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Friday, November 16, 2018

Manley takes over Holmen fire leadership


Buck Manley is the new chief of the Holmen Area Fire Department. The fire board held a closed session Nov. 7 to discuss Manley’s future with the department, then voted to not only continue the chief’s employment, but change his official title to fire chief. “It was unanimous to make Buck Manley the department’s fire chief,” said Doug Jorstad, Holmen Village Board’s representative on the fire board. Manley was hired as the department’s assistant chief during the summer to fill a position left vacant with the retirement of Assistant Chief Bill Bulawa. During the probation period of his employment, Manley also assumed the responsibilities of fire chief after the retirement of Fire Chief Paul Menches.
Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

New Wind Lake fire chief plans to stay despite assault allegations


The new fire chief at the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Don Catenacci, expects to stay in his current position despite allegations of assault and misconduct that have been alleged against him in Verona. Catenacci became Wind Lake’s part-time fire chief in September. He concurrently serves as the assistant chief at the Verona Fire Department in Dane County, which is also a part-time position. He was hired to work 20 hours a week for Wind Lake, which has a roster of 13 volunteers, one full-time firefighter who staffs the station Monday-Friday, and part-time affiliate emergency members — recent graduates of technical college fire and EMS training programs — who augment the department’s staffing.
Racine Journal Times

Waupun firefighters extinguish Helen’s Kitchen fire


City firefighters extinguished a blaze at a local restaurant during the early morning Thursday. The Waupun Fire Department was dispatched to Helen’s Kitchen, 1116 W. Main Street, at 4:01 a.m. for a report of a grease fire in the kitchen. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small fire. Crews were able to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but not before it had caused some damage. Crews were on scene for an hour working on ventilation, overhaul operations and checking for fire extension. There were three employees in the restaurant at the time of the fire and no one was injured. No firefighters were hurt during operations. The restaurant will be closed for a period of time while cleanup takes place. The cause of the fire remains under investigation and damage estimates have yet to be determined.
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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Dane inches closer to joining Lodi EMS; per capita assessment vote stalls


The Lodi Area EMS Commission met Monday night, and made mixed progress on a couple of long-simmering issues among the three municipalities — the Town of West Point, Town of Lodi, and the City of Lodi—that make up the body. Discussions to change the assessment structure, from a 40-40-20 share to a per-capita basis appear to have stalled for now, as the sides agreed to continue negotiations. West Point has been pushing for the change for about a year, saying its residents pay more than $20 per resident than other members of the district. Both the Town of West Point and the City of Lodi vouched support for the per capita assessment, citing it as the only fair way to levy the tax. “It’s obvious to me that West Point has been overpaying compared to the town and the city,” said West Point supervisor Matt Zeman. “We are looking forward to a new contract being signed before September 2019.” But Town of Lodi Chair Tom Marx said negotiations should continue, as there are outstanding issues to be settled. “What we’re negotiating is how the cost be divided between three municipalities,” said Marx.
Lodi Enterprise

Early morning fires damage home, apartment complex in Milwaukee


Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating two separate fires that happened early Thursday morning, Nov. 15. A home and an apartment complex were damaged as a result of the fires. The first happened at a house near 20th Street and Scott Street around 12:20 a.m. Officials say no one was hurt — and all residents made it out safely. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Crews were called out to another fire around 2:40 a.m. near 88th Street and Tucker Place. The fire broke out at an apartment complex. FOX6 crews didn’t see any flames or smoke coming from the building — but firefighters and the Red Cross were outside the building helping residents. No additional details have been released — including the cause of the fire or the amount of damage sustained.
WITI Fox Channel 6

Racine Fire Department called to put out turkey fryer fire in garage


The Racine Fire Department was dispatched to put out a garage fire caused by someone's turkey fryer Wednesday afternoon. According to a report, the fire started when the owners of the house left their turkey fryer unattended. The fire destroyed the garage and its contents completely, totaling an estimated $20,000 in damages. The RFD would like to remind everyone that turkey fryers should not be used inside a building or placed on wooden decks. They also say that turkey fryers are not safe for the general public to use. The department also says that if you are going to use a fryer this Thanksgiving, to use it on non-combustible surfaces and at least 10 feet from any buildings or other combustible products.
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