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Racine County man helps rescue neighbor from burning home

A neighbor helped a woman escape a burning home in Racine County this weekend. The fire started at a home on Blackhawk Drive in Caledonia Saturday afternoon. Nicholas Patrenets, who lives behind the home, was in his kitchen when he saw the smoke. "We happened to glance up and we saw all we smoke and we assumed it was a grill or something cooking.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 3:44:57 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Firefighting planes and their crews spotlighted at EAA AirVenture convention in Oshkosh

Flying Apache attack helicopters in Iraq and Afghanistan prepared Tim Cherwin for his current job. The foe might be different but sometimes it's just as dangerous battling forest fires in a twin-engine turboprop plane. War zones and forest fires in the western United States — which Cherwin has fought from the air for the past five years — offer similar challenges: mountainous terrain, low altitude flying, extreme heat, rapidly changing weather conditions and endangered lives.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinal

Kenosha family safely escapes house fire

A Kenosha family is displaced following a fire on Friday evening. The fire was reported around 8:15 p.m in a home near 33rd Avenue and 55th Street. According to the Kenosha Fire Department, the four people home at the time of the fire were able to escape the blaze unharmed. Firefighters were on scene for roughly two hours.
- PUB DATE: 7/27/2019 3:34:41 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire damages West Bend condominium complex: ‘Did not have a fire sprinkler system’

Firefighters on Friday morning, July 26 responded to the scene of a fire at a condominium complex in West Bend. It happened around 1:20 a.m. near River Drive and School Place. The six unit condominium building did not have a fire sprinkler system or a fire alarm system. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
- PUB DATE: 7/26/2019 6:52:41 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Firefighting foam used to put out ATC fires in Madison did contain PFAS, according to new city info

City officials said Thursday new information shows the firefighting foam used to put out fires at utility substations in Madison did contain perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, clarifying an earlier statement made by Madison fire officials. Firefighters used foam to put out the fires at substations for American Transmission Co.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 3:39:32 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fond du Lac Firefighters Local 400 to "Fill the Boot" for MDA

Fond du Lac Firefighters will once again be asking for the public’s help to “Fill the Boot” and raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Fill the Boot campaign begins next Thursday, August 1st at the corner of Division Street and Park Avenue from 10 am until 5 pm. Thanks to a generous match from the owner of Magic Car Wash Express, the community’s donations will be matched up to $10,000.
- PUB DATE: 7/25/2019 11:15:22 AM - SOURCE: KFIZ-AM 1450

Suspected drunken driver plunges into Fox River in downtown Waukesha

A suspected drunken driver plunged into the Fox River in downtown Waukesha earlier this month. Witnesses said the driver, 19-year-old Viktoria Droegkamp, drove around a bend and clipped a tree before she careened into the river. "(The) car was going zig-zag," said Leslie Silvernail, who pulled the driver to safety.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 8:54:55 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

La Crosse Fire Department requests funding to replace north side station

"There's not much new here, as you can see," explained Captain Jim HIllcoat of the La Crosse Fire Department. Nearly 80 years old, Fire Station Four has a lot of history to it, and a lot of wear and tear. "You see the windows on the apparatus bay? What happens when you have windows like that? What happens to your utility bills?" questioned Hillcoat.
- PUB DATE: 7/24/2019 4:48:10 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

One person hurt after gas leak & explosion in Eau Claire

The Eau Claire Fire Department responded to an appliance fire and explosion that hurt one person. It happened just before 5 p.m. at the Gyro King in the 300 block of Water Street. Crews say nothing was showing from the structure, but they could smell natural gas. Businesses on both sides were evacuated and Water Street was closed off for about two hours There was no fire and crews turned off the gas and ventilated the building.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 5:53:24 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

New wireless headsets offer Portage firefighters improved communication

Communication systems usually are the first thing to break down in an emergency situation, Portage Fire Inspector Craig Ratz said. In a push to improve communication among local firefighters when responding to calls, Ratz said he ordered several new noise-reducing headsets that block out some noise of sirens and make it easier for teams to plan ahead and chat back and forth between engines.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 5:34:03 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Rhinelander Fire Department sets donated home on fire for training

