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Man found in Green Bay garbage truck dies

A homeless man found inside a garbage truck early Wednesday morning in Green Bay has died. According to Green Bay Police Lt. David Paral, the incident was called in by the truck driver around 3:11 a.m. Wednesday. The Green Bay police and fire departments were dispatched to the corner of South Jefferson and Stuart streets.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 3:40:47 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press-Gazette

Update: New La Crosse Fire Chief approved by Fire Commission

La Crosse's Fire Department will soon be under new leadership. The Fire Commission board this morning approved Ken Gilliam as the city's new Fire Chief. Gilliam comes from Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was the department's Deputy Chief of Training. He also taught as the Director of Fire and Rescue Training at the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College.
- PUB DATE: 5/25/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV News 8

One teen killed, another injured in plane crash near Chetek

VIDEO: One teenager is dead and another is injured after a plane crash near Chetek. Chetek Fire Chief Ryan Olson tells WEAU 13 News the plane crashed in the Red Cedar River near Chetek Wednesday night. According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, one of the teens died. The other was taken to an area hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 10:40:08 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Riverside Fire District welcomes new chief

VIDEO: Kelly Hanink is the new chief of the Riverside Fire District. The district was established January 1, 2017, combing the Schofield and Rothschild departments. Hanink is the first full-time employee and chief of the department. “I'm really excited,” she said. “This is an opportunity for me to lead a new organization.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 4:48:18 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Village of Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue: Mattek honored for years of service

For more than two decades, Jeffrey Mattek has served Village of Salem Lakes Fire and Rescue in several capacities, but his tenure ended at the May 18 swearing-in and pinning ceremony. Mattek, who retired after 23 years, received a standing ovation from those in attendance. According to Salem Lakes Fire Chief Mike Slover, Mattek was instrumental in helping the former Town of Salem Rescue department merge with the Fire Department, including training of future rescue staff.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 6:45:27 AM - SOURCE: My Kenosha County

Black River Falls Fire Department hosts car show

The Black River Falls Fire Department hosted the 13th Annual Show and Shine Car Show Sunday, attracting more than 160 classic cars. The turnout was lower this year because of poor weather, but many cars still came out to show off. The new Squad One for the Black River Falls Fire Department was on display, which was partly funded by past car shows.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 2:50:15 AM - SOURCE: Jackson County Chronicle

Follow Up: Former Fire Chief Alba appeals his firing to higher court

Lawyers for fired Fire Chief Jesse Alba notified the city attorney's office Tuesday, May 23, of their intent to appeal his dismissal by the Police and Fire Commission before the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals here. Alba contends his firing was illegal, capricious and violated his due process rights. Alba was in the center of a salacious ordeal in which he was accused of breaking up with his girlfriend, a training coordinator, while he was pursuing the position of fire chief.
- PUB DATE: 5/24/2017 2:05:54 AM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Invisible Fence donates pet oxygen masks to four Lakeland area fire departments

In 2006, more than 40,000 pets died in fires due to smoke inhalation. That number has gone down, in large part thanks to oxygen masks designed for animals. The Minocqua Fire Department got its own set of pet oxygen masks Tuesday, courtesy of Invisible Fence of Northern Wisconsin. "It fits a small, medium, large--whichever size animal you have," said Invisible Fence of Northern Wisconsin owner Michelle Hoban.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 2:54:50 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Fire Marshal: Evacuation plan saved lives in Wausau house fire

VIDEO: A Wausau family is safe after a late night fire caused significant damage to their home. Wausau Fire Marshal Dave DeSantis said the reason everyone made it out OK is because the family had a fire evacuation plan. "By the grace of God we do not have a fatality today, or any injuries, after the fire last night.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 7:32:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

One dead after 'hoarder house' fire in Milwaukee

A woman died late Monday night in what authorities are calling a "hoarder house" fire. Advertisement The fire was reported around 10:30 p.m. near North 80th Street and West Mill Road in Milwaukee. An official with the fire department told WISN 12 News this was a case of "extreme hoarding." Emergency crews waded through several feet of items inside the home, according to authorities.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 5:42:59 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Milwaukee: Donald Driver named "honorary firefighter" for seatbelt campaign work

Packer's all-time leading receiver Donald Driver was honored by the "Zero in Wisconsin Campaign" on Monday. The Department of Transportation campaign aims to reach a goal of zero traffic-related deaths in Wisconsin. The organization says since it started airing ads starring Driver, seat-belt use in the state is at an all-time high.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 3:44:48 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

NASCAR champ Tony Stewart gets stuck in Madison hotel elevator

Former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart spent part of his 46th birthday on Saturday in Madison stuck in a hotel elevator. Stewart, in town for dirt-track races at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie on Sunday, was staying at Staybridge Suites, 3301 City View Drive. Shortly after midnight, the elevator he and several others were in stopped at the second floor and wouldn’t move.
- PUB DATE: 5/23/2017 3:13:05 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

La Crosse Police and Fire Commission to vote on new Fire Chief Wednesday

VIDEO: The city of La Crosse is nearing the confirmation of its new fire chief. According to the agenda released for Wednesday's Police and Fire Commission meeting, the commission will vote on the appointment of Ken Gilliam to the position of fire chief. Members of the commission confirmed to News 8 that the vote will be taking place.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2017 8:17:25 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Wisconsin firefighters trained for farm accidents

VIDEO: Farm accidents are an unfortunate reality in Wisconsin. Saturday, area-firefighters got special training on how to respond to them. In 2015, more than two dozen people died on the job in agricultural and related occupations in Wisconsin, according to the most recent federal statistics. "This time of year now that the rain has been holding back, farmers are getting into fields, they're gonna be wanting to get in there and get stuff done quickly," Scott Larson with Stateline Farm Rescue explained.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 10:11:29 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Columbus Fire Department puts new breathing apparatus into service

The Columbus Fire Department recently put into service new self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA). This was made possible by a grant from FEMA which totaled over $170,000 with a local match of approximately $9,000. Captain Scott Hazeltine was primarily responsible for the grant acquisition. Four vendors presented their equipment which was reviewed by a selection committee, which in the end selected the MSA line from 5-Alarm Fire in Delafield.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 7:32:17 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Gateway fire training back on track

After a few bumps, Gateway Technical College is on track to begin a fire medic program scheduled for fall 2017 in the Village of Waterford. Gateway is currently in the process of forming a contract with the village to pay $1,500 a month to use Station No. 1 located at 122 Second St., year-round indoors.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 6:20:19 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Washington County: Several crews respond to fire on Highway 83 in Hartford

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to a fire that took place on Highway 83, just south of Lee Road in Hartford early Saturday, May 20th. The sheriff’s office says shortly after 5 a.m., they received a report of smoke coming from a residence on Highway 83. Upon arrival, officials discovered a residence fully engulfed and heavy smoke coming from a 16-unit garage structure at the Oriole Pond Apartments.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 6:12:23 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Gas leak forces evacuation of Oconomowoc assisted living home

A gas leak late Friday night sparked an evacuation of dozens of people at an assisted living home in Oconomowoc. The Western Lakes Fire District responded to a report a gas leak at Azura Memory Care just after 11 p.m. All 42 residents were evacuated and taken to Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital while crews searched for the leak.
- PUB DATE: 5/21/2017 3:27:26 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Columbus Firemen's Service Corp receives Sentry's Roundup for a Cause funds

Earlier this month managers at Columbus Sentry Market presented a check to Columbus Firemen’s Service Corp in the amount of $2,349.18 for the April Round-Up for a Cause program at Sentry. The Columbus Firemen’s Service Corp is a nonprofit organization that exists to provide various services to the Columbus Fire Department through a variety of fundraising activities.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 7:13:50 AM - SOURCE: wisc news

Early morning fire damages vacant home on Milwaukee’s north side; arson suspected

Firefighters on Friday morning, May 19th responded to the scene of a vacant house fire on Milwaukee’s north side. The call came in around 2:30 a.m. It happened near 26th and Port Sunlight Way. According to officials, when crews arrived on scene there was fire going up the side of the building — and getting inside the home.
- PUB DATE: 5/19/2017 6:22:28 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6