Wisconsin News

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Chippewa Falls panel OKs fund drive to buy power cot systems

The Chippewa Falls Fire Department is seeking donations to buy two power cot systems for their ambulances and refurbish four existing cots at a total cost of about $58,000. Chippewa Falls fire Chief Mike Hepfler presented the plan Tuesday to the city’s Transportation, Construction, Public Safety and Traffic Committee, although he started raising money last month. “A year ago we got donations from TTM (Technologies) and (HSHS) St. Joseph’s Hospital, which were very large,” Hepfler said. “They give us $10,000 each annually.” The cot system — the hydraulic metal beams that do the lifting — is about $24,000 each.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Fire in Sturgeon Bay downtown likely started in exterior waste container

Firefighters were on the scene Tuesday night of a fire reported about 9 p.m. at 19 N. Third Ave. The storefronts along this area include second-story apartments. The preliminary investigation showed the fire started in an exterior waste container near the alley behind the building, said Sturgeon Bay Fire Chief Tim Dietman. No injuries were reported and all of the apartment residents were evacuated, he said. The extent of the damage was unknown.
Green Bay Press-Gazette

Milton Firefighters help secure floating propane tanks

Firefighters from the Milton Fire Department helped secure tanks that were floating away at Milton Propane Tuesday. Firefighters from Janesville also assisted. Several busy roads were closed Tuesday due to flooding across Rock County. NBC15 reached out to the Milton Fire Department, but an official there could not provide any more information at the time on the exact number of tanks the department helped secure or how long crews were out.
WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Madison man detained after volatile chemicals found in apartment, authorities say

A Madison man was detained after volatile chemicals were discovered at his Far West Side apartment Tuesday morning, prompting the building’s residents to be evacuated, authorities said. The Madison Fire Department sent its Hazardous Incident Team to the Timberlake Village Apartments, 7425 Timberlake Trail, around 10:30 a.m. after authorities received complaints about an odor, Madison Fire Chief Steven Davis said. “They got inside and found numerous chemicals inside a single family apartment,” Davis said at a news conference Tuesday night. Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said there was enough “sophistication between the mechanical apparatus and the numerous chemicals” in the apartment that it created the potential for bomb making.

Marathon County home destroyed in fire, animals killed

VIDEO: A home near Athens went up in flames Tuesday night. Firefighters were called to the scene on County Road A in the Town of Johnson just before 9 p.m. Officials believe a heating lamp in the garage is to blame for starting the fire. The Athens Fire Chief said several pigs and two dogs died in the blaze. One dog was able to be saved. No people were hurt in the fire.The home in a total loss.
WAOW-TV ABC 9-Wausau

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Controversy continues over Portage Co. volunteer fire station’s future

VIDEO: Residents of Park Ridge will vote Tuesday on an advisory referendum concerning the volunteer fire department. The future of the station remains in question but in the meantime, residents are voicing their opinions. The ballot will have three options for residents to choose from: The first would offer a new building and updated equipment. The second option buys a brand new pump truck but keeps the current building. The third option services out to Stevens Point and closes the department. Some residents are all for keeping the station, "It's a crucial referendum in the sense that we're trying to survive, we want our Park Ridge fire department to continue on," Park Village resident, Conrad Favor said.
WAOW Newsline 9

New fire station groundbreaking brings Madison closer to quicker response times

VIDEO: People living on Madison's southeast side routinely have to wait 10 to 15 minutes for emergency crews to respond. The city hopes opening Fire Station 14 near the intersection of Dairy Drive and Femrite Drive will change that. Construction begins Monday. When complete, the $6.4 million Fire Station 14 will include a community room as well as a training room for firefighters and recruits. Currently, the closest stations to serve the area are Station 6 on Badger Road and Station 5 on Cottage Grove Road. During rush hour, it can take between 10 to 15 minutes to get to the southeast corner of the city.
WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

Former Mosinee fire chief sues Fire District to block release of documents

The former chief of the Mosinee Fire District is suing to block the release of records requested after his resignation, alleging they contain false information that would hurt his reputation if made public. Doug Jennings left the department in late January, a day after he was put on paid suspension by the Mosinee Fire District Board. Former Deputy Fire Chief Emily Dobeck also resigned the day Jennings was suspended. Now, Jennings has filed a lawsuit against the Fire District to stop the release of certain documents requested by USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin related to his employment and departure.
Wausau Daily Herald

Three people displaced by apartment fire in Appleton

VIDEO: Three people were displaced Sunday by a fire at an apartment building. The fire was reported at 6:12 p.m. at 3208 E. Canary St., according to the Appleton Fire Department. The first firefighters at the scene found an apartment using a wood burning stove had led to a chimney fire in the attic. The fire was quickly extinguished and most of the damage was limited to the attic. No injuries were reported, but three people were displaced by the fire. Red Cross is assisting with shelter.
Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighters Pull Woman From The Flames in Fond du Lac County

Fond du Lac Sheriff's Office received a call just before midnight Monday about a house fire. Officials say the blaze broke out on W3858 Silica Road. A passerby reported visible smoke coming from the garage and could hear a woman inside the home calling for help. Fire personnel removed the 47-year-old woman from the home. She was treated for minor smoke inhalation and was the only one living in the residence. Another small fire started, but was put out. Officials say the cause of the fire was due to careless handling of smoking materials.

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