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Governor Walker approves plan to build first responder network

VIDEO: Governor Scott Walker has approved a new program designed to transform the way first responders communicate with each other. FirstNet Responder Network Authority and AT&T is building a broadband network specifically dedicated for use by first responders. FirstNet will bring advanced technologies that will help first responders save lives and protect communities.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 3:24:23 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Lake Geneva senior-citizen complex evacuated by fire

Lake Geneva firefighters evacuated a senior-citizen housing complex Sunday after fire broke out inside the property. No injuries were reported, and the fire was extinguished without any sign of significant damage at the Havenwood of Lake Geneva complex, 250 Havenwood Drive. The fire was reported at 3:19 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 1:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Fire damages lower level of Kenosha home at 5402 25th Ave.

No one was hurt in a fire that damaged the lower level of a multiple-story residence in central Kenosha Sunday night. Neighbors reported flames and thick smoke coming from the south side of the house at 5402 25th Ave., alerting firefighters at 7:05 p.m. Kenosha Fire Department Battalion Chief Wes Bernhardt said firefighters fought the blaze in multiple areas of the lower level, including the kitchen and living room area.
- PUB DATE: 12/18/2017 1:46:48 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

2 People Displaced By Overnight Fire in Appleton

A fire on Appleton's north side forced two people from their house Thursday night. Firefighters say they were called to the 600 block of W. Parkway Boulevard just after 6:30. When they arrived, crews could see smoke in the house. Firefighters quickly put out a fire on a living room chair. Other areas of the home were damaged by smoke and heat, and the house cannot be lived in.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 7:04:18 AM - SOURCE: WTAQ 97.5-FM & 1360-AM

Family of five escapes Sussex house fire

A Sussex family escaped safely after their house caught fire Thursday night. Firefighters responded to Woodland Creek Drive and Chestnut Hill at about 9:00 p.m. and found smoke and flames coming from the house. A family member told CBS 58 News that a mother and four children lived there, but all got out safely.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 4:38:45 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Watertown Assistant Fire Chief found not guilty

Watertown Assistant Fire Chief Tim Gordon was found not guilty of obstructing a police officer after a lengthy trial in Lake Country Municipal Court on Friday. The municipal charge against Gordon was initiated by the city of Watertown and alleges he intentionally misrepresented an incident that occurred while he was on duty in March conducting a fire inspection.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 4:16:04 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Manitowoc crews retrieve car that crashed in Lake Michigan during snowstorm

It took authorities about half an hour to get a sunken vehicle out of Lake Michigan and onto a tow truck Thursday morning. Manitowoc police and fire department workers began working on removing the sedan at about 11 a.m. A crew of two firefighters took a boat to the car and hooked it up on a tow truck.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 2:56:34 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Kenosha officials, first responders, agencies plan responses to emergencies

When disaster strikes, it takes more than a first responder to make the call. It takes a partnership between the community and its organizations. That’s what representatives of about 90 public and private organizations learned Wednesday morning during a Wisconsin Emergency Management workshop at the Kenosha Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 12/15/2017 1:51:16 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

No one injured in trailer fire on county highway in Watertown

No one was injured in a fire that caused extensive damage to a trailer home at 9027 County Highway Q Tuesday night. According to Watertown Interim Fire Chief Kraig Biefeld, nobody was home when firefighters arrived on the scene at about 3:24 p.m. Biefeld said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the fire, which was contained to its area of origin shortly after crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 4:11:57 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times

Follow Up: Buffalo County fire kills father, 2-year-old girl

Buffalo County authorities continue to investigate the cause of a fire Tuesday morning that killed a father and his 2-year-old daughter at their Buffalo City home and do not suspect foul play, Sheriff Mike Schmidt-knecht said. Douglas Shawley, 30, and Genevieve Shawley, 2, were killed in the fire, according to sheriff’s office officials.
- PUB DATE: 12/14/2017 2:13:21 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Portage panel plans for fire chief, other leaders succession

Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson has been at the helm of the Portage Fire Department for 13 years, and hasn’t indicated any readiness to retire. But when the time comes for Simonson to hang up his turnout gear — temporarily or permanently — there’s a plan in place to pinpoint his successor. The city’s Human Resources Committee on Tuesday took a long look at a draft of a succession plan for Simonson.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 8:01:40 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

State can no longer enforce apartment building sprinkler rule

VIDEO: A 7-year-old rule that requires fire sprinklers to be put in new apartment buildings with three to 20 units will no longer be enforced by the state of Wisconsin. Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says the Department of Safety and Professional Services rule now goes beyond the agency's authority.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 6:01:26 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Oneida County emergency responders, snowplow drivers work through first heavy snowfall of the season

Most people across the Northwoods woke up to several inches of snow on the ground Wednesday. It's a sight many have been waiting for since the start of the season. But sometimes those snow covered roads make it hard for people to get their jobs done. "Just because it's snowing out doesn't stop medical emergencies or fires," said Rhinelander Firefighter/Paramedic Adam Merrill.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 5:24:35 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

One injured in Janesville fire

One person was injured and several were displaced after a residential fire near downtown Janesville on Wednesday morning, authorities said. Janesville Fire Department Battalion Chief Chris Lukas said one adult male was taken to an area hospital after a fire broke out in the second story of an apartment building at 203 E.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 8:36:41 AM - SOURCE: Walworth County Today

2 dead after mobile home fire in Buffalo County

Two people were killed in an early morning fire in Buffalo County. It happened around 5 a.m. in Buffalo City on Circle Drive. According to the Buffalo County Sheriff’s Department, the fire was on the back half of a mobile home. Shortly after arriving, deputies say there was a small explosion that they believe was a small propane tank located near the home.
- PUB DATE: 12/13/2017 7:14:43 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

13-year-old boy discovers fire in Woodruff home, helped alert authorities and saved pets

A Woodruff family now finds themselves without a home for the holidays after a fire late Tuesday afternoon caused severe damage. It is unknown exactly how much damage there is, or how the fire got started. But, what authorities do know, is that no one got hurt. That's in large part due to the quick actions of a 13-year-old boy.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 8:37:33 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

No criminal charges for volunteer firefighter who drove into bar in West Bend

A Washington County volunteer firefighter won’t face any criminal charges after crashing his truck into a bar. It happened on December 3rd in West Bend. 47-year-old Bradley Enright was cited for OWI, first offense, but the owners of Rally Time, the bar that was struck, have opted not to press charges.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 5:50:06 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Early morning fire damages Wausau duplex

Residents got out safely Tuesday morning when a fire broke out in their home, according to police. A caller reported a fire in a duplex in the 500 block of Chicago Avenue 12:30 a.m. Tuesday. Firefighters and police responded to the scene and the fire was extinguished by 2 a.m., according to the Wausau Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 7:27:53 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Janesville Chief Accused of Malfeasance by Former Employee

A former Janesville Fire Department employee alleges the fire chief and other fire department employees lied to police that he "might be mentally unstable and dangerous," according to complaints filed with the Janesville Police and Fire Commission. The former employee, Donald "Jeff" Bowen, has filed three charges of malfeasance in public office against Fire Chief Randy Banker and one each against Lt.
- PUB DATE: 12/12/2017 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Firehouse News

Racine Police: Victim dies after crashing vehicle into pond near 21st and Green Bay Road

VIDEO: The Racine Police Department has confirmed that the victim in the car into pond accident has died from his injuries. The Racine Fire Department was dispatched to the pond near 21st and Green Bay Road for a report of a vehicle in the water. The first call came in at 7:48 p.m. and the first diver made it into the water at 8:02 p.
- PUB DATE: 12/11/2017 9:57:25 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee