Wisconsin News

Monday, April 23, 2018

Holmen Fire Chief stepping down

Holmen's fire chief won't renew his contract when it expires in August according to the village president. After two years, Paul Menches told the Holmen Area Fire District Association Board Thursday night that he's decided to leave the department as of the middle of August, Holmen Village President Nancy Proctor told WXOW. She said they're in the very early stages of finding a replacement for Menches, who was hired in July 2016. The department was in the process of seeking an assistant fire chief when Menches announced his departure, according to Proctor.
WXOW-TV ABC 19 LaCrosse

Health care professionals get hands-on firefighter training as part of new partnership with Madison fire department

VIDEO: A new Madison fire department partnership is making sure injured firefighters get the help they need to get back on the job and keep the community safe. The department is working with Tactical Athlete Health Performance Institute (TAHPI), which connects injured firefighters with knowledgeable health care professionals more quickly than previously. As part of that partnership, a training session Saturday at Madison College’s Public Safety Tactical Training Ground invited health care professionals to participate in exercises, including fire attack, search and rescue, emergency medical services and auto extraction.
WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Campers evacuated from Lake Wissota State Park due to grass fires

VIDEO: Authorities were forced to fully evacuate Lake Wissota State Park Sunday afternoon in order to fight several grass fires. Officials told News 18 there were a few campers at the park at the time, but said no one was injured. They don't know what started the fires, or how many acres they have burned so far, but the Department of Natural Resources is sending officers from Ladysmith to help put them out. Authorities said there's a low fire danger this weekend, which is helping their efforts, but the windy conditions are making it more difficult to put out the flames. They said the fire and smoke isn't incredibly visible from the road, because the flames are in a thicker part of the woods.
WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Man flown to Milwaukee-area hospital following late night accident

A man was flown to a Milwaukee-area hospital after a one-car crash late Saturday night at Highway 165 and Sheridan Road. The crash occurred at 9:51 p.m. and involved a man believed to be the driver of the vehicle who had to be extricated, according to David Wilkinson, Pleasant Prairie Fire Department assistant chief. A Flight for Life helicopter was called, landing at the Job Center, 8600 Sheridan Road. The victim was flown to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. No additional information on the victim or his condition was available, he said. We Energies was also called because the crash involved a utility pole.
Kenosha News

House fire in Two Rivers causes $75,000 in damage

Heavy flames and smoke coming from the second floor of a bedroom window, that's what Two Rivers firefighters saw when they arrived at a home on 27th Street Saturday afternoon. Officials say the call came in 13 minutes before 3 p.m. and officials managed to put the fire out quickly. Firefighters were on scene for an hour and say those inside the home got out before officials arrived. No one was hurt. The fire department says the fire started in a bedroom on the second floor. The fire caused an estimated $75,000-worth of damage.
WLUK TV Fox 11

Friday, April 20, 2018

One person hospitalized after fire in Cedarburg, cause still under investigation

VIDEO: One person is in the hospital for smoke inhalation after a fire at a home in Cedarburg on Thursday. Crews were called to the 5700 block of W. Spring Street just before 12:00 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators say the person was able to get out of the house but then re-entered the building before firefighters arrived and was overcome by smoke. It's believed the fire started in the back room of the two-story home and spread to the second floor. Firefighters were on the scene for about four hours. Officials say in addition to fire damage, there is also extensive water and smoke damage to the home. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Woman rescued from Fond du Lac River

Thursday afternoon Fond du Lac Fire Rescue was called to 12th Street over the Fond du Lac for a report of a person in the water. When crews arrived they put on cold water rescue suits and went into the water and attached a rope around the woman so they could get her out of the water and up a snow covered riverbank. The victim was treated and released. Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O'Leary said the victim was yelling for help and alert neighbors kept the victim stable while others called 911.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Developing: Early morning fire damages home on Milwaukee’s north side

PHOTO: Firefighters on Friday morning, April 20 responded to the scene of a house fire on Milwaukee’s north side. It happened in the area of 5th and Burleigh just after 1:00 a.m. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
WITI Fox Channel 6

Firefighters in Wauwatosa save three-year-old girl’s life

A special visitor stopped by the Wauwatosa Fire Department Wednesday to say "thank you." A photo shows 3-year-old Charlie and her mother with the firefighters and paramedics who saved Charlie's life. Two weeks ago, she was choking on some food and stopped breathing. First responders were able to get her breathing again and took her to Children's Hospital. She was released from the hospital the next day.
WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

EMS station discussed for Windsor

An ambulance station in Windsor remains a topic of discussion among officials, but the project is likely several years away from advancing. According to DeForest Windsor Fire and EMS Chief Steve LaFeber, the department operates one to two ambulances – depending on available staff – to cover the district’s 98 square miles. That area includes DeForest, Vienna, Leeds, Windsor and Hampden. Crews also service Sun Prairie and other area neighboring municipalities when needed.
DeForest Times

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