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Former Mosinee firefighters work to block records request

VIDEO: Weeks after two high-ranking Mosinee fire officials stepped down, they're moving to block the release of personnel files. Last month, the Mosinee Fire Commission held a meeting where they decided to put Former-Chief Doug Jennings on paid leave. Former-Deputy Chief Emily Dobeck was present in that meeting.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 5:46:16 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Case students intern at South Shore Fire Department

The South Shore Fire Department recently began an internship program with the Racine Unified School District, and two Case High School seniors are the program’s first recruits. The internship was recommended by South Shore Fire Department Chief Robert Stedman in the fall. “Chief said ‘Let’s give these high school students a chance to experience this as a career and educate them on some of the things we do,’” said Lt.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2018 2:12:20 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Pine River duplex fire destroys homes, kills puppy

A nine-month-old puppy died and two families lost their homes after a fire ripped through a Lincoln County duplex. The Pine River Fire Department responded to a call around 11:20 a.m. Tuesday on Grantwood Court, several miles south of Merrill. A deputy on scene found the building already collapsing shortly after arrival.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 4:36:16 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Man allegedly set fire to State Street kiosk, arrested for arson, Madison police say

A man with a lighter allegedly set a kiosk on fire on State Street Friday night, causing several thousand dollars to the structure. Liam Woods-Smith, 44, no permanent address, was arrested and tentatively charged with arson, Madison police said. The fire was reported at about 11:45 p.m. in the 600 block of State Street.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2018 3:12:02 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Follow Up: Beloit first responders and doctor honored with lifesaving awards

VIDEO: In April 2015, 19-year-old Brody Austin, passed away after a motorcycle accident in Beloit. Because of first responders, his family was able to donate his organs and save six lives. Now, almost three years later, his mother shared her appreciation and met the firefighters and emergency room doctor who cared for Austin and the people he saved.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 8:49:12 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Austad appointed Sun Prairie Fire Department training division chief

Sun Prairie Fire Chief Chris Garrison recently announced John Austad as the training chief for the Sun Prairie Fire Department. "As the City and Towns we serve continue to grow, and our organization takes on new levels of service, training curriculums must not only prepare personnel for their roles during response but also provide experience for individuals and the decision making they must be prepared to use," Garrison said in a release announcing the appointment.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 6:34:05 PM - SOURCE: Sun Prairie Star

Eau Claire firefighter directional device wins $10,000 prize on ‘Project Pitch It’

The third episode of “Project Pitch It” season 2 on Saturday introduced three new Wisconsin entrepreneurs to viewers, who competed for three prizes. The Northern Star eight-directional compass. They were: Eau Claire-based Northern Star Fire LLC; Milwaukee-based Kiddie Mobile LLC; and Sheboygan-based VibeTech Inc.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 12:05:06 PM - SOURCE: BizTimes.com

Deadly Lincoln County trailer home fire under investigation

VIDEO: Investigators are working to determine what caused a trailer home fire that killed one person Sunday morning in Lincoln County. According to a press release from the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department, a 911 call for a report of a structure fire came in around 7:45 a.m. The fire happened at the Clear Lake Condos on County Road A in the Town of Bradley, north of Tomahawk.
- PUB DATE: 2/26/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7

Neighbor reacts to fire that closed a popular Madison east side cafe

VIDEO: Katie Montgomery was spending time with her granddaughters Sunday morning when her husband broke the news. “My husband came in and said, 'Whoa, did you hear about the Chocolaterian? And I said, 'No what? He said it burned up,” Montgomery said. “I was like, oh my God.” A fire broke out earlier Sunday morning at the Chocolaterian -- a popular cafe on Madison's east side.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 9:00:11 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV 27 ABC

Fire crews help man after snowmobile falls through ice in Oneida County

VIDEO: A snowmobile fell through the ice Saturday in Oneida County. According to a Facebook post from Pine Lake Fire Rescue, a report of a man laying on the ice near open water came in around 2:30 p.m. on the bridge at County Road W near Birchwood Drive near Rhinelander. The department says the man was on his snowmobile when the ice broke and went into the water.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 3:38:33 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

De Pere police and fire department team up for safety training

VIDEO: Police and fire departments work side-by-side responding to 911 calls. But De Pere Fire Chief Alan Matzke says that also involves the same risks, "We don't know if they have weapons in that home, we don't know as to their mental health, so we find ourselves in a vulnerable position." That's why he says they're taking their partnership into the classroom.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 3:25:17 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Joint training brings Holmen area fire departments together

VIDEO: Fire departments from around the region gathered in Holmen for a 12-hour training workshop this weekend. Facilitated by training officer Battalion Chief Michael Grazian and his team from the Chicago area, the workshop provides five Coulee Region fire departments a chance to train in a controlled environment with other departments.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 2:35:46 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Two injured in duplex fire early Sunday morning in Appleton

VIDEO: Two people were injured in a fire at a duplex early Sunday morning. The fire was reported at 2:09 a.m. in the 1100 block of East Roeland Avenue, according to the Appleton Fire Department. Firefighters responded and found half of the duplex engulfed in flames. Firefighters searched the residence and determined everyone inside was able to escape on their own.
- PUB DATE: 2/25/2018 10:40:28 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Oshkosh Area Women's Association gives funds to Utica Volunteer Fire Department

The January quarterly meeting was the place where representatives from the Oshkosh Area Women's Association presented a check to the Utica Volunteer Fire Department. Funds were raised at one of the OAWA's largest fundraisers in November, the annual dinner style show, "Celebrate the Season in Style". Mary Berger and Joyce Pollnow presented the check to Fire Chief Tim Oliver, to use for much-needed safety equipment.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 9:32:14 AM - SOURCE: Oshkosh Northwestern

Fire at Briess Malting Company in Waterloo

VIDEO: More than two dozen fire departments responded to a fire at a Malt Factory in Waterloo Thursday night. Fire crews responded to the fire at Briess Malting Company on 901 W. Madison Street around 9:00 p.m. The fire was contained to a four foot space within the roof that contains insulation, according to Waterloo Assistant Fire Chief Wesley Benisch.
- PUB DATE: 2/23/2018 12:31:44 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Six firefighters and one ER doctor to be honored in the City of Beloit

The City of Beloit Fire Department is honoring six firefighters and one emergency room doctor with a lifesaving award due to their efforts in caring for a patient in April 2015. The patient, 19-year-old Brody Austin, passed away following a motorcycle accident, but the level of care provided to Austin allowed his family to donate his organs.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 3:50:34 PM - SOURCE: WCLO-AM 1230

Fire Chief believes wood stove started house fire east of Rhinelander

A cat died in a house fire in Stella Thursday afternoon. Firefighters responded to the call around 1:30 p.m., several miles east of Rhinelander. No people were hurt, but two cats were in the house at the time. One cat survived, the other did not. Damage was mostly in the basement. Crews had the fire under control by 2:30 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 3:16:19 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fond du Lac city leaders commit to safety for students

Fond du Lac’s key leaders have joined together to assure the community there are safeguards in place, as the nation struggles the topic of school shootings. A joint statement was issued Thursday and shared with parents in the Fond du Lac School District. It was signed by Superintendent Jim Sebert, Police Chief Bill Lamb, Fire Chief Pete O’Leary and Bobbi Hickens, director of communications and emergency management for Fond du Lac County.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 3:13:29 PM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Alliant shuts off some utilities in Rock County because of flooding

Alliant Energy officials announced the company has shut off utility service to some customers in the Janesville and Beloit area because of flooding. The areas that are most affected are low-lying properties near rivers, streams and lakes, according to a news release. Alliant Energy officials said some basements have flooded, causing utility equipment to be underwater.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 9:13:27 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fire destroys home in Village of Summit

VIDEO: Firefighters on Thursday morning, Feb. 22 were called out to the scene of a house fire near Mill Road and Venice Park Road in Village of Summit. The call came in around 4:30 a.m. When crews arrived on scene, they found a two-story home fully-involved in fire -- with flames coming from all four sides and the roof.
- PUB DATE: 2/22/2018 4:57:46 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6