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Wisconsin Fire News

Green Bay Metro Fire Station Out of Commission Due To Flooding

A Green Bay Metro Fire Station suffered severe flood damage during Monday night's storms. "Our Fire Station 5 suffered major flooding, rendering the building uninhabitable," said Fire Chief David Litton. The station on Finger Road is expected to be closed for a lengthy period of time while repairs are being done.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 3:37:31 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Recognize him? Suspect wanted in connection with Milwaukee stabbing, vehicle fire

Milwaukee police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for a battery cutting and an arson to a vehicle. It happened near 26th Street and Mineral Street. According to police, on Saturday, Sept. 15 around 10:30 p.m. the suspect stabbed the victim over stolen property. The suspect fled the scene — then came back to the area on Sunday, Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 9:03:03 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

South Shore Fire Department welcomes new rig, chief warns about other equipment needs

At Mount Pleasant Day on Saturday, the South Shore Fire Department showed off its newest vehicle, a new aerial ladder with capabilities beyond what the department’s current vehicles can do. South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman also showed off the ladder to the Village Board on Sept. 10; he said the new truck replaces an older ladder from 1992 and “to say it was worn out would be an understatement.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:43:50 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Lincoln County, firefighters take efforts to prevent troublesome suicide numbers

VIDEO: A decade ago, some of the highest rates of suicide in the state came from Lincoln County. Those numbers have improved slightly since then. But death by suicide is still a major concern in the area. A billboard in the center of Merrill serves as a reminder. It directs people to call the Hopeline, a free crisis prevention line.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 6:11:55 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Wind Lake names new fire chief

The business of firefighting has changed a lot since Don Catenacci, Wind Lake’s new part-time fire chief, started firefighting in 1977. “My biggest issue is the same with every other volunteer fire department: it’s retaining and maintaining volunteers,” said Catenacci, who is Wind Lake’s first paid chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 7:10:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Hazmat crews respond to Kenosha County Walmart after employees sickened

It was a scary situation at the Walmart in Salem after three workers had to be taken to the hospital. It happened Sunday morning at the location on Brumback Boulevard. The employees got sick after spending time in a cooler. A hazmat crew came in and evacuated the store while they checked it for dangerous gasses.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:36:58 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Pancake breakfast raises funds for Chippewa fire station equipment

VIDEO: A couple hundred people in the Town of Lafayette spent their Sunday morning at the fire station to enjoy some pancakes. The Chippewa Fire District Lafayette Station Number 3 held its annual pancake breakfast to raise funds for the station. Although the pancake breakfast is a long standing tradition, this is the first year it was held at the newly remodeled fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 3:32:34 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire chief: No need to panic about future of Milton fire station

Milton’s outdated fire station has sparked a lot of discussion about how to serve the fire district’s 90 square miles, but a firm plan for the future remains hazy. The man in charge of prodding the process along sees no reason to panic, however. Randy Banker, fire chief for Janesville and Milton, is developing a process to generate estimates on several options, including a new or renovated fire station, a new station shared with Janesville or a combination of the two.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

Follow Up: West Allis Firefighter reunites with family of woman he performed CPR on while being attacked

VIDEO: Strangers no more. The family of Arlene Wendler is forever grateful to West Allis firefighter, Chad Staszak. “I can’t think him enough for being there to try to save my mom’s life…I just appreciate it,” said Joyce Gebert. Last month at West Bend GERMANfest, Wendler went into cardiac arrest. Staszak, who was off-duty, performed CPR on her.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2018 4:54:17 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Janesville Fire Department: No injuries reported in overnight Texas Roadhouse fire

Janesville police are investigating the cause of a fire at Texas Roadhouse overnight. According to a news release, the Janesville Fire Department responded to the Texas Roadhouse in the 3200 block of Deerfield Drive around 12:15 a.m. Friday for a report of a commercial fire. Responding units said they found an active fire and smoke visible in the front of the building when they arrived at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 5:16:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

One person hospitalized after fire damages Green Bay apartment complex

One person was injured after a fire damaged a small apartment complex Thursday evening. Firefighters were called to the apartments in the 1100 block of Brosig Street shortly after 6:15 p.m., a press release from the Green Bay Metro Fire Department said. When fire crews arrived, they found fire coming from one unit of the four unit single story apartment complex, the release said.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2018 3:45:26 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Janesville Fire Department Receives Firehouse Subs Grant

The Janesville Fire Department is pleased to announce it was recently awarded a nearly $5,700 grant from Firehouse Subs to purchase a new dive communications system. Firehouse Subs, a national sandwich shop chain known for their philanthropy and giving back to public safety organizations, opened a location on the north side of Janesville in 2016.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 6:56:23 PM - SOURCE: City of Janesville

Rash of overdose deaths doesn't surprise Columbia County first responders

Columbia County detectives are investigating four overdose deaths in the span of six days, though preliminary evidence is pointing to a somewhat mundane explanation. “It’s very easy for people to attribute multiple overdoses to a ‘bad batch theory’ and I don’t necessarily buy that,” said Portage Police Department Detective Lt.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 6:29:12 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

City breaks ground on Fond du Lac Police, Fire/Rescue Public Safety Training Center

VIDEO: The city of Fond du Lac broke ground Wednesday afternoon on the $4.5 million Public Safety Training Center, on the city's west side. Police and fire/rescue officials, as well as city leaders, turned out to take part in the ground breaking, including Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary, Police Chief Bill Lamb, Police Captain Steve Thiry, City Council President Karyn Merkel, Assistant Fire Chief Eric Gerritson, City Manager Joe Moore, City Engineer Paul DeVries and Community Development Director Dyann Benson.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 9:03:46 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Madison senior apartment complex remains evacuated 3 weeks after flood

More than three weeks after flooding knocked out electricity and mechanical systems at a 98-unit senior apartment complex on Madison’s Southwest Side, residents were racking up hotel bills or thinking about moving as they waited for city inspectors and the property’s manager to let them back in. It’s the only apartment complex in Madison still in such dire straits in the wake of Aug.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2018 4:55:58 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Chippewa Falls jewelry store donates ring cutters to fire department

Thanks to a donation from a community business, first responders in Chippewa Falls will now be more prepared to handle emergency situations involving a popular item of jewelry. When responding to emergency situations involving hand injuries, Chippewa Falls Fire Chief Mike Hepfler says it's important that first responders have the right tools.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 6:08:25 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Follow Up: West Allis Firefighter recognized for continuing CPR on woman while being attacked

VIDEO: A West Bend man is now charged after allegedly attacking an off-duty firefighter who was performing CPR on a woman. Robert Ryan, 32, is facing charges of Misdemeanor Battery, Obstruction of Emergency or Rescue Persons, and Disorderly Conduct. According to the criminal complaint, off-duty West Allis Firefighter Chad Staszak was performing CPR on an unresponsive woman at GERMANfest in West Bend on August 24.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 5:41:14 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Sauk Prairie area first responders aid neighbors during flooding

Although no reports of flooding were reported in the Sauk Prairie area Aug. 19-20, neighboring communities like Black Earth, Mazomanie and Cross Plains – where an unofficial reading from a rain gauge reported 15.33 inches in a 24-hour period – kept the Sauk City and Prairie du Sac fire departments busy.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 9:49:09 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

South Shore EMS station bids come in over budget

The bids to build the north side ambulance station in Mount Pleasant are in and the results are not what was anticipated. The village budgeted $500,000 to build the EMS (emergency medical services) station proposed just south of the intersection of Spring Street and Emmertsen Road, and officials were hoping to begin construction later this year.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 6:24:13 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Survive Alive House educates Fond du Lac area children on fire safety

VIDEO: A donation made to a local fire department will help educate children on fire safety. The Francis & Ruth Oberreich Foundation purchased an inflatable Survive Alive House for Fond du Lac Fire and Rescue. The inflatable offers a realistic experience of a house fire. During demonstrations Tuesday, firefighters offered fifth graders fire safety tips while helping them navigate through the smoky home.
- PUB DATE: 9/12/2018 3:32:43 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11