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Madison: Heavy Urban Response Team responds to specialized rescues

VIDEO: The Madison Fire Department's Heavy Urban Response Team (HURT) was one of the 35 crews that responded to the explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria one year ago. HURT is a team of about 60 firefighters that are trained to rescue people in some of the most challenging situations. HURT Instructor Lieutenant Rick Mulhern said the team was formed following the 9/11 attacks, when federal money was allocated for teams trained to respond to emergencies like building collapses.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 4:12:43 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

1 worker injured in commercial fire at Linde in Town of Beloit

One worker was transported to the UW Hospital with burns Monday night following a commercial structure fire at Linde, according to Town of Beloit fire officials. Officials say a structure fire at the industrial gas supplier's facility in the 4200 block of South Walters Road in the Town of Beloit was reported at 8:42 p.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2018 3:20:37 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters respond to fire near Alter Metal Recycling in Howard

PHOTO: Firefighters on scene battling a large fire near Alter Metal Recycling in Howard. There is a large amount of smoke that is limiting visibility on some area roads. NBC26 has a crew on scene and will update this story as information becomes available.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 9:40:57 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Two people injured in overnight Milwaukee house fire

VIDEO: Two people were taken to the hospital with injuries after an overnight house fire at 11th & Oklahoma in Milwaukee. Fire officials say the fire broke out in the home's basement around 2:30 a.m. on Monday, June 4th. Firefighters say one person had to be rescued. Another person was injured trying to kick out a window.
- PUB DATE: 6/4/2018 6:05:54 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

50-year-old Merrill woman killed in Lincoln County crash

According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Amy K. Duley, 50, of Merrill was killed Friday in a crash in the Town of Pine River. It happened at about 9:25 p.m. Friday night on County Road W just south of Apartment Street. Duley was the driver and lone occupant of the car. She was found trapped inside and was removed by first responders.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2018 8:16:54 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Minocqua Fire Department History Room

VIDEO: The Minocqua Fire Department debuted it's new a station this year. However, one room holds all the old items the firefighters couldn't let go of. Out with the old wasn't part of the new station plan for Minocqua Fire Chief Andy Petrowski.The chief showed off his new $2 million station this weekend that includes the fire history room.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2018 3:38:38 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Name of 86-year-old Lincoln County woman found dead in structure fire released

The remains of an 84-year-old woman were found Thursday inside a home that burned near Tomahawk. A caller reported a possible structure fire southwest of Tomahawk, in the Lincoln County town of Bradley. at 12:14 p.m. Thursday, according to officials. Firefighters and the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department responded to the scene on Robin Lane and found a fire had started inside of the home possibly during the previous 24 hours and had extinguished itself, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 6:52:02 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

De Pere Fire Department Kicking off 'Fill the Boot' Campaign

VIDEO: The City of De Pere Fire Department is kicking off their annual "Fill the Boot" fundraising campaign to help kids and adults with muscle-debilitating diseases. The "Fill the Boot" campaign has been a tradition for the department as they have now continued the campaign for over 60 years. Firefighters will be at the Festival Foods in De Pere with boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2018 6:18:36 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Dunn County authorities seek ar­son sus­pects

Arrest warrants have been issued for two people charged with the fire of a rental property in 2014. Jamie M. Schewe, 33, and Jonathan Hopkins, 34, both of Glenwood City, are charged with arson of a building with intent to defraud. Their current whereabouts are unknown. According to the criminal complaint: On Aug.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 10:05:43 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Milwaukee firefighter taken to hospital after blaze near 20th and Purdue

A Milwaukee firefighter was injured while battling a blaze near 20th and Purdue Streets Wednesday evening. The fire was reported around 5:30 p.m. The exact injuries the firefighter sustained were not disclosed but they were taken to Froedtert Hospital. The floor was confined to the second floor of the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 5:46:29 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Delton Fire Department hires Kevin Foster as Captain

