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Wisconsin Fire News

Pedestrian flighted after being hit by car in Muskego

Tess Corners Fire Department responded to a vehicle vs. pedestrian crash shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday near the Muskego High School athletic fields. Off-duty first responders arrived on the scene within seconds following the accident and began to assess and address the injuries the patient sustained.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 5:46:20 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Mequon swears in three new fire department battalion chiefs

The Mequon Fire Department on Monday swore in its three new battalion chiefs. The command-staff positions are a result of the city’s Future of our Fire Department Committee, which was created in July 2019 to give the Common Council a road map to address both staffing and facilities concerns. The committee was specifically charged with examining ways to optimize the future viability of Mequon’s paid-on-call fire and ambulance services.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 5:22:07 AM - SOURCE: Greater Milwaukee Today

Part of downtown Oconomowoc evacuated due to leak of ‘explosive levels’ of natural gas

Main Street near South Street in downtown Oconomowoc was evacuated Thursday morning as a natural gas leak that was centered in Breakshots Huba Huba Bar and Grill, 105 S. Main St., hovered over the area. Western Lakes Fire District Chief Brad Bowen said a business owner had went to open up for the day around 9 a.
- PUB DATE: 8/27/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Greater Milwaukee

Madison launches program to respond to mental health 911 calls

A new program designed to provide alternative emergency response for mental health 911 calls will launch next week. The Madison Fire Department’s Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) team will begin responding to 911 calls on September 1. In a Thursday morning news conference, city leaders explained how the program will work.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 5:19:44 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Surprise! Neenah P.D., Howard Fire Department awarded lifesaving equipment

Saving lives isn’t an easy task, but when you have the proper equipment and the support of an entire community behind you, it makes it all possible. On Thursday morning, Wisconsin Public Service (WPS) and We Energies surprised two local agencies with special equipment to help these heroes continue saving lives within their communities.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 1:34:15 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

One person found dead in an apartment fire on Madison’s west side

The Madison Fire Department says one person was found dead when firefighters responded to an apartment fire on Madison’s west side. Just after 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, fire crews responded to a fire alarm at Summit Hill Apartments on Mckenna Boulevard. The apartment building has 41 units. Firefighters located the unit where the fire started, and determined it was mostly put out by sprinklers.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 4:50:27 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fredonia DPW worker trench rescue, flown to hospital

A Fredonia DPW worker was flown to the hospital with "crush-related injuries" after being rescued from a trench in the village Wednesday, Aug. 25. The man was identified by the Ozaukee County Sheriff's Office as Brandon Heinen, 24, of Port Washington. Work was being done to install pipes when the sidewall of the trench collapsed on top of the man, leaving him buried chest high.
- PUB DATE: 8/26/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wisconsin hires California law firm to go after PFAS polluters

Wisconsin has chosen a California environmental law firm to help investigate and go after those responsible for PFAS contamination. The Department of Justice on Wednesday said Sher Edling LLP has been awarded a contract to represent the state in cases involving ubiquitous hazardous compounds sometimes called “forever chemicals.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 9:19:23 AM - SOURCE: WiscNews

Coroner confirms death of 'missing' Arcadia-Glencoe fire chief

The body found inside a truck belonging to the Arcadia-Glencoe fire chief has been identified as Jeff Halvorsen. As we've reported, Chief Halvorsen had been missing since Wednesday, according to officials with the Trempealeau County Sheriff's Office. A ruling on the cause of death is pending a toxicology report.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

WPS Foundation awards $50,000 to Wisconsin first responders through rewarding responders grant

The WPS Foundation provides its Rewarding Responders Grant annually to help police, fire, and emergency medical services (EMS) agencies purchase lifesaving equipment or important training for their members. Among this year’s recipients is the Coleman Fire Department, which received new firefighting face masks for its firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bay Cities Muti Media Center

Northwestern Wisconsin Experiences Smoke, Air Quality Impacts As Boundary Waters Wildfires Grow

