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Update: Racine teen charged with attempted homicide, arson, false imprisonment

A Racine teen is accused trapping two women in a house and lighting it on fire, intentionally attempting to murder them. Ja’quale G. Dennis, 16, of the 300 block of Park View Drive, is facing two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, which carries a sentence of up to 60 years imprisonment, two counts of false imprisonment, one count of arson and one count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, all of which are felonies.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2018 6:30:42 PM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Vandals cause $2,000 worth of damage to Pittsville fire station

Police are investigating vandalism that caused at least $2,000 worth of damage to the Pittsville fire station. Fire chief Jerry Minor said on Wednesday they discovered the rooftop furnace over a meeting room had been vandalized sometime in the recent past. It is believed the vandals accessed the roof by climbing up the nearby radio tower and then attempted to pull natural gas lines out of the furnace, a Facebook post by the fire department said Thursday.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2018 7:24:22 AM - SOURCE: Stevens Point Journal

Appleton firefighters could upgrade medical training

Appleton firefighters might get more training for medical calls. Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen says many of them are certified as first responders and he wants to upgrade them. He says they want to bring the department up to what is considered the norm for fire service. He says almost all of them are EMT Basic or higher.
- PUB DATE: 10/26/2018 4:37:09 AM - SOURCE: WHBY-AM 1150 News Talk

16-year-old from Racine accused of trapping victims inside home, setting fire

VIDEO: An arson case in Racine has led to much more serious charges. A 16-year-old is accused of holding two girls at knifepoint before lighting a home on fire. The victims say he intended to trap them inside. "We woke up and the room was full of smoke," said Andrew Logan. Tuesday morning, Oct. 23 near 6th and Jones in Racine, Andrew Logan spotted a fire.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2018 9:39:01 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Madison fire station without ambulance will be staffed by firefighter/paramedic

An amendment has been passed that will staff a new fire station with a firefighter/paramedic 24/7 in the absence of an ambulance, according to a blog post from an alderman. Earlier this month, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin rejected a request to add an ambulance to Fire Station 14 near Stoughton Road. The new fire station was built to cut down response times to a portion of Madison’s far east side.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2018 1:46:40 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Update: West Bend man accused of attacking off-duty firefighter while performing CPR on woman not mentally fit for trial

VIDEO: A West Bend man accused of attacking an off-duty firefighter is not mentally fit to go to trial. A judge made the ruling in the case of Robert Ryan. Police say Ryan punched the firefighter in the head while he was performing CPR on a woman in August. The woman died at the hospital.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2018 9:29:55 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Deerfield home total loss, pets may not have gotten out safely from early-morning fire

The Deerfield Fire Department is investigating what caused an early-morning house fire on Thursday. Multiple departments were called to the home at 3334 County Highway W, just south of Schuster's Farm, at 4:24 a.m. Thursday. When crews arrived at the scene, they saw heavy amounts of smoke and flames.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2018 3:13:43 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Extinguishing a shortage: Struggling to find new fire recruits

When you drive past the Kansasville Fire and Rescue station on Highway 11, the electronic sign often reads “Firefighters and EMTs needed. Apply Now!” Similar advertisements are seen nationwide, as full-time and volunteer fire departments alike struggle to fill their rosters. The National Volunteer Firefighter Council found that, from 1984-2015, the number of volunteer firefighters in the U.
- PUB DATE: 10/25/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Eau Claire Fire Station project approved

The busiest fire station in Eau Claire will soon get a second bathroom for employees and visitors to use. Allyn Bertrang, deputy fire chief, said Fire Station No. 5, 2500 Patton St., was built in 1975 when three firefighters — all men — worked from there. “We didn’t have females working in the fire service at that time,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 2:16:47 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Douglas County seeks funding for 911 systems

Douglas County is joining a statewide effort to persuade the governor and Wisconsin Legislature to provide funding to upgrade emergency 911 systems for the digital age using revenue generated by fees paid by telephone users. According to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, the police and fire protection fee is charged to consumers for each voice communications connection with an assigned telephone number including landlines, cellular phones and communication services provided by a VoIP connection.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 12:21:32 PM - SOURCE: Daily Telegram-Superior

Dells area fire departments teach prevention

October is National Fire Prevention Month and Oct. 7-13 was National Fire Prevention Week, and Dells area fire departments are partnering with the Nation Fire Protection Association to promote fire prevention. Started in 1922 following the Great Chicago Fire as fire prevention week, and later expanded to last the month of October, it is the longest running public health and safety observance on record according to the NFPA.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 8:35:54 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Multiple Sheboygan area fire agencies handle house fire near Elkhart Lake

More than 12 Sheboygan area fire agencies responded to a house fire near Elkhart Lake Tuesday night. The fire broke out just after 5:45 p.m. at W5666 Keystone Road, according to a press release from the Sheboygan County Sheriff's Office. No residents of the home or firefighters were injured during the blaze, according to the sheriff's office.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 5:26:02 AM - SOURCE: Sheboygan Press

Stevens Point fire department gets almost $80,000 in grant money

VIDEO: The Stevens Point Fire Department was awarded nearly $80,000 for new equipment, due to a federal grant from FEMA that will allow the department to better help in emergencies. The new equipment will increase the department's ability to extract people from vehicles, farm equipment and heavy machinery.
- PUB DATE: 10/24/2018 4:26:21 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

La Crosse city officials unsure about how to dispose of hundreds of used syringes found in trash

VIDEO: La Crosse city officials are unsure what to do with hundreds of used needles found in a dumpster. A business owner was shocked to find them in the trash and frustrated that first responders weren't able to remove them. It's not unusual for the La Crosse Fire Department to receive a call about used syringes found in the community.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 5:11:59 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Passers-by attempt to save dogs from Somerset house fire

PHOTO: When Somerset residents Michelle and Scott Beauvais saw smoke and fire coming from a home along Highway 35, the couple immediately called 911 and took a detour to see what they could do to help. "There was not even a thought about if you do or don't stop to help. That is just who we are. There wasn't even a conversation between my husband and I," said Michelle Beauvais.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 1:32:22 PM - SOURCE: Rivertowns

Brussels-Union-Gardner firefighters asks for new pumper truck, replacement body

A proposal from Brussels-Union-Gardner firefighters was refined by the department's Board of Directors, calling for the purchase of a new pumper truck and the installation of a replacement body on one of the fire service tankers. The total price was pegged at $523,404 during last Wednesday's fire board meeting by a manufacturer of apparatus — Custom Fab and Body from Marion, Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 10:09:56 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Tomah Fire Chief says Grills are not allowed on balconies

Grilling season may be nearing a close, but grills on apartment building balconies are still a problem. It was a noticeable problem this summer, Tomah Fire Chief Tim Adler said. "It's not just this summer, it's every year," he said. "We understand that if you move into an apartment that has a balcony you want to grill out .
- PUB DATE: 10/23/2018 4:02:23 AM - SOURCE: Tomah Journal

Racine woman killed, husband injured after tree falls on car

A Racine woman was killed and her husband was seriously injured after a tree fell on their moving vehicle Saturday morning in Franksville. The tree came down while 51-year old William Martin and 52-year old Michelle Martin were driving by, investigators said. The accident occurred on 4 Mile Rd. near Nicholson Rd.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 11:14:35 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Winds spread house fire in Howard

Firefighters in Howard say strong winds pushed an attached garage fire into a home. Howard Fire responded to the incident around 3:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon. Everyone in the home had escaped, but there may have been a cat still inside. Howard Fire said wind conditions combined with the type of construction of the building made this a difficult fire to put out.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 10:22:06 AM - SOURCE: NBC26

Garage in Buchanan Damaged in Fire

A garage has been severely damaged following a fire on Sunday. The Town of Buchanan Fire and Rescue say it happened just after noon. Once fire crews arrived, fire was coming out of the roof of the entire house. Although the fire had already spread to the attic above the house, firefighters were able to extinguish the flames before it spread any further.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 5:56:42 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay