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Black River Falls Fire Department prepares for hunting season

VIDEO: With hunting season quickly approaching, hunters are not the only ones getting prepared. So is the Black River Falls Fire Department. "We did a scenario with a tree stand with one of our training mannequins in it. And the scenario for our firefighters was that the person had a medical emergency and wasn't able to climb down the stand on their own," said Black River Falls Fire Department Captain Frank Koresh.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 6:30:35 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Town of Peshtigo Fire Commission Hears 2019 Equipment Requests

Only two items on the agenda resulted in a short meeting for the Town of Peshtigo Fire Commission on Monday, Oct 29. This meeting was immediately followed by the Board of Appeals meeting which lasted for roughly 10 minutes with only one item on the agenda for discussion. Town of Peshtigo Fire Chief, Mike Folgert updated the committee on the 2019 Budget Proposal, stating the Fire Department operating amount will remain the same as 2018 at $98,795.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 1:05:03 PM - SOURCE: Peshtigo Times

Cats rescued from Milwaukee apartment fire

Several kittens are okay after a fire at their apartment building. Firefighters rescued the pets and gave them oxygen, while crews worked to contain the flames on N. 24th Street and W. Kilbourn Ave around 11 p.m. Wednesday. Milwaukee fire department officials say everyone got out of the building okay, and no injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 7:43:17 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Search warrant: Gas line that caused Sun Prairie explosion that killed firefighter wasn't correctly marked

A contractor that specializes in locating and marking underground utilities to prevent accidents failed to properly mark a natural gas line that was struck by a communications construction firm, which led to a massive explosion in downtown Sun Prairie in July that killed a fire department captain, according to a search warrant unsealed in Dane County Circuit Court.
- PUB DATE: 11/1/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal

Rescuers pull unconscious paddleboarder out of Waukesha County lake

VIDEO: A paddleboarder who passed out had to be rescued Wednesday night from Upper Nemahbin Lake in the village of Summit. Firefighters said when they arrived at about 5:45 p.m., the male was unconscious in the water. Western Lakes firefighters said two people were paddleboarding on the lake when one of them passed out.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 9:12:22 PM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Lightning strike scorches phone system at condominiums on Madison's north side

A lightning strike at a condominium activated fire alarms, shut down elevators and caused the smell of burning wiring in a condominium complex on Madison's north side, according to a news release from the Fire Department. Officials said the lightning struck an electrical panel at the Cherokee Garden Condominiums.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 5:26:16 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Sauk City Fire Department proposes second driveway

A second driveway proposed by the Sauk City Fire Department could have an impact on the Great Sauk State Trail. The topic was on the agenda of the Oct. 24 Great Sauk State Trail Commission, where a representative from an architectural firm presented details. Ellery Schafer, of Jewell Associates Architects, said the department originally requested the driveway in conjunction with phase one trail planning, but was put off by the Department of Transportation.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2018 1:36:24 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Appleton fire station receives major renovations

VIDEO: A fire station in Appleton received some major renovations Tuesday. Forty volunteers from Home Depot crowded Appleton Fire Station 3, on Grove St. "What's being renovated here is a kitchen. It was a total gut and remodel; we pulled out all the old existing cabinets, put in new cabinets," said Heather Janssen, the Home Depot specialty assistant store manager.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 3:49:52 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Neenah-Menasha firefighter pays homage to historic Brin Building

VIDEO: Just a few months ago in August, the 90-year-old Brin Building in Menasha went up in flames. The fire gutted the building, and is now slated to be torn down. A Neenah-Menasha firefighter paid tribute to that historic building in a very unique way, and it was particularly timely this week. It was a battle Fox Valley firefighters are unlikely to forget.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 1:36:59 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Middleton house fire caused by lightning strike

VIDEO: A house in Middleton was hit by lightning Tuesday afternoon sparking a fire. According to Dane County 911 Communications, a passerby called around 2:00 p.m. after seeing a house on fire on the 4500 block of Ellington Way. When fire crews arrived black smoke and flames were seen coming from the back of the home.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 1:19:23 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fighting fire with fun & learning through the Greenfield Fire Department's New "Bouncy" House

