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Madison: Scammer trying to get into homes as firefighter looking for smoke alarms

The Madison Fire Department is warning area residents to call police if someone purporting to be a firefighter wants to check inside your home to see if you have smoke alarms. An area woman recently was called by someone saying he was from the fire department, asking if her alarms were checked regularly.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 10:54:37 PM - SOURCE: Madison

Man suffers 3rd degree burns in Wisconsin Dells smokehouse

The Kilbourn Fire Department responded to a man lying on the ground in a smokehouse on River Road in the Wisconsin Dells the morning of Dec. 21. The man suffered 3rd degree burns on his lower extremities, said Kilbourn Fire Chief Scott Walsh. MedFlight also responded to the incident. The man was conscious when help arrived, but the cause of the incident remains unknown, Walsh said.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 7:15:17 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Kaukauna community gets a first look at new fire station

VIDEO: A new fire station is open in Kaukauna. The 29,000 square-foot facility held its grand opening Wednesday. It replaces the former station which was only 8,000 square feet. The new facility, which can comfortably house 35 firefighters, took a year to complete. The new station, located on Second Street, has more doors which shortens response time for crews.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 7:16:08 AM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Kraig Biefeld is Watertown's new fire chief

After serving as Watertown's interim fire chief for the past several months, Kraig Biefeld has been selected to fill the full-time position by the city's Police and Fire Commission. The announcement was made by Mayor John David at Tuesday's Common Council meeting. Biefeld will succeed Chief Greg Michalek, who retired in mid-August.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 4:13:50 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Task force recommends 5th fire station in La Crosse

VIDEO: A fifth station for the La Crosse Fire Department is one step closer to becoming a reality. The mayor's Fire Station Task Force made a formal recommendation that the city council look at building a 5th fire station on La Crosse's south side. The fire chief says early estimates are that a new station would cost anywhere between $3.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 3:42:41 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Firefighters battle fire, small explosion at Meijer construction site in Grand Chute

VIDEO: Firefighting units from multiple jurisdictions responded to a fire Wednesday night at the construction site of the new Meijer superstore being built here. The fire broke out about 8:30 p.m. in an area where contractors were doing masonry work, said Matt Kasriel, assistant fire chief for the Grand Chute Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:50:36 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Holland still smoldering over fire budget

The Holmen Area Fire District’s 2018 budget has some Town of Holland board members pressing for changes on how they contribute to its funding in the future. At last week’s board meeting, Holland Town Clerk Marilyn Pedretti said now would be the time to discuss the matter, rather than waiting until the HAFD presents the 2019 budget next November.
- PUB DATE: 12/21/2017 2:42:16 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

Firefighters respond to active structure fire in Monona single family home

Multiple units are responding to an active structure fire at a single family home in Monona. The fire is at 505 Frost Wood Road, according to Dane County dispatch. Smoke is coming from the roof of the home. People were home at the time of the fire when they smelled smoke and called the fire department, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 8:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Firefighters light third red bulb on wreaths after Nekoosa structure fire

Wood County fire departments lit a third red bulb on the Keep the Wreath Green wreaths after a structure fire in Nekoosa. A building on a Nekoosa cranberry marsh caught fire at about 4 p.m. Monday. Firefighters arrived to heavy smoke and fire spewing from the building; the building was a total loss, said Nekoosa Fire Chief Mike Hartje.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 8:49:49 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

Firefighters break into smoky Downtown apartment; occupant uninjured, Madison Fire says

Madison firefighters had to break down a door Monday night to gain access to a smoke-filled apartment, with the occupant of the apartment uninjured in the fire. The fire was reported at about 6:40 p.m. in the 100 block of North Orchard Street, the Madison Fire Department said. The 911 caller was the tenant, who came home to find the door was locked and secured from the inside.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 3:13:44 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Walworth Countywide team aims to handle water rescues better

Walworth County has nearly 30 emergency divers who are trained to rescue people when their boat capsizes or they wind up in trouble under water another way. The problem is, those divers are scattered among 14 different fire departments with varied procedures and guidelines for handling water emergencies.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 2:50:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

South Shore car fire closes Highway 11

PHOTO: South Shore firefighters battled a car fire Tuesday afternoon in the eastbound lanes of Highway 11 near Highway 31 in front of the Walgreen's, 6125 Durand Ave. South Shore Battalion Chief Jon Keiser said crews arrived on the scene at 3:36 p.m. and remained there for about 50 minutes. No injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 12/20/2017 2:31:09 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Green Bay firefighters deliver gifts for teens

VIDEO: Green Bay Metro firefighters are making a difference this holiday season. On Tuesday, they delivered hundreds of gifts that will be given to area teenagers in need. Firetrucks loaded with presents arrived at Shopko Hall Tuesday morning. The gifts will be handed out as part of the Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance program.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 3:17:47 PM - SOURCE: WLUK TV Fox 11

Fully engulfed: No injuries after garage fire in Town of Plymouth

Firefighters on Monday night, December 18th responded to the scene of a garage fire in Sheboygan County. The call came in around 11:15 p.m. It happened on State Highway 67 near Woodchuck Lane in the Town of Plymouth. As officers were arriving they confirmed that the garage was fully engulfed and spreading to the residence.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 6:46:44 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Agreement proposes wage increases for Racine firefighters

Racine firefighters will receive pay increases in January and July next year if a proposed collective bargaining agreement receives approval. The city and the firefighters union, Local 321, negotiated firefighters’ wages for the next three years. The tentative agreement would cover the wages of Racine’s firefighters and paramedics in ranks from private through captain.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 2:29:22 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Altoona proposal would bill nonresidents for costs of emergencies

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Altoona may put a new spin on that old saying when the City Council considers an ordinance allowing the city to assess service charges to nonresidents and nontaxpayers who require emergency calls. Altoona fire Chief Mark Renderman will make a presentation on the proposed ordinance at the council meeting at 6 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/19/2017 2:12:32 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Bids come in $600,000 to $1 million too high for new Madison fire station

Madison officials are scrambling after construction bids for a proposed Fire Station No. 14 on the Southeast Side came in $600,000 to $1 million over the estimated $5.8 million cost. Miron Construction Co. had the low bid, $6.39 million, while Joe Daniels Construction came in at $6.71 million and Ideal Builders at $6.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 7:32:03 PM - SOURCE: Madison

La Crosse Fire Station task force weighs need for new fire station

Members of the city's Fire Station Planning Task Force will meet on Tuesday to discuss whether the city would benefit more from a new fire station or a remodel of an existing one. In August, the La Crosse Common Council approved the formation of the task force. It consists of Fire Chief Ken Gilliam along with numerous city officials and council members.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 4:44:49 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

“This is a sad day:” 6 fire stations across Milwaukee close after budget cuts

VIDEO: Six fire stations across Milwaukee were closed Monday, December 18th after budget cuts by Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. People gathered outside Engine 6 to watch the final moments. "This is a sad day. This is a day I never thought I'd live to see," said Greg Wenzel, retired battalion chief, MFD.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 3:52:45 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Update: Milwaukee firefighter pleads not guilty to sex assault charge, bound over for trial

35-year-old Michael Peden pleaded not guilty on Monday, December 18th. Peden is a Milwaukee Fire Department “acting lieutenant” who has been formally charged with second degree sexual assault/use of force. According to a criminal complaint, on December 2nd, the victim in this case, a co-worker of Peden, was interviewed by police after his arrest.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 9:01:59 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6