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Emergency personnel in Baraboo and Portage adjust for COVID-19

While emergency response is needed even in the face of a global pandemic, area personnel are working to ensure they’re protected from possible exposure to the deadly virus that is spreading throughout the country. Baraboo Police Chief Mark Schauf said Monday protocol dictates limited exposure to people unless his officers are responding to an emergency, which takes precedence over social distancing and screening for fevers.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 5:51:46 PM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

Police investigate possible link between Stevens Point fire, car chase

Authorities are investigating whether a house fire and a car chase that occurred early Monday are connected. Emergency crews responded to a report of a structure fire near the 700 block of Smith Street around 6 a.m. Monday. During the incident, police officers noticed a suspicious vehicle near the property, according to the Stevens Point Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 11:15:00 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Reedsburg law enforcement, paramedics ready to respond in emergency in COVID-19 outbreak

While officers on the Reedsburg Police Department and paramedics with the Reedsburg Area Ambulance Service are taking necessarily precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, they are ready to respond in an emergency. Reedsburg Area Ambulance Director and Emergency Management Director Josh Kowalke said dispatch is helping ambulance staff by screening people with a list of questions from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention anytime an ambulance is requested.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 10:48:53 AM - SOURCE: Reedsburg Times-Press

Follow Up: Neighbor Smelled Gas Before ‘Explosion,’ House Fire In Kenosha

Firefighters worked to put out flames at a house fire in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Sunday morning. Electrical wires could be heard popping, and bright lights flashed as crews fought the blaze. A person living near the house said there was an explosion, and right before that happened he smelled a gas leak outside the house near 79th and 30th.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2020 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: CBS Local - Chicago

House fire in Spring Brook Township leaves one dead

A house fire in Spring Brook Township Sunday afternoon left one person dead. The Dunn County 911 center received a call around 12:55p.m. on Sunday with reports of a house fire on County Road E. There were six people in the house when the fire started and five people made it out safely and are being treated for smoke inhalation.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2020 8:54:05 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Milwaukee's first coronavirus death takes Navy veteran, former Milwaukee firefighter

A former Milwaukee Firefighter and Navy veteran lost his battle with the coronavirus, after falling ill last week. The Milwaukee County Medical Examiner said 66-year-old Lawrence Riley died this week after testing positive for the coronavirus. Family says he leaves behind his wife, six kids and eight grandchildren.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2020 8:54:03 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV Milwaukee

Janesville: Lloyd family proud of three generations of firefighters

Janesville firefighter Christopher “Chris” Lloyd rescued a woman stuck in an elevator a few years ago. The woman noticed the name on his jacket and asked if he was related to Gary Lloyd. Chris responded that Gary, a retired Janesville firefighter, is his father. The woman’s face lit up, and she told Chris that his father had saved her life.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2020 4:18:42 PM - SOURCE: Janesville Gazette

Brown County: Area fire departments ask for donations of masks, gloves, protective gowns

Governor Tony Evers and state health officials gave an update to the COVID-19 epidemic on Friday. Andrea Palm, secretary designee at the Wisconsin Department of Public Health says the state will be getting a shipment of personal protective gear from the federal strategic stockpile, but it won’t be enough to protect all health care workers from the coronavirus if there is a surge in patients.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 10:54:40 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Milwaukee Co. first responders work to preserve resources during COVID-19 pandemic

In their fight against the coronavirus, Milwaukee County first responders are also battling limited resources. “Our personal protective gear is in short supply, talking about gloves and masks and gowns, and it’s difficult to replace because there is a national shortage," Milwaukee Fire Chief Mark Rohlfing said.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2020 8:40:16 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Grand Chute firefighters bring storytine into homes during COVID-19 crisis

With events cancelled, schools closed, and families being told to hunker down and isolate, interaction with others is minimal. The Grand Chute Fire Department, which regularly invites people into its station, is bringing the station to the people. It started with a Facebook post on Tuesday, inviting people to join the Grand Chute Fire Department for a little story time, since the department's community outreach has stopped due to the coronavirus.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 2:31:36 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire causes extensive damage to Fond du Lac duplex, cause under investigation

Firefighters on Thursday, March 19 responded to the scene of a duplex fire on Military Road near Arndt Street in Fond du Lac. The call came in shortly before 3 a.m. Upon arrival, crews encountered heavy fire conditions. The fire caused extensive damage to the two-story wood-frame duplex. The owner of the duplex told officials that no one is currently residing at the property.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2020 4:49:58 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Mount Horeb man found dead following house fire

A Mount Horeb man was found dead after a house fire Wednesday morning. The Mount Horeb Fire Department said the fire happened on the 500 block of Linda Road at about 11:40 a.m. Officials said the call came in as a structure fire, and firefighters later received a report of a man who was possibly trapped inside.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 5:51:10 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV FOX 47 Madison

Wausau Fire Department plans for COVID-19 spread amid protective equipment shortage

Local fire departments in central and southern Wisconsin are planning to pool resources and assist each other in the event of a serious shortage of protective personal equipment, or PPE. Wausau Fire Department EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson told NewsChannel 7 that purchasing PPE amid the nationwide shortage brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus has become one of the department’s top concerns.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 5:26:30 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Jackson Police and Fire Departments in need of hand sanitizer

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become a hot commodity in stores and across the country and online. While supplies rarely stay on the shelf for long, many — including people at higher risk — are left to go without it. That includes first responders. In a pair of Facebook posts, the Jackson Police Department and the Jackson Fire Department have asked for help tracking down hand sanitizer.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 11:43:12 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Green Bay hospitals at 97 percent capacity, says fire chief

Green Bay hospitals are 97 percent capacity, according to Green Bay Metro Fire Chief David Litton during a Common Council Special Meeting on Tuesday, March 17. During the meeting, Chief Litton explained that on Saturday, March 14, the City of Green Bay activated the Emergency Operations Center to Level 4.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 4:53:53 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

14 Green Bay first responders under quarantine after traveling as coronavirus spreads in Wisconsin

Fourteen first responders with the Green Bay Fire Department are under quarantine as city officials brace for the new coronavirus to make its way to Brown County. Fire Chief David Litton said during a City Council meeting Tuesday that the employees are quarantined after they either traveled near high-risk areas using commercial airlines or came home sick.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2020 4:44:14 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

'This is what we do': Madison police, fire, EMS use protective equipment to maintain emergency services through pandemic

People in every industry are touched by this pandemic, including first responders. Madison police and fire departments have come up with plans and protocols for their officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians, or EMTs. “The objective, of course, is to keep our workforce healthy so we can continue to deliver the core public safety services for the community that we need to,” said acting Madison police Chief Victor Wahl.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 5:36:31 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Pleasant Prairie: Village Board approves $800,000 emergency radio communications upgrade

The Village Board approved a $800,000 proposal to upgrade an aging emergency police and fire radio system in an effort to enable better communication coverage. On Monday, the board voted unanimously approving a contract with Baycom Inc., which upgrade the system to simulcast very high frequency radio signals from four sites: Roger Prange Center, police headquarters, on Green Bay Road; the Sheridan Road tower; Doubletree Inn; and a water tower near Premium Outlets Currently, the system relies on a signal transmission from a singular site at the Prange Center.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2020 1:47:47 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Wildland fire contained at Memorial Park Sunday

A wildland fire at Memorial Park was brought under control on Sunday afternoon by the Red Wing Fire Department and other agencies. The department sent a news release Sunday evening stating, the agencies responded within six minutes to the fire and extinguished it within an hour. Approximately five acres of wildland burned as a result.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2020 6:02:43 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Sheboygan family displaced after fire

Residents of a home were displaced after a fire early Sunday morning. The Sheboygan Fire Department received a report of a structure fire around 4:30 a.m. in the 3300 block of North 13th Street. Firefighters found heavy fire coming from the front porch when they arrived. They extinguished the fire outside before going into the building, according to the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 3/15/2020 3:44:16 PM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press