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Obituary: William W. "Bill" Angermeyer, Longtime Eldorado Firefighter

William "Bill" W. Angermeyer, 62, of Eldorado, passed away on Friday, March 27, 2020 at his residence. He was born on August 18, 1957, in Oshkosh, the son of Wayne and Helen Root Angermeyer. He was a graduate of Oshkosh West High School, Class of 1975. He retired from Oshkosh Corp after over 25 years.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 8:07:42 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Six Fox Valley Fire Departments announce partnership, prep for increasing demands due to coronavirus pandemic

Six Fox Valley Fire Departments have announced a regional partnership in preparation for the increased demands on emergency response resources due to the coronavirus pandemic. The partnership includes Grand Chute, Appleton, Kaukauna, Fox Crossing, Neenah-Menasha, and Oshkosh fire departments. The agreement allows more flexibility in the sharing of personnel and resources to most-effectively meet the needs of Fox Valley communities during these unprecedented times.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2020 7:42:05 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Milwaukee Fire Department says they're taking every precaution when it comes to COVID-19

The Milwaukee Fire Department wants you to know they're taking all the precautions when it comes to COVID-19. They say they'll have full protective gear if they're called to a scene. The department says that's as much for the firefighters as it is for the people they serve. "We don't want to be bringing COVID or any other type of germs into your home.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2020 8:51:51 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Madison Fire Department suspends all burn permits amid COVID-19 pandemic

Fire officials with the Madison Fire Department announced Monday that they are suspending all burn permits in the city of Madison, town of Blooming Grove and village of Shorewood Hills effective immediately. According to a news release, the suspension is meant to keep Madison firefighters safe during Gov.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 7:57:24 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Fire displaces 2, Madison Fire Department investigating

Two people were displaced after a fire damaged a house in Madison on Monday morning. Neighbors dialed 911 reporting tall flames showing from the back of the house on the 600 block of Crandall Street at 11:37 a.m., according to the Madison Fire Department. Firefighters on scene confirmed with a resident of the house that everyone made it out the building safely.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 3:50:42 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

For Waunakee emergency responders, new protocols in place

While Wisconsinites are working from home, following Gov. Tony Evers’ Safer at Home order, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians all must interact with the public as emergency responders. Waunakee first responders have implemented several changes to their operations since the COVID-19 pandemic began to show up in Wisconsin to keep workers and volunteers safe.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 1:03:27 PM - SOURCE: Waunakee Tribune

Racine Fire Department's Mobile Integrated Health home visits turning into virtual visits due to COVID-19

A program conducting home visits with vulnerable patients after they have been checked out of the hospital is doing its best to go online, both for the sake of the paramedics and patients. Racine’s Mobile Integrated Health program went into a trial phase in the fall of 2018 and was fully implemented in 2019.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Journal Times

Milwaukee County first responders prepare for increase in COVID-19 calls

As paramedics throughout Milwaukee County prepare for more coronavirus related calls, officials are asking the public to only call 911 for life threatening emergencies to prevent the system from being overloaded. "Before noon, we had nine calls on the med unit. On the Alternate Response Vehicle, they were up to seven.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2020 8:51:34 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Madison house ‘uninhabitable’ following north-side residential fire, officials say

Madison firefighters responded Friday to a house fire on the city’s north side just after 5 p.m. According to an incident report, the Madison Fire Department received a call at 5:02 p.m. regarding a house fire at 1022 Reinke Drive. Fire officials said neighbors reported seeing flames at the back of the home and saw the residents escaping.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 8:55:08 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

La Crosse Fire Department maintaining social isolating while protecting the community

The La Crosse Fire Department is dealing with the impact of the coronavirus. Staff are isolating from one another to avoid a potential spread of the virus. And some rescue crews are operating 24 hours a day at the La Crosse Center as well as Central and Logan High Schools to help limit contact between firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 3:35:37 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Milwaukee's first coronavirus victim was a retired firefighter and father figure to many

Lawrence Riley was a bear of a man who was brought down by coronavirus. The 66-year-old retired firefighter died last week after a three-day stay at Froedtert Hospital, where he'd been admitted for respiratory failure and tested positive for COVID-19. He died of complications from the virus on March 19, making him the first Milwaukee victim of the disease.
- PUB DATE: 3/27/2020 5:07:47 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Chemical fire at Carboline quickly extinguished by Green Bay Firefighters; One person injured

A chemical fire at Carboline, a chemical manufacturing facility in Green Bay, was extinguished in less than 20 minutes by fire crews. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department told Local 5 that crews responded to a structure fire just before 7:30 p.m. Thursday evening. Once the responding crews learned the fire was within a facility with combustible liquids inside additional alarms were called due to the nature of the hazards involved.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 9:47:51 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Man dies after breaking through ice while trying to save dog in Waupaca County

Sheriff’s officials say a man has died after he broke through the ice on a pond in Waupaca County while trying to rescue a dog. Dispatchers received a 911 call about a man in distress on a pond on private property in the Town of Weyauwega Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff’s deputies and Weyauwega police and fire responded.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 2:27:38 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Menomonee Falls is looking for a new fire chief after retirement of its interim chief

With the retirement of Menomonee Falls interim Fire Chief James Mollet, the police and fire commission planned to meet March 26 to take possible action on designating a replacement interim chief. "We need to move quickly to have a permanent (fire) chief for the long term and to move quickly in the interim," said Village Manager Mark Fitzgerald.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2020 9:47:44 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Galesville: Area Fire Departments Show Sign Of Solidarity During These Difficult Times

This is a really challenging and difficult time for all of us. However, area fire departments are trying to show a sign of solidarity. In Galesville, along with many other communities across the country, they rolled up the station bay doors and turned on all the lights of their fire trucks at 7 p.m.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 10:40:41 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Sun Prairie firefighters take part in nationwide effort to thank health care workers, first responders

The Sun Prairie Fire Department took part in a nationwide effort Wednesday to thank health care workers and first responders. At 7 p.m., they opened the bays and turned on the lights to their trucks as a sign of strength and hope for the community. Sun Prairie firefighters say they wanted to take an opportunity to recognize those who are right now putting their lives on the line every day.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 8:53:05 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Madison Fire Department: Laptop sparks west side fire

Firefighters responded Tuesday morning to a structure fire started by a laptop computer. According to an incident report, firefighters were dispatched to the 300 block of South Westfield Road for the fire, but were told that a laptop had been on fire and removed from the building. The report said there was smoke in the building after the fire was extinguished shortly after 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 7:47:33 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Beaver Dam Fire Department sets up 'bear hunt' for safe outdoor activity

Bear hunting season has arrived in Beaver Dam and no license is needed. Emergency responders in the Beaver Dam Fire Department have organized an effort to display bears, of the stuffed variety, around town to encourage families to safely enjoy the outdoors during the “stay-at-home” order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus in Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 4:36:03 PM - SOURCE: Daily Citizen

Kenosha man charged with attempted arson, possession of molotov cocktail

Nathaniel Presterl, 19, of Kenosha, was charged Tuesday with attempted arson and possession of a molotov cocktail after he allegedly attempted to set a relative’s home on fire. Presterl was arrested at about 1 a.m. Tuesday outside a house on the 2800 block of 27th Street. Residents of the house called police after seeing him in the yard pulling burning material near the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2020 1:42:28 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

South Beloit: Fire departments plan measures to protect staff in event of COVID-19 exposure

If you see a recreational vehicle (RV) at the South Beloit Fire Department, don’t worry—staff aren’t planning a vacation. The RV is the department’s extra unit to be used in the event of staff needing to be quarantined during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. South Beloit Fire Chief Mike Davenport said the department has yet to order any staff on quarantine, and said staff are taking extra precautions to disinfect and sanitize equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/24/2020 8:16:07 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News