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Rice Lake woman killed in crash with school bus

A 55-year-old Rice Lake woman died when her vehicle crashed into a school bus Tuesday night in Barron County. Joy Tew was declared dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 48, just west of Rice Lake. All passengers and the driver of the bus were checked for injuries on-site and released. The bus was transporting 22 students from the Amery High School girls basketball team and four coaches at about 9:25 p.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 8:14:15 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Legislator blasts DNR for allegedly forcing deer rescue

A legislator is ripping the state Department of Natural Resources for allegedly forcing firefighters to rescue a deer stranded on a frozen lake. Republican Rep. Adam Jarchow tweeted Tuesday that a DNR warden "harassed" firefighters into rescuing a deer that had wandered out onto Balsam Lake. He said he would fire the warden for "being complicit in putting firefighters at risk, over a stupid deer.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 8:02:11 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Onalaska welcomes new firefighters

The Onalaska Fire Department has a full roster after two new firefighter/emergency medical technicians joined the force in October. The new emergency personnel were presented to the Onalaska Common Council at its Nov. 13 meeting. Onalaska Fire Chief Billy D. Hayes introduced firefighter/EMT Jordan Hensler who comes to the department from Waterloo, and firefighter/EMT Mitch Schulte is from French Island.
- PUB DATE: 11/21/2018 4:27:33 AM - SOURCE: Coulee News

Firefighter Proposes to Girlfriend During Appleton Christmas Parade

VIDEO: A special holiday proposal happened during Appleton's Christmas parade. "I held a secret the whole time from buying the ring, to me lying about working, it's been a whole secret this whole time," says firefighter Bryce Sternhagen. Bryce and Samantha have been a couple for 7 years. Little did she know the surprise that awaited her when the Appleton Fire Department's float stopped in front of her.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 9:23:05 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Madison fire chief hopes two cooking fires in four days teaches others to stand by their stoves

VIDEO: Two unattended cooking fires in just four days has the Madison Fire Department sending out a warning ahead of the holiday season. On Wednesday, a tenant in an apartment complex on Brentwood Pkwy left a pan of oil heating on the stove. Fire Chief Steven Davis said when the woman returned to find a fire had started, she tried to put it out by throwing water on it.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 8:37:17 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Oconto County arson appeal

The Wisconsin Supreme Court will not hear Donald Tappa’s appeal, leaving his conviction in place for setting fire to the Log Jam Saloon in Oconto County. Tappa, 43, was convicted of nine counts, including arson, for the Dec. 25, 2013 fire. He is serving a 20-year prison term. Earlier this year, a state appeals court rejected his arguments for a new trial.
- PUB DATE: 11/20/2018 6:45:30 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Eau Claire County: Township Fire Department looks to recruit volunteers

VIDEO: As California firefighters continue to battle wildfires that have left at least 80 people dead, Eau Claire County firefighters are keeping them in their thoughts while also asking for the community's support locally. The Township Fire Department says 70-percent of our nation's firefighters are volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 5:14:04 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Wisconsin volunteers helping with wildfire recovery

On Monday, a volunteer from the Wisconsin Red Cross will fly out to California to help with wildfire efforts. Several volunteers have already traveled to California to help with evacuations - that includes four people from the Milwaukee area. The Camp Fire is the nation's deadliest wildfire in a century.
- PUB DATE: 11/19/2018 8:36:16 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Osseo emergency responders recall tragedies, urge caution

Nels Gunderson, owner of I-94 Towing and Recovery in Osseo, said he has seen it all in his 44 years operating a towing service and serving on the Osseo Fire Department for 42 years, including the deaths of emergency responders trying to lend aid at accident scenes. It was because of the frightening and tragic stories Gunderson and other emergency responders can tell that they gathered at the Chippewa Valley Technical College Emergency Service Education Center on Nov.
- PUB DATE: 11/18/2018 5:31:47 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Manley takes over Holmen fire leadership

Buck Manley is the new chief of the Holmen Area Fire Department. The fire board held a closed session Nov. 7 to discuss Manley’s future with the department, then voted to not only continue the chief’s employment, but change his official title to fire chief. “It was unanimous to make Buck Manley the department’s fire chief,” said Doug Jorstad, Holmen Village Board’s representative on the fire board.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 7:03:22 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

New Wind Lake fire chief plans to stay despite assault allegations

The new fire chief at the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Don Catenacci, expects to stay in his current position despite allegations of assault and misconduct that have been alleged against him in Verona. Catenacci became Wind Lake’s part-time fire chief in September. He concurrently serves as the assistant chief at the Verona Fire Department in Dane County, which is also a part-time position.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 4:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Waupun firefighters extinguish Helen's Kitchen fire

City firefighters extinguished a blaze at a local restaurant during the early morning Thursday. The Waupun Fire Department was dispatched to Helen’s Kitchen, 1116 W. Main Street, at 4:01 a.m. for a report of a grease fire in the kitchen. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small fire. Crews were able to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but not before it had caused some damage.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 3:47:39 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Early morning fires damage home, apartment complex in Milwaukee

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating two separate fires that happened early Thursday morning, Nov. 15. A home and an apartment complex were damaged as a result of the fires. The first happened at a house near 20th Street and Scott Street around 12:20 a.m. Officials say no one was hurt — and all residents made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 5:57:27 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Racine Fire Department called to put out turkey fryer fire in garage

The Racine Fire Department was dispatched to put out a garage fire caused by someone's turkey fryer Wednesday afternoon. According to a report, the fire started when the owners of the house left their turkey fryer unattended. The fire destroyed the garage and its contents completely, totaling an estimated $20,000 in damages.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 5:46:11 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Dane inches closer to joining Lodi EMS; per capita assessment vote stalls

The Lodi Area EMS Commission met Monday night, and made mixed progress on a couple of long-simmering issues among the three municipalities — the Town of West Point, Town of Lodi, and the City of Lodi—that make up the body. Discussions to change the assessment structure, from a 40-40-20 share to a per-capita basis appear to have stalled for now, as the sides agreed to continue negotiations.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 1:41:18 AM - SOURCE: Lodi Enterprise

Look at fire-based EMS model should wait, Hudson Common Council decides

Now is not the right time for the city to look at a fire-based EMS model, the Hudson Common Council ultimately decided with a 2-4 vote, after discussing the issue at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. Council Member Paul Deziel brought the idea forward, saying as the city looks at its EMS options with a request for proposal, it should also be considering a model that combines fire and EMS services.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 7:00:02 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

Four months after deadly explosion, Sun Prairie city leaders, businesses celebrate grand reopening

VIDEO: Four months after a deadly explosion ripped apart the city's downtown, Sun Prairie is ready to reopen. Wednesday afternoon, the town will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting to symbolize the end of its downtown Main Street reconstruction project. Sun Prairie City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer said it's impressive the downtown is holding this celebration now, especially since everything that's been rebuilt is a permanent replacement.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 4:59:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fox Valley Tech Talks Wildfires, Training Students to Fight Them

VIDEO: Students at Fox Valley Technical College are getting some hands-on fire training. The college's wildland fire program gives fire-fighting hopefuls the skills they need to take on fires like the ones in California. None of the current students will be going to fight the fires in California, but once they complete the program they'll certainly be able to.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 8:51:12 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Lifesaving pet oxygen masks donated to Janesville Fire

VIDEO: The Janesville Fire Department received a donation of pet oxygen masks to help animals recover from smoke inhalation. Invisible Fence donated the masks to the department as a part of their Project Breathe program. According to fire officials, as the holiday season begins, the increase in cooking and heater use leads to more residential fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 6:32:33 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

La Crosse Fire Department addresses cancer; leading cause of death among firefighters

VIDEO: It's a problem Captain Lance Tryggestad with the La Crosse Fire Department says he never thought twice about, when he became a firefighter 22 years ago. "You think about heart attacks, you think about the stress it puts on your heart, physical fitness, trauma." But none of those things are the leading cause of death among firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 4:46:24 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse