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Wisconsin Fire News

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

Car crashes into Sheboygan building, sets business on fire

A car crashed through the front of a building early Sunday morning setting the business on fire. According to the Sheboygan Police, around 2:25 AM the car driven by a 27-year-old man blew through a stop sign at S 24th Street and Union Avenue, crashing through the front entrance of Watson’s Vending and Foodservice.
- PUB DATE: 10/22/2018 4:32:59 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Eagle Point Volunteer Fire Department holds open house

On Saturday, the Eagle Point Volunteer Fire Department in Chippewa Falls held an open house to show their support for their community. The Eagle Point Volunteer Fire Department is comprised of 22 individuals consisting of EMRs, EMTs, first responders and volunteer fire fighters. Most fire departments located in less populated areas are staffed by mostly volunteers and many of the staffers are on call 24/7.
- PUB DATE: 10/21/2018 4:45:18 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Firefighters respond to two Onalaska house fires

VIDEO: The Onalaska Fire Department responded to two house fires shortly after 7 p.m., Saturday. Firefighters were called to 203 14th Avenue in Onalaska for a garage that was on fire. The fire spread from the garage to the house, extending to a second house next door. No one was hurt but both houses are now uninhabitable.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2018 8:01:52 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Fire truck on order for Village of Osceola

Although it might not arrive for almost a year, a new fire truck is in the works for the Village of Osceola. The village’s board of trustees approved the purchase Tuesday, Oct. 9. The combined pumper and aerial truck, which will replace the fire department’s 1972 truck, will be built to specifications by Osceola-based Custom Fire Apparatus and finished within 300 days, according to the contract.
- PUB DATE: 10/20/2018 3:12:52 PM - SOURCE: Osceola Sun

DeForest Windsor Fire Board discusses new volunteers, an overpayment and ladder truck

A dozen new volunteers are aiding in staffing issues at the DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS Department. After losing several volunteers over the past few months, including senior members – and with more turnover expected – the 12 additional volunteers will help bring the department’s numbers closer to comfortable levels.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 1:00:20 PM - SOURCE: DeForest Times

Electrical issue causes fire in Township of Auburn home Thursday

A home in Fond du Lac County sustained significant damage after a fire broke out Thursday afternoon. Crews were called to N828 Fond du Lac County V just before 1:15 p.m. after a passerby observed dark smoke and flames coming from the back of the home, according to a statement from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Office.
- PUB DATE: 10/19/2018 4:45:36 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Rubicon firefighter wins national award for hearing-impaired

Clare Wolf, a firefighter from Rubicon, has won a national award for the hearing impaired. She was a finalist in the adult category for the Oticon Focus on People Awards and won the most votes of three contenders. Oticon, a hearing aid manufacturer, honors individuals for their contributions to the hearing impaired community with the awards.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 5:03:25 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Gateway Technical College to host fire, EMS recruitment event

The Gateway Technical College Fire Program is partnering with fire departments throughout Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties to recruit new firefighters and emergency medical technicians. Gateway will host a recruitment event on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the HERO Center, 380 McCanna Parkway, Burlington.
- PUB DATE: 10/18/2018 1:10:51 PM - SOURCE: My Kenosha County