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Watertown Fire Department seeks funds for staffing, new station

In response to rising call volume and an increasing city population, the Watertown Fire Department is requesting funds to be allocated in the 2017 budget to fill personnel vacancies and construct a new station. Fire Chief Greg Michalek said over the past five years call volume has increased 33 percent.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2016 4:31:52 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Sheboygan may commission study on fire services

City officials are considering spending an estimated $40,000 to $70,000 for a comprehensive study on the city's fire services. The decision to request proposals and cost estimates from independent consultants comes on the heels of a study recently completed by the Sheboygan firefighters union, which concluded staffing reductions at city fire departments have left areas of the city without satisfactory fire protection.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 6:36:37 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Several people rescued in Gilmanton flash flood

VIDEO: Elk Creek was a raging torrent on Thursday morning, catching almost everyone Gilmanton off-guard. Angelique Breitung and her boyfriend Eli Bloom initially came down to help Eli’s brother Matt. Breitung said, early on, conditions seemed manageable. "We were coming down to just help with the lawnmowers,” she said to WEAU 13 News on Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 5:04:49 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Kaukauna to build new fire station

In the next month, construction of a new fire station will begin – the second of three facility projects happening in Kaukauna. "It's going to be a fun project, a beautiful structure," said Kaukauna Mayor Gene Rosin. "I've seen the design and the layout and the drawings, and it will really complement downtown really nicely.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 1:03:00 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

200 employees evacuated from Full Compass in Madison

Employees were evacuated from Full Compass during the investigation of a gas leak Thursday morning, according to the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters were called at 9:56 a.m. to the business at 9710 Silicon Prairie Parkway. An official said 200 people were evacuated from the building, and eight of them complained of feeling sick.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 8:35:05 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

PHOTOS: Hawk rescued at Madison fire station

Firefighters at Station No. 3 in Madison were mingling after dinner Tuesday when a woman walked up to say that she saw a Cooper's hawk fly into a station window and fall to the ground.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 6:01:28 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Overnight fire damages Two Rivers home

VIDEO: Three people escape a house fire in Two Rivers. The fire chief says his crews contained the fire to the attic, but there’s still some heavy damage to the home. Two Rivers Fire Chief Scott Schneider says the call came in just after 11:00 p.m. Wednesday night to a house in the 2600 13th Street on the city’s south side.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 3:59:16 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

19-year-old drowns at Washington Park in Milwaukee

One person is dead after an apparent drowning at Washington Park in Milwaukee. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office told WISN 12 News it was called to the park's pool near 40th and Galena streets. Officials with the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene just before 11:00 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/11/2016 2:42:32 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Overnight Fire Damages Sheboygan Home

Sheboygan fire crews are investigating today after an overnight fire damaged a home. Dispatchers got a call around 3:10 am on Tuesday of a fire at a home on the 1600 block of North 4th Street. Fire crews arrived to find a significant fire on the back side of the home. The resident who made the call told firefighters he was the only person inside, and crews moved in to put out the flames.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2016 8:37:00 AM - SOURCE: WXER-FM 104.5 & 96.1 The Point

NFL player JJ Watt suits up as hometown Pewaukee firefighter for heat safety campaign

Former Wisconsin Badger JJ Watt tried firefighter training with his dad at their hometown fire department for the Gatorade Beat the Heat education campaign. Inmate accused of trying to arrange hit is headed to trial JJ Watt’s father, retired firefighter John Watt, joined him at the Pewaukee Fire Department and tried the physical and technical training firefighters conduct, according to a release.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2016 5:41:05 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire destroys Pardeeville barn

Four fire departments battled a blaze Tuesday that destroyed a barn in rural Pardeeville. The Pardeeville Fire Department was called about 12:30 p.m. to 9580 Comstock Road, where firefighters found a barn storing hay bales engulfed in flames. The family at the farm reported the fire started when they had gone inside for lunch.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2016 1:52:48 AM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Wisconsin Rapids fire departments helping install smoke detectors

VIDEO: Local fire departments in the area are partnering up with WIS SAFE, also known as the Wisconsin Smoke and Fire Education Program and the North Central American Red Cross to install smoke detectors in homes that don't have them. Currently they're targeting homes which are high risk, such as those with the elderly, disabled, low income, and middle school aged children.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2016 5:21:16 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroyed Roxbury machine shed, nobody hurt in blaze, authorities say

A shed housing machinery and hay was destroyed by fire early Tuesday morning in the town of Roxbury, with nobody injured in the fire. The fire was reported at about 1:25 a.m. on a farm at 7772 Inama Road, the Dane County Sheriff's Office said. Firefighters responded from seven area departments, including Sauk City, Sauk Prairie, Prairie du Sac, Dane-Vienna, Black Earth, Mazomanie and Lodi.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2016 7:15:24 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

One person taken to the hospital after a house fire near Fall Creek

VIDEO: Crews say one person was taken to the hospital after a major house fire near Fall Creek. Firefighters were called to Dewitz Road, in the Town of Washington, before 3 p.m. on Monday. When they arrived, crews say the house was fully engulfed. The home is a total loss. Mark Porter, with Township Fire, said a lawnmower caught on fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 5:43:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Police: Man wanted in arson fire at Wausau bar turns himself in

A 38-year-old Wausau man was arrested Monday in an arson fire at the Cabaret Bar, Wausau police said. Tony Patterson Jr. turned himself in without incident, a lieutenant said. Patterson is one of two men that police identified last week as “persons of interest” in the fire. The other was a 32-year-old Wausau man.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:11:17 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Second communication system aids Wood County during 911 outage

VIDEO: When the 911 system failed Sunday, Wood County authorities turned to other platforms to keep the public informed. Todd Eckes is the Wisconsin Rapids Captain of Operations Fire Marshall, and he said when situations like what happened over the weekend occur, he turns to a messaging systems called, Nixle to keep the public informed.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 11:50:49 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Chippewa Fire District squabble near conclusion

A dispute between the village of Lake Hallie and four towns over how the Chippewa Fire District is funded is winding toward a conclusion. Besides Lake Hallie, the fire district includes the towns of Hallie, Howard, Lafayette and Wheaton. “The parties reached a settlement at the medication on July 19, 2016.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 4:15:37 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Wedding reception evacuated following carbon monoxide incident in Madison

More than two dozen people were taken to a hospital Saturday night when carbon monoxide poisoning forced the evacuation of a wedding reception on Madison’s East Side, according to the Madison Fire Department. Emergency personnel were called to the indoor soccer club Salon Centinela, 5018 Blazing Star Drive, after someone fainted during a wedding reception there, said Madison Fire Department spokeswoman Cynthia Schuster.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:24:02 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Mount Horeb lumber store sustains as much as $1 million in fire damage

A lumber components store in Mount Horeb suffered as much as $1 in damage after a fire Saturday, the Mount Horeb Fire Chief said. The Mount Horeb Fire Department responded to a structure fire at Brunsell Lumber and Millwork, 1204 E. Lincoln St., just after 4:20 p.m., Craig Brinkmann said. Responding firefighters encountered heavy black smoke throughout the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 3:11:22 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Racine Fire Department hosts national conference at Wingspread

Experts from across the country charted the future of firefighting at a landmark national conference held in Racine County last month. The Racine Fire Department in July hosted the Wingspread VI Conference, the sixth national gathering to prepare fire departments for challenges they might face in the next decade.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times


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