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Related: Fire Department is 'really hurting' following death of firefighter, Ironman athlete

The Madison Fire Department has a hole where firefighter Todd Mahoney should be, said Fire Chief Steven Davis. "I think the whole organization is really hurting," Davis said. “He'll leave a big hole." Mahoney was competing Sunday in the swimming portion of the half-Ironman 70.3-mile triathlon race when a kayak safety team member found him unresponsive in the lake.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 11:27:55 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters battle structure fire in Barneveld

12 fire crews respond to a structure fire in the village of Barneveld in Iowa County Tuesday evening. The fire closed County Highway ID in Barneveld, authorities tell NBC15. It has since opened back for local traffic. The initial call came in at 8:49 p.m. Iowa County Sheriff's Office says that the building in the 400 block of E.
- PUB DATE: 6/12/2019 4:58:22 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Menomonee Falls Fire Department already dealing with equipment issues now facing staffing shortages

For two days last week, Menomonee Falls had almost no equipment to fight a fire. There were no fire engines Tuesday, and by Wednesday night, only part of a ladder truck was working. But Assistant Chief James Mollet said that is not even the worst part. “The fact we are up here talking tonight because of vehicles being broken or out of service, to me, that’s the bright side,” said Mollet.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 8:14:31 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Monday night bluff rescue puts La Crosse emergency crews' training to the test

A man is recovering after falling an estimated 40 feet from Grandad Bluff on Monday night. Members of the La Crosse Fire Department were able to rescue him. Months of training and planning go into bluff rescues. The steep and uneven terrain make things difficult for emergency crews, but their experience helps save lives.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 6:00:34 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Officials: Second rescued Ironman athlete, a Madison firefighter, dies at hospital

The second man who was rescued from the water Sunday during the Ironman race in Madison has died, city fire officials said. The Madison Fire Department said in a news release Tuesday that Todd Mahoney was rescued from Lake Monona at 8:52 a.m. Sunday. Lifesaving attempts continued as he was transported to SSM Health St.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 3:00:31 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

New program helps Eau Claire emergency responders with stress management

Emergency crews and law enforcement never know what they will see on any given work day. From fires, to crashes, to water rescues; the ones who keep us safe deal with many types of tragedy. The "Peer Support Team" is a new program started in Eau Claire within the last year that focuses on the mental health of emergency personnel and law enforcement.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 10:35:31 AM - SOURCE: WLAX & WEUX-TV Fox 25 & 48

Update: Official cause of De Pere fire is "Undetermined"

De Pere Fire Chief Alan Matzke has released a statement to Local 5 News, confirming that the investigation into the fire that destroyed a historic building on De Pere's east side has concluded, with the cause of the fire being listed as "Undetermined." Investigators were able to determine that the fire began on the main floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 8:44:47 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Fire Chief: Ashes caused Schofield house fire

Clean up continues Monday morning after a Schofield house fire Sunday afternoon. The Spring Street home was evacuated around 2 p.m., according to firefighters at the scene. The initial investigation shows ashes from a fire the night before reignited in a dumpster, before spreading to the rest of the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW

Milwaukee Police Department seeks help to ID suspect setting fire to wheelchair ramp

The Milwaukee Police Department asked for help identifying a man wanted for the arson of a wheelchair ramp near Mill Road and Brentwood Avenue on Monday, June 10. Officials said the crime happened around 12:30 a.m. Police described the man as follows: Unknown age, unknown race, standing 5’10” tall, weighing about 150 pounds — last seen wearing dark clothing.
- PUB DATE: 6/10/2019 12:25:51 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Garage fire in Pleasant Springs causes thousands of dollars in damage

A homeowner in the town of Pleasant Springs is facing thousands of dollars in repairs after a garage fire Sunday evening. The Dane County Sheriff said just before 5:30 p.m., they responded to a fire in a garage on the 2800 block of Door Creek Road. While crews put out the fire, Door Creek Road between County Highway MN and Koshkonong Road was closed to traffic.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 8:14:46 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Cross Plains home deemed 'total loss' after fire

A home in the Village of Cross Plains is considered a total loss after a fire early Sunday morning. At approximately, 2:10AM several agencies responded to a structure fire at the 3100 block of Hillside Trail. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says all residents were located safely and the homeowners did not have any pets.
- PUB DATE: 6/9/2019 3:47:56 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Green Bay man dead after tractor caught fire, rolled into power lines in Luxemburg

A 54-year-old Green Bay man died after the tractor he was driving caught fire Saturday morning. First responders were called around 12:55 a.m. Saturday to Tonet Road, north of County Road K, in Luxemburg for a report of a tractor on fire that had rolled into the power lines, according to the Kewaunee County Sheriff's Department.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 4:26:17 PM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Farmer

Several people injured, child dead from Green Bay house fire

Green Bay Police say an 11-month-old boy has died, and a 20 year old woman is in stable condition at a local hospital. Seven people were injured from a house fire Friday morning in Green Bay, firefighters say. One of the people rescued from the fire was a one-year-old child. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department responded at 7:25 a.
- PUB DATE: 6/8/2019 4:42:23 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Firefighters rescue child from Green Bay house fire

Firefighters rescued a one-year-old child from a house fire on Green Bay's east side. Emergency crews were called to the 2500 block of Wisconsin Ave. at around 7:30 a.m. Friday. That is just off of East Shore Drive, along the shore of Green Bay. Firefighters received a report of a child trapped inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 8:36:41 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire destroys Three Guys & a Grill restaurant, nearby home near Elkhart Lake

A fire destroyed a restaurant Friday morning near Elkhart Lake. First responders took a call of a fire at Three Guys & a Grill on Sheboygan County J near Elkhart Lake about 4:20 a.m., according to the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office. Elkhart Lake Fire Capt. Keith Fischer said crews saw smoke and flames through the roof when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 5:00:31 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Partial roof collapse: Milwaukee firefighters battle house fire near 21st and Meinecke

Firefighters on Friday morning, June 7 responded to the scene of a house fire near 21st and Meinecke in Milwaukee. The call came in shortly before 5 a.m. When crews arrived on scene they found a heavily involved fire. Officials say there was structural collapse in the building. “What we found was a building heavily involved with fire.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2019 4:35:16 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Menomonee Falls Fire Department shuts down stations due to lack of equipment

Despite having five fire stations, Menomonee Falls only has one working fire engine. That means a homeowner will likely need another town to help put out their fire. “I’m a little scared,” said Jeff Saladein who had a fire at his home a few years ago. “I think it that is definitely concerning,” said Cathy Olig.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 8:53:09 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Menomonee Falls Firefighter Union says no engines were in service at one point Wednesday

VIDEO: The president of the firefighter’s union in Menomonee Falls says for part of the day Wednesday, there were no working fire engines or ladders. He says one was put back in service Wednesday afternoon. “We’re here to make sure the citizens have the protections that they pay for and I don’t have a fire truck at this station to be able to take to a fire, if there was one next door,” Kevin Myers, president of Menomonee Falls Professional Firefighters Local 3879, said speaking from one of the station's without a fire engine.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 3:30:23 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Council gets first look at $5 million firehouse plan in Port Washington

A task force’s recommendation that Port Washington build a new $5 million fire station on the city’s far west side was presented to the Common Council Tuesday night. Aldermen offered few comments on the recommendation, which will be taken up by the Finance and License Committee when it meets Tuesday, June 18.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 1:43:14 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Eagle River firefighter with 61 years of service passes away

A long-time Eagle River volunteer firefighter has passed away. Jack Thomas worked with the department for 61 years. In a Facebook post, the Eagle River Fire Department thanked him for his service. He was also an integral part of building ice castles each winter. Thomas was a fire chief for 18 years of that service.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau