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Sheboygan Common Council OKs downtown fire station brickwork repairs

A slew of upgrades at Sheboygan’s downtown and century-old fire station could begin soon after Common Council members on Monday approved a contract for masonry repairs. Council members approved, on a 16-0 vote and without any discussion, the $146,000 contract with Innovative Masonry Restoration of WI LLC.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 2:35:38 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

'This is not a meth lab:' Bomb-making chemicals found after Beaver Dam apartment blast

VIDEO: A Beaver Dam apartment explosion that killed one man and displaced about 150 residents on Monday appears to be the result of bomb-making activity and "is not a meth lab," Chief John Kreuziger said at a morning press briefing. The body of the man killed in the blast on the second floor of the Village Glen Apartments remained in the apartment, unidentified, as Kreuziger addressed reporters and concerned residents.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 9:18:43 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Fire Breaks Out At Nemak in Sheboygan

Fire breaks out at the Nemak Plant on Gateway Drive in Sheboygan early Tuesday morning. Battalion Fire Chief Keith Risse says they got a 911 call just after 2am that there was a furnace malfunction which caused the fire to escape the equipment and spread. The fire quickly made it to the roof of the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 7:23:51 AM - SOURCE: WXER-FM 104.5 & 96.1 The Point

Update: Commission throws out complaint against Janesville fire chief

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission on Thursday threw out a malfeasance complaint against Janesville Fire Chief Randy Banker, saying the former employee who made the complaint didn’t provide enough evidence to prove wrongdoing. Former Janesville Fire Department fire inspector Donald “Jeff” Bowen last year filed charges of malfeasance in public office against Banker, Janesville Fire Marshal Sue North and Janesville Fire Department union President Lt.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Janesville Gazette

Shed, tractor total loss after town of Oconto fire

Oconto Fire and Rescue responded Saturday evening to a shed on fire in the town of Oconto. Crews were dispatched just after 5 p.m. to to 6853 Elm Grove School Road, and found a single-story building approximately 500 feet off the road, which was fully engulfed, with its roof collapsed, according to the department.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 1:33:49 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

2 apartments uninhabitable after early-morning fire, Madison officials say

VIDEO: The residents of two apartment units on Madison's east side were displaced early Monday morning after a fire broke out, officials said. A dispatcher with the Madison Fire Department says the apartment building is located in the 2900 block of Commercial Avenue. Firefighters were called to the area around 4:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2018 3:47:34 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Milwaukee Battle of the Badges: Police, firefighters face off to raise money forcharity

Milwaukee police officers and firefighters faced off Sunday, March 4 during the annual "Battle of the Badges" hockey matchup. The game took place at the UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena. "Here at the Milwaukee Admirals, we appreciate our public servants and this is a way that we can give back to the community and to them," said John Bitter, VP of ticket sales for the Admirals.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 6:15:45 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Building total loss in Tomah apartment fire

VIDEO: Local fire departments responded to an apartment fire in Tomah Sunday afternoon. The Tomah Fire Department arrived to the fire at 1315 Butts Ave. around 2:30 p.m. The fire fully engulfed the building and left heavy damage. No injuries were reported, but multiple cats were killed. Officials said the building, where up to 12 people live, is a total loss but a total assessment still needs to be completed.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 6:10:26 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Onalaska Fire Chief says the department will continue to thrive after his retirement

VIDEO: Onalaska's Fire Chief Don Dominick looks forward to retirement after 39 years, the last 11 serving as chief. As chief, he's taken the department forward to serve as a community resource instead of just fighting fires. "When I started out the Fire Department wasn't responsible for medical emergencies," Onalaska Fire Chief Don Dominick said.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 1:22:42 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Construction worker rescued after skid loader falls in trench at Madison site

A construction worker was rescued by Madison firefighters Saturday after a machine fell into a trench. The Madison Fire Department went to the 700 block of West Dayton Street around 3:30 p.m. after a skid loader was reported to have dropped in a trench, trapping one person. The fire department said the Heavy Urban Rescue Team was called in as it has specialized tools and equipment to free people.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2018 10:52:46 AM - SOURCE: Madison

