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An inside look at a day in the life of firefighters, paramedics at the Two Rivers Fire Department

Some of Northeast Wisconsin's fire departments aren't just working to put out a blaze. In Two Rivers, the firefighters are tasked with anything from performing water rescues to helping those in need of medical support. "Everyone’s a paramedic," Assistant Chief David Murack said. "Everyone’s a firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 9/1/2022 3:43:23 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Kenosha County losing 911 dispatchers to agencies with better pay, other employers

For hundreds of local police officers, firefighters and other emergency workers in Kenosha County, 911 dispatchers are the critical link between them and the public they serve. Employed by the city-county Joint Services, a merger that has been in effect since 1982, dispatchers are also in short supply.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2022 5:00:00 PM - SOURCE: The Journal Times - Metered Site

Wisconsin volunteers aid in wildfire recovery in New Mexico

Following record-breaking wildfires throughout New Mexico this summer, Wisconsin volunteers responded to help repair the damages, according to the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs (DMA). DMA said Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) teams went to New Mexico after the state Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management put out a call for assistance in recovering from the fires.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2022 2:17:10 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee man wanted; homicide, fire near 83rd and Vienna

A Milwaukee man has been charged in connection to a homicide and house fire that happened on the city's north side Aug. 25. A warrant is out for his arrest. Prosecutors accuse 47-year-old Ernest Terrell Blakney of shooting and killing his ex-girlfriend before setting his home on fire near 83rd and Vienna.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Report of 'child on log' leads to search at Lake Michigan in Port Washington

A report of a child on a log in Lake Michigan in Port Washington Tuesday, Aug. 30 sent first responders to South Beach Park. As of 8 p.m., the search was called off after no child was located and there were no reports of a child missing in the area. Police said a 911 call came in shortly before 3 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Recognizing International Overdose Awareness Day in Milwaukee

Wednesday is International Overdose Awareness day, a day to recognize the people that have been affected or lost their lives to the tragedy. Beginning at 10 a.m., local city and community leaders, including Mayor Cavalier Johnson and Fire Chief Aaron Lipski, will meet at Milwaukee's Samad's House for one of three pop-up memorial events to speak on the importance of creating programs that help stop the growing problem of overdoses in our area.
- PUB DATE: 8/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Fire personnel referendum in Richfield not happening

A referendum planned for ballots in Richfield to increase taxes, in order to hire five additional full-time firefighters in the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company, has been nixed due to potential unionization of the department creating unknown potential costs there. The Richfield Village Board met Thursday evening, and received information from the Richfield Volunteer Fire Company Board of Directors about the possible unionization of the RVFC.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2022 5:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Washington County Daily News

Appleton Boy Scouts receive Heroes Award for aiding after Amtrak crash

VIDEO: The Appleton Boy Scouts who helped in the rescue effort after the Amtrak train derailment this past June in Missouri were honored Monday. As the American Red Cross honors local heroes, the scouts took the top honor in the youth category after a rescue that caught the entire country’s attention.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Man dies in Rusk County ATV crash

A man is dead after an ATV crash on Monday in Rusk County. According to the Rusk County Sheriff’s Office, Jay Holcomb of Bruce was pronounced dead at Marshfield Medical Center in Rice Lake after being pinned under his ATV. First responders found Holcomb and his ATV near County Highway H and Sentinal Ash Road about five miles north of Bruce at 8:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Chippewa Falls school district holds forum at high school focused on crisis situation response

Parents came out to Chippewa Falls High School Monday night to hear from police on how they would respond to a critical situation. The forum had representatives from the Chippewa Falls police and fire departments as well as from other local schools to discuss what the plan would be if a crisis like an active shooter event were to happen.
- PUB DATE: 8/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Mock wildfire exercise provides vital training in Black River Falls

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources held a mock wildfire exercise from it's Black River Falls location, utilizing 17 area fire departments. In the case of a major wildfire, it was an exercise in "practice makes perfect". "Getting all of these entities together, getting all of them working together, that's the goal," said Jack Workman, Emergency Management Director for Jackson County.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Professional skydiver dies after 'traumatic' crash Sunday into Racine County pond

A skydiver died after crashing into a Racine County pond at around 11:30 a.m. Sunday morning. The skydiver, a 36-year-old man from Tennessee, experienced "a hard landing in" a pond next to the property of Skydive Midwest on the west side of Interstate 94 and, when pulled from the pond by other skydivers, he "was not conscious and was not breathing adequately," according to a release from the Racine County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2022 6:15:00 PM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News - Metered Site

Milwaukee firefighters battle 2-alarm basement fire

Milwaukee firefighters battled a two-alarm fire in the basement of a home near 15th and Windlake on Saturday morning, Aug. 27. The call for the fire came just before 4 a.m. There were no injuries – everyone in the home got out safely. The American Red Cross is helping five adults and one child who live in the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2022 5:00:00 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

First responders sound the alarm: Rural communities in Wisconsin face EMS shortage

During an emergency situation, most of us can expect help to arrive in minutes, but in rural areas, you may be left waiting for an ambulance for up to 45 minutes. Those wait times could increase. A rural EMS shortage is impacting communities all across Wisconsin, including ones in the Coulee Region. Roughly 9,000 people rely on just 15 full time EMS and paramedics in Tomah.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WGLR-FM 97 Lancaster

Follow Up: Brown, Outagamie County first responders receive lifesaving equipment through WPS, We Energies grant

The Hobart-Lawrence Police Department, alongside the Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue, received some much-needed lifesaving equipment on Thursday. Through Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies charitable foundations, the Brown and Outagamie first responders were rewarded as part of the Rewarding Responders Grant programs.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Grand Chute Fire Department warns about phone scam

The Grand Chute Fire Department is warning residents about a phone scam claiming the department is asking for donations. The fire department says a citizen reported receiving a phone call soliciting a donation for Family Safety Day and asking for their credit card information. The Grand Chute Fire Department is not soliciting money for an event or any other reason.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

La Crosse Fire Department hosts focus group to improve service now and in the future

When there is an emergency, we invite firefighters into our homes- no questions asked. La Crosse Fire Chief Jeff Schott says with that privilege comes great responsibility. On Wednesday, the La Crosse Fire Department hosted a focus group with community stakeholders. The Minnesota group, Ethical Leaders in Action, ran the session.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 LaCrosse

Baraboo celebrates two longtime firefighters retiring after combined 80 years

When Baraboo Fire Department Deputy Chief Steve Pointon celebrated 40 years as a firefighter in February 2017, he said he would attempt to break the service record of 43 years set by his wife’s grandfather, Noble Sprecher. Five years later, not only has Pointon met that goal, but has also decided to hang up the pager for good.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic - Metered Site

Portion of Highway 51 north of Wausau reopens following trailer fire

PHOTOS: The southbound lane of Highway 51 north of Wausau that was closed for several hours during the early morning and morning hours Wednesday has now reopened. Southbound 51 was down to one lane until just before noon. The fire was reported around 2 a.m. The lane closure was due to a semi-trailer fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Milwaukee house fire, homicide near 83rd and Nash

Milwaukee police are investigating a homicide that occurred on Thursday, Aug. 25 near 83rd and Nash. It happened at approximately 4:12 a.m. MFD responded to a residence for a house fire and located a deceased victim. The victim, a 36-year-old Milwaukee woman, sustained fatal gunshot injuries. This incident is currently still under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2022 5:00:00 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

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