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Burlington Rescue Squad to hire temps for EMS

The Burlington Rescue Squad will hire temporary workers to help fill time slots for emergency medical technicians. In an agreement between the nonprofit squad and the city, the city will handle the hiring of the temporary workers but their salary will be paid for by the volunteer squad. The squad, a private entity run under the auspices of the Burlington Rotary Club, also serves the Town of Burlington.
- PUB DATE: 12/16/2018 5:31:33 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

4 treated for smoke inhalation after house fire in Brookfield, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Friday morning, Dec. 14 responded to the scene of a house fire in Brookfield. Four people were treated for smoke inhalation. It happened around 2:30 a.m. near North Avenue and Cloverhill Road. First arriving fire units reported a well-involved fire on the first floor — with extension into other areas of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 7:33:33 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Ceiling collapses on Green Bay firefighters during duplex fire

A ceiling collapsed on top of firefighters battling a duplex fire in Green Bay. Officials say they were able to self-rescue and no firefighters were injured. Fire crews were called to the duplex fire on Beach Tree Drive around 5:40 a.m. The right side of the duplex was fully engulfed in flames and the cars inside the garage were destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2018 6:43:15 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

One person injured in house fire near Orfordville

VIDEO: One person was injured Thursday night in a house fire in the 8400 block of West Front Street in Hanover Township near Orfordville. The call came in just after 8 p.m. Thursday evening. Dispatchers are sending units from a number of area departments to assist Orfordville Fire Department personnel.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 9:58:21 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

‘Suspicious in nature:’ Man in custody in connection with 2 house fires in Delavan

VIDEO: A 29-year-old man from Delavan has been taken into custody in connection with two house fires that happened on Dec. 10 and Dec. 12 in the Town of Delavan. The suspect told authorities he was involved in three others as well. Daniel Zitella is described as having severe learning disabilities. He now faces serious charges.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 3:20:18 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Scammers call impersonating Eagle River police and firefighters

VIDEO: Newswatch 12 spoke with a man who got two scam calls from someone pretending to be an Eagle River police officer and another pretending to be a firefighter. Both scam calls asked for donations. Eagle River Fire Chief Michael Anderson says he thinks the caller is a local because the department is taking donations for a second station, but not over the phone.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 2:08:12 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Wheatland OKs new fire station construction manager

The Wheatland Town Board approved a construction management contract with Scherrer Construction, Inc., of Burlington, for a proposed new fire station at a Nov. 26 meeting. The unanimous decision, aside from absent supervisor Andrew Lois, comes in spite of concerns expressed by Fire Chief Lou Denko. Denko, whose department worked with Kaukauna-based Keller, Inc.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:07:07 PM - SOURCE: My Kenosha County

Sun Prairie Fire Department responds to rollover, gas leak

The Sun Prairie Fire Department (SPFD) responded to a rollover and a gas leak on Wednesday, Dec. 12. Capt. Michael Seltzner of the SPFD said at 8:56 a.m., department personnel responded to the report of a gas leak in the area of 1911 Oakland Ave. Upon arrival, Sun Prairie Engine 3 and Car 2 found WE energies already on location and confirmed a two-inch gas line had been struck by a contractor.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2018 1:44:53 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Santa makes a special visit to children's hospital in Madison

VIDEO: For many families with children in the hospital, the holidays can seem out of reach during a time of uncertainty, as many of them are spending time away from their homes and loved ones. On Wednesday, a special visitor came into town to brighten everyone's spirits. Santa came to the American Family Children's hospital in Madison to see the patients and spread holiday cheer, a tradition that's been at this hospital for the last 58 years.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 5:28:51 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Dropped incense stick blamed for Racine fire that causes $60K in damage

Seven people in a multi-family home had to be evacuated Wednesday morning after a dropped incense stick resulted in a fire, which caused an estimated $60,000 of damage, according to the Racine Fire Department. Firefighters were dispatched at 10:05 a.m. to the residence in the 3200 block of 17th Street after a resident called 911 after attempting to extinguish a fire that had spread to the nearby bedding.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 4:50:30 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Barron-Maple Grove Fire Department urges residents to ‘Beat the Beep’

The Barron-Maple Grove Fire Department’s “Keep the Wreath Green” program has started again. Fire Chief Mike Romsos said a wreath illuminated with green bulbs is now on display at Barron City Hall through New Year’s Day. “This is done to help raise fire awareness for area residents. For every fire that occurs in the Barron Maple Grove Fire Department’s Area, a green bulb will be replaced with a red bulb.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 1:06:20 PM - SOURCE: Barron News Shield

New research shows earlier established date for Green Bay Metro Fire

Due to a recent historical discovery, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department's emblem is changing. The department's former emblem showed the "established" year of 1891. Recent historical research has determined community members established the earliest form of the Green Bay Fire Department in 1841, fire officials say.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 11:30:43 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Pewaukee firefighters debut new lifesaving device

VIDEO: Pewaukee Firefighters are trained for all types of on-ice rescues, but today they're practicing with a new piece of life-saving equipment. This new device is called the "rapid deployment craft" and with openings on both of its sides, the device allows rescuers to grab victims out of the water while staying in the boat.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 9:50:06 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Milwaukee firefighter: Newly built homes burn much faster than older homes

How much time does your family have to escape a fire? The I-Team found out the clock is not on your side if you live in a newly constructed home. The building material in modern homes burns a lot faster. “On average, with new construction, they are failing about 35 to 60 percent faster than conventional stick lumber that was used in the past,” said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 8:25:18 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Marshfield to add 'EMS' positions

Marshfield's Common Council has approved the addition of three 'firefighter/paramedic' positions to the city's emergency response staff, and Fire Chief Scott Owen says they'll be a big asset to a department that's typically been under-staffed. Owen explained that, "Right now our shifts are comprised of eleven individuals, and our minimum manning is either eight or nine.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2018 2:28:50 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Green Bay fire chaplain credited with spotting Ashwaubenon house fire, five people rescued

VIDEO: Five people and two animals are safe after being rescued from the basement of their Ashwaubenon home after a passerby noticed the structure was on fire. That passerby, who just so happens to be the Chaplain for the Green Bay Fire Department, noticed smoke pouring from the garage of the home, and called authorities at around 8:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 11:15:56 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Cambridge community reflects after fire destroys Giovanni's restaurant

VIDEO: A restaurant in Cambridge is at a total loss after a structure fire destroyed it overnight. Firefighters said they got to the scene shortly after 8 p.m. Sunday and stayed until about 5 a.m. Monday, battling the fire. The owner declined an interview on camera, but Rebecka Wake, the woman who called 9-1-1 after driving by and seeing the flames, said it was a scary sight to witness.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 7:56:20 AM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

No injuries after fire at home on Milwaukee’s south side

PHOTO: Firefighters were called to a home near Herman Street and Howard Avenue on Milwaukee’s south side. The call came in around 12 a.m. Tuesday morning, Dec. 11. According to police, no one was injured. The fire was accidental in nature and does not appear to be suspicious. Red Cross also responded to the fire to help those displaced.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2018 3:39:49 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Bond modified for former Colby firefighter accused of child sex charges

A Central Wisconsin volunteer firefighter accused of sexual assault charges against a child had his bond modified in Marathon County court on Monday. Nicholas Koebach of Colby is now free on $10,000 cash bond and $90,000 signature bond and will be staying with his mother in Oconto County. A judge set strict orders for Koebach as part of the deal including absolute sobriety from alcohol and drugs.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 9:36:27 AM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

2 in custody after post office in Barron County set on fire

Two juveniles are in custody after police say a fire was intentionally set at the Almena U.S. Post Office. The Turtle Lake police department says Almena firefighters responded to the scene around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday night. When they arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the roof of the building on all sides.
- PUB DATE: 12/10/2018 6:47:20 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau