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Wisconsin Fire News

Increase in fires on La Crosse's south side making new fire station a top priority

More fires have recently broken out on La Crosse's south side. The La Crosse fire department is looking at a site for a new station in that area, but was unable to get enough money to start building one. "I know Mayor (Kabat) and (city) council we're trying to get it done, but it just wasn't in the cards," fire department Chief Ken Gilliam said.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2019 3:44:08 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Glenbeulah Fire Department surprises family in need of Christmas cheer

Santa made a special visit to a home in Plymouth that needed some extra holiday cheer this year. This Christmas Eve Santa and his elves are ready to embark on their once-a-year mission, but the sleigh didn't need reindeer, just firefighters. A group of volunteer firefighters from the Glenbeulah Fire Department loaded up their fire truck with presents and made their way to the neighboring town of Plymouth with only one stop on the list: the Oberreich family home.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2019 2:49:53 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Emergency training helps former Baraboo firefighter save a life

Former Baraboo firefighter Tate Robinson described his emotions as he rushed to his co-worker Andy Hansen in one word: “terror.” That feeling was mixed with uncertainty. Robinson had just been approached by a resident of the Pewaukee neighborhood where he was trimming trees. The bystander told Robinson that Hansen had been injured by a chainsaw.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 2:38:42 PM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

The Grinch stole Christmas video created for children of Union Grove firefighter who died

First responders in Racine County came together to create a special video and experience for the children of a Union Grove-Yorkville firefighter who died just after Halloween after suffering a heart attack at a fatal crash scene. According to a post shared on social media by the Village of Sturtevant Police Department, the video was created through the collaboration of the Sturtevant Police Department, Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department, Racine Honda, and the Racine area community.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 12:42:44 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Town, City of Burlington Reach EMS Service Agreement as Rescue Squad Prepares to Disband

The City and Town of Burlington have reached an agreement for the city’s Fire Department to provide emergency medical services to town residents beginning Jan. 1 after the Burlington Rescue Squad officially disbands. The Rescue Squad’s assets will also be distributed to various area fire agencies under an agreement ratified Tuesday night by the City Council.
- PUB DATE: 12/23/2019 4:49:15 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

La Crosse firefighters find electrical fire in home's ceiling

Another red lightbulb has been added to the Keep the Wreath Green campaign after La Crosse firefighters found a fire inside a house's wall. The campaign serves as a reminder of how many fires happen during a year, especially during the holiday season. La Crosse firefighters were dispatched to the home at 1724 Liberty St.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2019 3:38:17 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Fire engulfs Ripon home

VIDEO: Ripon firefighters battled a massive house fire Friday on Cork Street Road in the Town of Ripon. Firefighters received the call just before 3:30 in the afternoon. The fire department says it was initially told people were trapped inside the two-story home, but everyone got out safely. The house was engulfed before fire crews were on the scene, which just north of the city limits.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 3:46:26 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

6 rescued in Milwaukee house fire near 33rd and Vernon

Six people were rescued from a burning home early Friday, according to the Milwaukee Fire Department. Crews were called to the area near 33rd and Mt. Vernon around 3 a.m. Authorities say once on scene, they saw flames coming from two homes. "Me and my roommate Q went downstairs and as soon as we opened the back door there were flames coming toward us," Ryan Crumble tells CBS 58.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 3:52:21 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Wisconsin-based company wins contracting bid for Madeline Island fire hall reconstruction

Marawood Construction has been selected to fill the general contractor position in the rebuild of the Madeline Island Fire Hall with a bid of $1,593,256. This comes after the emergency facility was destroyed in a fire earlier in the year. Officials say contractors needed to bid on six different components before construction would begin.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBJR-TV NBC/CBS 6

Too many space heaters start attic fire in Green Bay home

Green Bay firefighters say a home's electrical wiring was overtaxed by multiple space heaters and appliances, causing a fire in the attic of a home Thursday morning. The fire department was dispatched at 8 a.m. to a report of smoke in the attic of a home on the 500-block of La Plant St., on the city's east side.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 1:45:39 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Watertown fire department responds to early morning blaze

An early-morning house fire brought firefighters from across the area to help battle the blaze in single-digit temperatures. No one was hurt in the fire, the cause of which is still under investigation. According to officials, the fire damage estimates are about $40,000. Officials said low temperatures were factored into the extinguishment of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 6:36:04 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Watertown public service members receive life saving awards

A number of Watertown public service members were honored for their actions of heroism during the common council meeting Tuesday. Dispatcher Julia Schmelzer, Police officer James Simon, Watertown Fire Assistant Chief Tim Gordon, Fire Lt. Brad Fox, firefighter/paramedic Mason Tayler, firefighter/paramedic Patrick Schultz, firefighter/paramedic Jeff Penna and firefighter/paramedic Alexa Steinbach each received a life-saving award for their actions in saving the life of a patient earlier this year.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2019 6:36:03 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Wausau: Firefighters ask home owners to keep their fire hydrants clear

Firefighters were able to put out Tuesday night's fire in the Village of Maine because the owner's kept their fire hydrant clear of snow. "If you can keep a three foot radius around the fire hydrant, clear of the snow and ice," said Battalion Chief Jeremy Kopp, with the Wausau Fire Department. "It makes it a lot easier if we do get an emergency.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2019 8:57:11 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Menomonie city council reaches agreements with firefighters, battalion chiefs

Contracts with the firefighters and battalion chiefs were approved by the Menomonie City Council. The council voted to approve collective bargaining agreements through 2022 with the Menomonie Battalion Chiefs and Menomonie Professional Firefighters Local 1697 at its meeting on Monday. The agreement with the battalion chiefs includes wage increases of a compounded 10.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2019 1:03:48 PM - SOURCE: Dunn County News

Pizza Hut and Chippewa Falls Fire Dept. collaborate on public library fundraiser

A national pizza chain and a local department came together Tuesday night to help make the holiday season a merry one for many Chippewa Falls children. Pizza Hut on West Prairie View Road in Chippewa Falls hosted a tip night benefiting the Literacy Project and the Chippewa Falls Public Library on Tuesday night.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2019 12:49:58 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Fire damages home near 25th and National in Milwaukee, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Wednesday morning, Dec. 18 responded to the scene of a house fire near 25th and National in Milwaukee. The call came in around 2:15 a.m. The house was occupied at the time of the fire. Everyone made it out safely. At least two neighboring homes were evacuated as a precaution. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2019 4:50:39 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Editorial: Getting chemicals out of firefighting in Madison

We are impressed and a little surprised at how quickly the Madison Fire Department was able to switch to a new fire-fighting foam that does not contained the hazardous chemical compounds known as PFAS. It’s especially notable since it appears Madison is the first department in Wisconsin to switch to the more environmentally friendly substance.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2019 5:40:53 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Town of Beloit garage fire causes $110,000 in damage

A garage fire at a town of Beloit house Tuesday afternoon destroyed an SUV and caused more than $100,000 in damage to the residence, authorities said. Fire crews from the town and city of Beloit and town of Turtle arrived shortly before noon Tuesday at 3007 W. Lawrence Ave., where a garage attached to a two-story house was on fire, according to a news release from the Town of Beloit Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2019 5:13:26 PM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Green Bay firefighters deliver gifts to kids at St. Vincent Children's Hospital

Members of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department spread some holiday cheer at HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital on Tuesday. Central Church in Green Bay partnered with the firefighters who were able to bring a heartwarming smile to kids who need some extra love this holiday season. It was a big surprise for little Avianna who makes frequent visits to St.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2019 2:37:39 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Glendale hotel fire causes $100,000 in damage

A fire at a Glendale hotel on Dec. 17 caused an estimated $100,000 in damage, according to the North Shore Fire Department. The fire at Motel 6, 5485 N. Port Washington Road, started at about 11 a.m. in a third-floor maintenance closet on the south side of the hotel. The fire did not spread beyond the room, due to the hotel's sprinkler system, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2019 1:01:30 PM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Now