Firefighting is a family tradition for Captain Kevin Foster, the newest full-time employee of the Delton Fire Department. His great-grandfather, Ember Adams, served as a firefighter for the Delton Fire Department for 50 years. He was one of the Delton Fire Department founders in 1932, and served as fire chief, Foster said.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 3:09:18 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Fitchburg breaking ground for new East Side fire station Friday

Fitchburg is taking the next step toward improving fire and emergency medical response to the eastern side the city, breaking ground on a new fire station Friday. A groundbreaking for the new East Fire Station at 2950 South Syene Road is set for 3 p.m. Friday. It will replace Fire Station No. 2 at 5791 Lacy Road.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 2:38:20 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Eau Claire County emergency management launches mass severe incident alert system

VIDEO: As we enter peak tornado season in Wisconsin Eau Claire County is releasing a new emergency alert system that is making use of social media and apps. Emergency management is encouraging people to sign up for its new mass notification system. Emergency Management Coordinator Tyler Esh explained, “This allows anybody who signs up for the system to receive alerts via email, phone calls, text messages about impending severe weather.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 2:27:32 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fond du Lac Division Chief Troy Haase earns prestigious certification

Division Chief Troy Haase recently attained the distinction as a Certified Fire Investigator IAAI-CFI from the International Association of Arson Investigators. The IAAI-CFI qualification is a standard evaluation of a fire investigator’s training and expertise. Investigators must complete an extensive application requiring documentation, earn sufficient points for their achievements in education, training and experience, and pass a comprehensive examination.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 1:59:57 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Firefighters get rope, rappelling training at Fort McCoy

Ten people with the Directorate of Emergency Services Fire Department completed 40 hours of training in the Ropes Rescue I course for technical rescue. The firefighters completed training on towers at the installation's Air Assault Course on the cantonment area. The course is the first of many for the firefighters in technical rescue training, said assistant fire chief Jeremy Olivier.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 6:29:50 AM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Altoona home damaged in fire

An early morning fire has damaged a home in Altoona. More than a dozen firefighters responded to the scene at 311 Saxonwood Road just before 4 a.m. Wednesday morning. When they arrived, they saw smoke and flames coming from the roof of the home. The Eau Claire Fire Department says everyone inside the home made it out safely, and the fire was quickly put out.
- PUB DATE: 5/30/2018 5:52:38 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

No injuries in Racine house fire on North Memorial Drive

Fortunately, the house at 404 N. Memorial Drive was unoccupied when it caught fire on Tuesday afternoon. Racine Fire Department Battalion Chief Willie Hargrove said city fire crews were dispatched to the scene after multiple 911 calls about the fire at about 5:33 p.m. Tuesday. Initial reports indicated that the house was “fully engulfed” and that people may be trapped inside proved to be unfounded.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 8:13:07 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Firefighter Acker takes new role as Watertown assistant fire chief

On Wednesday, Firefighter/Paramedic James Acker was promoted to the position of assistant fire chief with the Watertown Fire Department. Acker will serve in the capacity as the department's EMS director, taking over for fire Chief Kraig Biefeld. Acker is a 14-year veteran with the department and served as union president for 11 years.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 10:47:22 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Smoking Materials Expected Cause of Morning Kaukauna Fire

Improper disposal of smoking materials is being blamed for a fire on the balcony of an apartment in Kaukauna. Firefighters were called to the Trail Park Apartments, 715 Saunders Rd., around 5 a.m. this morning. When crews arrived they found that a board connecting the balcony to the building was burning.
- PUB DATE: 5/29/2018 7:35:48 AM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Three-alarm fire at Beloit Box Board now extinguished

A three-alarm fire is now out at Beloit Box Board. Crews extinguished the fire around 1 a.m. Tuesday. The fire was first reported around 10 p.m. Monday at Beloit Box Board at 801 Second Street. The city of Beloit says one employee was inside the building at the time, but that person got out safely without being hurt.
- PUB DATE: 5/28/2018 10:05:40 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC