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‘Significantly higher’ cost to combine Fitchburg fire, EMS, ‘rough estimate’ says

The City of Fitchburg would face a “significantly higher” cost to run a combined fire and EMS department, according to a “rough estimate” provided to the Council Jan. 8. Finance director Misty Dodge compiled the numbers at the request of Mayor Jason Gonzalez following a study and Council discussion on the topic last year.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 4:36:24 AM - SOURCE: Fitchburg Star

City names five finalists for Janesville fire chief

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission has narrowed a list of 32 fire chief applicants to five finalists. The finalists include Interim Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas, who is now in charge of the department after Randy Banker officially retired Friday. The commission selected the finalists during a mostly closed-session meeting Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Ambulance catches fire in Sauk County

Sauk County emergency crews were able to remove a patient from an ambulance just before the vehicle went up in flames Sunday evening, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department said at about 6:30 p.m. a call came in, reporting an ambulance was running in emergency mode with flames underneath on Highway 12 near Baraboo.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

City names five finalists for Janesville fire chief

The Janesville Police and Fire Commission has narrowed a list of 32 fire chief applicants to five finalists. The finalists include Interim Fire Chief Jim Ponkauskas, who is now in charge of the department after Randy Banker officially retired Friday. The commission selected the finalists during a mostly closed-session meeting Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Ambulance catches fire in Sauk County

Sauk County emergency crews were able to remove a patient from an ambulance just before the vehicle went up in flames Sunday evening, according to the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department. The Sauk County Sheriff’s Department said at about 6:30 p.m. a call came in, reporting an ambulance was running in emergency mode with flames underneath on Highway 12 near Baraboo.
- PUB DATE: 1/15/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Lake Mills fire department

Their usual greeter won’t be at the door this year. Members of the Lake Mills Fire Department have had heavy hearts while planning their largest annual fundraiser of the year, their 14th annual spaghetti dinner will take place Saturday, Jan. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Lake Mills High School. “In our minds he will always be a member of the department,” said event organizer Andy Brinkmann.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 1:01:30 PM - SOURCE: Lake Mills Leader

Spaghetti dinner to benefit Lake Mills fire department

Their usual greeter won’t be at the door this year. Members of the Lake Mills Fire Department have had heavy hearts while planning their largest annual fundraiser of the year, their 14th annual spaghetti dinner will take place Saturday, Jan. 19 from 4-7 p.m. at Lake Mills High School. “In our minds he will always be a member of the department,” said event organizer Andy Brinkmann.
- PUB DATE: 1/14/2019 1:01:30 PM - SOURCE: Lake Mills Leader

Oneida County snowmobile crash kills one

One person is dead after a snowmobile crash in the Oneida County Town of Schoepke. Sheriff's officials say it happened on Old 26 Road at 1:10 Sunday afternoon. The snowmobile rider left the trail and struck some trees. The unidentified operator of the sled died at the scene. Others responding to the crash included Medic 1, The Wisconsin DNR, Fire District Alpha, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's office.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:44:27 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Oneida County snowmobile crash kills one

One person is dead after a snowmobile crash in the Oneida County Town of Schoepke. Sheriff's officials say it happened on Old 26 Road at 1:10 Sunday afternoon. The snowmobile rider left the trail and struck some trees. The unidentified operator of the sled died at the scene. Others responding to the crash included Medic 1, The Wisconsin DNR, Fire District Alpha, and the Oneida County Medical Examiner's office.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 6:44:27 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Child, 4, dies in Price County house fire

Authorities in Price County say a 4-year-old child died Saturday following a house fire in Ogema. A neighbor reported the house fire around 1:50 p.m. and informed dispatch a child was trapped inside. The home was engulfed when department arrived on scene. The child died as result of the fire. The child’s name has not been released.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:47:59 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Child, 4, dies in Price County house fire

Authorities in Price County say a 4-year-old child died Saturday following a house fire in Ogema. A neighbor reported the house fire around 1:50 p.m. and informed dispatch a child was trapped inside. The home was engulfed when department arrived on scene. The child died as result of the fire. The child’s name has not been released.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:47:59 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

‘Please God do not let me die:’ Milwaukee Fire Department diver who pulled woman from Kinnickinnic River tells his story

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department diver who nearly lost his own life while trying to rescue a woman from the Kinnickinnic River is sharing his story. John Cooley gave details to FOX6 News about the most dangerous dive of his life -- and getting back in the water. "This is one of the worst calls we've been on," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:19:04 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

‘Please God do not let me die:’ Milwaukee Fire Department diver who pulled woman from Kinnickinnic River tells his story

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department diver who nearly lost his own life while trying to rescue a woman from the Kinnickinnic River is sharing his story. John Cooley gave details to FOX6 News about the most dangerous dive of his life -- and getting back in the water. "This is one of the worst calls we've been on," said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 1/13/2019 3:19:04 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Person dead after Dodge County crash that closes interstate for 5 hours

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 41 near the Town of Lomira. Another man was flown out of the scene by Med Flight. A dispatcher with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash happened around 12 a.m. Friday morning. He also confirmed the crash involved a Silver Ford pickup truck and a semi.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 6:11:18 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Person dead after Dodge County crash that closes interstate for 5 hours

One person is dead after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 41 near the Town of Lomira. Another man was flown out of the scene by Med Flight. A dispatcher with the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the crash happened around 12 a.m. Friday morning. He also confirmed the crash involved a Silver Ford pickup truck and a semi.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 6:11:18 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Minocqua first responders urge people to watch what they post on social media

VIDEO: It only takes seconds for people to post or share pictures, videos, and thoughts on social media. Those platforms can serve as a good tool to share special memories or moments. But misinformation can spread quickly online, too. "It's everywhere," said Minocqua Fire Chief Andy Petrowski. "I mean everybody has a cellphone, everybody has the ability to instantaneously put something online the second they drive by it.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 4:26:23 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Minocqua first responders urge people to watch what they post on social media

VIDEO: It only takes seconds for people to post or share pictures, videos, and thoughts on social media. Those platforms can serve as a good tool to share special memories or moments. But misinformation can spread quickly online, too. "It's everywhere," said Minocqua Fire Chief Andy Petrowski. "I mean everybody has a cellphone, everybody has the ability to instantaneously put something online the second they drive by it.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 4:26:23 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

OSHA cites utility contractors for 'serious' safety violations in 2018 Sun Prairie explosion

Two utility contractors faulted for contributing to an explosion that leveled part of downtown Sun Prairie and killed a volunteer firefighter in July have been fined for “serious” violations by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In citation letters dated Jan. 4, OSHA said its inspectors found that Kansas-based Bear Communications and Michigan-based VC Tech failed to call a diggers hotline or utility owners to locate underground lines before starting work.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Milwaukee bus driver rescues baby wandering barefoot on freeway overpass

VIDEO: Heart-stopping video was captured last month involving a bus driver rescuing a baby girl that she spotted alone on a freeway overpass. Milwaukee County bus driver Irena Ivic spotted the child running on the side of the road just before 8 a.m. on Dec. 22. The child, who was less than a year old, was barefoot and wearing only a onesie and diaper.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 13

OSHA cites utility contractors for 'serious' safety violations in 2018 Sun Prairie explosion

Two utility contractors faulted for contributing to an explosion that leveled part of downtown Sun Prairie and killed a volunteer firefighter in July have been fined for “serious” violations by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration. In citation letters dated Jan. 4, OSHA said its inspectors found that Kansas-based Bear Communications and Michigan-based VC Tech failed to call a diggers hotline or utility owners to locate underground lines before starting work.
- PUB DATE: 1/11/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

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