VIDEO: The Greenfield Fire Department has a new way to battle blazes, and it starts with an educational bouncy house. Inside there are different rooms, including a kitchen, living room, and bedroom. And as you walk through, you get a lesson on fire prevention and safety through posted guides. Those with the department stress the bedroom is one space you really need to be aware of your surroundings.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 10:28:13 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Racine residential fire damages four-unit Tuesday

Racine firefighters doused a fire in the second story of a four-family house at 1205 Geneva St. early Tuesday morning. The fire was called in at 4:08 a.m. and considered extinguished at 5:24 a.m., said Racine Fire Department Division Chief Jeff Perkins. He said the fire caused damage to the first and second floors, exterior and rear porch.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 9:03:12 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Supreme Court limits insurer's payout in massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire

The state Supreme Court is limiting an insurance company's payout in a massive northwestern Wisconsin wildfire. Logging equipment owned by Ray Duerr Logging LLC sparked the Germann Road Fire in Douglas County in May 2013. The fire consumed about 7,442 acres, destroyed 17 homes and forced dozens to evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 8:39:30 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Wheatland gives Silver Lake Rescue 90-day notice

The Wheatland Town Board voted Monday to issue a 90-day notice to inform Silver Lake Rescue Squad of its intent to sever its contract with the service provider based on indications it will disband. “We need to be prepared ... for the demise of that organization,” Town Chairman William Glembocki said.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 1:48:48 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Kenosha seeks voter support for more police and firefighters

Mayor John Anataramian and the city’s police and fire chiefs are calling for voter support of a referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot that would allow for the hiring of additional police officers and firefighters next year. They said more public safety personnel are needed partly because economic development and population expansions have grown the city to the point where the departments are currently overtaxed.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 1:47:54 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Firefighters union blasts Janesville officials over contract negotiations

Echoing the police union’s recent criticism of city management, the Janesville firefighters union is not happy with how city officials handled the latest round of contract negotiations. The two sides reached an agreement last week for a three-year deal that will last through 2021. But Janesville Fire Fighters Local 580 President Jason Daskam said the city has effectively severed a productive working relationship with the union.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Gazette Extra

1 injured in fiery crash north of Dickeyville

Jeff and Matthew Barger were headed toward Dubuque on Monday afternoon when they saw thick black smoke and flames rising into the sky ahead. As the father and son continued south on U.S. 35/61/151, they soon saw a semi-tractor trailer engulfed in smoke in the distance. They drove past the line of cars pulled over to the side of the road, worried there might still be someone in the truck.
- PUB DATE: 10/30/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Fond du Lac Division Chief named state Fire Inspector of the Year

A division chief with Fond du Lac Fire & Rescue was honored last week with state-level recognition. Troy Haase was named Fire Inspector of the Year — a prestigious award delivered by the Wisconsin Fire Inspector's Association. Fire Chief Peter O'Leary nominated Haase for the title for his work seeking code compliance throughout the city — including preventive measures and the need for working smoke alarms in homes — through public education.
- PUB DATE: 10/28/2018 5:57:01 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Fall and winter seasons create opportunity for Door County volunteer fire departments

The call volume goes down during the late fall and winter months in Door County, but volunteer firefighters hope there is more interest in joining their departments. Summer temptations disappearing make it easier for potential recruits to commit to the trainings and meetings required to become a volunteer firefighter in the county.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2018 3:59:07 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Chippewa Falls: Property damage in unattended camp fire

An unattended fire caused $3,000 in damages to local property on Friday night. The Chippewa Falls Fire and Emergency Services responded to an unattended camp fire that burned down a fence and a small shed at 8 North Culver Street. By the time firefighters arrived there was a 30 by 30 area burning and they got the fire under control shortly.
- PUB DATE: 10/27/2018 10:07:56 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News