her husband to suicide. Dian Pinney and her husband Mathew spend 30 years together.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 4:49:38 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Multiple agenices respond to Deerfield farm fire

Multiple agencies are responding to a fire on a farm in the Township of Deerfield Wednesday afternoon. Dane Co. Dispatch said the call came in around 3:30 p.m. about a fire on the 300 block of Heiman Lane. Deerfield, Cambridge, Stoughton, Marhsall, Cottage Grove and Lake Mills Fire Departments are currently responding to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/15/2021 3:50:16 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison