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Business owner sues Chippewa Fire District over dome use

William Kleich, owner of Loopy’s Saloon and Grill in the ntown of Wheaton, has filed a lawsuit against the Chippewa Fire District in an effort to allow the volleyball dome at his facility to continue operating 240 days a year without seeking a new permit. Kleich filed the lawsuit in Chippewa County Court on Monday.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 10:46:05 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

‘Substantial property damage:’ 2 injured after house fire in Waukesha

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, Feb. 19 responded to the scene of house fire near Arcadian Avenue and Cotton Court in Waukesha. The call came in around 3:15 a.m. The fire was reported by a neighbor who called 911. One adult and one juvenile were evacuated and required medical treatment. "Well I woke up to loud banging on the door, and the doorbell going off.
- PUB DATE: 2/19/2019 3:44:25 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Special Report: Firefighters save lives but now the lives they need to save may be their own

Firefighters save lives but now the lives they need to save may be their own. When Mark Rine was first diagnosed with Melanoma, it had already progressed to stage four. "I don't know how many times people said oh, you got lucky, you got skin cancer... but a person dies from melanoma every 57 minutes," Rine said.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2019 9:42:40 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

83-year-old woman who ‘spent her life caring for others’ dies in house fire in Town of Delavan

An 83-year-old woman died in house fire on Linn Road in the Town of Delavan Sunday night, Feb. 17. The flames were so intense, firefighters right across the street couldn't save the woman's life. The call came in shortly before 6 p.m. after a relative noticed smoke coming from the house. When crews arrived on scene at Linn Road and Sage Road, they found smoke and flames coming from the residence.
- PUB DATE: 2/18/2019 7:41:06 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Community service award given in honor of fallen Madison firefighter

Members of the Sable Flames firefighter group in Madison are creating a new community service award to honor Richard Garner, who died in the line of duty April 1, 2018. The award, given at the annual Second Alarm Scholarship Benefit Dance, will carry on the legacy of a man whose friends describe him as a gentle giant.
- PUB DATE: 2/17/2019 10:23:00 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New Madison Fire Department station serves southeast side of city

The Madison Fire Department celebrated the grand opening of Fire Station 14 on Friday afternoon. It’s located on the southeast side of the city in the 3200 block of Dairy Drive. Cynthia Schuster, a spokesperson with the Madison Fire Department, said the station will serve the Owl Creek Neighborhood, Dutch Mill Road, and the nearby vicinity.
- PUB DATE: 2/16/2019 6:15:25 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Tim Allen selected as next Union Grove-Yorkville fire chief

Veteran Union Grove-Yorkville Fire Department member Tim Allen has been selected as the department’s new chief, the joint Union Grove and Yorkville Fire Commission announced Friday. Allen, a 30-year veteran of the department, has been assistant chief for 17 years. He will step into the role of chief March 1, replacing current Chief Tom Czerniak, who has been chief for 17 years.
- PUB DATE: 2/15/2019 11:42:13 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Madison firefighters explore cancer-preventing benefits from sauna therapy

VIDEO: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health performed a multi-year study which found firefighters have a nine percent greater risk at being diagnosed with cancer and a 14 percent risk of a cancer related death. The study was completed in late 2015 and included nearly 30,000 firefighters who were employed at any time between 1950 and 2009.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 2:56:16 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Three Lakes diner on fire, multiple crews on scene

VIDEO: The stretch of shops on Superior Street in the Three Lakes form a tight knit business community. Wednesday night that community supported workers at 3 Lakes Diner, as they watched the place they work go up in flames. Superior Street was filled with fire trucks as firefighters worked to contain the flames and save what little was left of the building.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 1:12:31 PM - SOURCE: News 12

Oconto man injured in house fire

An Oconto man was injured after a fire broke out Wednesday at his residence in the city of Oconto. The Oconto Fire and Rescue Department was dispatched at about 11:52 a.m. to 445 Jefferson St., for a report of a burning structure with smoke and flames visible. Crews found smoke coming from the eaves and gable vents and a visible fire in a window of the one-story, wood-frame home.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 8:17:14 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Celebrating Fire Station 14: Madison's newest station to hold grand opening Friday

VIDEO: It's been almost one year to the day since crews broke ground on Fire Station 14, Madison's newest facility. Now, the station is preparing for its first celebration. Friday, Feb. 15, Fire Chief Steve Davis, Mayor Paul Soglin, District 16 Alder Michael Tierney, and former District 16 Alder Denise DeMarb will attend the official grand opening of Station 14 on the city's southeast side.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 4:54:29 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Extinguishing Tuesday's blaze at Chippewa County restaurant provided multiple challenges, deputy chief says

John Andersen, deputy chief of fire prevention, has served in the Chippewa Fire District since it was formed in 1978, and he’s seen plenty of challenging fires. Andersen says the blaze at The View tavern on Lake Wissota on Tuesday might be the most challenging in his four decades of service. “This is probably the worst weather conditions I’ve been in,” Andersen said Wednesday morning, noting he was at the scene for 12 hours on Tuesday, then returned overnight to assist in extinguishing more small fires that kept popping up.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 9:30:17 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Eau Claire firefighter terminated by city's Police and Fire Commission

A 12-year member of the Eau Claire Fire Department was fired Wednesday by the city’s Police and Fire Commission. Brian Mero was terminated based on charges made by Fire Chief Chris Bell of misconduct, dishonesty, false reporting and using improper means to report alleged misconduct by his supervisors.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 8:22:41 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

First responders line the procession route for fallen Milwaukee Police Officer Matthew Rittner

Overpasses along I-794 were lined with firefighters, community members and locals who paid their final respects to Officer Matthew Rittner. Along the Whitnall overpass, firefighters with Milwaukee County Fire Department arrived two hours before the procession started waiting for the moment that the hearse would pass underneath them.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 6:49:00 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

We Energies to build large windscreen to combat coal dust issue in Oak Creek

We Energies plans to build a massive windscreen to address a coal dust issue plaguing residents living near their Oak Creek power plant. The city's plan commission unanimously approved plans Tuesday, Feb. 12, for a vertical windscreen, in excess of 4.5 acres, which will surround the southern and eastern portions of the large coal pile at 10770 and 11060 S.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 1:05:31 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Discarded cigarettes starts fire at Madison home

A fire that caused $12,500 worth of damage to a Madison home was the result of improperly discarded cigarettes, according to a news release from the Madison Fire Department. Fire crews responded to a home in the 10 block of North Franklin Avenue around 2:55 p.m. Tuesday. When first responders arrived on the scene, the homeowner told them the fire was already put out.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:27:58 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

South Milwaukee: Boy clears snow and ice around fire hydrant for firefighters

PHOTO: After the last few weeks of insane winter weather in southeast Wisconsin, many fire hydrants have been buried. Finn, the grandson of the South Milwaukee Fire Department fire chief, decided to clear a path to a hydrant. Having these hydrants blocked can be dangerous, in case of a fire. The South Milwaukee Fire Department is asking people to follow Finn's lead and clear the hydrants in front of their homes and businesses.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 7:35:19 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Kenosha County should move quickly to construct new communication towers

If ever a project should speed along, it’s the construction of two new communication towers in Kenosha and Silver Lake Park. At issue are fire and police emergency communications that are inadequate or not even possible now in so many spots that include along Lake Michigan in Somers and Pleasant Prairie and along the state line to the far reaches of Kenosha County.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 2:01:33 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Coon Creek Fire Commission continues to serve area communities

The Coon Creek Fire Commission has provided rescue services to the towns of Coon, Washington and Hamburg, and village Chaseburg, since 1947, with Coon Valley joining in 1989. Originally it was known as the Coon Creek Fire Fighting Association before changing the name in 2015. “In 1971, the four municipalities signed an agreement to officially become the Coon Creek Fire Fighting Association,” Orlan Bakkum, president of the Coon Creek Fire Commission, said.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 1:34:19 PM - SOURCE: Westby Times

Crews battle Chippewa County restaurant fire for hours

Crews have been battling a fire at a restaurant on Lake Wissota for hours. The fire at The View was called in around 6 a.m. by the owner’s dad, who was plowing the parking lot and noticed flames. Chippewa County Fire Chief Scott Bernette told WEAU 13 News, just before noon that the weather has been making fighting the fire difficult.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

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