Wisconsin News

Friday, July 12, 2024

Fire damages home and car in Shawano

VIDEOS/PHOTOS: Several departments from the Shawano area responded to a fire at the intersection of E Center Street and S Sawyer Street in Shawano on Thursday night. Fire crews tell us they arrived on-scene at around 6:30 p.m. and believe there was one person inside when the fire started. Shawano Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Chuck Felts tells us that they got out safely before crews arrived and nobody was hurt, though some rescue personnel were treated on-scene for heat exhaustion. “Our turnout gear is designed to protect us from the heat from the outside, but yet from the inside it’s difficult for the heat to get out,” said Felts. “So in this warm weather, you can get overcome with heat, and a few of them did have to get checked out, and they did return to firefighting duties.” There is no preliminary cause as of now.
WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Rhinelander Fire Department set to host Fill the Boot to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy Association

Firefighters are filling their boots for charity this week. The Rhinelander Fire Department (RFD) is raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). This is an annual tradition that raises thousands of dollars for research and treatment. It has helped over 5,000 families for free. “We’re just happy to be able to give back," said Andrea Boos, a firefighter-paramedic with the Rhinelander Fire Department and the coordinator between RFD and MDA. "It’s a good chance for us to be a point of contact for the community.” The Rhinelander Fire Department is giving back, raising money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Firefighter-Paramedic Andrea Boos is the department’s coordinator with the MDA. “We’ve been doing this since before I started," Boos said.
WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Ashippun Fire Department: ‘A family affair’

Aldon Schlieve may be 95 years old, but he’s still a member of the Ashippun Fire Department. In fact, if one ventures out this weekend to the Ashippun Firefighter’s Picnic he or she may likely see Schlieve selling raffle tickets there. “You only need one to win,” he said like a true salesman. “The grand prize is $1,500.” His daughter, Deonne Eske, served as the Ashippun fire chief for 17 years and has recorded nearly 41 years with the department. She’s currently serving as EMS captain, firefighter and EMT for the department. Eske’s sister, Dawn, has spent 33 years as an EMT with the department. aTheir brother Dana was a firefighter/EMT on the department before he moved out of the area. “I saw the good my parents did for the community and I wanted to be a part of that,” Eske said. Her mother, Phylliss Schlieve, was a first responder for 35 years.
Watertown Daily Times

Thursday, July 11, 2024

Sun Prairie Fire Department reflects on six years since tragic explosion

VIDEO: Members of the Sun Prairie Fire Department took time on Wednesday to reflect on the tragic events that occurred six years ago when a damaged gas main caused an explosion that killed Capt. Cory Barr and destroyed several buildings in the downtown area. Capt. Barr, a beloved member of the community, left behind a wife and two daughters. The blast also leveled two brick buildings, burned two others to the ground, and shattered windows along the main street. “I think every year that passes is hard for our community, but it also gives us another moment to reflect and appreciate all the things we are grateful for,” said Battalion Chief, Chris Reese with the Sun Prairie Fire Department. Despite the devastating loss, the fire department used the anniversary as a time to come together and show solidarity and strength.
WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Milwaukee Fire puts in countless hours to prepare for the Republican National Convention

PHOTOS: The Republican National Convention (RNC) is just days away and public safety entities are busy preparing. The Milwaukee Fire Department is getting help from 14 other Milwaukee County fire departments, including: Wauwatosa, West Allis, Greenfield, Greendale, Franklin, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, St. Francis, Hales Corners, North Shore (Glendale, Brown Deer, Whitefish Bay, Bayside, Fox Point, Shorewood, River Hills), Milwaukee County Airport FD, and the 128th Air Refueling Wing FD. They’ve all been planning and training for months in anticipation of the RNC, which is expected to draw at least 50,000 attendees, as well as protestors. Wauwatosa Fire Chief Jim Case said his team works with Milwaukee Fire on a regular basis, but the magnitude of this event requires a whole new level of collaboration.
Spectrum News 1 Milwaukee - Metered Site

Residents, pets of Two Rivers home safely evacuate kitchen fire that caused $50K in damages

Residents, as well as their pets, of a home in Two Rivers, were able to safely evacuate after a fire had broken out in their kitchen on Wednesday. According to the Two Rivers Fire Department, crews were sent to a home in the 2700 block of 12th Street around 12:40 p.m. on July 10 for reports of a fire. When fire crews arrived, all of the home’s occupants, as well as their pets, had already safely evacuated. The fire was found to be in the kitchen, and authorities say that it had begun to extend into the attic. Due to moderate fire and smoke damage to the home and its contents, the damage is estimated to be roughly $50,000, officials with the Two Rivers FD stated. No injuries were reported and the residents are being assisted by the Red Cross.
WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

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