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Focus group finds public not aware of all La Crosse fire department services

The general public is uninformed about all the services provided by a local fire department, according to a recently released focus group study of the La Crosse Fire Department. The focus groups were held earlier this year to gauge how the department is working for its community members. Every five years, the fire department is re-accredited.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2018 5:37:27 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Several communities honor fallen Black River Falls firefighter

Monday, Black River Falls Firefighter Alec Muth took his final call. Hundreds came out to the Lunda Community Center to remember the volunteer firefighter. Muth passed away earlier this month after a motorcycle accident. "Alec, of course, was very, very intense about serving as a firefighter and everybody knew it.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2018 5:17:39 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Lightning believed cause of fire that damaged home near Marshfield

Lightning striking a nearby tree early Monday is believed to be the cause of a fire that severely damaged a rural Marshfield home, authorities said. Town of McMillan Fire Chief Rodney Bauer said the fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. shortly after lightning struck a tree about 12 feet from the home. At least half the home was damaged.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2018 1:55:36 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Man accused of trying to kill two people in Stevens Point by setting fire to their bed

A 61-year-old man admitted to starting three fires at a home in the 2500 block of Simonis Street on Friday morning, including in a bed where two people were sleeping, according to police. The man knew the residents of the home and fled the scene but was found just over 20 minutes after setting the fires, according to the Stevens Point Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Firefighters encourage fire safety after house fire in Fond du Lac

A Fond du Lac family was displaced after their home started on fire early Sunday morning. Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue said the fire was started by careless smoking. They said the fire could've been a lot worse. The house did not have working smoke detectors, but fortunately, someone woke up and alerted the rest of the family.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2018 5:56:22 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Dane County Regional Airport reopens after brake fire

The Dane County Regional Airport is back open after a small plane fire Saturday afternoon. The airport announced the reopening around 4:15 p.m., after crews were able to clear a runway after a small fire started in a private plane. Just after 2:00 p.m., a private Cessna Citation aircraft had a catastrophic failure during takeoff and had to abort.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2018 3:36:24 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Sun Prairie Cardinals honor Capt. Cory Barr at first home game

The Sun Prairie High School football team went all out to celebrate first responders and honor fallen firefighter Captain Cory Barr. Players wore special jerseys spelling out Sun Prairie strong on the back. The team auctioned 20 of those jerseys with proceeds going to the Sun Prairie disaster relief.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2018 11:22:22 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Canoe capsize spurs creek high-water warning in Cambridge

Cambridge emergency officials are warning people to stay out of Koshkonong Creek after a high-water-related near-tragedy Thursday. Cambridge Fire Chief Terry Johnson said a canoe containing two children and an adult capsized about 4:30 p.m. Thursday in CamRock County Park, near the juncture of County Hwy.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2018 1:53:54 AM - SOURCE: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent

Four departments respond to Town of Forest fire

Four fire departments from the surrounding area converged on an apartment building located at 2695 Highway 64 in the Town of Forest to put out a fire that started in Thursday, Aug. 23, around 8:50 a.m. The building is located just west of County Road D in Forest Township and is owned by Randell Olson, according to St.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2018 1:57:00 PM - SOURCE: New Richmond News

Appleton International Airport gets $10.4 million to build fire and rescue training center

The Appleton International Airport has been awarded $10.4 million by the U.S. Department of Transportation to build a regional aircraft fire and rescue training facility, U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced Thursday. Baldwin worked to secure federal funding for the project after similar training facilities closed in Michigan and Minnesota, which made it difficult for airport firefighters to find a place to train in the region.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2018 1:53:09 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Plover firefighter who saved man receives honor

The car was on fire, and the driver was at risk. Tom DeWitt, with seven others, acted fast: They pulled the driver out of the car, saving his life. DeWitt, who is an assistant fire chief for the village of Plover, on Tuesday received the department's highest honor, the medal of valor, for his role in saving a man from a burning car in February near Rocky Run and Little Chicago Road in the town of Carson.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2018 10:36:50 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Belleville steps up to help firefighters dealing with flooded fire station

VIDEO: It was all hands on deck in Belleville Wednesday, as the community pitched in to help its volunteer firefighters clean up their damaged fire station. Community members joined active and retired firefighters to tackle the flooding that came into the Belleville Volunteer Fire Department after heavy rains Monday caused the Sugar River to spill over.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 6:46:14 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Wisconsin DNR, Firefighters Fighting West Coast Fires

The wildfires in California are at historic highs as active fires continue to burn from Northern to Southern California. But the firefighters there aren't alone. As of this Tuesday morning, Wisconsin has 37 state affiliated firefighters on state assignments and four type 6x engines on assignment. Below is a list of where the firefighters are stationed and how many are there: Wyoming - 3, one engine.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 5:08:20 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Gas leak in Appleton townhome causes evacuations

A natural gas leak in a townhome Tuesday afternoon caused the evacuation of adjoining units, according to the fire department. The leak at 1807 Robin Way was reported at 2:30 p.m., Appleton Fire Department Battalion Chief Ethan Kroll told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. The first firefighters to arrive confirmed a smell of gas and meter readings on the outside of the building.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 4:57:24 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

‘Shook the whole truck:’ 4-alarm fire damages Gleason Redi-Mix in Burlington; no injuries

VIDEO: Investigators are working to determine the cause of a four-alarm fire at a Burlington concrete factory. The fire did a lot of damage -- but didn't stop employees from going to work. Investigators don't know when the fire at Gleason Redi-Mix started -- because no one had been in the building for hours.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 12:11:42 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Winnebago County 911 center revamp project moving slowly

The plan to revamp the Winnebago County 911 emergency communications center has made little progress since talks started last December, with stakeholders wondering how long any potential consolidation process will take. The Winnebago County Board may vote Thursday on a $31,283 budget amendment from Winnebago County Sheriff Gary Caruana to fund the 911 center through September, the end of the county's budget year.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 9:29:16 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Beloit fire staff assist with flood rescue

Beloit Fire Department staff assisted with flood rescue efforts in Dane County after torrential rains caused widespread flooding Monday night around Madison. Six swift water rescue team members and Fire Chief Brad Liggett were dispatched to rural parts of the county at 11:50 p.m. Monday, with rescue efforts continuing into Tuesday morning.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 9:18:54 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Bellevue Warehouse Fire Closes Portion of Verlin Road

PHOTO: A portion of Verlin Road was closed this morning in response to a small fire in a Bellevue warehouse. Firefighters got to the scene at about 6:20am, where no one was hurt and damage to the warehouse at Lok-Safe Storage was minimal. Verlin was closed between Bellevue Street and Lime Kiln Road for a couple of hours as the small flames were taken care of.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 8:27:05 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Motorcyclists, first responders bring Black River Falls firefighter home

VIDEO: It has been five days since the Black River Falls Fire Department announce the passing of their firefighter Alec Muth. Fighting fires and racing motorcycles were two of Muth's favorite activities. "We're going to miss his lightheartedness," said Bruce Bresee, an employee at Al Muth Harley-Davidson and family friend.
- PUB DATE: 8/22/2018 3:50:07 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

'There's water everywhere': Belleville dam breaches, evacuations underway

VIDEO: The dam in the Village of Belleville is overflowing with water, according to officials with the Belleville Fire Department. Volunteer firefighter Jeff Kankel said the whole community is involved in sandbagging and trying to save anything that is salvageable after the dam was breached. He also confirmed that people on the southeast side of town are being evacuated.
- PUB DATE: 8/21/2018 7:37:10 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison