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Teams to pull fire truck to benefit Beloit Regional Hospice

Teams will be Pulling for Hospice on June 11 as teams put their leg and arm muscles to work to pull a fire truck to benefit Beloit Regional Hospice. The event is set for 11 a.m.—3 p.m. on June 11 in the parking lot of the Ironworks campus, 690 Third St. This marks the second year for the Pulling for Hospice event.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News - Metered Site

Shared administration agreement between La Crosse and Holmen fire departments may receive extension

An administrative partnership between two Coulee Region fire departments may be extended while a long-term agreement continues to develop. Last summer, the La Crosse and Holmen fire departments came together under a Shared Fire Administration, meaning La Crosse took leadership over both entities. Nearly one year into the arrangement, Holmen Area Fire Board President Patrick Barlow believes it’s been a success so far.
- PUB DATE: 6/7/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Newburg Fire Department fundraiser: COVID and finances impact turnout

The Newburg Fire Department hosted a big party Sunday afternoon, June 5, an event that's been around for decades and keeps the station operating. The Newburg Fire Department holds one big fundraiser a year, and it's with those donations the firefighters are able to update their equipment, but between people's finances and the impact of COVID-19, the turnout wasn't what they hoped for.
- PUB DATE: 6/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Ten Green Bay residents homeless after blaze causes $80,000 damage to home

Eight children and two adults were staying in temporary housing Sunday, the day after careless use of smoking materials caused $80,000 damage to their west side home. The fire at 910 Elmore St. appears to have begun on the second story of the single-family house. Battalion Chief Tony Piontek said the first firefighters to arrive found smoke coming from the ends of the attic, and from the porch roof.
- PUB DATE: 6/5/2022 10:08:19 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Nearly a dozen fire departments respond to blaze at Mequon Italian restaurant

Firefighters from 11 departments responded to a fire that broke out at a Mequon Italian restaurant Friday afternoon. The blaze at Zarletti Mequon, 1515 W. Mequon Road, was reported shortly after 2 p.m., Mequon Fire Battalion Chief Brandon Boettcher said. The fire started on the outside of the building and had some extension inside, but crews were able to limit the damage to the exterior of the building and an unoccupied portion of the attic, Boettcher said.
- PUB DATE: 6/3/2022 3:51:45 PM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - Metered Site

La Crosse, Holmen to extend fire agreement through end of year, referendum coming

The La Crosse and Holmen Area Fire Departments will continue to fight fires together at least through the end of the year, and a referendum is likely coming this fall to possibly increase public safety funding for some of the communities involved. The communities entered into a shared service agreement last summer, which is set to expire at the end of the month.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2022 6:00:00 PM - SOURCE: La Crosse Tribune - Metered Site

New Illinois fire chief to also serve in Wisconsin communities

Jason Griffin worked day one Thursday of his dual role as South Beloit Fire Chief and as a deputy for the City of Beloit Fire Department in Wisconsin. According to South Beloit City Administrator Sonya Hoppes, the South Beloit Fire Department went through several leadership changes within the last year.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2022 5:19:41 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

New grant to help bolster Onalaska high school fire academy

Fire departments across the state are struggling with recruiting and retaining firefighters. When Chief Troy Gudie joined the Onalaska Fire Department in 1989, the staff consisted of 36 paid on-call firefighters. That number has dwindled over the last thirty years, leading Gudie to come up with new ways to recruit fresh faces.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLAX/WEUX FOX 25/48 La Crosse/Eau Claire

Burlington crash: hot air balloon vs. train

VIDEO: Flight for Life was called to the scene of a crash involving a hot air balloon and a train in Burlington Wednesday night, June 1. The scene of the crash was behind Love Inc. near Calumet Road in Burlington. The three adult occupants sustained life-threatening injuries. Flight for Life was requested and transported two of the three patients to Froedtert Hospital for treatment.
- PUB DATE: 6/2/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Five finalists named for La Crosse fire chief

Five people are named as finalists to become the next chief of the La Crosse Fire Department. The city released the names of the candidates Wednesday afternoon. None are currently with the department. Only one is from the area. Assistant Fire Chief Les Norin of the Onalaska Fire Department is one of the five.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2022 12:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 lacrosse

Marshfield Fire and Rescue Celebrates Partnership With Mid-State Technical College

The Marshfield Fire and Rescue Department, in partnership with Mid-State Technical College, hosted a partnership celebration at the Marshfield Fire and Rescue Training Center located at 2615 South Vine Avenue. The event was attended by many contributors, collaborators and champions of the project, including Marshfield Fire and Rescue leadership, city officials, college officials and local legislators.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2022 6:22:44 AM - SOURCE: WCCN-FM 107.5 Neillsville

Sleep study focuses on Superior firefighters

Firefighters are in the middle of a sleep study being conducted by the University of Wisconsin-Superior’s Health and Human Performance Department. The goal of the study is to improve firefighter health. Smart watches worn by Superior crew members 24 hours a day, seven days a week are gathering data about their heart rate, blood pressure and sleep patterns at home and on the job.
- PUB DATE: 6/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram - Metered Site

Pittsville Fire Chief Named Hero of Hope by Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation

The chief of the Pittsville Fire Department in Wood County has been named as this year's Hero of Hope by the Wisconsin Farm Bureau Federation. According to the Wisconsin Ag Connection, Jerry Minor received the honor, which is focused on shedding light on rural heroes who have helped others through a tough time.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 10:26:34 PM - SOURCE: WCCN-FM 107.5 Neillsville

Cambria fire chief stresses importance of mental health five years after Didion explosion

Five years after the deadly explosion at Didion Milling Inc. in Cambria, Wisconsin, the fire chief who led the rescue mission uses lessons learned that night to educate other departments around the state. He also stresses the importance of putting out the battles from the inside, mental health. Tuesday night marks five years after the deadly explosion at Didion Milling in Cambria, Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 8:23:11 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Town of Beloit receives multi-million dollar grant to demolish, rebuild fire station

The Town of Beloit has received a $7 million grant throught the Neighborhood Investment Fund which will be used to rebuild the township’s fire station on Inman Parkway. Neighborhood Investment Fund is an allocation of $650 million to invest in community building and recovery statewide. The program was announced in August of 2021 and is administered by the Wisconsin Department of Administration.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 8:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Beloit Daily News - Metered Site

Onalaska: Collaborative effort is taken to help combat firefighter shortages

Local fire departments are experiencing a shortage of volunteer and full time firefighters. In an effort to combat the shortage, the Department of Safety and Professional Services awarded Western Technical College $22,593 at the Onalaska Fire Department in an effort to spark high school students' interest in becoming a fire fighter.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 3:37:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Honoring servicemen and women killed in the line of duty at Appleton Memorial Day Parade

This is the first time that Appleton is back to a fully in-person schedule of events in years. Which is why veterans and Memorial Day organizers said it was so important to remember servicemen and women killed in the line of duty. “To honor all who have paid the price for our freedom in life and blood,” Bob Johnson with the Appleton American Legion Post 38 said during the Moment of Remembrance in Appleton on Monday, May 30.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Superior Fire Department fills assistant fire chief position

The fire department has a new assistant fire chief. Howard Huber, a 16-year veteran of the Superior Fire Department, stepped into the job May 2. The new position is 40 hours per week, Monday through Friday, instead of the firefighters' schedule of 48 hours on, 96 hours off. “I’m learning what weekends are,” Huber said.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Superior Telegram - Metered Site

Fire at landfill near Johnson Creek extinguished; cause under investigation

Crews are investigating what caused a fire at the Deer Track Park landfill near Johnson Creek Monday afternoon. Capt. Craig Cahill with the Johnson Creek Fire Department said the fire broke out around 1 p.m. The fire covered an area roughly two acres in size, he said. Firefighters were able to extinguish the flames in roughly an hour.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Crews battle house fire in Brodhead

A house went up in flames on Sunday evening in Brodhead, according to authorities. According to the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, the fire started around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday at a home on West Dorner Road in Brodhead. Authorities say overnight the fire rekindled creating hot spots that crews needed to put out Monday morning.
- PUB DATE: 5/31/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

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