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Chronic staff shortages spark investigation in Hales Corners Fire Department

A captain in the Hales Corners Fire Department, who was involved in a January incident in which a village fire engine failed to respond to the scene of a car fire, remains on paid administrative leave after a two-hour closed session discussion by the village’s Police and Fire Commission. The commission held a special meeting March 1 to discuss the employment status of the captain, but it appears commissioners stopped short of firing him, at least for the time being.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2019 2:40:17 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Rep. Treig Pronschinske unveils bill aimed to help volunteer firefighters, EMS

A bill aimed to help volunteer firefighters and EMS personnel was unveiled today. Rep. Treig Pronschinske from the 92nd State Assembly District announced the bill at the Town of Pleasant Valley fire station. He says the bill hopes to address the recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters and emergency service personnel in Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 5:54:56 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Weyauwega office building evacuated due to roof collapsing

A building in Waupaca County was evacuated because the roof was in danger of collapsing due to the weight of heavy snow. Assistant Fire Chief Brandon Leschke with the Weyauwega Fire Department said the roof in question was on an office building at the World Class Manufacturing campus. Leschke said workers noticed the ceiling tiles bowing and could hear creaking.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 2:57:46 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Massive fire burns through Milwaukee apartment building

A massive fire burned through all three floors of an apartment building on Milwaukee's lower East Side. Crews were called to North Farwell and Webster Place around 2:45 a.m. Monday. Fire officials say firefighters spent two hours inside the apartment building, battling flames burning through all of its three floors.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2019 4:57:36 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Man and Two Pets Safe After Two Rivers Residence Catches Fire

A man and his two pets are safe after his residence caught on fire Sunday morning. The Two Rivers Fire Department were dispatched to a home on 17th Street in Two Rivers for a kitchen fire reported by the owner of the residence around 9:32 a.m. Firefighters say they arrived to the scene to find smoke and fire showing from the first floor of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 2:05:30 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

2 treated at scene of 2-alarm fire at Milwaukee apartment building

Two people were treated at the scene of an apartment fire near 23rd and Layton Sunday morning, March 3. Fire officials said it was upgraded to a second alarm. It happened around 9:30 a.m. MFD Battalion Chief Todd VanRoo said firefighters with the first arriving engine unit found heavy smoke on the second floor after a call came in regarding smoke in the two-story brick apartment building.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 12:38:33 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Volunteers dig out fire hydrants in Merrill

The Merrill Fire Department is asking the community to help dig out fire hydrants after a resident took it upon himself to dig out 15. City officials say some fire hydrants are buried so far beneath the snow that firefighters had to use metal detectors to locate them. “This amount of snow is twice the amount that we are used to,” stated Battalion Chief, Tadd Wegener, with the Merrill Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2019 11:10:47 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Guns 'N' Hoses Hockey Game Helps Oshkosh Police, Firefighters Raise Money

Firefighters and police officers faced off on the ice Saturday for a good cause. The Oshkosh fire and police departments went head to head during their annual charity hockey event called Guns 'N' Hoses. The event held at the YMCA in Oshkosh helps raise money for a new local charity picked out by police and firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2019 6:52:23 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Eau Claire firefighters teach South students water safety tips

Underneath the fluorescent lights of South Middle School’s pool, a firefighter, clad in more than 100 pounds of diving equipment, plunged into the water. A group of about 20 seventh-graders looked on — eyes wide and mouths agape — as the diver sunk lower and lower until he looked like nothing more than a black shape at the bottom of the pool, his presence only noticeable because of a trail of bubbles that billowed to the top.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 8:22:41 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Oakfield couple and their dog escape house fire

A couple and their dog were able to escape a residence that caught fire Thursday morning in the town of Oakfield. Firefighters were called out at about 9:20 a.m. to a home at W7256 Hunter Lane for a report that the structure was on fire. The Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office said the fire was determined to be a result of electrical issues, and the residence sustained water and smoke damage.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 2:24:03 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Multiple departments put out Town of Sun Prairie house fire

A Town of Sun Prairie family is facing extensive damage to their home after an early-morning fire Thursday. More than 10 fire and EMS departments fought the fire at 5332 Stark Road in the Town of Sun Prairie for more than three and a half hours early Thursday morning while overnight temperatures were in the single digits.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 5:13:40 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Cause of fire in Pleasant Prairie storage building under investigation

A storage building in Pleasant Prairie was damaged by fire Wednesday afternoon. Passers-by noticed smoke coming from the building in the 12700 block of Green Bay Road at about 1:35 p.m. Assistant Chief David Wilkinson of the Pleasant Prairie Fire Department said the department received multiple 911 calls.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2019 2:44:35 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Onalaska fire department arrives to house fire with hydrant buried

Before Onalaska firefighters fought a house fire Tuesday night, they had to fight to get to the fire hydrant. "We knew where it was because of our mapping system in our fire trucks. But it was buried under ice. It was one of the fire hydrants that didn't get cleared out yet," said Onalaska Fire Department Assistant Chief Troy Gudie.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 9:15:33 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Winnebago County: 911 lines were 'ringing off the hook' as hundreds of cars crashed on Wisconsin's I-41

The emergency radio dispatches from Sunday's 131-car pileup on I-41 start out with a dispatcher sending units to the scene of what was initially thought to be a series of crashes involving 10 or so vehicles on the interstate. But with 911 lines "ringing off the hook," as one dispatcher reported, emergency crews quickly realized they were dealing with a crash involving dozens of vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 6:56:40 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Oconto Firefighters Battle Snowy Blaze

Oconto firefighters battled a fire on Gale Street and Mineau around 7 o'clock last night. A two-story home was fully engulfed when crews arrived. Deputy Chief Josh Bostedt tells FOX 11 weather was a factor... "With the cold temperatures, it does impact the safety with the firefighters with ice conditions.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2019 3:18:05 AM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Firefighters investigate multiple reports of natural gas odor on Madison's west side

Crews are investigating multiple reports of people smelling natural gas on Madison's west side Tuesday, fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said its crews, along with Madison Gas and Electric crews, are in the area of Old Sauk and High Point roads. The MFD crew was first dispatched to the intersection of North High Point Road and Wolf Street at 11:59 a.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 10:06:37 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Proposal to fill full-time firefighter position in Rice Lake falls short

After months of being short-staffed, the Rice Lake Fire Department will continue to go without another full-time firefighter position. In October, the Rice Lake City Council elected not to fill a vacant firefighter position due to a budget deficit. During a meeting Tuesday, the city council was asked to re-consider that decision.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 8:18:36 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

10 displaced after Neenah house fire

Two adults and eight children are without a home after a house fire in Neenah. Crews were called around 4:15 p.m. Tuesday for smoke filling up a home. It happened near the intersection of Louise Street and Shannon Street. When crews arrived they found heavy smoke and flames. According to Neenah-Menasha Fire Chief Kevin Kloehn, crews had a hard time putting out the fire because it had burned the first and second floors of the home.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 7:36:07 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Franklin, Greenfield funding new study on joint fire service

Franklin and Greenfield are funding a study focusing on where the two fire departments might be able to share services, such as personnel training or vehicle maintenance. It's the second time in seven years the two participated in such a study, and more communities may still participate. During the week of Feb.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 1:13:22 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

10 displaced following apartment building fire in Mount Pleasant, cause under investigation

Ten people were displaced following an apartment building fire Monday, Feb. 26 in Mount Pleasant. The call came in around 12:15 a.m. According to South Shore Fire Department, the fire broke out at a 16-unit apartment building near Kinzie Avenue and Oakes Road. When crews arrived on scene, there was heavy smoke and fire on the first floor.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2019 7:38:02 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6