Wildfires in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness are affecting air quality across northern Minnesota and Wisconsin, impacting health and comfort of people in the area. That includes Karen Eagle, a senior meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Duluth, who is tracking the air quality situation.
- PUB DATE: 8/25/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Follow-up: Fort Atkinson man captures history and documents 'bravery' of heroes in warehouse fire

PHOTOS: A Fort Atkinson photographer captured history for his hometown during a warehouse fire earlier this month. On August 10, Spencer Jelinek said he saw smoke from his balcony. Instead of running from the fire, he ran toward it. “It was just a split reaction. ‘I need to go do this,’ and I did it,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 6:32:49 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Book to commemorate 150th anniversary of Peshtigo Fire launched

Inside the Peshtigo Fire Museum are artifacts of the 1871 fire, which burned 1.5 million acres and took the lives of what is estimated to be between 1,200 and 2,400 people. Now, to commemorate the sesquicentennial, a book called "The Great Fires in Wisconsin of 1871" has been republished in order to educate people about the fire.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 5:04:46 PM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

1960s Firefighter Helmets Donated To Brookfield Fire Department

PHOTOS: A piece of Brookfield history found its way home to the city's fire department. Firefighter helmets belonging to volunteer firefighter Arthur Berres were dropped off Thursday by two of his grandchildren, Mark Roesch and his sister, Mary Ellen Pankow. Roesch said the family was going through family pictures and found photos of Berres and his wife, Edna (Nachtstein) Berres.
- PUB DATE: 8/24/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Brookfield Patch

Appleton to Mark 20th Anniversary of 9/11 with Procession, Ceremony

The city of Appleton is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with a procession and ceremony. The procession on Sept. 11 is set to begin at Fire Station No. 1, at the corner of Atlantic and Drew streets, at 8:45 a.m. That is the time when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. The procession then moves south on Drew Street to City Park.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:29:00 PM - SOURCE: WNFL-AM 1440 Green Bay

Three injured in Buffalo County crash

Three people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Saturday in Buffalo County, according to authorities. The Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that Kylie Barningham, 28, of Pepin was driving east on Hwy. 35 and began to turn north onto Hwy. 25 when she failed to yield to Christina Gbejewoh, 43, Woodbury, Minn.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 8:59:34 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

40-year-old man pronounced dead after attempting to rescue two kids from water at North Beach

A 40-year-old Montgomery City, Missouri man passed away after attempting to rescue two kids from Lake Michigan at North Beach in Racine, Sunday, August 22. The Racine County Sheriff’s Office announced that on Saturday, at approximately 3:04 p.m., deputies were dispatched to North Beach for an individual who was unaccounted for after he went into Lake Michigan at North Beach.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Crashed turkey truck causes closure on Wisconsin Highway 63 in Baldwin Township

A highway is closed just over the border in Wisconsin after officials say a Jenni-O truck overturned, spilling 800 turkeys and prompting a large clean up effort. Highway 63 is closed from County Road DD to County Road E, about two miles north of Baldwin in Baldwin Township, according to the St. Croix County Sheriff.
- PUB DATE: 8/23/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KARE-TV NBC 11 Minneapolis

Small town fire departments in Wisconsin struggle to recruit volunteers

Historically, says Jefferson Fire Chief Ron Wegner, his department had a waiting list four people deep. Now, the department is happy to have just one new volunteer sign on. “In the last two years, we’ve only had one individual who was not a high school student apply and successfully complete the firefighter requirements set by the State of Wisconsin,” Wegner said.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Daily Union

Peshtigo Fire of 1871 centerstage at forest history conference

California’s Dixie Fire might be 2,100 miles from Marinette County, but it’s rekindling memories of the Peshtigo Fire of 1871. “Fires are not a thing of the past in Wisconsin. It is still a concern,” said Fred Axelrod, a retired Department of Natural Resources forester who is acting as the local public information officer for the upcoming Forest History Association of Wisconsin Annual Fall Conference in Peshtigo, which commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Peshtigo Fire of 1871.
- PUB DATE: 8/20/2021 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Eagle Herald Extra