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Neighbors & smoke detectors alert De Pere couple to house fire

A De Pere couple escapes a house fire early Thursday morning. De Pere Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Eric Johnson spoke with Action 2 News on the scene. He says neighbors spotted the fire at the house on the corner Talbot Avenue and Ridgeway Boulevard just before 1:00 a.m. The neighbors pounding on the door and the home's ringing smoke detectors alerted the couple in the home and they got out safely before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2019 5:54:44 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

De Pere Fire Chief looks to rural firefighting method to keep historic district safe

After fighting the massive fire on Broadway April 24, the De Pere Fire Chief is looking to install a firefighting tool which rural communities have been using for years. Fire Chief Matzke says firefighters lost control of the blaze until rural fire crews assisting in the effort started drawing water from the Fox River for much need ammunition “We pumped over 8,000 gallons a minute out of the river that night,” Fire Chief Matzke told Local 5.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 3:50:19 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Green Bay firefighter attacked by person walking on street, fire department says

A person is accused of attacking a firefighter Wednesday morning, according to a media release from Green Bay Metro Fire Department. At around 10:40 a.m., the release said a Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lieutenant saw a person walking in the intersection of Broadway and Dousman streets. Out of concern for his safety, the Lieutenant approached the person and tried to convince him to move to the sidewalk.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2019 12:45:22 PM - SOURCE: NBC 26 Green Bay

Update: Fire that killed 3 in Fond du Lac group home likely caused by cigarette

Authorities say a fire that killed three residents of a Wisconsin group home was likely accidental and caused by smoking materials that were improperly discarded. The Fond du Lac Fire Department released the preliminary findings of its fire investigation on Tuesday. Three people died in last Thursday's fire at a home for intellectually disabled people in the eastern Wisconsin city of Fond du Lac.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 5:49:47 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Puppy training to be child service dog visits Madison fire station

Madison firefighters at Station 5 were paid a special visit by a furry friend named Buddy, who is training as a service dog to help children in need. The Madison Fire Department posted to Twitter saying that “it was time for him to learn what a firefighter looks like in gear.” Buddy is being trained through a program called Dogs In Vests.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 5:43:42 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire destroys Hewitt machine shed

Investigators have not determined what caused the fire that destroyed a storage shed in the Town of Hewitt in Marathon County early Tuesday morning. Firefighters were paged to Pine Haven Road, east of County Highway J, just after 5 a.m. Hewitt Fire Chief Robin Siikarla tells NewsChannel 7 the shed was used to store hay bales and machinery.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 11:48:25 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Shawano County house explosion injures 4

At least four people were hurt in a house explosion Monday afternoon. Several fire departments responded just before 4 p.m. to the site in the town of Grant. Officials said four people were taken to hospitals via helicopter for their injuries. Sheriff's detective sergeant Gordon Kowaleski says the names and ages of the injured aren't being made public right now.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2019 8:26:22 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

De Pere Fire Department looks to install "dry" hydrants

The De Pere Fire Department learned a few lessons from fighting a massive fire on Broadway in April. Crews used water from the Fox River to fight the flames, which helped firefighters gain control over the blaze. “That was the turning point in that fire fight where we were losing ground. We were able to gain control of that fire with the additional water flow we could pull from the Fox River,” said De Pere Fire Chief, Alan Matzke.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 8:03:14 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Madison Fire: Discarded charcoals ignite West Side garage fire

The Madison Fire Department is warning people charcoal takes 72 hours to cool down, after a man placed coals into the trash that later sparked a garage fire on Madison's West Side. According to the Madison Fire Department's Public Information Officer Cynthia Schuster, multiple units were sent to a home on the 4900 block of Ascot Lane on Sunday at 8:20 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 8:41:08 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Dryer fire causes $25,000 in damages to Green Bay hotel

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department credits an automatic sprinkler system with containing a fire that broke out at the Hilton Garden Inn. Crews say they were called to the hotel just after 1 am Sunday. When they arrived, firefighters say they found moderate smoke on the first floor and saw occupants evacuating the building.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2019 12:41:43 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Racine Fire Department calls increased 13% from 2017 to 2018

After making 16,833 responses in 2017, the Racine Fire Department saw its responses grow by 13% in 2018, up to 19,023 total. “We’re going on over 1,000 calls a month,” Fire Chief Steve Hansen told the Racine Police and Fire Commission on Sept. 9. However, fires made up a tiny portion of the increase.
- PUB DATE: 9/22/2019 3:46:48 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

89 years after responding to its first call, this historic fire pumper truck will be returning to West Allis

Almost exactly 89 years after a Peter Pirsch & Sons fire pumper truck responded to its first emergency call for the West Allis Fire Department, the very same vehicle is now set to rejoin the ranks. The department raised about $15,000 in 10 months to buy it back from a private collector and is preparing to use the old fire engine to enhance its educational and community outreach programs.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2019 10:10:11 AM - SOURCE: My South Now

Fond du Lac Firefighters remind their community how to be ready for a fire

On Friday firefighters from Fond du Lac went on a door to door mission in the area surrounding a home that started on fire Thursday morning all in an attempt, to prevent something like that from happening again. The firefighters were trying to inform the public some of the things they can do to prevent a fire and even be more prepared for a potential fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 8:58:03 PM - SOURCE: NBC 26 News Green Bay

New Oconomowoc public safety building will cost more than $10 million

The city of Oconomowoc will get a new public safety building, after common council action Sept. 17 on the project, which has been debated for several years. A divided council voted 5-3 to approve the construction contract for the project, estimated at $10.715 million. Aldermen Charlie Shaw, Tom Strey, Andy Rogers, Kevin Ellis and Derek Zwart voted in favor of the facility, while Matt Rosek, Karen Spiegelberg and Lou Kowieski voted no.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 7:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Volunteer fire departments struggling to find volunteers

Rural communities rely on volunteer fire departments to be there when disaster shows its face. Many of those departments are finding it difficult to find volunteers to join their ranks and it’s proving to be an issue that can impact entire communities. On September 14, 10 different fire departments responded to a warehouse fire in Marshfield.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 7:48:14 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

West Bend Fire Department using major FEMA grant to improve firefighter safety

Every day, firefighters are asked to enter burning buildings while knowing the toxins they're exposed to inside could eventually kill them. West Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Gustafson said today's couches and mattresses contain "really bad things in them that weren't around 20 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 10:04:16 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue: 3 dead in morning fire at group home

Three people are confirmed dead in a Thursday morning fire at a group home for cognitively disabled people in the city. Around 6 a.m. Thursday morning, City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue responded to a home in the 600 block of South Military Road. The residence is rented out for those with cognitive disabilities who can live on their own, so they may live in a group setting, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 5:47:32 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Riverside, Kronenwetter firefighters learn how specialized equipment will help make their jobs easier, safer

First responders are getting some specialized training this week. Crews from Jerry's Towing teamed up with the Riverside Fire Department to show firefighters some specialized equipment that will help them respond to different crash scenarios, including semi rollovers. This equipment will not only make their jobs easier, it'll make them safer, too.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 8:57:06 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

A year after the flood: Inside Green Bay Fire Station 5's $1M repairs

It was one year ago that torrential rains caused widespread flooding on Green Bay's east side. More than six inches of rain fell in a matter of hours. Green Bay's Fire Station 5 was among the buildings damaged in the flooding. Crews were called to a building collapse. They found the station under water.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 2:07:01 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

The renovation of Shorewood's firehouse will move forward thanks to lower-than-expected construction bids

The renovation of the Shorewood fire station will move forward, thanks to construction bids that came in well under budget. Shorewood officials and the North Shore Fire Department had agreed the fire department's total costs could not exceed $4.1 million. The projected cost estimate was $3.95 million, which would include $2.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 1:07:15 PM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Now