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Man pleads guilty in Madison office building arson that caused $100,000 in damage

A man authorities say vandalized and started a fire in a South Side Beltline office building in 2016 pleaded guilty to felony arson Tuesday. Dustin Palmer, 30, whose last listed address was in Reedsburg, pleaded guilty in Dane County Circuit Court to the arson of a South Side Madison office building on the evening of Oct.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 7:37:28 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Monday morning fire in Elk Mound considered suspicious

A Monday morning fire that rendered a long-time vacant Elk Mound home a total loss is considered suspicious, Chippewa Fire District officials said. Firefighters responded around 3:30 a.m. to the blaze at 2024 40th St., where they found the two-story structure engulfed in flames, according to a release from the fire district.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2017 2:26:27 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Explosion reported at grain elevator in Brodhead

Firefighters are at the scene of an explosion at a grain elevator in Brodhead. The Brodhead Fire Department said the explosion happened at 11:15 a.m. at Farm-City Elevator on County Road T. Crews are still on the scene and the cause is not known. Crews arrived on scene and asked for a ladder truck from the Monroe Fire Department, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 10:54:15 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Truck hits overhead sprinkler head, gets lodged in door, Madison Fire says

A U-Haul user wasn't having a very good moving day on Saturday, getting the truck stuck in the doorway of an underground garage and tearing off a sprinkler head in the process. The incident happened at about 10:50 a.m. at an apartment building in the 700 block of Glenway Street, the Madison Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 7:39:30 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Extra help needed at fire on Milwaukee's south side

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters called in extra help to fight a blaze on the city’s south side Monday afternoon. The MFD responded to a house fire that spread to the home next door near the corner of Lincoln Avenue and 18th Street. Authorities have not yet determined what caused the fire, however, neighbors called the house where the fire started a “problem house” involved with drugs and prostitution.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 7:02:49 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

BUG Assistant Chief Is Legion’s Outstanding Firefighter

After 33 years on the Brussels, Union, Gardener Fire Department, not much surprises Jim Wautier. However, he was surprised to learn several weeks ago that the Wisconsin American Legion would be honoring him as its Outstanding Firefighter for the state. Wautier accepted the award in Appleton Saturday.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 3:43:59 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Crews respond to house fire in Schofield

Crews responded to the scene of a residential fire in Schofield Monday morning. According to dispatch, several agencies were sent to 113 Williams Street at approximately 5:45 a.m. for reports of a structure fire. According to the River Side Fire District Fire Chief, no one inside at the time of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 6:42:50 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Madison firefighters hold new fundraiser for "Fill the Boot" campaign

For years Madison firefighters have stood on street corners with a boot in hand raising money for muscular dystrophy. After the city of Madison banned panhandling in busy traffic spots across the city, Fire Fighters Local 311 decided to hold the first ever "Fill the Boot" beach party. "We tried to branch out and think of new ideas so we came up with this charity event," said Justin Tews, who is a Madison Firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2017 2:50:34 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Child playing with lighter sparks house fire in Germantown; no one injured

The Germantown Fire Department responded to the scene of a house fire on White Pine Ct. early Friday morning, July 14th. The call came in around 1:10 a.m. Upon arrival, officers observed smoke coming from the utility room of the home. All occupants were able to exit safely. An officer on scene used dry powder fire extinguisher to “knock” the fire down.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2017 6:13:43 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Getting to know La Crosse's new fire chief

VIDEO: Coming from St. Paul, Minnesota, La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam is looking forward to continue his career in La Crosse. "It doesn't take you 30 years to get a policy change enacted, it's a little bit more dynamic and you can work through issues and changes," Gilliam said. With 14 years of experience under his belt, Gilliam can tell you the job is a lot more than fighting fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 3:59:54 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Eagle Point fire station vote tentatively set for Monday, Oct. 2

It’s up to the town board to set the final date. But a town of Eagle Point committee is recommending town residents on Monday, Oct. 2, will vote to expand the current town fire station or to build a new one near the town hall. It’s also possible town residents will choose to do nothing. The town’s Comprehensive Planning Commission on Monday voted to begin an informational campaign on the fire station at fire department fundraiser on Saturday, Aug.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 4:33:36 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Fox River at record high level as torrential rains hit Racine County

PHOTO: The City of Burlington and Racine County each declared a state of emergency Wednesday morning. More than a dozen roads closed due to nearly 7 inches of rain that fell between Tuesday night and Wednesday morning in some parts of the county. The worst flooding was seen on the county’s west end. By 6:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 2:20:43 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Sussex firefighter who crashed fire truck after drinking given fine

Former Fire Captain Thomas Gerstner who was charged with drunken driving and driving with an expired license after he struck a parked car with a fire truck during last year's Memorial Day Parade was fined $456.50 during his sentencing hearing on Wednesday, July 12. Judge Michael Maxwell amended the OWI charge to a reckless driving charge, which the court imposed the fine for based on Gerstner's blood alcohol level at the time of the incident, which was 0.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Northwest Now

Superior Guns-n-Hoses: Rivalries heat up

Two friendly rivalries heat up as South End Days begins July 21. One takes place on the field, when the Superior Fire Department faces off against the Superior Police Department. The firefighters walked away with last year's inaugural Guns-n-Hoses softball title. As South End Days head organizer Kalee Hermanson remembers it, the score was 20 to 10.
- PUB DATE: 7/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Wausau Fire Department adds rescue airboat to fleet

The Wausau Fire Department has a new way to perform rescues out on the water. The department took delivery of a new rescue airboat Wednesday morning in Wausau. Deputy Fire Chief Josh Klug tells NewsChannel 7 personnel will begin training on how to use the boat in the upcoming weeks. Klug said the airboat will give the fire department more versatility when performing water rescues, as its design allows it to go on water, ice, and even muddy land in some situations.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 9:27:49 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Saeger retires from Port Edwards Fire Department

Dennis Saeger retired from the Port Edwards Fire Department recently after a 36-year career. Saeger, the first assistant fire chief, was honored at a dinner and recognition ceremony on May 10. Port Edwards Fire Department retirees, village officials, mutual aid fire department officials and family attended.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 7:03:30 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Construction on new Kenosha fire station to start next year

Work on a new fire station for the Kenosha Fire Department could begin next year. Two fire stations are set to close and be merged into a “super” station on the site of the shuttered Bain Elementary School, 2210 52nd St. The two stations considered for closure: Station 3, 2121 Roosevelt Road, and Station 5, 2125 Washington Road.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 2:40:10 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Rock County Responders make lip dub video to '24K Magic'

VIDEO - The Rock County Communications Center has produced a community street dance video to the Bruno Mars hit, 24K Magic. The video is a follow-up to the Center’s viral hit “Uptown Funk” which was released two years ago and has received over 6.7 million YouTube views and thousands of positive comments from all over the world.
- PUB DATE: 7/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: FireRescue1

Sauk Prairie emergency services work to keep river safe

It’s that time of year again where individuals of ages and skill levels take to the water for sport or to cool off from the heat of the summer sun. Sauk Prairie area emergency services are prepared to handle most any water-related incident or rescue, thanks to a variety of equipment and personnel training.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 7:53:39 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue Completes Dementia Friendly Training

Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue was recognized Tuesday morning for becoming one of the first departments, agencies or businesses to complete training through Dementia Friendly Fond du Lac County. Cathy Loomans is with the task force that created the training. She presented decals for each of the three fire stations to Assistant Chief Todd Janquart.
- PUB DATE: 7/11/2017 7:07:04 PM - SOURCE: KFIZ


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