Fake firefighter passing out unsafe smoke detectors in Lake Geneva

A man posing as a Lake Geneva firefighter has been passing out unsafe smoke detectors while going door-to-door soliciting funds, the Lake Geneva Fire Department said Friday. The fire department was notified of the impostor Monday and the smoke detectors are not UL approved, according to a news release.
- PUB DATE: 3/3/2018 4:38:43 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Fire destroys Kenosha garage, damages homes

A large fire destroyed a garage and damaged at least two homes late Thursday afternoon in the 1600 block of 59th St. The fire, which engulfed the garage and later singed the home at 1607 59th St., blanketed the area with thick smoke for more than an hour. Area residents said they heard numerous “pops” about 2:45 p.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2018 1:41:22 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Culver's fundraiser aids injured Delton firefighter

A couple who have generously supported fundraisers for others will benefit from one Tuesday. The Baraboo Culver’s restaurant will host a “share night” to benefit Joe Sabol, a Lake Delton firefighter injured while responding to a Feb. 3 freeway accident. The 39-year-old was struck by a passing motorist, suffering a traumatic brain injury.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 9:09:37 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Dollhouses provide useful training tool for Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department

The Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Department is using dollhouses as teaching tools for its firefighters and community members. Three high school students from Gibraltar built the dollhouses with windows and doors, which are then used to show how different factors like air directions can affect the behavior of the fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 4:42:51 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Rhinelander Fire Department surprises friend of the department with Make A Wish sendoff party

As Isaac King makes his way around the Rhinelander Fire Department, it's obvious he knows just about everything there is to know about firetrucks. "Over here there are wrenches so you can open the nozzle," said Isaac as he demonstrates how to open the nozzle on a truck. The 7-year-old started visiting the fire department more than two years ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 3:24:16 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Onalaska Fire Chief announces retirement

VIDEO: The head of the Onalaska Fire Department is retiring. Mayor Joe Chilsen confirmed to WXOW that Chief Donald Dominick will leave his post on June 22 after serving nearly 12 years with the department. Dominick has led the department since January 2007. Onalaska City Council Member Harvey Bertrand said Dominick has been a close friend and his service to the community will be missed.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 6:17:49 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Cambridge area EMTs poised for greater role in community health care

Paramedics are the one rushing in the ambulance to give life-saving care, but in a new role in an emerging healthcare trend, they’ll be visiting homes giving blood pressure checks, monitoring recently released hospital patients, and helping grandma navigate the stairs. It’s called community paramedicine, and Cambridge Area EMS Director Bob Salov says it will bring better care to residents.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 6:12:14 AM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Town of Beloit Fire Department ready for pancakes

Everyone's invited to the Town of Beloit Fire Departments 29th Annual Pancake Breakfast. The event will be held from 6 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Saturday at Beloit Turner High School, 1231 E. Inman Parkway. It will cost $6 for adults; $3 for ages 5-11; and is free for children age 5 and under. "Everyone looks forward to it," said Norm Nitz, co-chairman of the pancake feed and firefighter/EMT.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:17:16 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News

Fire breaks out inside Milwaukee paper mill

VIDEO: Emergency crews responded to a paper mill fire on Milwaukee's east side early Thursday morning. Firefighters were called to Wisconsin Paperboard Corporation around 4:15 a.m. The business is located near Thomas Avenue and Newhall Street. At least 20 workers evacuated the building. Employees told WISN 12 News they tried using a fire extinguisher to put out the fire on a piece of equipment, but the flames spread too quickly.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2018 5:15:12 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Firefighters respond to Monona senior living facility

PHOTO: Fire crews were called to senior living facility in Monona on Wednesday afternoon. Dane County Dispatch said firefighters were called to Heritage Senior Living on Owen Road around 12:15 p.m. for a report of a structure fire. A spokesperson with the Monona Fire Department said there was no fire instead it was some smoke due to a burned out fuse.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 11:21:28 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

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