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Wisconsin Fire News

Hayes takes over as chief of Onalaska Fire Department

Onalaska Fire Department begins a new era as Chief Billy Hayes takes over for Don Dominick who retired at the end of June. While only his second day on the job, Hayes says the professionalism of the Onalaska firefighters hasn't changed from his visit in 2007. "I taught a class for Onalaska Fire and Rescue and I made a lot of friends here," Hayes explained.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 5:50:37 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Fitchburg considers alternative EMS options

The City of Fitchburg could be considering a change in its joint medical service with Verona now that a $30,000 study has been brought back to its Common Council. Since 1977, Fitch-Rona EMS has been a combined district of the cities of Fitchburg and Verona and the Town of Verona. Each municipality has three voting members, and the commission has some autonomy, but budgetary and other major decisions need the approval of each municipality.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 8:42:12 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

Follow Up: Cause of Menasha's Brin Building fire remains under investigation

VIDEO: Investigators continued working Monday to determine how Friday evening's devastating fire at the Brin Building started. "It’s a challenge," Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Vernon Green told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin on Monday. "Whenever you have a fire that size that causes that amount of damage, it creates another challenge beyond what a small kitchen fire or something like that would be.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 2:51:42 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Investigators search for cause of west side Madison apartment building fire

VIDEO: Eighteen people aren't in their homes Monday night after a fire burned through a condominium on the west side of Madison. The fire began at Greystone Condominiums on Cricket Lane off Old Sauk Road around 10:30 in the morning. A landscaper working across the street saw the fire first ignite. "I seen some black smoke smothering out of the rooftops of the vents and through the shingles," said the landscaper, Mitchell Engebretson.
- PUB DATE: 8/14/2018 12:40:14 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Vehicle crashed into University of Wisconsin Credit Union building Saturday morning

After a vehicle crashed into the University of Wisconsin Credit Union at 3750 University Ave. early Saturday morning, the Madison Fire Department's Heavy Urban Rescue Team found no threat of building collapse. A release said multiple crews were sent to the scene around 1 a.m. Saturday, after the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle crashed.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 9:12:08 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

House catches fire in Green Bay

A Green Bay home caught fire and caused $25,000 worth of damage, on the city's east side, Sunday evening around 5:42. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department says smoke and flames were coming from outside the back part of the home at 1376 Doblon Street. The fire burned the side of the home, a portion of the roof and inside the home and into the bathroom area, according to officials.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 4:35:13 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Manitowoc fire: Neighbor who called 911 credited with minimizing damage

A neighbor who saw smoke coming from the roof of a nearby home and called 911 is credited with minimizing the severity of a fire in the 900 block of Rosemere Circle on Sunday morning. Manitowoc Fire Rescue Department responded to the 911 call around 8:30 a.m. Sunday. A press release from the department said the home was not occupied when firefighters arrived on scene and smoke was visible from the ridge line of the home.
- PUB DATE: 8/13/2018 1:52:42 AM - SOURCE: Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter

Ribbon cutting held for new Eau Claire fire station

VIDEO: Community members gathered to celebrate the opening of a local fire station with a ribbon cutting. The ceremony for Eau Claire Fire Station 10 took place Friday morning on Malden Avenue. Fire Chief Chris Bell says it's a beautiful station with a lot more room. He says the new spot will also improve emergency response times.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 11:32:38 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Stevens Point apartment fire displaces one resident Saturday

Firefighters contained a fire to the apartment where it started early Saturday morning on Indiana Avenue. When the Stevens Point Fire Department arrived at 2601 Indiana Ave., Stevens Point, shortly after 3:30 a.m. Saturday, they found smoke coming from the roof on the north corner of the apartment building, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 8/12/2018 10:06:36 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

La Crosse Fire Department responds to minor fire at UWL residence hall

The La Crosse Fire Department was dispatched Thursday night to a fire at Eagle Hall on the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse campus. The fire alarms triggered the response at 6:47 P.M. Firefighters encountered a moderate amount of smoke on the first floor. Fire Inspectors later determined that a floor fan that malfunctioned started the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 9:19:20 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Tornado hits Deerfield business

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in the Village of Deerfield on Thursday, Aug. 9. Dane County Sheriff's Lt. Krista Ewers-Hayes said at approximately 3:52 p.m., a citizen called the Dane County Communications Center and reported a possible tornado touchdown near the business park in the Village of Deerfield.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 7:05:49 AM - SOURCE: Cambridge News / Deerfield Independent

The Milwaukee Fire Department’s Unknown Heroes

A fire truck making its way to a scene, sirens blazing, is a common sight in cities and towns across America. But within the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD), there's a support staff responsible for maintaining all the equipment firefighters depend on. For this week's Bubbler Talk — our series that allows you to ask WUWM questions about Milwaukee —questioner Jay Blanchett wanted to know about a special kind of fire truck: Why, since I’ve lived here for 22 years now, I have never seen a tiller truck in the Milwaukee area? While looking into Jay's question, we were able to learn about a whole, less publically known division of the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 6:52:40 AM - SOURCE: WUWM-FM Milwaukee Public Radio

Hales Corners Fire Department warns residents about scam

The Hales Corners Fire Department is warning residents about a scam going through the community. Fire officials say some residents have received letters asking them to volunteer for the fire department and to donate money. The letter claims to be from the “Hales Corners Area Volunteer Firefighter Drive”.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 5:56:17 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

New Holstein Fire Department officials hand out checks to organizations

New Holstein Fire Department officials recently handed out checks to local organizations which assisted them with their recent Firemen’s Picnic. The New Holstein Boy Scouts do park clean-up and receive money from all the aluminum cans they collect—about 543 pounds this year. They also receive community service hours for assisting.
- PUB DATE: 8/10/2018 3:12:47 AM - SOURCE: Tri-County News: Chilton

Man rushed to hospital after gas stove explosion in Tigerton

A man was airlifted to a Madison hospital Thursday morning for burn treatment after a gas stove explosion at a hunting shack in Tigerton. Tigerton fire chief John Gutho tells NewsChannel 7 the man was lighting a gas stove to make breakfast and a gas leak caused the explosion. Emergency crews responded to the property on Wendt Road in Tigerton just after 8 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/9/2018 9:07:43 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Retired firefighter selected as marshal for Clintonville parade

Retired fireman Mike “Cheese” Stemper has been selected as parade marshall for the annual Fireman’s Festival on Aug. 11 in Clintonville. Stemper has retired from the department but is now a member of the Fire Police. Those serving with the Fire Police are on a call system. They can be called to the station and often asked to help at the scene of the fire call, or they may remain at the station to assist should another call come in.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 11:59:17 PM - SOURCE: Shawano Leader

Explosion in basement destroys Sheldon family home, business

VIDEO: A family of four in the Village of Sheldon is safe after an explosion in the basement of its bar and home left it destroyed. In the village of Sheldon, some locals wear many hats. "I have a lot of em’!” jokes Jim Shaw. “Village president, captain of the fire department, what else do I do?” Early Tuesday morning, Jim Shaw put on an important one, as he and 70 other firefighters battled flames engulfing Sheldon’s Reich’s Roadhouse, which is not only a beloved village watering hole, but also the Reich’s family home.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 8:44:56 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

16-year-old hospitalized after free climbing fall at Rib Mountain quarry

A 16-year-old boy has been hospitalized after falling from a cliff at Rib Mountain quarry. The teenager fell and was injured just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, South Area Fire District Captain Tim Stieve said. The boy slipped while free climbing on the cliffs with a group of people, Stieve said. He suffered significant injuries as a result of the fall.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 8:32:26 AM - SOURCE: Marshfield News-Herald

Madison firefighters find residents illegally burning box spring, warn of city ordinance

Firefighters had to remind three downtown residents Tuesday night of the city’s burning ordinance after they responded to reports of a large fire in a backyard, according to a release. Crews were sent around 11:30 p.m. to the 100 block of Lathrop Street for reports of a large fire in a backyard, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 7:49:41 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Sun Prairie Culvers raises more than $ 21,000 for firefighter's families

The Sun Prairie Fire Department was honored Monday, Aug. 6 with a special guest. Duane Sprecher, owner of the Sun Prairie Culver's restaurant, presented a check for $ 21,642.83 to go toward Capt. Cory Barr's family as well as Firefighter Ryan Welch's family. The money was collected with 50 percent of proceeds from one day's sales in addition to funds collected in a donation jar on the restaurant's front counter.
- PUB DATE: 8/8/2018 4:02:20 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC