Wisconsin News

Friday, August 12, 2022

Milwaukee Fire Department citizenship requirement dropped by Fire and Police Commission

The Milwaukee Fire Department has opened the door for more people to become firefighters. Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski said the change is a long time coming. The Milwaukee Fire Department can now hire anyone who is legally hirable, whether they’re a United States citizen or not. Chief Lipski said the department can benefit from more diversity, people who are multilingual and anyone who wants to serve their community. "The word opportunity comes to mind for a lot of people," said Lipski. "Let’s make sure everybody’s welcome at the table." In the land of opportunity, Chief Lipski wants to invite more people in. "If someone is otherwise legally hirable, whether or not they are a U.S. citizen, that’s fine with us," said Lipski.
WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Fire on 9th floor of Oshkosh apartment building displaces 14

The Oshkosh Fire Department has provided an update on a fire that displaced 14 people at an apartment complex on Thursday evening. According to a release, crews were dispatched around 10 p.m. on August 11 to the CourtTower apartments on 100 Court Street. When crews arrived a small fire on the ninth floor had been extinguished by the sprinkler system. However, officials say that due to the amount of water put out by the sprinkler system, apartments on the ninth and eighth floor had ‘extensive water damage and had to be evacuated. Fourteen people were displaced and are being assisted by the American Red Cross of Wisconsin. No injuries were reported.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

One person injured in Milwaukee house fire

The Milwaukee Fire Department said one person was injured in a house fire Thursday afternoon. The fire happened near 38th and Locust around 11:30 a.m. MFD Deputy Chief Sharon Purifoy-Smoots said the fire was in the basement of a home. When firefighters arrived, there was one person trapped inside. Officials entered the home and helped the person out of the house. MFD said the victim was taken to the hospital but there is no word on their condition. However, the Milwaukee Fire Department posted a tweet saying in part, "proud of our folks but prayerful for the victim’s recovery." The cause of the fire has not been released.
WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Five rescued as 35 ft boat crashes into break wall at Superior port of entry

Five people were rescued after the boat they were on crashed into the break wall at the Lake Superior port of entry on the Minnesota and Wisconsin border. The incident happened at 10:50 p.m. Tuesday, with the St. Louis County Sheriff's Office and Rescue Squad, U.S. Coast Guard, and Duluth Fire Department called into action. According to the sheriff's office, five adults were on a 35-foot boat when the collision happened on the Minnesota side of the point of entry. "The boat was taking on water and was ultimately beached on rocks on the inside of the break wall," the sheriff's office. All five were able to make it to land with help from the agencies at the scene, and nobody suffered any major injuries.
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11-year-old finds comfort at 28th annual Burn Camp in East Troy one year after his accident

The annual Burn Camp, put on by the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Association, took on its 28th season this week. The week-long camp was able to raise over $100,000 to fund the following year’s camp. The camp is made for kids who have suffered life-altering burns. This year, dozens of campers were able to enjoy a week of fun dedicated just to them. One of those campers is 11-year-old Cavin Allen. It was about one year ago that Allen found himself in a lot of pain in his yard. He tried to smash out a fire with a shovel, but found himself in danger while doing that. “My sweatpants started on fire and my crocs started on fire, so my foot got burned,” Allen said.
Spectrum News 1

Thursday, August 11, 2022

De Pere fire department celebrates 150 years of service

After 150 years of service the De Pere fire department has gone through many large changes. Despite these changes, the department uses its history to prepare for the future. "We always grow from the big events we have to get a little bit better," said battalion chief Brett Jansen. There's been several large fires in De Pere that have molded the town's history. Jansen said the last major one unlocked a new method to battling fires in downtown. "It allowed us to put in dry hydrants which connect right to the river," said Jansen. Those hydrants allow the department to take water from the Fox River and pump it up to an active scene. A technological advancement that is a far cry from the humble beginnings of the fire department back more than a century ago. Gone are the days of simple coats and boats. In their place, firefighters have full structural gear that Jansen said has helped them save countless lives on the job.
WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

’He was taken from us way too soon’: Community remembers 20-year-old Grand Rapids firefighter

Although he had just turned 20 on April 26, Riley Daniel Ray Huiras had an impact on his community that "went far beyond his 20 years of life." "Once you met him, you didn't forget him," Grand Rapids Police Chief Melvin Pedersen said. Huiras, the son of Kevin and Tami Huiras, was an Eagle Scout, played the violin and the piano, worked for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters baseball team, volunteered as an auxiliary officer with the Grand Rapids Police Department and was a firefighter with the Grand Rapids Volunteer Fire Department. "His greatest passion is the betterment of others through police work and firefighting," his obituary said. Huiras died Wednesday from a brain aneurysm. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, 441 Garfield St., Wisconsin Rapids. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church.
Wisconsin Rapids Tribune - Metered Site

Fire at Milwaukee’s Northridge Mall, 4th in 3+ weeks, chief ’over it’

Milwaukee firefighters responded to Milwaukee's "ill-secured, long-vacant Northridge Mall" Wednesday, Aug. 10 for the fourth fire in less than three weeks. Wednesday's fire was upgraded to a second alarm due to the size and "decrepit condition of building." Fire officials said fast work by first responders brought the fire under control. When firefighters arrived, smoke was pouring from the old food court area. "This is extremely important because advanced fire in this building is a firefighter killer, and that's very well known in the fire service," said Milwaukee Fire Chief Aaron Lipski. After putting out the fire, officials began a search of the "massive structure." A similar incident happened back on July 19. That fire was arson, and damage was estimated at approximately $200,000. Lipski said his firefighters reported it was "one of the hottest fires they've ever fought."
WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Kenosha, Racine see different results on referendums to fund public safety

Voters in Kenosha and Racine saw similar referendum questions when it came to funding public safety, but different results came from the two cities just about 10 miles apart. Both referendums included funding for new police officers. In Racine, additional public safety measures were included. In Kenosha, the referendum also supported new firefighter positions. In Racine, the referendum was voted down with 56% of voters opposing it. In Kenosha, the referendum was passed with 53% of voters in support of it. Racine 12th District Alderman Henry Perez was one of the "no" votes in his city. "I, for example, voted no because I know the city can handle the [reallocation] of the money they have right now to address the need. And it's not fair to have our community have to contribute to what we would probably do anyway," Perez said.
WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

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