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Stretch of road closed as firefighters fight fire in Rock County

A Rock County home is a total loss after a garage fire spread to an entire house Wednesday, according to officials with the Clinton Fire Department. Officials said the homeowners noticed the fire in the garage and immediately went to rescue two baby goats inside. The family was able to rescue their goats, but the hay and straw burst into flames, and they had to call 911.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 8:55:37 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Man accused of killing Lake Mills firefighter in car crash heads to trial

The man accused of killing a Lake Mills Fire Department captain is heading to trial, according to court records. Samuel Cremers is accused of killing fire Capt. Christopher Truman. Truman had stopped on the side of the Beltline Monday night to help another driver. Cremers hit Truman after Truman exited the vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 5:13:15 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Kronenwetter's pick for fire chief has over 2 decades of fire service experience

Village officials made their choice Monday on whom they want as their new fire chief. Kristopher Grod, 42, will succeed Roger James as the head of the village's fire department. James retired from the Kronenwetter Fire Department on Dec. 31. Grod has an "extensive background and knowledge" of the fire service, Kronenwetter Police and Fire Commission Chairman Chad Billeb said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 9:15:55 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Fire damages house in Jackson County

A Jackson County house was heavily damaged by fire late Tuesday. No injuries were reported at N7625 Mitchell Red Cloud Jr. Road in the town of Komensky. The owner was away at the time, and another family member who was staying there spotted the fire. The Black River Falls Fire Department received the call at 9:24 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2019 5:22:53 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Fire Causes Damage to Barn in Outagamie County

A fire has caused a barn to engulf in flames in the Town of Center in Outagamie County. The fire started shortly after 8:00 PM on the Northeast Corner of Mayflower and Autumn Hills Parkway. The video was sent in by viewer Jim Dreifuerst who said firefighters are still on scene and that the flames went down, but crews are still combatting it.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 8:31:32 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Merrill firefighters union denied Lead Paramedic, Inspector positions

Firefighters in Merrill have lost another appeal in their attempt to get two new positions created on their pay scale. Merrill Firefighters Local 847 had a request for the creation of "Lead Paramedic" and "Lead Inspector" denied by the city's Personnel and Finance Committee on Tuesday, following input from both Fire Chief Josh Klug and representatives from the union and an hour-long closed session discussion.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 6:51:31 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Fire at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School won't cancel classes

Classes will go on as scheduled Tuesday at Weyauwega-Fremont Middle School despite a fire reported after school on Monday. The Weyauwega Fire Department responded to an alarm just before 5 p.m. The school district says students and staff inside the school buildings were evacuated. Superintendent Scott Bleck was on the scene when fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 8:23:43 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Cross Plains investigators look for cause of tavern kitchen fire

Firefighters are investigating what caused a fire in the kitchen of Coach's Club in Cross Plains early Tuesday morning. A Dane County dispatcher told News 3 Now the initial call came in at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday reporting a fire at the building located at 1200 Main Street. While sprinklers were able to knock down the fire, crews were on scene overnight, closing Main Street lanes for several hours.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2019 5:21:40 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire Hydrants in De Pere Undergoing Upgrades

Fire hydrants in De Pere are undergoing upgrades designed to help firefighters responding to an emergency. It's been a multi-year project entering its final stage. On De Pere's west side - a water department employee replaces a five-foot fire hydrant marker. One of over 1,300 being installed in the coming weeks to make sure fire hydrants can be found easily all year round.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2019 4:47:46 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Portage Fire Chief marks rewarding 40 years and counting of public service

After 40 years and counting of serving the local community, Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson Jr. believes any fire department’s success is built through a continuous team effort. “You surround yourself with good firefighters, because without them, you’d be nothing,” Simonson said of the top job. “They make me what I am.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 5:29:28 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Marshfield fire damages detached garage, no injuries

The Marshfield Fire Department responded to a call about a structure fire around 1 p.m. on Sunday. The fire damaged a detached garage. It was put out shortly after firefighters arrived on scene. It happened at a home on S. Palmetto Street in Marshfield. There are no reported injuries. The cause of the fire remains under investigation according to Relief Lieutenant Joe Vanden Elzen of the Marshfield Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 3:39:24 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Racine Fire Dept. receiving more calls than expected in 2019

Calls to the Racine Fire Department are on the rise in early 2019. And in the next few years, the Fire Department may have to consider expansion to compensate for area growth, Chief Steve Hansen told the Racine Police and Fire Commission Monday. The RFD has already responded to 2,503 calls between Jan.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2019 4:45:24 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Controlled fire: South Area firefighters get real experience training in Weston

Newly hired firefighters with the South Area Fire and Emergency Response District (SAFER) were able to practice putting out a controlled structure fire Saturday morning. Thanks to the D.C. Everest School District, an unused building located on the corner of Jelinek Avenue and Alderson Street, was donated to SAFER so it could be used for training purposes.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2019 7:36:58 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Video shows Shawano firefighter rescuing dog from icy water

A firefighter from the Shawano Area Fire Department rescued a dog that had fallen through the ice Friday afternoon. The rescue happened about 1 p.m. in the Shawano Channel in the 400 block of West First Street, Fire Chief Shawn Borlace said. The channel connects the Wolf River to Shawano Lake. The rescue was captured on video and posted to the Facebook page Distinct Aerial Shotz.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 5:02:01 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Family displaced after New London fire

A family is displaced after a house fire Thursday night. It happened around 10:00 p.m. when the fire department was called to the home on South Mill Street. Firefighters found the kitchen of the home in flames. A woman was home when the fire started, along with her three children. Her husband was not home at the time.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2019 6:12:25 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Firefighters quickly extinguish fire in Fitchburg apartment complex wall

First responders quickly extinguished a small fire in a Fitchburg apartment complex wall Thursday night, according to a news release from the Fitchburg Fire Department. The Fitchburg Fire Department responded to a reported alarm activation reported around 6:18 p.m. Thursday at 2021 Greenway Cross. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they requested a full structure fire response after using thermal imaging cameras to find a smoldering fire in a basement wall.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 8:08:34 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Follow Up: Promoted Oconto firefighters get new badges

Three career firefighters received badges reflecting their promotions at the March 12 pinning ceremony hosted by Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Josh Bostedt is now deputy chief of OFRD, a new position that is second in command of the department and has decision-making authority when the chief is not available.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 9:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Trial date pushed back for Pleasant Prairie man accused of attempted homicide in arson fire

The trial is being pushed back for a former firefighter accused of trying to kill his aunt in a series of arson fires. Keith Kauppi, 30, of Pleasant Prairie, is charged with two counts of attempted first-degree homicide. He is accused of setting fire to the couch where his 70-year-old aunt was sleeping at his parent’s Pleasant Prairie home in June 2017.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2019 1:45:44 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Hales Corners Fire Captain accused of leaving post, sexually harassing coworker

The Hales Corners Fire Chief wants one of his captains fired. Captain John Wagner is accused of sexual harassment and jeopardizing public safety. With 24 years of fire and emergency medical experience, he'd been hired as a fire prevention captain for the Hales Corners Fire Department. A year and a half later, Chief Martin Freibergs filed disciplinary charges against him.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 8:44:01 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Oconto's first female firefighter realizes childhood dream

Tabitha Vande Voort first wanted to become a firefighter after a tree fell on her father while she was still in grade school. That desire solidified about 12 years later, thanks to a few quiet words of encouragement from the man who now leads the Oconto Fire and Rescue Department. Vande Voort is now, another decade later, one of eight full-time career firefighters for the Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2019 2:01:00 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

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