Bellevue village leaders voted unanimously Wednesday to consider a merger with the Green Bay Metro Fire Department.
Bellevue has its own fire department with 9 full-time and 24 part-time employees and it’s contracted with County Rescue for rescue services through 2021. It started 24/7 staffing in January (see related story).
Village Administrator Diane Wessel says the village board has been looking at the future of the fire department since March. It’s been studying response times, staffing, costs, quality of service and community identity with joining Green Bay Metro Fire Department versus keeping its fire department independent.
Green Bay already provides fire chief services for the village since Bellevue’s fire chief resigned in March.
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Firefighters risk potential exposure to the coronavirus when responding to calls, but their equipment doesn’t always provide full protection.
Thanks to a $1,200 grant from the SSM Health St. Clare Foundation, the Baraboo Fire Department will be able to equip its first responders with new “adaptive filters” that snap onto their air masks, blocking more particles than an N95 mask and providing full-face protection, representatives said.
“The nice thing about this is we can use it for multiple things. It’s not just COVID,” said Nathan Thompson, recalling a house fire in June where he worked in the attic while wearing safety glasses and an N95 mask, which together don’t cover the whole face. “It will be very beneficial to us.” A Baraboo Fire Department employee for three years, Thompson said he applied for a Healthy Community Partnership Grant after researching filters for the department’s newly upgraded SCBAs, self-contained breathing apparatuses.
Baraboo News Republic
Firefighters pulled two people from a burning Menasha home Thursday afternoon.
Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue was called around 2:15 p.m. Thursday to a house fire in the 700 block of Second Street in Menasha, according to a news release. Firefighters searched the house and removed two people.
The fire department did not say whether the two people survived the fire or were injured. More information will be released Friday, according to a news release.
Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com
To better improve its efforts on the mental health of employees and community members, Western Lakes Fire District has started a K9 therapy program.
Assistant Chief Matthew Haerter called it an "expansion of an aggressive pursuit for better employee mental health."
"It's something that has been in the district's sights for a couple of years," Haerter said. "It came to fruition when we were able to understand exactly what would be needed for a successful program and pursue the structure of that so it would be implemented properly."
On top of the employee assistance program that the district already offers, along with the critical incident stress debriefings, chaplains and more, the K9 therapy program will add another layer of focusing on the well-being of the district's employees.
Lake Country News
The Kilbourn Fire Department in Wisconsin Dells is gearing up for fire prevention month to raise awareness about averting kitchen fires and beginning its year-long smoke alarm program.
This year’s theme for fire prevention week, which runs October 4-10, is “Serve up Fire Safety in the Kitchen” to raise awareness of kitchen fires. Kilbourn Fire Department Fire Inspector Jerry Wolfram said kitchen fires are the number one cause of fires in homes.
Wolfram also presented at the Sept. 21 council meeting to accept a proclamation recognizing the month of October as fire prevention month and fire prevention week, where he shared information about this year’s event. While Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day are peak days for kitchen fires, the topic is even more important with additional people cooking at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he said at the Sept. 21 meeting.
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