Wisconsin News

Friday, December 6, 2019

3-story building near MLK and Clarke in Milwaukee collapses during fire, no injuries

Firefighters on Friday morning, Dec. 6 responded to the scene of a two-alarm fire near MLK Drive and Clarke. The call came in around 4:34 a.m. Clara Mohammed School on Wright Street canceled classes for Friday due to the fire. Upon arrival, fire officials found fire o the first floor, extending vertically to the second floor and eventually the third floor. Fire officials say the three-story building collapsed -- and there is damage to a two-story building next door. "The main fire building was the three-story ordinary constructed building. That was the main fire. That was the bulk of the fire when we showed up. With the collapse of that three-story building, we did have compromise to the two-story building that's next to it. To the north," said VanRoo. No injuries have been reported.
WITI Fox Channel 6

Duty, community drive Town of Beloit’s new deputy fire chief

For Jeramie Mielke, fighting fires is a family duty - and admittedly a good feeling. The new Town of Beloit deputy fire chief said when firefighters respond to emergencies, it might be the worst day of someone's life. But it makes him feel good to know he's saving lives while using skills that he's learned through more than two decades of experience. "There's the brute force and the fine motor stuff," Mielke said. "You've got to be able to think outside the box." Mielke was formally sworn into his new leadership role Monday night at a Town of Beloit Board of Supervisors meeting at Fire Station One. Town of Beloit Fire Chief Gene Wright said Jeramie Mielke brings a versatile set of skills to a dynamic workplace. Wright said Mielke isn't afraid to both give or follow orders and collaborate with others. Mielke is the first person to be hired from outside the department as deputy chief. Mielke, 42, was born and raised in Footville. He started as a volunteer firefighter there in 1996 and served for about 23 years, like his father before him.
Beloit Daily News

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Village of Waterford passes resolution supporting closest unit dispatch for EMS

Village trustees passed a resolution on Monday night urging the Racine County Communications Center to adopt a practice of dispatching the nearest available emergency medical unit, and requesting that all county communities west of Interstate 94 pass similar resolutions. The move to closest-unit dispatch would mean when an emergency call comes in, dispatchers would send the closest available first responders, regardless of municipal borders. That model could help alleviate the dangers created by the disputes among the three Waterford-area fire agencies. “The closest available EMS unit being dispatched to a call for EMS service is likely to be fastest to the scene of a call,” the resolution reads in part.
The Journal Times

House is ’total loss’ after 3-alarm fire in Grafton

A home in Grafton is considered a "total loss" after a fire in Grafton. Firefighters responded to 585 High Bluff Drive shortly before 5:00 p.m. Wednesday. Grafton Fire Chief William Rice said a fireplace in a bedroom started something on fire. Firefighters say they believe the family tried to take the items outside and got them to a window, but strong winds contributed to causing a "substantial fire." Four to five people, including the homeowners, were on scene when firefighters arrived. No people were hurt, including the firefighters who worked to put it out, but there were cats in the home. We don't know if they made it out safely. Chief Rice said the family has a lot of friends and family to help them out, but they're upset.
Today's TMJ4

La Crosse: Volunteer emergency responders receive housing assistance under new bill

A new bill could expand housing assistance for volunteer emergency responders. The Volunteer First Responder Housing Act was introduced by a number of lawmakers including Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) on Wednesday. The bill makes it possible for volunteer firefighters and other responders to be a part of government programs that make housing options more affordable. Emergency responders would gain access to the Good Neighbor Next Door Sales Program. This makes volunteers eligible for a 50% discount from the listed price of homes located in revitalized areas. The bill also makes it possible for more responders to participate in the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program, providing loans to low and moderate income households to build, rehabilitate or improve a home in eligible rural areas.
WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Galesville Fire Chief voices concerns over emergency workers safety

The Galesville Area Volunteer Fire Chief took to Facebook to voice his concerns for the safety of his emergency workers. According to the post, the department responded to a two-vehicle head-on collision yesterday which involved rerouting traffic for over an hour. One fireman, in full gear with a reflective vest and lighted stop sign, had to jump out of the way twice for vehicles failing to slow down. The Chief said one of the vehicles swerved at the fireman as he attempted to get out of the way. Another driver used profanity when they were not allowed to go through. The Chief said, "Please remember that all emergency workers have families and friends at home that we would like to return to at the end of our workday. Please help keep us safe and Move Over or Slow Down if you see us on the side of the road."
WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Beloit firefighters track fires using lighted wreath

With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year's right around the corner, the Beloit Fire Department wants residents to have a safe and festive holiday season. The department hung up its annual holiday fire safety wreath with green lights the day after Thanksgiving. Any time a fire is reported in the city, a red light will be added to the wreath, and when a fatal fire occurs, a blue light will be added. The fire wreath will stay up until Jan. 2, with the goal being to keep all the lights on the wreath green throughout the holidays. Interim Fire Chief Dan Pease encourages residents to have their chimneys and furnaces cleaned ahead of the winter's deep freeze. "Another big thing is checking on elderly neighbors during the winter," Pease said.
Beloit Daily News

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