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Dumpster fire damages two Fond du Lac buildings

A dumpster fire damaged two homes in Fond du Lac Sunday night. Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue says their crew responded to 143 Ellis Street at 6:37 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find a large fire spreading from a dumpster containing “household contents”, according to Assistant Chief of Training & Safety James Knowles.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2022 7:31:49 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Making Menasha bright, one fire hydrant at a time

Over the past three summers, the fire hydrants in Menasha have received a facelift. Tom Miller, a resident of the city, made it his duty to restore the dull, pink fire hydrants to a new, bright red. “I’m up to a hundred hydrants so far and just having fun doing it, and making things nice in the city… and that’s the key… is to do something nice,” said Miller.
- PUB DATE: 8/7/2022 2:56:58 PM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Multiple fire departments respond to fire at J&M's Bar and Grill in Somers

Multiple fire departments were called to a structure fire at the site of J&M’s Bar and Grill, 8013 12th St. in Somers at midday Saturday. One of the owner’s, Megan Strandell, said they noticed smoke filling the bar, but was initially uncertain as to the reason. Another witness said they saw flames above the kitchen hood, in the ceiling.
- PUB DATE: 8/6/2022 10:07:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva Regional News

Grand Rapids firefighter passes away

A firefighter with the Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department has passed away after a medical emergency. The department says that 20-year-old Riley Huiras passed away on Wednesday. Huiras was also a member of the Grand Rapids Police Department's Auxiliary Unit. "This is a terribly sad time for the Grand Rapids Fire Department and Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Fitchburg firefighter develops tactical transport bed after Sikh Temple tragedy

VIDEO: On the 10th anniversary of the Sikh Temple shooting, a top Fitchburg firefighter remembers the role he played on that harrowing day. “We were fortunate enough to the point that we had a police department and a fire department of paramedics that worked very well together,” current Fitchburg Fire Chief and former Oak Creek Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher said after witnessing the aftermath of that unthinkable situation.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Spectrum News 1 - Metered Site

Racine restaurant fire, no injuries: officials

The Racine Fire Department was called to an "uncontrollable grease fire" at a restaurant Thursday morning, Aug. 4. It happened at Zak's, located at the corner of Douglas and Marquette, around 11: 45 a.m. Workers who were opening the restaurant at the time were able to safely evacuate before firefighters arrived, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Small electrical fire at Children's Wisconsin put out by staff

A small electrical fire at Children's Wisconsin was put out by staff with a fire extinguisher Thursday evening. The fire triggered a fire alarm. The Wauwatosa Fire Department responded. After inspecting the area, the department gave the all-clear. Children's Wisconsin says the fire did not delay or impact the care of any patients.
- PUB DATE: 8/5/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Kronenwetter hosts National Night Out event

Area law enforcement and fire departments gathered in Kronenwetter Tuesday night for a National Night Out event. The event at Towering Pines Park included the Kronenwetter Fire and Police Departments, Riverside Fire Department and the Marathon County SWAT Team and Kronenwetter Public Works. The night was a success for the young and the young at heart.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Lake Mills EMS extends emergency services until June 2023

Lake Mills EMS has offered to extend its services for the City of Lake Mills and the surrounding municipalities until June 30, 2023 as discussions about the future of emergency medical services for the city continue into the fall. The towns of Lake Mills, Waterloo, Milford and Aztalan all, at least in part, contract with Lake Mills EMS, an independent, 501©(3) charitable organization.
- PUB DATE: 8/4/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Mills Leader

Oak Creek firefighters found a creative new use for an old fire hose; Its the department's new training dummy

The Oak Creek Fire Department has a new member named HOSE-A. Made out of old rubber fire hose, HOSE-A, named in part by the community, is a training dummy firefighters can use during drills for various scenarios. Firefighter Aaron Krukowski said many departments donate old fire hose to area zoos where it’s used to weave chairs and beds for animals or just hung in monkey exhibits.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2022 8:35:13 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Metered Site

North Wausau Fire Department to receive part of $8 million grant from state

The North Wausau Fire Department is receiving a $33,000 grant from the state of Wisconsin. Governor Tony Evers was at the department this morning to announce the investment. $8 million total will be assorted to other departments throughout the state, as well. The money’s coming from the American Rescue Plan and will help with E-M-S Services in Wausau.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Burn to learn: Firefighters from Wood County area get hoses-on training at donated house

Local residents might have noticed smoke and flames coming from a two-story home on Neitzel Road, near State 73, on Monday evening. Brad and Dave Tork, owners of Fanning Cranberry, donated the house to Wood County-area fire departments to give firefighters the opportunity to practice skills needed to keep themselves and their communities safe.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - Metered Site

Wisconsin landscape draws visitors to Mountain Fire Lookout Tower in Oconto County

A Fire Lookout tower in Oconto County is the only tower in the Chequamegon- Nicolet National Forest where visitors can still climb to the top and in 2015, it underwent an extensive renovation. The Mountain Fire Lookout Tower has been standing in this spot in rural Oconto County since the nineteen thirties.
- PUB DATE: 8/3/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Man taken to hospital after rescue from drum of concrete mixing truck in town of Vienna, authorities say

Aman was taken to a local hospital after he was rescued from the drum of a concrete mixing truck in the town of Vienna on Monday night, authorities reported. The Madison Fire Department’s Heavy Urban Rescue Team was called at 9:30 p.m. Monday to assist the DeForest Fire Department and Sun Prairie EMS with the rescue of a man trapped inside the drum of a concrete mixing truck in the 5600 block of Highway V, Madison Fire Department spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2022 9:15:00 AM - SOURCE: La Crosse Tribune - Metered Site

Central Wisconsin fire departments gather for house fire training

PHOTOS: Firefighters from the City Point and Sherry Fire Departments break open the front door to a burning hosue on Monday, August 1, 2022, at 4470 Neitzel Rd near Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Firefighters from eight departments around central Wisconsin came together to train for various house fire scenarios before demolishing the house in a controlled burn.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Two Entities Team-Up to Extinguish Fire at Superior Landfill

You may have seen a sky full of smoke near Wisconsin Point Saturday —- that’s because Superior Landfill caught fire. First responders were able to contain the blaze, but the fire department says it’s not the first time the landfill has ignited. Battalion Chief Joe Tribbey said that the department responds to fires at the landfill a few times a year.
- PUB DATE: 8/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KQDS-TV FOX 21 Duluth

'All of a sudden it exploded'; Baraboo Firefighter severely burned in freak accident

A Baraboo firefighter is recovering following a freak accident. Justin Boak said he was working on his truck when the shop-vac exploded in his face. He was severely burned all over his body. Boak was transferred from Baraboo to the UW Madison Hospital burn unit. "I was standing there vacuuming around it and all of a sudden it exploded," he said.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2022 2:14:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Garage and 1 car a total loss after Shorewood fire, no one injured

According to the North Shore Fire Department (NSFD), a four-car garage caught fire around 6 a.m. Monday morning. Crews were originally called for a vegetation fire, but once on scene it was determined to be a four-car detached garage. The NSFD worked to quickly put out the fire as it began spreading to the fence and exterior of a duplex next door.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire in Superior destroys garage, causes $30k worth of damage

A detached garage in Superior was destroyed by fire Saturday night. According to the Superior Fire department, firefighters were dispatched to East 5th street around 9:00 p.m. Authorities said when they arrived on the scene, flames were coming out of the roof and the overhead garage door of the structure, and fire was starting to spread to an adjacent garage.
- PUB DATE: 8/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS 3 Duluth

Active firefighters get hands-on experience with extrication in Middleton

Current firefighters from across the Midwest got hands-on training in extrication this weekend. The two-day training was hosted by Jefferson Fire & Safety in Middleton. It included eight skilled instructors and several real-world scenarios that taught students how to properly use Holmatro Rescue Tools, which help free people from cars following accidents.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2022 3:08:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

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