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City officials take next steps in fixing Beloit firefighter shortage

VIDEO: Faced with a firefighter shortage, city officials are meeting Monday in Beloit to discuss potentially hiring eight new probationary firefighters and multiple fire officers and motor pump operators. A wave of retirements and the near-expiration of a federal grant have stretched the Beloit Fire Department thin, which has made some feel uneasy.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 9:07:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Man injured, garage and truck destroyed in Wind Lake fire

A man was injured and a garage and truck were destroyed in a Sunday afternoon fire, according to Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company Chief Rob Robins. The fire began just after 4 p.m., when an arc flash from a compressor ignited cleaner and gas in a detached garage at the corner of South Denoon Road and Hart Drive in Wind Lake, Robins said.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2018 2:19:31 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Elderly man dies in Iowa County fire

VIDEO: Iowa County deputies are investigating a fire that killed a man in the town of Waldwick Sunday morning. Crews were called to the fire on the 5900 block of County Line Road at 7 a.m., according to a press release by the Iowa County Sheriff’s Office. The house was already engulfed in flames when firefighters got to the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 10:14:58 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Lake Delton firefighter upgraded to stable condition after being hit by car at accident scene

A Lake Delton firefighter has been upgraded from critical to stable condition after he was hit by a car while responding to a fatal crash on the interstate Saturday. The Lake Delton Fire Department said in a Facebook post that 39-year-old Joe Sabol was seriously injured in that crash when a car lost control and slid into the emergency scene along I-90, where he was responding to another fatal accident.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 7:33:56 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Merrill Firefighters host benefit for one of their own

VIDEO: "Firefighters are family. When we heard what happened to Chris, it affected all of us in different ways," said Merrill Fire Department Battalion Chief Steve Hintze. That bond is why the Merrill Fire Department wanted to help their former coworker Chris Marion through a benefit raffle. Marion, who has spent 23 years helping others, isn't used to being on the receiving end.
- PUB DATE: 2/4/2018 7:32:40 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Green Bay Fire Department Puts Donation To Good Use

A woman's donation to Green Bay Metro Fire could be a life-saver. Ola Adams passed away a few years ago, but not before setting up a fund that has generated $100 thousand to go specifically to public safety. Green Bay Metro Fire has plans to put the money to good use. "We'll use the money to purchase ballistic helmets and vests.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 9:28:25 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

La Crosse step closer to getting first new fire station in 50 years; existing buildings would be remodeled or replaced

The city moved forward Thursday with plans to address problems with the city’s fire stations, create an agreement for slipholders at La Crosse Municipal Harbor and fund a rental assistance program for homeless families. The La Crosse Finance and Personnel Committee unanimously voted to direct city staff to research ways to implement the recommendations of the La Crosse Fire Station Planning Task Force, which called for building a new fire station on the city’s South Side, replacing three others — including two on the city’s North Side — and remodeling the remaining station.
- PUB DATE: 2/2/2018 2:39:30 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Crews battle fire at Amish business near Granton

PHOTO: Crews are battling a fire at an Amish business on Starr Road near Granton. The Granton fire chief tells NewsChannel 7, the building was engulfed when they arrived on the scene. As of about 11 p.m. Thursday, crews were still fighting the fire. The fire chief said they'll be on the scene for at least a couple more hours.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 10:13:31 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Two people displaced after fire in Far East Side condo, Madison Fire Department says

Two people were displaced from their Far East Side condo Thursday morning after a fire scorched their garage and parts of the home, the Madison Fire Department said. Around 10:41 a.m., firefighters responded to the 6300 block of Maywick Drive after a resident reported a fire in the laundry room, believing the dryer had exploded, said fire department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 4:00:06 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Kenosha Fire Department warns of possible "inspection" scam

Kenosha’s fire chief is warning that a man approaching businesses in the area requesting payment for safety inspections is not a member of the department. Chief Charles Leipzig said a man has been walking into local businesses recently saying he is there to inspect their fire extinguishers. After doing an inspection, he requests payment.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 1:08:39 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Follow Up: Early Morning Fire Destroys Dun-Rite Asphalt Buildings

Fire destroyed the Dun-Rite Asphalt Maintenance Company, W725 County B in Marinette in an early morning fire Wednesday, Jan. 31. The Town of Peshtigo Fire Fire Department received the alarm shortly after 3 a.m. A passerby had alerted authorities to the fire. Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief, Mike Folgert arrived on scene and immediately called for a MABAS box alarm bringing in units from the City of Marinette, City of Peshtigo and Grover-Porterfield fire departments for assistance.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 5:46:33 AM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

$5 million Wisconsin Dells dorm fire determined to be arson

The Jan. 25 fire that destroyed the Wilderness Resort dormitory under construction was determined to be an arson by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms. The Wisconsin Arson Insurance Council is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who can provide information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved, according to a press release.
- PUB DATE: 2/1/2018 3:14:02 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Milwaukee first responders moving out of a city they serve

VIDEO: New numbers on how many city employees have moved out of Milwaukee since the law changed more than four years ago. A Milwaukee Alderman calls it troubling for the city, especially with the biggest numbers being in public safety. About 30% of police officers and 35% of firefighters live outside the city.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 9:51:10 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Firefighters battle blaze at Marinette County business

PHOTO: Firefighters were called Wednesday morning to a fire at Dun-Rite Asphalt in Marinette County. It's unknown what caused the fire. There will be an investigation. Officials say no injuries have been reported
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 6:43:42 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Probation ordered for setting Eau Claire house fire

An Eau Claire man will spend two years on probation for setting a fire at his former residence. Jayson R. Harding, 27, 2007 Second St., pleaded no contest recently in Eau Claire County Court to an amended misdemeanor count of negligent handling of burning material. He was originally charged with a felony count of arson.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 2:16:57 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Fontana rescue boat a family's answer to tragedy

On the night Mark Reninger’s snowmobile vanished beneath the icy waters of Geneva Lake, conditions were so treacherous that rescuers had difficulty reaching the accident scene. Reninger did not survive. Now his family has raised money to equip the Fontana Fire Department with a high-powered, sophisticated rescue boat to make future such rescues less challenging.
- PUB DATE: 1/31/2018 2:06:25 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Teenage Grafton firefighter steps up to save life of man suffering medical emergency at Shopko

VIDEO: Grafton's youngest certified firefighter stepped up at the local Shopko when a co-worker had a medical emergency. That man, thanks to the teenager's quick response, will survive. All of Daniel Dowty's equipment is brand new, untouched by smoke. His time with the Grafton Fire Department, however, has prepared him for a critical moment that happened just weeks ago.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 9:38:43 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire takes Sauk County Board member's home

A Sauk County Board member is safe after his house was destroyed by a fire early Tuesday morning. Baraboo Fire Chief Kevin Stieve said Supervisor Tom Kriegl was in Madison around 3 a.m. when crews were called to his home along County Highway W in the town of Greenfield. Stieve said the fire was difficult to extinguish because the house — which was a total loss — had partially collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 8:21:06 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Truck goes through ice on Lake Winnebago, driver escapes

Firefighters are reminding people of the dangers of going out onto the ice after a truck sank into Lake Winnebago Tuesday morning. According to a post on the fire department's Facebook page, the rescue happened near the mouth of the Fox River. Firefighters say that's one of the most dangerous areas of the lake, since the current makes for thinner ice than on other areas of the lake.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 3:04:22 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Morning Fire Races Through Calumet County Business

Firefighters battled the flames in the Forest Junction area of Calumet County. The fire broke out early today (TUESDAY) right off Highway 10, in the area of Highway 32/57. The fire is located at Legacy Automotive. No injuries reported....no word on how the fire started. Roads were closed for time while crews got the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2018 5:52:46 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

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