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Man arrested on suspicion setting fires at Madison Metro transfer point, police say

Madison police arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly setting a shelter and a dumpster at a Metro transfer point on fire. According to a release, it happened around 1:30 a.m. when Madison police and fire departments responded to a report of a shelter at the West Transfer Point on Tokay Boulevard being on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 4:59:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

No injuries following Marathon area crash

PHOTO: Investigators said weather was a factor in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in the Town of Stettin near Marathon. The crash was reported around 8:45 a.m. Friday near the intersection of County Highway U and 136th Avenue. The area received snow early Friday morning. Investigators said no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Railroad repairs on Brown Deer Road to impact drivers, fire department response times

VIDEO: If you drive through Brown Deer, heads up! There will be a major road closure next week, Nov. 12-16. Part of Brown Deer Road will be fully closed for railroad repairs and it will impact more than just drivers. "Plan ahead and save yourself a little bit of time," said Officer Nick Andersen, Brown Deer Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 10:53:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Kenosha officials excited about more fire, police personnel after levy referendum passes

A wise man once said an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure. Emergency services will be able to continue their focus on prevention, instead of purely mitigation, after voters passed a referendum Tuesday allowing a 1.73 percent tax levy increase for the Kenosha police and fire departments. The increase covers the roughly $900,000 needed to hire five additional police officers and two firefighters for 2019.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 1:43:45 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

‘It was a $500 bill:’ Fire departments charging crash cleanup fees after accidents

VIDEO: If you get into a car accident, you could have an unexpected bill headed your way. More cities are adopting a new fee that could affect you even if you didn't cause the crash. On his way to take in the sights of the Wisconsin State Fair, an East Troy man became an unexpected attraction on Greenfield Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 9:01:00 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Crosse firefighters practice skills while helping Rotary Lights

VIDEO: A La Crosse Fire Department ladder truck crew multi-tasked in low-30s temperatures that seemed colder because of blustery conditions Wednesday at Riverside Park, helping string Christmas lights on a tree for Rotary Lights and practicing with equipment at the same time. Two firefighters took large spools of lights up in the bucket and unwound them as they maneuvered the bucket above the watchful eyes of an earthbound firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:22:55 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Greenfield voters favor raising taxes so more police, fire department personnel can be hired

They not only Back the Badge with yard signs, but they back the badge with their bucks. In balloting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Greenfield voters gave permission for the city to raises taxes more than state revenue limits allow so it can hire five more police officers plus two more fire department personnel.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:40:50 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Follow Up: Madison Fire Department weighing changes after firefighter's death

The Madison Fire Department is examining its health programs and policies as federal officials plan to investigate the death of one of the department’s members earlier this year after a stressful shift. While it’s still unclear seven months later if a taxing 48-hour shift contributed to the sudden heart attack death of firefighter and paramedic Richard Garner, the fire department is looking at whether its wellness programs, fitness testing policies and shift scheduling could better prevent job-related health problems or deaths.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Firefighters from 6 departments battle barn fire near Denzer in Sauk County

Firefighters are battling a barn fire in the town of Honey Creek. The Sauk City Fire Department responded to the call sometime before 5 p.m. and requested mutual aid. Sauk City firefighter Dan Kirch said the structure was an 80 foot-by-80-foot pole barn holding hay. No people or animals were injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 6:50:56 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Five-alarm fire in grain dryer tower; 14 departments responded, Sun Prairie Fire says

A fire inside a huge grain dryer tower in the town of Bristol became a five-alarm fire, with 14 fire departments responding to the scene Sunday afternoon. The fire call came in at about 2:45 p.m. to the fire site on Highway V, the Sun Prairie Fire Department said. Two first responders sustained minor injuries in the blaze that caused at least $250,000 in damage, based on structural damage and replacement cost of the dryer.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Green Bay City Council approves 2019 budget with small tax increase, Station 7 ambulance

City officials scrounged up enough money Monday to ensure an ambulance for the northeast side can continue operating. The Green Bay City Council voted 8-4 to approve the 2019 budget in a tense, over four-hour meeting Monday night. The spending plan includes funding to staff an ambulance for the fire department's Station 7, at 3489 Humboldt Road, after a tight budget threatened to eliminate it altogether.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 8:53:42 PM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

'It's devastating': Waubeka firefighters grieve loss of assistant chief

VIDEO: An Ozaukee County fire department is grieving the sudden loss of one of their leaders. Assistant fire chief Bruce Koehler of the Waubeka Fire Department was killed Friday night in a motorcycle crash. Koehler volunteered as the Waubeka firefighter for 35 years without making a dime. Those who served beside him say his dedication to the department was unmatched.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 8:20:01 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Madison fire officials unable to draw connection between practices, unexpected firefighter death

VIDEO: On Monday, fire officials shared details about paramedic Richard Garner's unexpected death in April and their investigation into the cause. According to officials, Garner completed a 48-hour shift and went to Easter brunch with his friends just before he suffered an acute cardiac arrest that killed him.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 4:56:54 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Racine police identify 71-year-old man found dead in home after fire

Racine police on Monday, Nov. 5 identified a 71-year-old man found dead in a home after a fire on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The fire happened in a home on Geneva Street near Hamilton Street, and the home was found fully engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. The home contained four units, and David Etter lived in one of them.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 1:54:03 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Appleton crews battle two garage fires

Appleton firefighters were busy Monday morning as they battled two detached garage fires. The first fire happened shortly after midnight in the 100 block of E. Harris St. Power lines fell at the scene. The garage and the vehicle inside are total losses. The second garage fire was reported around 1:30 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/5/2018 6:42:41 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

New Milwaukee ordinance requires smoke detectors with non-renewable 10-year batteries

VIDEO: An ordinance passed by the Milwaukee Common Council last year mandates smoke detectors with non-renewable 10-year lithium batteries be installed in Milwaukee homes -- and officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are working to spread the word about the new requirement. "We had nine fire deaths this year.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2018 9:14:40 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Racine Fire, hospital forming home visit program

The Racine Fire Department and Ascension All Saints Hospital are collaborating to create a program to have paramedics check in on patients who have been recently discharged from the hospital. Fire Chief Steve Hansen spoke to the City Council’s Committee of the Whole about the Mobile Integrated Health program during the committee’s Oct.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2018 4:44:54 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Kenosha's growth has first responders facing a workforce shortage

While Kenosha’s growth is a boon to the city, it has created a staffing dilemma for the police and fire departments dealing with a much higher volume of calls. Officials say they have to use overtime and some creative ways to maintain the appropriate level of service, often relying on help from neighboring communities.
- PUB DATE: 11/4/2018 1:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Suamico Fire Receives Critical Training

Area firefighters received some critical, life saving training Saturday morning. The Suamico Fire Department held a training burn at a house on East Deerfield Drive. The department released video on their Facebook Page Saturday of the final controlled burn down of the home. Officials say the exercise is a live drill that allowed the firefighters to practice extinguishing fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/3/2018 4:23:33 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Custer area house fire under investigation

Several area fire departments responded to a house fire Friday morning near Custer. The home is located on the 6900 block of Esker Road in the Town of Stockton. Crews from the Town of Stockton, Park Ridge, Amherst and Plover all responded to the scene. Portage County ambulance and the Portage County Sheriff's Department also responded.
- PUB DATE: 11/2/2018 7:35:23 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau