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Madison: Fire Prevention Week sparks conversations to get prepared

In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire prevention week encourages people to stop and take some time to create a plan of action. The National Fire Prevention Association suggests people plan an escape route, check your alarms and smoke detectors, choose an outside meeting place and practice a home fire drill.
- PUB DATE: 10/10/2019 4:49:16 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee Fire Department honors firefighters who died in line of duty

Milwaukee firefighters honored fellow firefighters who died in the line of duty. Firefighters read the names of their 131 fallen colleagues. Advertisement Some of the names dated back to the 1800s. The fire chief said this annual tradition serves as a reminder to those who put the uniform on every day.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 3:41:38 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Oshkosh Fire Department visiting residences for Fire Prevention Week

The Oshkosh Fire Department is reminding the public of Fire Prevention Week. In recognition of National Fire Prevention Week, (October 6-12), the Oshkosh Fire Department will be canvassing a neighborhood on the south side of the city offering to check residences for working smoke detectors. The boundaries for this project are in the neighborhood bordered by 17th Avenue-20th Avenue (North-South) and Oregon Street-Ohio Street (East-West).
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 3:05:32 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Rural firefighters promote farm safety through national program

Firefighters and farmers, two groups of professionals who often work in hazardous environments, are teaming up in a program aimed at improving agricultural safety and health nationwide. The Rural Firefighters Delivering Agricultural Safety and Health (RF-DASH) project trains emergency responders to provide resources and consultation to farmers in their service areas.
- PUB DATE: 10/9/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Rhinelander firefighters teach fire safety to elementary school kids

Tuesday the Rhinelander Fire Department taught local kids fire safety. Firefighters came to classrooms at Central Elementary school to give presentations on fire safety. Kids learned how to draw escape plans for their homes and received fire safety tips. A 5th-grade teacher at Central Elementary school, Sarah Lange said it was a great learning opportunity.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 5:10:32 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Madison: Two people injured after vehicle fails to stop, resulting in crash that turned vehicle on its side

Two people were injured in a crash on Londonderry Drive Monday around 11:50 p.m. According to a Madison Fire Department release, one of the cars was returning from the airport when another vehicle didn't stop at an intersection. The crash caused the vehicle to turn on its side. As the vehicle was resting on the driver's side, Engine 10 firefighters cut the windshield to access those in the cars and opened the moon roof.
- PUB DATE: 10/8/2019 7:37:36 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Eau Claire: Fire Prevention Week educates families on fire safety

A statistic released by the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs says in 2017 more than 1.3 million fires killed 3,400 and hurt 14,000 more. According to the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation, fire departments in the U.S. respond to more than 1,000 home fires each day, about one every 86 seconds.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:47:47 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

PHOTO: Car crashes into front entrance of Goodwill in Milwaukee

Firefighters with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating after a car crashes into a Goodwill Monday evening. Police say they responded to a crash at 3900 N Palmer Street around 5:15 p.m. A car slammed into the front entrance of the Goodwill, injuring the driver. The severity of the injury is not known at this time, but the driver declined medical attention.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 4:40:21 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Waupaca County deer crash fire comes as state warns of darting deer

A car caught fire after a collision with a deer in Waupaca County Sunday night. This comes as the state reminds drivers to be alert for an increase in deer activity. The crash happened Sunday, Oct. 6., on Highway 22 south of Stratton Lake Rd in the Township of Dayton. The Waupaca County Sheriff's Office received a call at 8:47 p.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 12:48:32 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Students visit Milwaukee's Survive Alive House to kick off Fire Prevention Week

City leaders and students met Monday at the Milwaukee Fire Department's Survive Alive House to kick off National Fire Prevention Week. Students from the Milwaukee Spanish Immersion School practiced an escape plan and learned about fire safety. At the Survive Alive House, students went through a simulated house fire and practiced how to get out safely.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 11:44:07 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Overnight fire destroys a pub in Waushara County

A fire destroys a pub in Tustin, in Waushara County, on the northwest corner of Lake Poygan. The pub is on the corner of County Highway H and Center Street. Fire crews were called about 10:20 Sunday night to the Pony Creek Pub. A Poy Sippi Fire Department deputy chief tells Action 2 News the building was already filled with fire when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:56:39 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Follow Up: Fallen Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter honored at national ceremony in Maryland

A Sun Prairie volunteer firefighter is remembered at a national memorial service in Maryland. Thousands paid tribute to 119 firefighters killed in the line of duty. It was a solemn tribute to volunteer firefighter Cory Barr. Barr’s name is now etched on the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- PUB DATE: 10/7/2019 5:51:47 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

No one hurt after apartment unit in Appleton catches fire

The Appleton Fire Department says no one is hurt after an eight-unit apartment building caught fire Saturday afternoon. Officials say they were dispatched to the 2300 block of E. Peter Street in Appleton around 4:30 p.m. for the report of smoke detectors sounding in an apartment unit. Arriving crews say one apartment was full of smoke.
- PUB DATE: 10/5/2019 5:44:11 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Seymour firefighter suffers a heart attack while on the job

It started as a normal call last Friday for Dan Ravenhorst. "After I had started getting everything set up. Dan arrived on scene, so it was basically him and I for probably the first five minutes," said Township Fire Department Battalion Chief Randy Schenk. While responding to a mobile home fire in the town of Seymour, Ravenhorst did the same job he's done numerous times.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 7:32:58 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Janesville Fire Department receives improved insurance rating

The Janesville Fire Department’s improved insurance rating could draw businesses to town and make residents feel safer, Fire Chief Ernie Rhodes said. The national Insurance Services Office last week bumped Janesville’s fire services rating from Class 3 to Class 2, which Rhodes said is a significant change.
- PUB DATE: 10/4/2019 2:07:41 AM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Fallen Sun Prairie Fire Capt. Cory Barr to be honored at national ceremony in Maryland

This weekend, thousands will attend the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Fallen Sun Prairie Fire Capt. Cory Barr will be one of the 119 recognized in a ceremony on Sunday. Capt. Barr’s widow, Abby Barr, their twin daughters, family, Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison and more will attend.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 4:46:35 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Bomb squad called to scene of fire at Schofield apartment complex

The Marathon-Oneida County Sheriff Bomb Squad is on the scene at an apartment complex where firefighters put out a fire in a garage earlier Thursday morning. An Everest Metro police officer told the Wausau Daily Herald that he could not release any information about the incident, but added that the Wausau Police Department, which is investigating a shooting at Pine Grove Cemetery, will be releasing further information about the fire and response by the bomb squad.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 9:57:41 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Car bursts into flames outside Little Chute home

A car burst into flames outside a home in Little Chute Thursday morning. Fox Valley Metro Police say the vehicle was "fully engulfed in flames" when they arrived on scene. Little Chute firefighters put out the fire before it could spread to nearby homes or cars. Fox Valley Metro Police say no one was hurt.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2019 7:37:29 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

LaCrosse: Non-certified detectors a cause for concern

Timm Holt makes sure his house is safe and secure. "What I have in my home I have three floors and they all interact with each other," Holt said. But having working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms doesn't necessarily mean you're safe. Sites including Amazon have been selling these alarms not tested and certified by nationally recognized testing centers.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 5:01:44 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Union warns town of Brookfield of fire department staffing shortages

On the heels of news surrounding staffing issues at the Menomonee Falls, Hales Corners and North Shore fire departments, another municipality is facing similar issues. The international Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Local 4724 posted on Facebook on Sept. 28 alleging ongoing staffing problems at the town of Brookfield Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2019 2:25:58 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel