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South Shore Fire’s ‘Technical Rescue Team’ provides support at Dairyland arson, condo crash within hours

A relatively new team within the South Shore Fire Department has proven to be quite busy. The "Technical Rescue Team" was called out twice on Tuesday, April 2, helping to keep two very different structures from collapsing. Members of the team are specially trained to keep buildings with structural issues from falling, and their biggest challenge yet came Tuesday night at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2019 8:54:41 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Marshfield Fire Department to implement new recruitment program

The Marshfield Fire Department is looking to get creative when it comes to filling their staff. The proposed "School to Work" program will be launching in the near future, aimed at getting more young adults interested in a career in public service. “About 12 years ago it wasn’t uncommon to be on the list with potential firefighters that reached numbers in the 100’s,” Marshfield Fire Department Lieutenant Erik Jonas tells WAOW TV.
- PUB DATE: 4/7/2019 8:00:13 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Janesville home fully engulfed in flames, considered total loss

A Janesville home on Henke Road caught on fire Thursday night around 8:58 p.m., a fire department release said. When the Janesville Fire Department unit arrived at the scene, firefighters found heavy fire conditions on the first-floor interior and the north exterior wall extending to the second-floor exterior and attic.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 8:12:58 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

East Madison restaurant's kitchen damaged in early morning fire, officials say

An east Madison restaurant sustained significant damage in an early morning fire Friday, officials said. The Madison Fire Department said the fire at Sumo Steakhouse and Sushi Bar on Parkside Drive was kept in check overnight by an automatic fire sprinkler. According to the report, it's unknown how long the fire had been burning before a passerby called 911 at 2:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 7:53:03 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Two injured, 12 displaced in Monroe apartment building fire

Two people sustained minor injuries and 12 people were displaced Thursday afternoon in an apartment building fire in Monroe that caused heavy damage to one apartment and smoke damage to the other apartments. The fire was reported at about 3:40 p.m. at the Monroe Village Apartments, 1078 Fourth Avenue West, the Monroe Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2019 6:45:41 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Brown County police, fire, and EMS train to respond to integrated threats

Brown County law enforcement and first responders are training so they're all on the same page in a potentially dangerous situation like an active shooter, fire, or explosion. Thursday, they trained at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, working through different scenarios that may occur. "What the attempt is, is to bring all the different disciplines together, fire, EMS, and police, and really look at a coordinated response where we communicate the same way," said Fire Chief Alan Matzke with the City of De Pere.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 7:31:42 PM - SOURCE: NBC26

Five transported to the hospital following school bus crash in town of Beloit

Four Beloit Turner School District students are transported to the hospital following a school bus crash Thursday morning. The Town of Beloit Fire Department says first responders were dispatched to the single-vehicle crash in the parking lot of the police station shortly before 7:00 a.m. Fire Chief Gene Wright says the bus left the the roadway, went across a lane of traffic, hit a tree and a fire hydrant and came to rest in the parking lot of the police station.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 8:37:50 AM - SOURCE: WCLO-AM 1230

Ozaukee County County is leader in training to help first responders deal with mentally ill people

After 17 years in emergency medical services and 10 years as a paramedic, Maribeth Barbuch has pretty much seen it all when it comes to being a first responder. But there’s always room for more tools in her proverbial toolbox, the assistant EMS chief for the Saukville Fire Department and assistant coroner for Ozaukee County said.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2019 1:48:25 AM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Press

Careless use of smoking materials sparks fire in Fond du Lac

A porch fire in Fond du Lac was started by careless use of smoking materials. The fire happened around 3:22 p.m. on Wednesday. Crews were called to a home on 5th Street for a report of fire on the front porch of the house. Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire with no damage to the main structure.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2019 3:56:16 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Officials suspect arson in Kenosha dog track fire

Officials believe a fire at a former dog track in Kenosha was intentionally set. About 100 firefighters responded to the former Dairyland Greyhound Park Tuesday night. The track, which closed in 2009, is being demolished to make way for an industrial park. Authorities say the main building at the track was "fully involved" with flames when firefighters arrived about 8 p.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2019 6:07:54 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Building fire apparatus at Pierce Manufacturing in Fox Crossing

A company that started more than 100 years ago building truck bodies on Model T Fords has evolved into one of the world's most respected makers of fire engines-- creating pumpers, aerials, tankers, and rescue units for departments throughout North America. With more than 30,000 units on the road today many of the fire apparatus you may see on a given day likely came from Pierce.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2019 4:39:32 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Milwaukee house fire injures resident and firefighter, closes Humboldt Avenue

A house fire on the east side closed North Humboldt Avenue for about an hour Tuesday night, authorities said. Crews responded about 9:30 p.m. to a house at Humboldt and East Land Place (near Water Street) for a fire, Milwaukee Fire Acting Deputy Chief Russell Rivard said. Paramedics took one resident to the hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Rivard said.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 11:08:54 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Follow Up: Body cam and 911 calls show crews rescue, fight flames at Bayside apartment

VIDEO: Newly released body camera video shows crews fighting flames at the Bayside apartment complex Saturday. In emergency dispatch calls, people can hear the moment fire crews were working to rescue people trying to escape the flames. Officials said they received multiple 911 calls around 12:15 a.m.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 9:30:56 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire causes significant damage to the upper unit of a Wauwatosa duplex

A Wauwatosa duplex fire didn't result in any injuries, but one of the units suffered significant damage Monday morning. Crews were met with moderate fire and smoke on the second floor of a 2½-story duplex, 2151 N. 60th St. The upper unit suffered significant fire and smoke damage, while the lower unit suffered moderate smoke and water damage.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 3:20:43 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Follow Up: Firefighter radio broadcasts capture dramatic rescues amid Bayside apartment inferno

Emergency radio broadcasts from a massive fire at an apartment complex in Bayside early Saturday capture dramatic dialogue from firefighters who enter the building and rescue residents as the fire grows in intensity and races through the building. The first fire units on the scene report that there are at least three apartments on fire and that firefighters are stretching hose lines as they prepare to fight the fire.
- PUB DATE: 4/2/2019 2:42:43 AM - SOURCE: North Shore Now

Man dies after vehicle was found in Chippewa River

A man has died after he was found in a vehicle in the Chippewa River on Sunday morning in Chippewa Falls. The male was pronounced dead after he was transported to HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Chippewa Falls, according to information from the Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services Department. Battalion Chief Trevor Weiland said the male was pronounced dead after lifesaving procedures at the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2019 8:40:57 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

At least 20 rescued from balconies when massive fire tears through Bayside apartment complex

A massive fire tore through the While Oaks apartment complex in Bayside on Saturday, March 30. Dozens of people are without a home as firefighters work to determine a cause. Residents are left wondering when and if they'll be able to get back inside. "We saw it spreading like wildfire," said Veena Attivilli, resident.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2019 8:55:20 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Eau Claire Fire Department holds multi-company extrication training

March 28 was the final day of the Eau Claire Fire and Rescue's annual multi-company extrication training program. The training occurred at the Chippewa Valley Technical College's campus on Eau Claire's west side. The focus was on stabilizing vehicles before extrication could begin. Officials say these sessions are done as safe and as realistic as possible to give Firefighters the skills they need in the event of similar emergency incidents.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 6:31:33 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire burns through building at former Ethan Allen School in Delafield

A Wednesday afternoon blaze at the former Ethan Allen School property leveled an approximately 100-by-50-foot steel maintenance building. The town of Delafield Fire Department and the Waukesha County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fire at W323 S1050 Boy School Road at 4:03 p.m. Wednesday.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 1:06:06 PM - SOURCE: Lake Country News

Door County area fire departments battle two overnight fires

Multiple Door County area fire departments were stretched thin Wednesday night as they battled two separate fires. About 6:20 p.m. the Egg Harbor Fire Department was called to Schartner's Farm Market, just off of State 42, for a storage barn that was engulfed in flames. Egg Harbor Fire Chief Steve Schopf said the barn is a total loss, and a nearby home also suffered siding damage from the heat of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/28/2019 5:27:51 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

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