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Ice fisherman rescued from Lake Winnebago, goes back out to fish

Having his truck break through the ice didn't stop an ice fisherman from heading out onto Lake Winnebago in search of the day's catch. The Oshkosh Fire Dept. says it was called to a spot on the lake less than a mile off Merritt Street, around 5:40 a.m. Firefighters found that the front driver's side wheel of the fisherman's pickup truck had broken through the ice.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 9:39:42 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Winter brings different challenges for Door and Kewaunee County firefighters

Fighting fire is hard enough, but the recent cold snap has made it even harder for local firefighters. Departments in Door and Kewaunee County have responded to at least five fires in the last two weeks when the average temperature struggled to hit the double digits. Sister Bay/Liberty Grove Fire Chief Chris Hecht says fighting fires in the winter bring up a whole new different set of challenges.
- PUB DATE: 1/4/2018 5:01:10 AM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Freezing temperatures have made ice on local lakes over eight inches thick, but caution is always advised

While caution is taken by many, accidents do happen. In early December, Western Lakes Fire District responded to a dog that fell through Lac La Belle. The department is staffed with 15 divers and has boats in case it needs to make a rescue. Some of the firefighters are trained in ice water diving, while the entire staff is trained in surface water rescue.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 7:46:50 PM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Eagle River coffee shop raises money for fire department with 'Fill the Boot' campaign

VIDEO: A handful of Eagle River firefighters work day after day in the cold to build an ice castle most winters. Now, a local coffee shop wants to say thank you. "It's important that we keep that community tradition alive and whether or not you're just visiting for a day or coming in for a week or you live here, it's really important to support our fire department," said Blend coffee shop owner Angela Anderson.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:42:25 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Seymour Residents Make It Out After Fire Roars Through House

A house fire in Seymour overnight brings a big response. According to the Town of Seymour fire chief, crews were call to a home on Cemetery Road just after 8:30 Tuesday night. It appears the fire started in the garage and spread to the home. 2 adults and 3 children were home, but got out safely. But there were 2 pets inside that died.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:55:30 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Proposal would require CPR training for 911 operators in Wisconsin

A proposal in the state Legislature would require 911 operators to get training to help callers administer CPR to people who need it. Under the proposal, every 911 call station must have people trained to give CPR instructions over the phone, or have a plan to transfer callers to a dispatch center that can provide those instructions.
- PUB DATE: 1/3/2018 3:31:03 AM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Active duty Wisconsin Rapids firefighter passes away

A Wisconsin Rapids firefighter has died following unspecified injuries suffered over the weekend. Jim Easton, a 22 year veteran of the Wisconsin Rapids Fire Dept., died unexpectedly on New Year's day, according to an announcement from the Wisconsin State Firefighters Memorial. No other information was provided.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 7:58:36 PM - SOURCE: WIZD-FM Rock 94.7

Sauk Prairie Ambulance purchases three new defibrillators after 15 years

Sauk Prairie Ambulance has a new tool that will help improve an individual’s chance of survival. After receiving approval from the Ambulance Commission, Sauk Prairie Ambulance purchased three new Lifepak 15 monitor/defibrillators – one for each of its fleet. The three new units replaced three, 15-year-old models, and do the work of five different machines, according to Kevin Weber, Sauk Prairie Ambulance Director.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 6:51:28 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Officials: 3 adults, child displaced after house fire on Milwaukee’s north side

VIDEO: Four people including a child have been displaced after fire swept through their home near 35th and Custer on Milwaukee's north side. Fire crews were dispatched to the scene around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 2nd. Officials say the home suffered significant damage throughout. The residents will not be able to stay there in the short term.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:50:14 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

20 people displaced due to carbon monoxide leak from boiler, Beloit officials say

More than a dozen people were displaced Monday night after a carbon monoxide leak, Beloit fire officials said. Crews were called around 9:20 p.m. to 725 Vine St. for a leak in a three-unit rental building, according to a release. No one was injured or had any illnesses from the incident because of early detection by a carbon monoxide alarm, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 9:27:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Two People Out In The Cold After Green Bay Fire

Two people were forced from their home after a fire in Green Bay. The fire broke out shortly after 12:30 this morning (TUE) at a home on LaCount Road, on the city's west side. The fire broke out in the basement, but there is smoke damage to the first floor. Officials say the fire started near a wood fireplace.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 4:01:51 AM - SOURCE: WIXX-FM 101

Separate fires kill 1, displace 2 and destroy Chippewa Falls barn over holiday weekend

One person is dead following a structure fire in a Dunn County town, while a fire in Chippewa Falls displaced residents on New Year’s Day and a separate fire in Buffalo County destroyed a barn and much of its livestock. The Dunn County sheriff’s office identified 84-year-old Wallace Cutting of rural Colfax as the man who died in a Saturday afternoon house fire.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:13:56 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Racine firefighters battle blaze at Rosie's restaurant on south side

PHOTO: A south-side restaurant sustained significant damage from a fire Monday. At about 4:30 p.m., the Racine Fire Department responded to a call for a fire at Rosie’s restaurant, 1804 Taylor Ave. The fire did reach the second level of the building. Firefighters battled the blaze for more than three hours in below-zero temperatures until investigators could inspect the scene.
- PUB DATE: 1/2/2018 2:11:20 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Family displaced after house fire in Shawano County

VIDEO: A Shawano County family is without a home following a fire in the Town of Almon Monday night, according to officials on scene. Authorities said no one was home at the time of the fire and no one was hurt. The house is a total loss. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Firefighters are battling a structure fire in the Town of Almon.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2018 9:05:12 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

St. Germain family plans to rebuild after home destroyed in fire

VIDEO: A St. Germain family spent New Years Day cleaning up their home after a fire destroyed it Sunday night. Just after 6:00 P.M., an elderly woman called police because her house was filling with smoke. And now, the Stejskal family is picking up what's left. "My dad's 48 inch musky was on the wall there, but that's gone now, obviously," said Ray Stevens.
- PUB DATE: 1/1/2018 1:52:21 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Body discovered after Polk County fire

Police said human remains were found inside a house that burned early Friday in Polk County. The St. Croix Falls Police Department said the body of an adult was found in a home at 906 N. Washington St. in St. Croix Falls. Firefighters and police responded to a structure fire call there at 5:30 a.m. Police were working to identify the deceased and said the fire's cause remains under investigation.
- PUB DATE: 12/29/2017 7:25:34 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

"This map should absolutely concern you:" Milwaukee alderman says fire crews are stretched to the limit

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters have been busy this week battling multiple house fires, but one local alderman is concerned whether there enough resources to cover all the fires. Alderman Bob Donovan, 8th district, posted to Facebook Thursday: "That could cost us so many lives. Minutes count, seconds count when you're talking a fire, when you're talking emergency medical services, and this is unacceptable, but sadly it's a state Milwaukee finds itself in," said Alderman Donovan in an interview with CBS58.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 10:26:33 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Reported dog on Lake Monona was an eagle, Madison Fire says

Madison firefighters rushed to frozen Lake Monona Wednesday morning to rescue a reported dog stranded on the ice, but the dog turned out to be an eagle. The call for an animal rescue came in around 7:40 a.m. by a passerby who saw what she believed to be a dog on the ice about 100 yards from shore near Monona Terrace.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 10:09:16 PM - SOURCE: Madison

La Crosse Fire Department faces challenges fighting fires in extreme cold

VIDEO: The extremely cold temperatures we've been seeing this week are hard for anyone to handle, but it's especially tough for those who have to work outside. That includes members of the La Crosse Fire Department, who responded to a fire at Harter's Recycling Center in the city's industrial park Wednesday night.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 8:47:51 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters battle 3-alarm fire on Milwaukee’s north side, nobody hurt

VIDEO: Milwaukee firefighters battled a three-alarm fire near 21st and Concordia. Milwaukee Fire Department Deputy Chief Aaron Lipski spoke with reporters after the fire was brought under control. He indicated the first calls to 911 came in around 9:30 a.m. Lipski indicated when the first crews arrived on the scene, one building was heavily involved -- and was sending fire to a second building.
- PUB DATE: 12/28/2017 8:39:05 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6