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State agencies move forward with efforts to collect and dispose of firefighting foam containing PFAS

The state is moving forward with efforts to collect and dispose of roughly 25,000 gallons of firefighting foam that contain harmful forever chemicals known as PFAS. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is partnering with the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection to accept bids for the state’s PFAS-containing firefighting foam collection and disposal program.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 3:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin Public Radio

Union Grove teen killed in motorcycle crash was volunteer firefighter, EMT

The victim in a fatal motorcycle crash last week has been identified as Eugene Faust, a 2021 graduate of Union Grove High School and a current volunteer firefighter. Faust, 18, of Union Grove, died July 14 at Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, where he was taken after crashing on his motorcycle the night before on State Highway 11.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Area Youth Learn Rescue Skills At Northwood Technical College Camp

Northwood Technical College invites the media to attend a demonstration and competition from area youth who are participating in a Fired up for the Future Post 343 Firefighting/EMS/Leadership camp at Chippewa Valley Council Camp Phillips in Haugen, WI on Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. The competition is the culmination of a five-day camp, which is focused on teaching seventh through 12th graders rescue skills in firefighting, emergency medical services and leadership.
- PUB DATE: 7/21/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Dryden Wire

Firefighter, tubers suffer minor injuries during Eau Claire water rescue

Several teenagers were rescued Wednesday from the Eau Claire River. According to the Eau Claire Fire Department, the incident happened while the teens were tubing. They were found on scene clinging to a tree. It happened around 2:45 p.m. upstream from the Dewey Street Bridge. Fire officials report none of the teens were wearing life jackets.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 4:37:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Wisconsin National Guard successfully conducts HazMat training exercise with Poynette agencies

PHOTOS: The general consensus was that a successful Hazardous Material training exercise was accomplished in and around Poynette Village Hall on July 14. Sergeant Nathan Stillings with the 54th WMD (Weapons of Mass Destruction) Civil Support Team of Wisconsin’s National Guard led the training, complete with a fictional storyline and full suspect background.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lodi Enterprise & Poynette Press

Wausau Fire Department proposes new building for station 1

PHOTOS: The Wausau Fire Department is looking into building a new fire station. The fire chief said now is the time to start talking about making a change. What was once named the most ‘Most Modern in Nation’ is now outgrown, according to Wausau Fire Chief Robert Barteck. The shiny new station got the name from the Wausau Daily Record-Herald.
- PUB DATE: 7/20/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Citizens’ bravery recognized by Green Bay Metro Fire Department

Green Bay firefighters are shining a light on people in the community who helped them through courageous acts this year. Six people were presented with citizen awards Tuesday night. One was Nick Janco from Green Bay. He and another recipient of the award found a 15-year-old girl after she fell into a culvert along the Fox River Trail.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 8:57:08 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Milwaukee Fire Department responds to fire at former Northridge Mall

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) responded to a fire at the former Northridge Mall building on Tuesday. According to the MFD, the call came in after 5 p.m. Due to the hot weather, MFD says it was hard to ventilate the building. The call was upgraded to the second alarm level. An ambulance was also seen heading to the area.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 5:00:00 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Milwaukee County: Brown Deer Road construction means slower response times for police, fire

VIDEO: The North Shore Fire Department is on the east side of the closure. The Brown Deer Police Department on the west side. Both are finding ways around the construction to try to quickly get to those who need help. But lately, getting to calls has been difficult. "There’s been a lot of orange, a lot of construction that’s been happening around this area," said Asst.
- PUB DATE: 7/19/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Crews battle Lawrence fire in muggy conditions

Firefighters faced hot and muggy conditions as they battled a barn fire in the Town of Lawrence Monday. The fire was called in by the Wrightstown Fire Department chief and assistant chief who were on their way to the Lawrence Fire Department for a training session. They alerted the people who live in the house, who didn’t know the barn was on fire, and they got out of the house safely.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 7:22:46 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin foundation brings back camp in East Troy to help burn victims

VIDEO: A Wisconsin firefighters group will bring its Burn Camp back in person Aug. 8-14 near East Troy to help children who have suffered serious burns. The Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation’s week-long camp has been virtual during the past two years because of COVID-19. The camp at Timber-lee is open to children ages 7 to 17 who participate in activities such as fishing, hiking and other outdoor sports and activities.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 6:57:20 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 La Crosse

Portage Fire Department improving response times

The Portage Fire Department continues to improve response times in the city and the surrounding coverage area. Fire Chief Troy Haase recently said the times are improving but he remains concerned about the number of crew members who respond to emergency situations. Haase continues to search for more paid on-call members.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Educators Credit Union donates $10,000 to the South Shore Fire Department for new CPR equipment

Educators Credit Union joined with the South Shore Fire Department to celebrate Educators Credit Union’s $10,000 donation for the purchase of new CPR equipment on June 30. The South Shore Fire Department will now be able to host CPR training on-site and within the community. “We were able to essentially double the size of CPR equipment to provide more in-house training and training to neighboring agencies and people in the public,” said Mike Wienke, battalion chief of the South Shore Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine County Eye

Burn Camp Ride bring riders to western Wisconsin

Community motorcyclists are taking a ride to help others. The 10th annual ‘Burn Camp Ride’ started Saturday morning in West Salem. Riders then made stops at communities throughout the area. And It’s more than just a good time, money raised supports the Burn Camp coming in August in eastern Wisconsin.
- PUB DATE: 7/18/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-DT CBS 8 La Crosse

Janesville resident burnt after siphoning gas from car with vacuum

A Janesville resident was taken to the hospital after a fire broke out in their garage Sunday. Janesville Fire Department crews were called to the garage in the 4100 block of North River Road just after 11 a.m. The structure was fully engulfed in flames when crews arrived. Firefighters were able to keep the fire from spreading to the home, but the soffit and a part of the attic above the garage were damaged.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2022 3:10:38 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

No one hurt in fire at Rice Lake business

No one is hurt after a Saturday morning fire at a Rice Lake business. The Rice Lake Fire Department said that crews were called to a fire at the American Excelsior Company plant on Pioneer Avenue at 8:05 a.m. Saturday, according to a release. The fire was in a silo at the plant, which manufactures packaging materials, including wood fibers.
- PUB DATE: 7/17/2022 1:30:00 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Madison

Green Bay Metro Fire Chief David Litton retiring

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department’s fire chief is retiring by the end of this year after almost 40 years in firefighting. David Litton sat down in the studio with Action 2 News at 4:30 anchor Chris Roth to reflect on decades fighting fires and the years he’s led Green Bay’s department. He talks about the challenges Green Bay Metro F.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

West Side lab evacuated after chemical container leaked hazardous substance, Madison authorities say

A West Side lab was evacuated Tuesday morning after a chemical container leaked a hazardous substance, the Madison Fire Department reported. The evacuation of Mirus Bio, 5602 Research Park Blvd., began after the container holding a chemical known to be toxic and flammable became compromised, causing a leak and chemical vapors reportedly to waft through the hallways and to another floor via the building’s ventilation system, Fire Department spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said in a statement.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wisconsin State Journal - Metered Site

Multiple units from Janesville Fire Department respond to fire at landfill

The Janesville Fire Department had multiple units on scene Wednesday afternoon at the City of Janesville Landfill for a garbage fire. In a Facebook post, the Janesville Police Department stated they are not sure of what caused the fire. The fire is located on the northwest corner of the property. The smoke can be seen from miles away, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 7/15/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Fire causes extensive damage at downtown Eau Claire residence

A Wednesday night fire caused an estimated $150,000 damage to a downtown residence, firefighters say. According to the Eau Claire Fire Department: The fire was reported at 11:26 p.m. at 706 Hobart St. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire on both floors of the two-story residential structure.
- PUB DATE: 7/14/2022 6:30:00 AM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram - Metered Site

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