Running the master streamer on a Rhinelander firetruck gave Nick Heise a sense of control over an exciting situation this morning. The junior firefighter got the chance to do something he s never done before: go into a burning building and put out the fire. "You can call us crazy, but we actually like to do it," Heise said.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 4:59:07 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Mortgage on fallen Appleton firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard's home paid in full

The mortgage on fallen Appleton firefighter Mitchell Lundgaard’s home was paid in full, The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced Tuesday, July 23. Lundgaard was killed in a shooting on May 15 at the transit center in downtown Appleton. Lundgaard left behind a wife and three sons. According to a news release, the mortgage was paid after Rush Limbaugh announced a $2 million donation, a portion of sales proceeds from his Stand Up For Betsy Ross T-shirts.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 4:40:21 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Sun Prairie Fire Department helps community stay cool

With hot summer temperatures here to stay, the Sun Prairie Fire Department is finding ways to help the community stay cool. "We try to get out as much as we can between calls," said firefighter Bryan Davis. Sometimes the firefighters just hand out water, but this summer, they are trying something different.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 3:46:15 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Madison Fire Department: Foam used to fight fires at utility substations not believed to contain PFAS

The foam firefighters used to put out the fires Friday at substations for utility companies is not believed to have contained a group of chemicals compounds commonly known as PFAS. Assistant Chief of Support Services Michael Popovich said firefighters used a foam called FireAid 2000 and consulted the manufacturer, which said the foam is not linked to perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 1:41:45 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire damages home near 4th and Plainfield in Milwaukee, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Tuesday morning, July 23 responded to the scene of a house fire near 4th and Plainfield in Milwaukee. The call came in around 3:30 a.m. Officials say the fire started in the basement. All of the occupants were out of the home when crews arrived on scene. No injuries have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 4:36:32 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Delavan Community Rallies Around Paramedic with Cancer

As part of their 24-hour work shifts twice a week, Bob Gillman and Scott DeVault essentially live together. Working for Medix Ambulance Services in Delavan for the past five years, they make breakfast together. They do chores together. They’re like brothers. “He’s just a phenomenal person to be around.
- PUB DATE: 7/23/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse.com

La Crosse capital budget includes $6 million North Side fire station

La Crosse Fire Chief Ken Gilliam hopes 2020 will be the year fire station improvements first proposed in 2012 move forward, he said Monday in a meeting to discuss next year’s capital improvement program budget. The La Crosse Plan Commission began the daunting task of winnowing $36 million in funding requests to the city’s self-imposed limit of $7.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 5:23:26 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Step by step: Kimberly firefighter conquers ladder exercise that nearly claimed her life

A lot has happened to firefighter Alexis Metko in the 2½ years since she fell headfirst from a ladder during an exercise at Fox Valley Technical College's Public Safety Training Center in Greenville.Metko, 32, has sufficiently recovered from her injuries, which included fractures to her skull, femur and wrist and lacerations to her liver and spleen.
- PUB DATE: 7/22/2019 1:06:13 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Tichigan firefighters help elderly man with fallen tree, downed wires

Members of the Tichigan Fire Department came to the aid of an elderly man who was trying to clean up a fallen tree and downed wires after Saturday's storms. Two firefighters came across the tree in 5800 block of Marsh Road. Upon investigating, the homeowner was found on the other side of the tree with a chainsaw and he was pulling on the wires trying to remove the tree himself.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2019 5:48:22 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Vilas County building a total loss after fire Saturday

The Vilas County Sheriff's Office says a building is a total loss after it caught fire Saturday morning. Firefighters were called to the 4000 block of County Highway G, in the Township of Lincoln, just after 11:30 Saturday morning. A caller said K & M Services was on fire. A press release from the Sheriff's office says the owner was on scene, and told first responders that no one else was inside.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2019 4:04:14 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau