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Reedsville family, fire departments rally in wake of 36-year-old's ALS diagnosis

Jacob Glasow knew something was wrong. He was having a hard time speaking without slurring his words. His wife, Sheena, hadn’t noticed, but after Jacob brought it up in December, she could hear it too. Still, they didn’t think much of it. A few months later, though, Jacob noticed twitching in his upper arms.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 7:02:03 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

12-year-old boy dies in house fire near 5th and Wright in Milwaukee

VIDEO: Milwaukee police are investigating a fatal house fire that happened Monday night, Sept. 24 in the area of 5th and Wright. The call came in around 10 p.m. When crews arrived on scene, flames were coming from the second floor of the home -- where the 12-year-old boy was trapped. Officials say the boy died at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2018 3:37:47 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

It's 'absurd': Janesville firefighter union files complaint against city over contract dispute

The union for the Janesville Fire Department has filed a complaint against the city of Janesville with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission over a contract dispute. Janesville Fire Fighters Local 580 posted about the complaint in a Facebook post Friday, saying the city has threatened to increase firefighters' health insurance by 400 percent after a dispute over parking.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 9:19:22 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Mount Pleasant EMS station given the go-ahead

The Village Board on Monday approved a contract to build a new emergency medical service station for the South Shore Fire Department for $1.09 million, more than double the original estimate of $500,000. The station is to be constructed in the northeast portion of the village near the intersection of Emmertsen Road and Spring Street.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 8:44:19 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Oregon Fire, EMS to receive federal grant

The Federal Emergency Management Agency awarded the Oregon Area Fire/EMS District a grant to retrofit the fire station's apparatus bay. According to a release, $116,100 was awarded as part of the Assistance to Firefighters Grant program for fiscal year 2017. The release said the money will retrofit the fire station's apparatus bay with an emissions disposal system that will catch diesel emissions and send them outside.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 8:43:26 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

New Sun Prairie fire department equipment OK’d

Acting on a recommendation from the Committee of the Whole, the Sun Prairie City Council on Sept. 18 approved the early purchase of a Rapid Attack Vehicle by the Sun Prairie Fire Department so it can guarantee 2018 pricing and be ready for next fall. The Rapid Attack Vehicle (RAV) will be one of three vehicles that will replace the department’s Squad 5, a heavy rescue vehicle.
- PUB DATE: 9/24/2018 1:42:11 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

‘It’s a problem:’ Grafton Fire Department, others desperately seek volunteer paramedics

VIDEO: In emergency situations, we count on paramedics and EMTs, and fire departments in Wisconsin and across the country are in dire need of volunteers. "It's a problem all over metro Milwaukee, all over the state and all over the country," said Grafton Fire Chief William Rice. Rice said his fire department is dealing with a major issue.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 8:18:35 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Fire, believed to have started on fryer, damages McDonald’s in Wauwatosa

No one was hurt in a fire at the McDonald’s restaurant near 124th and Capitol in Wauwatosa early Sunday morning, Sept. 23. Fire officials responded around 5:30 a.m., and found smoke showing from the roof, with a “light haze” inside. The restaurant was closed at the time, but an employee opening the business noticed the fire and called 911.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 6:03:17 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Marshfield Fire Rescue considers adding positions

The Marshfield Police and Fire Commission has approved three additional full-time positions for the city's Fire Department. WDLB Radio in Marshfield reports the commision unanimously passed the proposal on to the city's Finance, Budget, and Personnel committee last week. The proposal comes at a time when the Fire Department has been stretched very thin, according to Mayor Bob McManus.
- PUB DATE: 9/23/2018 5:38:26 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Wisconsin Public Service restoring power across central Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Service has restored power to thousands of households early Friday morning following a round of storms that knocked out power across central Wisconsin Thursday night. As of 7:45 a.m. Friday, more than 3,900 people were without power. Just under 1,300 people remain without electricity.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

State officials unveil $2 million disaster recovery microloan program after flooding

In order to help small businesses, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation unveiled a $2 million Disaster Recovery Microloan Program last week. The program will provide an immediate source of funds for necessary restoration work and related expenses, a release said. According to the release, the loan program is available in all 72 counties, but WEDC is going to start working with areas of the state that were most impacted by flooding.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

'We train on it, but we lived it yesterday': Middleton Fire Department looks forward after shooting

VIDEO: In a community reeling from not only historic flooding but a workplace shooting Wednesday, the Middleton Fire Department is reflecting on its response while looking toward the future. Officers shot and killed the shooter, identified as 43-year-old Anthony Y. Tong, of Madison, who attacked people at a Middleton software company, injuring several, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 9:27:21 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Kenosha: Fire on the 5300 block of 13th Avenue under investigation

An Uptown Brass neighborhood fire that started in a camper trailer behind a vacant commercial building in the 6300 block of 13th Avenue Wednesday evening is under investigation. Battalion chief Matthew Haerter said the fire started around 8 p.m. He said a fire that started in the camper spread to the roof of a nearby white concrete building, causing heavy damage to its first and second floors.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:48:23 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Evansville businesses let volunteer firefighters respond to calls during work day

In the small town of Evansville, many local businesses are making it easier for volunteer firefighters to respond to calls during the work day. The Evansville Community Fire District receives about 150 calls a year. When the station gets a call, all 35 volunteer firefighters receive a page. “Being able to have a job, a place of employment, that allows you to leave when the pagers go off is super important,” said Bill Castonguay, who has been an Evansville firefighter for 18 years and an EMT for nine.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Pine River Fire Department puts on 14th pig roast Saturday

The Pine River Fire Department will hold its 14th annual pig roast fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the fire station on Range Line Road. The event features food served from 1-7 p.m. and live music by Bernie Thompson from 1-4:30 p.m. and The Influence from 7-11 p.m. Activities also include fire and EMS demonstrations, fireworks at dusk by Fireworks Depot, and raffles throughout the day.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 11:14:12 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

Wisconsin Urban Search and Rescue team tests skills in live training senarios

The Coulee Region offers a lot of original geography. "You have the cliffs, the hills, the terrain," said Jeff Strasser, communications specialist for the Wisconsin Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue team. The breathtaking beauty of a scenic overlook can present challenges for emergency responders when someone needs to be rescued.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

State fire marshals investigate Fremont house fire

Police and fire crews are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the 500 block of Waupaca Street Monday night. The Fremont Fire Department responded to the scene shortly after 9 p.m., according to a statement from the Fremont Police Department. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire shortly after arrival, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:02:52 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighters plan smoke detector giveaway in Genoa City

For this year’s Fire Prevention Month, the Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue Association hopes to improve fire safety in the community. In conjunction with Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue, the association is holding an upcoming smoke detector drive. During the month of October, smoke detectors will be available at the fire station on 1113 Clover Road in Bloomfield.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:04:17 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Fire damages machine at Eau Claire business

About $200,000 in damage was caused by fire to a machine and duct work Tuesday morning at Dynamic Fabrication & Finishing at 800 Wisconsin St. The fire was reported at 7:38 a.m. The business was evacuated by the time Eau Claire firefighters arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the machine and adjacent duct work.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:56:28 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Milwaukee firefighters trained on domestic violence

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is requiring its 800 firefighters go through a domestic abuse training session. To cover all the first responders, sessions are being offered at the Milwaukee Fire Academy over a three month period. It’s part of a health and wellness program within the department that’s been around for almost ten years.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:26:53 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4