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Bed catches fire, woman escapes with minor injuries in Downtown Madison

A Downtown resident escaped with only minor injuries early Wednesday morning when her bed caught fire because of a lit candle on a windowsill. The incident was reported at 1:10 a.m. in the 600 block of North Frances Street, the Madison Fire Department said. The woman was awakened by a smoke alarm and she called 911.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 7:54:51 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Appleton Fire Department seeks protective gear for first responders

Concerned that first responders could encounter gunfire on an emergency call, the Appleton Fire Department is looking to buy additional protection equipment for its members. In a memo to Appleton's Safety and Licensing Committee, Fire Chief Len Vander Wyst asked to redirect an unused $10,440 toward the purchase of about 20 sets of "ballistic personal protective equipment," including vests, helmets, pouches and headlamps.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 1:04:23 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Year after Fitchburg home explosion responders address unanswered questions

It’s been nearly a year, since a home explosion in Fitchburg. Before the August 25 anniversary, first responders are looking to give the community some closure, by providing the latest on the investigation during a meeting Wednesday night. “We promised that to the community, that we would get information out as soon as possible,” said Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 9:47:14 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Home collapses after early morning explosion in Milwaukee

Milwaukee firefighters rushed out early Wednesday morning to a house fire near 24th Place and Concordia Avenue. Neighbors say they heard two loud booms just before flames broke out a little before 4:00 AM. Fire Chief Dan Lipski confirms investigators found evidence of an explosion, but he says they don’t know what caused it yet.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2017 7:42:15 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Semi catches fire near pumps at Janesville truck stop

A semitrailer truck that had just filled its two 150-gallon tanks with diesel fuel caught fire Tuesday afternoon at the TA Express, 3222 Highway 14. No one was injured. The driver had pulled forward and left the truck idling, with the trailer's back end at the edge of the pump area, and he went in to pay for the fuel and buy some items, which is customary practice, said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 10:37:47 PM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

Ultralight aircraft crashes into Rock River in Fort Atkinson; Two dead

Officials have confirmed that two people have died after an ultralight aircraft crashed into the river near Ft. Atkinson's municipal airport around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, Aug. 8, 2017. The victims are a 61-year-old male and his 16-year-old son, authorities say. Officials currently are updating the media.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2017 9:53:35 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Sun Prairie Alders approve west side fire station remodel

Sun Prairie alders have committed to remodeling the Westside Community Service Building (WCSB) to accommodate a west side fire station and other public safety department needs, as part of the city’s 2018-22 Capital Improvement Plan. The Sun Prairie City Council’s Committee of the Whole voted Aug. 1 to put a $1.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2017 3:11:30 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Fire damages Vinland home early Sunday

A fire damaged a building early Sunday on Winnebago County GG. Winnebago County Sheriff's Lt. Jeff Meyer said police responded to reports of a man screaming and flagging down motorists just before 1 a.m. near Green Valley Road and County GG. When they arrived, authorities found a home on fire in the 2500 block of County Road GG, Meyer said.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2017 9:41:27 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Firefighter Fun Day in Madison proves to be a win-win for firefighters and the community

Hundreds showed up to fire station five today in Madison for the team's fourth annual Firefighter Fun Day. Organizers say it's a chance for first responders to meet and interact with the people they serve everyday. The firehouse had lots of things for people and their families to do. The station gave tours, showed off their fire trucks and let people get a look inside their ambulances.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2017 6:20:17 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Milwaukee garage destroyed by fire, possibly sparked by blown transformer

A possible blown transformer sparked a fire on Milwaukee’s northwest side early Friday, August 4th. Milwaukee firefighters were called to the garage fire near 89th and Thurston. Nobody was hurt. Milwaukee police and firefighters are investigating this incident.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2017 3:43:58 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Rock County authorities seek better ways to cope with opioid epidemic

The rising misuse of opioids in Rock County has been labeled an epidemic by local health officials, and multiple groups have supported ways to combat the problem through state and federal legislative changes. Rock County officials are looking for ways to provide greater treatment access and an increase in overall funding to combat opioid abuse.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2017 3:19:15 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Kenosha County: Two semis involved in multivehicle crash on Highway KR

Flight for Life was called Thursday to a crash involving two semitrailers and two smaller vehicles near the intersection of highways 31 and KR. Authorities responded just after 11:30 a.m. to the crash, which occurred at the railroad tracks west of the intersection of highways 31 and KR, in the 6500 block of Highway KR (also known as County Line Road and 1st Street).
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2017 2:24:03 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Rhinelander fire chief explains ambulance billing procedures

The Rhinelander Fire Department made a total of 1,568 ambulance calls for service in 2016, resulting in bills totaling $582,761.26 sent out to either the persons treated, their insurance carriers or Medicaid and Medicare, the city's public safety committee learned Tuesday. Rhinelander fire chief Terry Williams also presented the committee with the breakdown by payor for those runs, as well as some other interesting statistics regarding medical runs his department made last year.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2017 1:57:27 AM - SOURCE: Northwoods River News

Goodrich Police: Man wakes up in woods after his garage catches fire

VIDEO: A 42-year-old man says he doesn't remember how he ended up more than 10 miles from his house after his garage caught fire, Taylor County's chief deputy sheriff said Thursday. Firefighters were called to Shane Ziegel's house on State Highway 64 in Goodrich on the evening of July 27. Ziegel was not home and was considered missing.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 3:45:54 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Female firefighter is Stevens Point's second in department history

Kelly Heise hasn’t felt at all out of place at her new job. But Heise, 24, is only the second woman ever to work as a firefighter and paramedic at the Stevens Point Fire Department. The other, Tracey Kujawa, a former chief, left the department in 2014. Heise, who grew up in Rhinelander, joined the department last month.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 7:39:50 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Students raise $10,000 to restore Plover 9/11 memorial

VIDEO: A group of Ben Franklin Junior High School students raised $10,000 to restore a 9/11 memorial in Plover. They raised the money all in one day at the Celebrate Plover fest. "It's a really good feeling," said student Sarah Adams. "Shows we can actually do something and change." The students have been working with two mentors for five months to make the fundraiser happen.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2017 6:11:40 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Retired firefighter makes generous donation to Milwaukee Fire Dept.

VIDEO: It's a donation that is sure to save lives. The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) received on Wednesday, August 2nd a generous gift from one of its own. When Paul Conway first suited up more than 30 years ago, thermal imaging wasn't around. It would be years before the technology was developed for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2017 3:20:14 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Crews put out shed fire near Augusta

VIDEO: Crews said they believe a fire near Augusta may have been caused by sparks while work was being done on a grinder machine. Ken Zich, the fire chief of Augusta-Bridge Creek Fire Department, said they responded around 11 a.m. Wednesday to a fire at a property on County Road M in the Town of Bridge Creek, southeast of Augusta.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2017 10:48:14 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Follow Up: Eau Claire fire captain gets advice from White House

Jeff Dykes told Ivanka Trump and U.S. Small Business Administration leader Linda McMahon on Tuesday that he has been a firefighter for more than 20 years and knows the job inside and out. Given the opportunity to ask a question on a visit to the White House during a discussion about small businesses that in part celebrated the 64th anniversary of the SBA, the Eau Claire fire captain asked for advice to finding success after President Donald Trump remarked that the nation is “on the verge of a golden age for small business.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2017 2:14:37 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Rhinelander firefighters raise nearly $15,000 in annual "Fill the Boot" campaign for MDA

VIDEO: Rhinelander firefighters filled plenty of boots with cash and change in July. Tuesday, Newswatch 12 learned those firefighters brought in one of their highest totals ever. The fire department presented the Muscular Dystrophy Association with a check for $14,856. Firefighters spent several days working a busy Rhinelander intersection collecting money for the annual MDA campaign during Hodag Country Fest.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2017 10:21:10 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau


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