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Milwaukee firefighters find body in building day after fire

Milwaukee firefighters found a body in building Wednesday that they fought a fire at on Tuesday. The fire department said it was called Tuesday afternoon for smoke coming out of a building near Greenfield Avenue and Layton Boulevard. Firefighters extinguished the fires and conducted multiple searches of all accessible areas and investigated for cause and origin with the Milwaukee Police Department, the fire department said.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 8:50:00 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department fields record number of emergency calls

The Wisconsin Rapids Fire Department says it received a record number of calls for service once again in 2022. Chief Todd Eckes says the department responded to 4,747 calls in 2022, after fielding 4,600 in 2021 and just under 4,000 in 2020. He adds there has been an increased need in medical services, which could correlate with the number of older adults that call the city home.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 5:42:00 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

1 person found dead following Dodgeville house fire

One person was found dead following a house fire in Dodgeville on Tuesday, according to fire officials. A statement from the Dodgeville Fire Department said fire crews were called to the intersection of North Main Street and Jewett Street for a house fire at 1:38 p.m. on Tuesday. Fire crews arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and were able to quickly put out the fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 8:53:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Barron-Maple Grove Fire Chief Mike Romsos retires after 31 years of fighting fires; ‘It’s rewarding to help people’

Mike Romsos was doing some soul searching in May 2022, after a residential fire in Barron that cost the lives of a man and his two children (see the “Year in Review published in the Dec. 28 edition of the News-Shield). “It was a heartbreaker,” said Romsos, the Barron-Maple Grove fire chief, during a Dec.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Barron News-Shield

National program to have emergency plan in schools for sudden cardiac arrest started in Wisconsin

Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin suffered cardiac arrest in Monday night's game against the Cincinnati Bengals. In a cardiac emergency, timing is a matter of life or death. Paramedics quickly began performing CPR on Damar Hamlin and used an automatic external defibrillator (AED) on the football player.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

One person killed in Mequon house fire

One person has died in an overnight house fire on Mequon Road early Tuesday morning. According to a Southern Ozaukee Fire & EMS press release, a witness driving to work reported seeing flames coming from a residence located in the 12000 block of W. Mequon Road at approximately 2:49 a.m. The witness advised authorities that he did not see anything else out of the ordinary while passing the home.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 11:28:00 PM - SOURCE: Ozaukee County News Graphic

Fire in Outagamie County leaves family without a home

One family is without a home after a Tuesday morning fire in Outagamie County. According to firefighters from the Town of Ellington Fire Department, a fire broke out at a home across the road from the fire station on Highway 76 at around 9:30 a.m. The family was home at the time but managed to evacuate safely.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 11:25:49 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Seven fires during La Crosse area fire departments' 'Keep the Wreath Green' campaign

The annual “Keep the Wreath Green” campaign did not go as well as firefighters hoped. For this campaign, local departments hang a wreath outside their stations between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Every time participating departments respond to a structure fire, they switch a bulb on the wreath from green to red.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 4:06:44 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Wisconsin fire departments invest in young people to recruit and empower future firefighters

Emmanuel Mielke was nervous when he started his first day as a firefighter in February at a station in downtown Madison. But he had a head start. Mielke already met some of his colleagues when they were his instructors at the NextGen Responders Academy, an emergency medical responder and fire training certification program for high schoolers.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Eau Claire Fire Department responds to record number of calls in 2022

The Eau Claire fire department thanked the community for their support after what was an extremely busy year. On Facebook Monday, the fire department said they responded to 10,641 calls in 2022. That is nearly 1,000 more calls than 2021, which is also one of the biggest jumps in calls for service in the past decade.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2023 11:56:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Fire causes $100,000 in damages, displaces Madison family

Four family members on Madison’s south side were displaced Sunday morning after a fire started in the walls of their home, according to Madison Fire Department. MFD said it responded just before 6 a.m. Sunday to calls of a fire on the 200 Block of West Lakeside St. When crews arrived at the two-story home, they saw heavy smoke coming from the roof.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2023 12:18:14 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Several crews dispatched to fire at Sun Prairie dairy farm

Sun Prairie Fire & Rescue Assistant Chief Bill Sullivan provided an update on the Statz Bros. dairy farm that caught fire Friday. Sullivan said before crews arrived on scene, smoke and flames were seen from a distance and additional firetrucks were called to bring in water. Eleven fire departments, four EMS agencies, and Dane County Sheriff's Office assisted in controlling the incident.
- PUB DATE: 12/31/2022 12:01:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Marshfield Common Council directs fire, police chiefs to draft referendum language for staffing

The Marshfield Common Council on Tuesday unanimously directed the city’s Fire and Police Commission to draft a referendum question regarding public safety staffing to discuss at its Jan. 10 meeting. The move comes after Fire Chief Pete Fletty and Police Chief Jody Geurink presented to the council the struggles their departments are facing — after the city cut their budgets by 4% to deal with shortfalls and after the fire department had to cut three positions earlier this year because the Emergency Medical Services Enterprise Fund had come up short of projections.
- PUB DATE: 12/22/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News Herald - Metered Site

La Crosse Fire Department gifts blankets to pediatric patients

Children who are likely to spend Christmas in the hospital are getting a major gift from area first responders. Firefighters Local 127 made two stops Wednesday. First to Gundersen followed by Mayo Clinic Health System. They delivered red blankets donning the La Crosse Fire Department logo. The gifts are an annual tradition.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2022 11:30:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Council moves to create joint fire/EMS department in Lake Mills

The Lake Mills City Council voted to create a unified fire and EMS department, taking a step forward after a year of murky debate on the future of EMS service in the city. Alders voted 3-1, with one abstention, to have the City Manager blueprint the new service model, which will entail hiring four new full-time staffers while continuing to rely heavily on volunteer and paid-on-premise responders.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2022 7:33:00 AM - SOURCE: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent

Neenah apartment fire sparked by heater plugged into extension cord

Firefighters say improper use of extension cords with a heating device sparked an apartment fire early Wednesday. At about 2:35 a.m., firefighters were called to a two-story apartment building at 1316 Honeysuckle Lane. The first engine arrived to find heavy smoke in the building. They used a ladder to rescue a person from the building.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Follow-up: Merrill fire chief weighs in on Wisconsin's 51 deaths associated with home fires so far this year

More than 50 people have died in house fires so far this year. That’s nearly a dozen more than the year before and part of an upward trend of home fire deaths nationwide. Seeing the statistics of all the people that have died this year after their homes caught fire, one word comes top of mind for Merrill Fire Chief Josh Klug: disappointment.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Rhinelander

Superior battalion chief preps for new role

Camron Vollbrecht was on top of a mountain when he got the call he was going to be Superior’s next fire chief. “I was in northwestern Colorado on an elk hunt with some buddies from college,” said Vollbrecht, who currently serves as a battalion chief for the Superior Fire Department. He got the call from outgoing fire chief Scott Gordon.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2022 3:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram - Metered Site

Fire destroys Amish home in rural Vernon County

An Amish home was destroyed by fire on Monday night. An Amish elder asked News 8 Now not to shoot footage of the fire. We honored their request, which is why you only see footage of firefighters. Genoa-Harmony Fire Chief Mike Hanson said winter weather caused several problems. It took longer than normal for crews to reach the home on Runge Lane because of slick roads.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2022 5:47:50 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Wausau: Snowfall Could Obstruct House Numbers

When plows come to push the snow off of the road, they may be pushing it onto your fire numbers, which can make it difficult for first responders to find their way to your home if necessary. To avoid having first responders waste critical time in an emergency, area fire departments encourage residents to clear those signs.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2022 2:47:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

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