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Sauna donation may help prevent fire department cancers in Ashland

Firefighting is an inherently dangerous occupation; firefighters put themselves in harm's way every day of the year. They never know when they will be exposed to possible injury or even death from fire, smoke, collapsing structures or a myriad of other hazards. Still, there is a further and until recently unrecognized threat that firefighters and paramedics must face.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Ashland Daily Press - Subscription Required to Read Entire Article

Lake Helen Pub and Grill in Rosholt destroyed by fire

An early morning fire destroyed the Lake Helen Pub and Grill Tuesday, according to officials. When firefighters arrived at the tavern, 3204 Lake Helen Road, the building was engulfed in flames, Rosholt Fire Chief Neal Simonis said. The business had closed about 10 p.m. Monday and the call about the fire came in at 1:20 a.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2017 3:26:01 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Rural fire departments look for new recruits as numbers fall

Darren Jorgenson was making his way out of town to visit with family when his pager beeped. He turned around to see a massive smoke plume. He was miles away from the source of the fire, but he could tell it was big. He rushed back to the fire station and boarded 95-foot ladder truck heading out to the call, the second of the trucks to leave.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 9:10:04 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Madison Southwest Side duplex fire displaces resident, fire officials say

A Tuesday afternoon fire on the Southwest Side didn't cause any injuries but has displaced a resident, the Madison Fire Department said. Madison firefighters were called to the fire on the 7800 block of Courtyard Drive at about 4 p.m. Tuesday, said Cynthia Schuster, a fire department spokeswoman. Firefighters were met with thick smoke when they entered the building to put out the fire, which was in the basement, she said.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 7:32:45 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Dodge County Board amends 2018 budget to include water rescue funds

The 2018 Dodge County budget was amended Tuesday to include $40,000 to go to area fire departments for water rescue equipment. The $111.6 million budget requires a $34 million tax levy, which is an increase of $559,000 over the 2017 levy. The tax levy complies with state-imposed levy limits that restrict counties to an increase based on the change in value of net new construction and an allowable adjustment for the previous year’s unused levy of $99,000.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 7:23:39 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Milwaukee Fire Department donates free winter coats to students

VIDEO: Milwaukee Firefighters will donate approximately 5,000 winter coats to local kids this month. For the sixth year, MFD is working with Operation Warm to provide free coats for children at Milwaukee schools. This year, firefighters will hand out the coats at 11 area schools. On Tuesday, they stopped in for a presentation and coat distribution at Penfield Montessori Academy.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 6:45:22 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Greenville returns with plans for new fire station

VIDEO: Town officials could ask electors to approve the construction of a new $5.8 million to $6.7 million fire station next year, three years after a larger proposal was soundly defeated in a referendum. Town Administrator Joel Gregozeski said the vote could come through a special town meeting or a referendum.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 1:01:24 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Pierce County plow driver spots house on fire, helps owner get to safety

A county plow driver saw a fully engulfed house fire at N7521 Highway 65, Saturday morning, Nov 11. Dispatch sent River Falls Fire Department to the fire at about 6:11 a.m. The plow driver helped the house's owner, Barbara Johnson, get out of the house, Assistant Fire Chief Mike Moody said. He said flames were coming out of several windows when the first fire units arrived.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 9:29:48 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

Firefighters battle blaze at Appleton home

VIDEO: An Appleton home suffered significant damage after a fire Monday night. Appleton firefighters responded to a duplex on the 1500 block of W. Washington Street around 7:30 p.m., said Jeff Felauer, battalion chief. The residents of the home were both accounted for and no injuries were reported. The Grand Chute Fire Department assisted the Appleton Fire Department at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2017 5:44:38 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Spectrum’s Fond du Lac Call Center holds smoke alarm, carbon monoxide detector drive

Those who have been in a home fire know the importance of having working smoke alarms. It can be the difference it the ability to get the family out safety and minimize damages to the home. Lisa Lowe, Human Resources director at Spectrum’s Fond du Lac Call Center, says fire safety is a topic that touches many, including Spectrum employees.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 8:48:37 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Firefighter union president expected to announce run for governor

VIDEO: The president of the Professional Fire Fighters Association of Wisconsin is expected to launch his candidacy for governor. Mahlon Mitchell has a series of events in Green Bay, Milwaukee and Madison on Monday to make a political announcement. Mitchell would join the large field of Democrats hoping for a chance to take on Republican Gov.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 5:28:50 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Walworth County searches for fire and EMS answers

Often surveys confirm what people already believe. That's certainly the case with a recent survey of Walworth County fire and EMS officials and municipal government leaders. The surveys returned in late October reveal that public safety is expensive, complicated and struggling to change. Darien Fire Chief Justin Schenke acknowledged that many of the issues raised in the survey aren't new.
- PUB DATE: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

Shortage of volunteer firefighters in Bangor, West Salem

The Bangor Burns and West Salem Volunteer Fire Departments are seeking volunteers to fill vacancies and day shifts this month with both departments finding it difficult to get candidates to sign up. Bangor Firefigher TC Allen said the department is seeking more than a dozen men and women to join their roster.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2017 2:11:36 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Eau Claire firefighter union members express concern over proposed changes by the city

VIDEO: “You want to make sure that everyone is protected equally in the city of Eau Claire,” says Local 487 member, Karl Johnson. Local 487, or Professional Firefighters of Eau Claire, are expressing concern about a change proposed by city leaders. Within the upcoming 2018 budget, a fourth ambulance would be added to station 6, which is located on the southeast side of Eau Claire.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2017 5:04:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Bloomer has a new way to keep firefighters healthy

VIDEO: Battling flames is a tough business, and now Bloomer firefighters have a way to do their jobs a little safer. The city of Bloomer now has its first rehab and medical trailer for firefighters. Bloomer Community Ambulance Administrator Mark Schwartz said the trailer is both heated and air conditioned to provide firefighters a safe place during emergencies, like a structure fire, or a natural disaster like the Chetek tornado last spring.
- PUB DATE: 11/10/2017 3:36:43 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Milwaukee County: Officials ID man who died after jumping into retention pond to elude police

The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Thursday, November 9th identified the man who died after jumping into a retention pond following a chase in Franklin. He has been identified as 25-year-old Alton Simpson of Rosedale, New York. It happened Saturday afternoon, November 4th. The incident began with a fraud investigation at a store in Franklin.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2017 7:24:48 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

No injuries after large fire in detached garage in Glendale

VIDEO: Firefighters Wednesday night, November 8th were on the scene of a fire involving a detached garage near 13th and Silver Spring in Glendale. The call came in around 8:00 p.m. Upon arrival, fire crews quickly initiated an aggressive attack on the fire, as well as established protective hose lines to prevent any fire from spreading to multiple neighboring homes and garages.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 8:47:02 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Milwaukee Fire Department recruits put skills to the test

VIDEO: As part of their final exam, Milwaukee Fire Department recruits had to put out a staged fire on the city's north side. Their test continues Thursday, and the recruits will graduate next week. They will start working shortly after that.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 6:01:03 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Milwaukee man indicted for rioting, arson tied to Sherman Park violence is not in custody

VIDEO: Someone is now being held responsible for rioting and torching a BP gas station in Milwaukee's Sherman Park neighborhood -- more than year after the violence. The U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin announced that 20-year-old Toronse Carter of Milwaukee was indicted on Tuesday, November 7th for rioting and arson connected with the Sherman Park violence that broke out in August 2016.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 2:30:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Sturgeon Bay City Council gives endangered granary 60 day reprieve from demolition

A motion to approve bids to take down the Sturgeon Bay west-side waterfront granary was tabled until January at Tuesday’s meeting of the city council but that does not mean the life of the historic structure is assured. Even with more than $1.3 million in commitments from members of the public to restore the granary, a council majority was still hesitant to give the Sturgeon Bay Historical Society more time to save the granary.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News