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Wisconsin Fire News

Quick response from Green Bay Metro Fire Department saves kitchen from fire in Allouez

Around $15,000 worth of damage was caused after a fire started in an Allouez resident’s kitchen. According to a release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, crews were sent to the 2000 block of Woodrow Way for a report of a kitchen fire. After arriving on the scene, firefighters from Station 8 were able to contain the fire in under five minutes.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 2:58:34 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV & WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Apartment fire in Hartland under criminal investigation, 7 fatalities confirmed

PHOTO/VIDEO: A press conference is being held regarding a fire in Hartland on Friday morning in a four-family apartment building that has been confirmed to kill seven individuals. Responders, including 15 fire departments and nine police departments responded, attempted to save individuals. Officials at the scene confirmed seven fatalities and said that the fire is an active criminal investigation.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

State launches $1 million program to collect firefighting foam containing toxic 'forever chemicals'

Fire departments throughout Wisconsin will soon have the chance to safely dispose of firefighting foam containing toxic "forever chemicals" free of charge. The Department of Natural Resources announced the beginning of its foam collection program, which received $1 million in funding from the current state budget.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald - Metered Site

One-minute data from UW-Madison satellite ground station helps NASA detect wildfires faster

When it comes to fighting wildfires, every minute matters. This year, a team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison launched a system that can help detect them and alert NASA in just a matter of seconds. “This particular system that works with these satellites, our system is the only one that I know of in the United States that’s operating right now,” said Liam Gumley, UW Distinguished Scientist.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

New Fire Training Facility A Part Of Moraine Park Technical College’s $55-Million Referendum

If it’s approved by voters, Moraine Park Technical College’s $55-million-dollar referendum could bring a new fire training facility to Dodge County. College President Bonnie Baerwald detailed the project during a recent appearance in WBEV’s Community Comment. “It will be about a 14,000-square foot addition…it would give us the opportunity to train not only firefighters but EMS/paramedics and a brand new fire/medic program that we are looking to roll out next fall,” says Baerwald.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 10:10:00 PM - SOURCE: WBEV-FM 95.3 Beaver Dam

Electric fire truck named 'Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin' this year

Pierce Manufacturing, Inc. announced Wednesday its zero-emissions pumper has won the "Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin" competition for 2022. The Pierce Volterra Electric Fire Truck received tens of thousands of votes. Pierce, an Oshkosh Corporation company based in Appleton, was among 16 finalists in this year's competition.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Maple Grove bonfire explosion investigators willing to forgo ticketing young drinkers to get more info

Sheriff's investigators in Wisconsin are willing to forgo any possible underage drinking violations in order to get more information about a bonfire explosion that injured more than a dozen people, including some critically, officials said Tuesday. The Shawano County Sheriff's Office says as many as 40 current and former Pulaski High School students were at the bonfire Friday night in the Town of Maple Grove, which is about 25 miles (40.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WCCO-TV CBS 4 Minneapolis

Madison Fire Department to no longer require U.S. citizenship for firefighter and EMTs

After a three year hiring freeze, the Madison Fire Department is accepting applications for full-time firefighters and EMTs, no longer requiring applicants to have U.S. Citizenship. According to a news release by the City of Madison Fire Department, "in spirit of inclusion and accessibility," this year's process will incorporate new approaches throughout the hiring process to minimize barriers that previously limited people from applying, like time constraints, and also adapting to a "changing economic and technological landscape since the Covid-19 pandemic.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 4:30:00 PM - SOURCE: Madison.com

Fire training expansion in Adams

Training is expanding for firefighters in Central Wisconsin. Mid-State Technical College partnered with the Adams Fire District to establish a new fire training center in Adams. The ten year long agreement will also fund the installation of new equipment, including a splash pad for ladder training, and burn towers.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 5:40:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids First Responders Tout LUCAS as Life-Saver

A new device is being used by local first responders to help save lives, and it's name is LUCAS. The LUCAS device is a machine that delivers chest compressions so that paramedics can perform other life-saving tasks. Smaller departments rely on LUCAS since they are struggling with staff shortages, and it allows one paramedic to do the job of two.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 2:02:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Two Rescued From Water In Stevens Point

Three duck hunters assisted in rescuing two 23-year-olds who were clinging to their capsized boat on the Wisconsin River near Bukolt Park in Stevens Point on Tuesday morning. At 5:55 a.m. Portage County Communications center received a dispatch call of a capsized boat in the Wisconsin River near Bukolt Park.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAU-AM 520 Wausau

Neighbors rescue sleeping resident from fire in Beaver Dam

VIDEO: The neighbors of a man who was asleep when his house started on fire on Tuesday was rescued by two neighbors who entered the home and alerted the resident that the house was on fire. According to a press release from the Beaver Dam Fire Department, dispatch received the report of a fire at 414 E.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 3:30:00 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Moderate damage caused by fire in Sheboygan County

A fire in Sheboygan County caused moderate damage to a two-story home on Monday evening. Around 7:30 p.m., the Sheboygan County Emergency Communications Center received a 911 call from a homeowner on the W3000 block of County Road V in the town of Lima. The homeowner explained to dispatch of a chimney fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 4:16:05 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV & WJMN-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Fort McCoy Fire Department receives international accreditation

The Fort McCoy Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department was reaccredited for a third time by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Taking place every five years, the accreditation process looks at the department and its programs as a whole but it also requires documentation and sitting before the accreditation board.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:23:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Town of Genesee barn fire; 1 taken to hospital

Firefighters on Monday, Oct. 17 responded to the scene of a barn fire on Saylesville Road in the Town of Genesee. Upon arrival, deputies reported the barn was fully engulfed. Lake Country Fire requested mutual aid. On scene deputies encountered an individual who suffered burn injuries to his face.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Space heater blamed for causing house fire in Racine

The indoor use of a space heater is being blamed for causing a house fire Monday afternoon. One civilian and one fire department member sustained injuries. The Racine Police Department and Racine Fire Department were called to the 2000 block of Wisconsin Street at 12:56 p.m. Monday, the RPD said. The fire, smoke and extinguishing efforts caused extensive damage to the interior and exterior of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times

State helps Outagamie County Fire Departments dispose of PFAS

An effort is underway in Outagamie County to collect firefighting foam waste containing dangerous PFAS. The foam can seep into the ground, causing environmental problems. PFAS is linked to cancer and is known as a “forever chemical” because it doesn’t degrade in the environment. “When firefighters or airports have to train they use PFAS.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 5:39:45 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Several teens injured with serious burns after bonfire explosion in Pulaski

The Shawano County Sheriff’s Office says an unknown number of people gathered for a bonfire at the residence on Cedar Drive in the Town of Maple Grove in Pulaski. Authorities say an accelerant was poured onto the fire, causing it to expand out of control, leaving several students in the Pulaski area needing medical treatment.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

6 displaced after house fire on Milwaukee's northwest side

Six people are displaced after a fire on Milwaukee's northwest side. The Milwaukee Fire Department said a call came in shortly before 6 a.m. Sunday for the fire at 57th & Silver Spring. Officials said the fire was on the building's first and second floors. The fire department told 12 News the Red Cross was called and is helping the people find a place to stay.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Man killed in Vilas County UTV crash

The Vilas County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of a 57-year-old man killed over the weekend in a UTV accident. Investigators said Mark Balas, of Winchester, was operating a UTV through a wooded area around 1:30 a.m. Saturday night when he drove off of an embankment, struck a rock and flipped.
- PUB DATE: 10/17/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau


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