Wisconsin News

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fond du Lac Firefighters remind their community how to be ready for a fire

On Friday firefighters from Fond du Lac went on a door to door mission in the area surrounding a home that started on fire Thursday morning all in an attempt, to prevent something like that from happening again. The firefighters were trying to inform the public some of the things they can do to prevent a fire and even be more prepared for a potential fire. Firefighters say by approaching neighbors of where Thursday’s fire occurred, where three people were found dead inside of the home, they can send a message about being prepared for such an event. “It makes you aware, it gives you a little situational awareness, thinking okay how is this going to affect me if something like this happens to me. So I think it does open up eyes and people look a little bit closer on how their smoke detectors work and how they can get out of the house if there is an emergency,” says Troy Haase of Fond du Lac’s Fire and Rescue team.
NBC 26 News Green Bay

Racine Fire Department calls increased 13% from 2017 to 2018

After making 16,833 responses in 2017, the Racine Fire Department saw its responses grow by 13% in 2018, up to 19,023 total. “We’re going on over 1,000 calls a month,” Fire Chief Steve Hansen told the Racine Police and Fire Commission on Sept. 9. However, fires made up a tiny portion of the increase. There were 2,341 responses to fires in 2017, compared to 2,400 — an increase of less than 0.4%. In total, Hansen said that emergency medical responses consistently takes up 85% to 88% of the department’s calls. The biggest percentage jump came from “Mobile Integrated Healthcare” calls, during which the Fire Department checks up on patients at their homes after being discharged by Ascension All Saints Hospital. The goal of the program is to help reduce readmission rates at the hospital.
Racine Journal Times

Dryer fire causes $25,000 in damages to Green Bay hotel

The Green Bay Metro Fire Department credits an automatic sprinkler system with containing a fire that broke out at the Hilton Garden Inn. Crews say they were called to the hotel just after 1 am Sunday. When they arrived, firefighters say they found moderate smoke on the first floor and saw occupants evacuating the building. Crews say they found the fire in a commercial laundry dryer on the first floor and that the fire was kept in check by the automatic sprinkler system. Firefighters say they were able to extinguish the fire quickly and afterward ventilate smoke from the building. Occupants were allowed back in the building once the sprinkler system was shut down and residual water cleaned up.
WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

89 years after responding to its first call, this historic fire pumper truck will be returning to West Allis

Almost exactly 89 years after a Peter Pirsch & Sons fire pumper truck responded to its first emergency call for the West Allis Fire Department, the very same vehicle is now set to rejoin the ranks. The department raised about $15,000 in 10 months to buy it back from a private collector and is preparing to use the old fire engine to enhance its educational and community outreach programs. The engine was decommissioned in 1972 before it spent decades in the hands of private collectors. After receiving the blessing of the West Allis Common Council to proceed with the transaction, Fire Chief Mason Pooler hopes the old engine — currently stored in Kohler — will be back in a West Allis vehicle bay by Sept. 29, the anniversary of the engine’s first emergency call in 1930.
My South Now

Friday, September 20, 2019

West Bend Fire Department using major FEMA grant to improve firefighter safety

Every day, firefighters are asked to enter burning buildings while knowing the toxins they're exposed to inside could eventually kill them. West Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Gustafson said today's couches and mattresses contain "really bad things in them that weren't around 20 years ago." He said many of those synthetic materials produce cancerous fumes when they burn. But while Gustafson and his fellow firefighters can't control what furniture is present in a burning building, they can control safety conditions inside West Bend's three firehouses. The fire apparatus West Bend first responders use burn diesel fuel.
Today's TMJ4

Volunteer fire departments struggling to find volunteers

Rural communities rely on volunteer fire departments to be there when disaster shows its face. Many of those departments are finding it difficult to find volunteers to join their ranks and it’s proving to be an issue that can impact entire communities. On September 14, 10 different fire departments responded to a warehouse fire in Marshfield. However, it wasn’t the size of the fire that made calling so many departments necessary. “A lot of it had to do with a lot of low availability,” said Hewitt Area Fire Chief Brian Hafermann. “So, it relied on more departments to get the job done.” In Edgar, the volunteer fire department is making due with the change in times.
WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

New Oconomowoc public safety building will cost more than $10 million

The city of Oconomowoc will get a new public safety building, after common council action Sept. 17 on the project, which has been debated for several years. A divided council voted 5-3 to approve the construction contract for the project, estimated at $10.715 million. Aldermen Charlie Shaw, Tom Strey, Andy Rogers, Kevin Ellis and Derek Zwart voted in favor of the facility, while Matt Rosek, Karen Spiegelberg and Lou Kowieski voted no. The public safety building will be at 630 E. Wisconsin Ave., the former site of a Sentry grocery store. According to Mark Frye, Oconomowoc's director of public works, a space needs study in 2016 determined a building of 38,600 square feet would serve the city's needs for the next 25 years and beyond.

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