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Wisconsin Fire News

Program helps Beloit students decide if firefighting is a potential career

Ripping off car doors. Rescuing fallen firefighters. Climbing stories high on a ladder. For some local teenagers, the experiences have shown what it'd be like to become a firefighter - before even graduating high school. The students have participated in hours of training sessions as a part of the Town of Beloit Fire Department's "Youth Explorer Program," founded by firefighter/paramedic Casey Bellard about three years ago.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2018 7:55:06 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

South Shore ambulance fee increase postponed

The proposed South Shore Fire Department ambulance fee increase that was set to take effect on Jan. 1 has been postponed after it failed to pass the Sturtevant Village Board Tuesday. The Sturtevant Board reached a 3-3 tie, with trustees asking for more information before approving the ambulance fee increase.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2018 5:28:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Follow Up: Widow of Sun Prairie firefighter sues companies over deadly explosion

Three people have sued contractors involved in the Sun Prairie explosion from July 10, according to court records. Abigail Barr, wife of deceased Capt. Cory Barr, filed a wrongful death and a construction negligence lawsuit Thursday - on the same day authorities said no one would face charges, court documents show.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC 15 news

Update: No charges in Sun Prairie explosion that killed 1 firefighter

A police chief says there will be no criminal charges against anyone related to an explosion in southern Wisconsin that killed a firefighter and leveled several buildings. Sun Prairie Police Chief Patrick Anhalt said Thursday "There is not probable cause to believe a crime was committed." Sun Prairie firefighter Cory Barr was killed in the July 10 explosion that destroyed a bar he owned, five other businesses and a home.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 9:31:07 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Town of Richmond officials say rural location can contribute to destructive fires

Town of Richmond Chairman Jeff Karbash says the town's remote location likely contributed to how long it took to control a fire that destroyed a residential home Tuesday night. The town, which has a population just over 2,000, sits between several fire districts in Walworth County. Karbash says without a fire station of its own, fires can go on for an extended length of time before a unit arrives.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 3:28:22 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association donates $5K to Honor Flight organization

Ten veterans will be fully funded to participate in an upcoming Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, thanks to the Kenosha Area Pipes and Drums Association. Association members Scott Laack and Matt Martin, who both work for the Kenosha Fire Department, presented Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Board of Directors member Kent Rice with a $5,000 check at the Kenosha Fire Department Station No.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2018 1:49:57 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Baraboo firefighters to burn former Farm Kitchen Restaurant as training exercise

A onetime Baraboo destination will burn Saturday as the fire department conducts a training exercise at the Farm Kitchen Restaurant. Entrepreneur Randy Scott is working to establish Tumbled Rock Brewery inside the footprint of the Farm Kitchen, a vacant eatery once known for its Sunday brunches, dinner theater plays and civic club meetings.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 4:05:29 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Oconto Fire Chief John Reed to remain in job, after plans to resign

Fire Chief John Reed has decided not to retire in the wake of what he considered a breakdown in the relationship among the city’s top officials. “I’m really proud to be part of this city,” he said. “Once in a while a train gets derailed, and it’s got to be fixed.” Reed was on the verge of resigning after being excluded by Mayor Lloyd Heier from a closed session on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 8:58:13 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Cat dies in Manitowoc basement fire caused by portable heater

PHOTO: A fire that broke out in the basement of a Manitowoc home Tuesday was reportedly caused by a portable heater. Just before 4:30 p.m., fire crews were called to a home in the 1100 block of South 25th Street for a report of smoke, according to a press release from the Manitowoc Fire Department. When crews arrived they noticed a significant amount of smoke in the area and reported the basement to be on fire, the release stated.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2018 6:24:35 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Follow Up: Body camera video shows rescue from Brookfield house fire

VIDEO: Body camera video shows a dramatic rescue as two Brookfield Police officers pull a disabled woman from a burning home. The fire happened in the early morning hours of December 14th. The two officers were closest to the fire when the call came in, and they went into the home without any oxygen or special gear to make the rescue.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 9:08:41 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Green Bay Metro Firefighters Bring Christmas to HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital

Christmas is the most magical time of the year. Unfortunately, some children must spend their holidays in the hospital. And that's why Green Bay Metro firefighters spent this day playing Santa at HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital. With arms full of gifts meant to make any child smile - Green Bay Metro firefighters walk the halls of St.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 4:27:03 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Beloit: Three honored for life-saving heroism

Three Beloit residents were recognized Monday for their heroism in saving lives during an Oct. 12 house fire on Tenth Street. Brian Brewster, Savvas Mourtzis and Christine Rowlett were honored with the award from Beloit Fire Chief Brad Liggett at Monday night's Beloit City Council meeting. Brewster, Mourtzis and Rowlett are credited by the department for successfully saving the lives of the six residents of 1015 Tenth St.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 8:56:59 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Fire at Superior grain elevator causes $10M in damages, battalion chief says

Firefighters responded to a large fire on Monday afternoon at a defunct grain elevator in Superior. Formerly the Globe Elevators, the fire was located at 2 Banks Ave., in Superior adjacent to the operational General Mills elevators. Large flames and smoke plumes were visible from places throughout the Twin Ports, blowing the trail of smoke northeast for all to see.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: MPR

Beaver Dam implements program to help find lost or missing

Members of Beaver Dam Police Department and Fire Department completed a training program this week in order to offer Project Lifesaver to Beaver Dam residents. “It is very important program that will better help us serve the community,” Beaver Dam Police Department Sgt. Erik Smedema said. “Project Lifesaver is geared toward assisting individuals in the community that have a tendency to wander.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 6:27:44 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Southern Door Fire Board names new fire chief

With a vote last Wednesday night of the Southern Door Fire Board, there are now two fire departments in Door County with chiefs named Vandertie. The board selected 35-year fire department veteran Gary Vandertie to lead the department that provides fire protection and emergency medical response services in the village and town of Forestville as well as the towns of Clay Banks and Nasewaupee.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 2:10:43 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Attorney: Gardner emergency responders not licensed, not insured

Emergency medical response in the Door County Town of Gardner is undergoing a makeover in the wake of a report from the town's attorney that revealed the town's responders group was not licensed and not insured. A four-page letter by attorney Randy Nesbitt dated Nov. 15 said the entity known as the Gardner Emergency Medical Responders Inc.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 2:10:43 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Good Samaritan saves woman from burning Rock County home

VIDEO: A Good Samaritan said he was just in the right place at the right time after he saved his neighbor from a burning home in a Rock Co. township. Korey Statton said he was outside finishing chores at his home in Hanover when he heard a woman calling for help across the street. "I saw the glow coming from the back of the house, and then I heard the lady yelling for help," Statton said.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 10:59:23 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Careless use of smoking materials causes fire in Fond du Lac, no one injured

Firefighters on Monday morning, Dec. 17 were called out to a residence on S. Marr Street in Fond du Lac for reports of a mattress on fire. The call came in around 5:50 a.m. Careless use of smoking materials sparks mattress fire in Fond du Lac, no one injured. Upon arrival, fire crews entered a a two story, wood framed residence and extinguished the fire before it was able to spread.
- PUB DATE: 12/17/2018 8:40:18 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

No one injured in Randolph house fire

No one was home when Randolph and Fox Lake fire departments battled a house fire in Randolph on Saturday night. Randolph Fire Chief Ed Hoksbergen said the fire at 121 Tamarack St. was a single-family rental unit. The fire department was dispatched to the home at 9:45 p.m. “It started on the first floor,” Hoksbergen said.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2018 6:45:06 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Wood stove blamed for fire in east side Green Bay garage causing $10,000 in damage

Faulty venting of a wood stove was blamed for causing $10,000 in fire damage to a garage Sunday morning. It happened about 6 a.m. at 1164 Harvey St. Fire crews arrived to find the rear wall and roof in flames on the four-stall, detached garage. Firefighters saved several vehicles inside after being on the scene for about two hours.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2018 10:24:46 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette