Wisconsin News

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Green Bay Metro Fire Station Out of Commission Due To Flooding

A Green Bay Metro Fire Station suffered severe flood damage during Monday night's storms. "Our Fire Station 5 suffered major flooding, rendering the building uninhabitable," said Fire Chief David Litton. The station on Finger Road is expected to be closed for a lengthy period of time while repairs are being done. "We don't know how long the building will be in the condition that it is in." Fire Chief Litton says in the meantime, crews will remain in the area and will be able to provide emergency assistance to residents of that neighborhood and it will not affect the emergency service in that area. "How long it will take for cleanup and how long it will take for power to be restored, we do not have answers at this point. It could be several days, it could be several weeks before we can use it again."

Milwaukee firefighters trained on domestic violence

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is requiring its 800 firefighters go through a domestic abuse training session. To cover all the first responders, sessions are being offered at the Milwaukee Fire Academy over a three month period. It’s part of a health and wellness program within the department that’s been around for almost ten years. However, this is the first time an entire session has been dedicated to domestic abuse. In the class, led by Milwaukee’s Sojourner Family Peace Center, firefighters are learning how to spot warning signs of abuse, and they’re given resources available in Milwaukee if they need help.
Today's TMJ4

Firefighters plan smoke detector giveaway in Genoa City

For this year’s Fire Prevention Month, the Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue Association hopes to improve fire safety in the community. In conjunction with Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue, the association is holding an upcoming smoke detector drive. During the month of October, smoke detectors will be available at the fire station on 1113 Clover Road in Bloomfield. The smoke detectors — which were purchased by the association thanks to donations made in spring — will also be available at October community events. Residents of the village and town of Bloomfield, Genoa City, and Pioneer Estates may contact the fire station from Oct. 1 to Oct. 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (262) 279-2033 for more information. Those that would like assistance with installation can make an appointment with fire station personnel.
Lake Geneva News

Fire damages machine at Eau Claire business

About $200,000 in damage was caused by fire to a machine and duct work Tuesday morning at Dynamic Fabrication & Finishing at 800 Wisconsin St. The fire was reported at 7:38 a.m. The business was evacuated by the time Eau Claire firefighters arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the machine and adjacent duct work. Firefighters had to dismantle portions of the machine to put out the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

South Shore Fire Department welcomes new rig, chief warns about other equipment needs

At Mount Pleasant Day on Saturday, the South Shore Fire Department showed off its newest vehicle, a new aerial ladder with capabilities beyond what the department’s current vehicles can do. South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman also showed off the ladder to the Village Board on Sept. 10; he said the new truck replaces an older ladder from 1992 and “to say it was worn out would be an understatement.” “It’s a little bit bigger than previous ladders that we’ve had,” Stedman said, adding this ladder includes a water piping on the ladder and a 500-gallon tank. It cost the department about $950,000 but is expected to be in service for the next 20 years, possibly longer.
Racine Journal Times

Lincoln County, firefighters take efforts to prevent troublesome suicide numbers

VIDEO: A decade ago, some of the highest rates of suicide in the state came from Lincoln County. Those numbers have improved slightly since then. But death by suicide is still a major concern in the area. A billboard in the center of Merrill serves as a reminder. It directs people to call the Hopeline, a free crisis prevention line. "The mental health coalition has been doing a lot of work in suicide prevention efforts for several years," said Debbie Moellendorf, a co-facilitator for the new Healthy Minds for Lincoln County group. Moellendorf's coalition is responsible for the billboard, and for trying to change attitudes about mental illness.
WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Recognize him? Suspect wanted in connection with Milwaukee stabbing, vehicle fire

Milwaukee police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for a battery cutting and an arson to a vehicle. It happened near 26th Street and Mineral Street. According to police, on Saturday, Sept. 15 around 10:30 p.m. the suspect stabbed the victim over stolen property. The suspect fled the scene — then came back to the area on Sunday, Sept. 16 around 6 a.m. and set fire to the victim’s vehicle. The suspect is a male, Hispanic, 17-19 years old, 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt, gray shorts. He was last seen riding a black, 20” bike with neon green rims.
WITI Fox Channel 6

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