Some Wisconsin legislators are pushing to curtail the use of firefighting foams that contain potentially toxic chemicals and establish standards that limit how much of the substances can safely exist in the state's groundwater, air and soil.
Firefighting foam can contain polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, which are man-made chemicals that research suggests can decrease female fertility, increase the risk of high blood pressure in pregnant women and lower birth weights. PFAS have been used for decades in a range of products, including foam, non-stick cookware, fast-food wrappers and stain-resistant sprays. The chemicals have been drawing more scrutiny as potentially toxic contaminants in recent years.
Tyco Fire Products discovered in 2013 that soil and well contamination on its Marinette fire training property contained PFAS. In 2017, the company acknowledged that the chemicals had spread beyond the facility. A month later the company began distributing bottled water to residents whose private wells may have been contaminated.
The district where a fallen Appleton firefighter's children attend school is providing counseling and other services in the wake of his death.
Mitchell Lundgaard, a 14-year veteran of the Appleton Fire Department, was shot and killed May 15 after responding to a medical call that authorities said escalated into a shootout between the patient and police. Lundgaard was the first Appleton firefighter to die in the line of duty in nearly 90 years.
Appleton Fire Chief Jeremy Hansen confirmed Lundgaard's children attend school in the Kimberly Area School District.
Nicole Noonan, the district's marketing and community coordinator, said in a statement that Kimberly schools are providing services to students and staff in need. The district declined to identify Lundgaard's children as students, citing privacy concerns.
Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com
Janesville police arrested three suspects, including one juvenile, in connection with a fire in the bathroom at Bond Park.
According to a release from the Janesville Police Department, officers responded to the fire at 6:01 p.m. Thursday at the park on the city's west side.
The release said witnesses were able to describe the three males and a vehicle involved.
Officers were able to locate the suspects several blocks from the park, according to the release.
Jalon Brown, 18, is facing arson and obstruction charges. Michael Guzman, 17, is facing arson and felony bail jumping charges. Additionally, a 14-year-old juvenile is facing an arson charge.
Damages are estimated to be around $5,000, according to police.
WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison
Olive Preuss, 7, ignited Portage firefighters’ hearts Wednesday when she offered a priceless gift to a couple classmates after a local family was displaced by a house fire two weeks ago.
Passing up the chance to ride inside a firetruck to St. Mary’s Catholic School on Wednesday morning, Olive asked the Portage Fire Department to instead take her friends Easton Van Zile, 7, and Avery Van Zile, 5.
“It made me happy,” she said. “Because I was helping a friend.”
Portage Fire Department Capt. Mike Nachreiner said Olive’s act of kindness made her the heroine of the day and deserved recognition, rather than the firefighters she and her friends look up to as heroes.
Easton said he liked meeting firefighters - and they made sure to ask him how he was doing. The engineers flashed the truck lights and honked the horn, and Easton said he loved it.
Portage Daily Register
PHOTOS: Madison police and fire teams are investigating after two people forced entry into a northside apartment and allegedly started a fire.
According to a release from Madison police, the incident was reported at 9:41 p.m. Thursday. The fire was at a four-unit apartment building in the 1300 block of Ruskin Street.
Fire officials said the fire was contained and the road was cleared as of 11:20 p.m. Thursday.
Madison police issued a report at 1:05 a.m. Friday and said the incident is being considered property damage.
The victim told police two male suspects forced their way into the apartment unit. The victim ran into the bathroom and locked the door, the release said.
The victim told them began smelling smoke and was able to escape from the apartment by climbing out of the bathroom window, according to police.
WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison