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Milwaukee Fire Department practices extractions as reckless driving crashes increase

When it comes to car crashes, the Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) says the higher the speed, the more likely their crews will need to cut you from the vehicle. With the increase in reckless driving in the city, fire crews are doing that more often. It is why they practice extricating people from their vehicles on a regular basis.
- PUB DATE: 3/22/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Update: Milwaukee Fire Department, local union prepare to welcome injured firefighter home

The Milwaukee Fire Department (MFD) and supporting organizations are preparing to welcome an injured firefighter back home. The men and women of MPD are wrapping their arms around Jeff Rothmeier, a member of the city's southside heavy rescue team, as he recovers from severe injuries sustained after a 30-foot fall off a two-story building during a firefight on Saturday evening.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2023 11:34:21 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Chance encounter on the job between Chippewa Falls first responders leads to lasting friendship

PHOTO: Unique experiences bring people together. Brooklyn Sommerfeld and Joan Lawcewicz are a perfect example. Sommerfeld, a Chippewa Falls Fire & Emergency Services paramedic, and Lawcewicz, an investigator with the Chippewa Falls Police Department, were in a compromising situation together a couple years ago.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2023 2:00:00 PM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald - Metered Site

Cudahy apartment building fire; 1 taken to hospital

Firefighters on Tuesday, March 21 responded to the scene of an apartment building fire near Edgerton and Nicholson in Cudahy. The call came in around 2 a.m. The fire was confined to one unit. A woman was transported to the burn center at St. Mary’s Hospital. Her condition is unknown. Her dog was removed and is in good condition.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2023 12:01:56 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Madison Fire Department appoints new fire marshal

The Madison Fire Department appointed a new fire marshal, officials announced Tuesday. Bill Sullivan assumed duties on March 6. He has worked with MFD since 2007. Sullivan earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the Eastern Kentucky University. He has spent the last 18 years as a Fire Protection Engineer for MFD.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2023 11:49:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

After third fire in four months, Eau Claire firefighter speaks to concerns of historic Banbury Place

Banbury place saw yet another fire Sunday night. With all the industrial equipment and chemicals in its buildings, fire officials are answering questions on if these fires are of concern to the historic site or the community. In December, a dumpster connected to the building caught fire. In February, firefighters put out a fire in a rubber mixer, and Sunday night a fire started in a chimney stack — all at rubber supplier American Phoenix.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 11:00:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Follow Up: Injured Milwaukee firefighter in Minnesota with sick daughter

PHOTO: Jeff Rothmeier, the Milwaukee firefighter who was badly injured when he fell two stories from the roof while battling a fire at an apartment complex near 80th and Oklahoma Saturday, March 18, was able to be in Minnesota with his sick daughter, Fiona, on Monday, March 20. Fiona is dealing with kidney failure, and the family has been trekking monthly to the Mayo Clinic.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 7:22:44 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Person set fire in Green Bay hotel room, firefighters say

A person is accused of setting a fire in a hotel room in Green Bay, firefighters said Monday. Firefighters responded early Monday morning around 2:17 a.m. for a fire alarm activation received for Days Inn & Suites Hotel at 1125 E Mason St. Green Bay Metro Fire Department said Engine 421 responded lights and siren to the scene, Engine 421 went interior to investigate fire alarm.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 6:31:54 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fire damages Banbury Place

A fire Sunday night damaged a portion of Banbury Place, firefighters say. According to the Eau Claire Fire Department: The fire at American Phoenix was reported at 8:37 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find the fire within an exhaust and chimney system near the American Phoenix business. The exhaust system runs from the street level to the five-story roof.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 7:45:00 AM - SOURCE: Leader-Telegram

Monona Fire Department: One dead, multiple displaced after apartment fire

VIDEO: A fatal fire at a Monona apartment complex is under control after multiple agencies responded early Saturday morning. Monona Fire Department said crews found one person dead after the fire, though the cause of death has not been identified yet. According to Monona Fire Department, multiple area crews were dispatched at 3:45 a.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Milwaukee firefighter seriously injured after fall, just before daughter's scheduled kidney surgery

Jeff Rothmeier, a Milwaukee firefighter, fell off a ladder while fighting a fire Saturday night near 80th Street and Oklahoma Avenue. Rothmeier was taken to Froedtert Hospital for a severe concussion, a spinal fracture, and ten broken ribs. The Family told WISN 12 News Rothmeier's daughter is scheduled to have major surgery to remove her kidney this week in Minnesota.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Four displaced following Brown County duplex fire that caused $80K in damages

A fire at a Bellevue duplex is under investigation after four people were displaced as a result. According to the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, crews were called to the 2200 block of Allouez Avenue around 4 p.m. on March 18. When crews arrived, smoke was found in the attic space and some smoke was spotted on the second floor of a side-by-side, two-story duplex.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2023 5:18:06 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

First responders from across Wisconsin attend Dane County Farm Bureau's annual Farm Safety Day

VIDEO: First responders got a lesson in farm safety Saturday at the Dane County Farm Bureau's annual Farm Safety Day. It included hands-on training by State Line Farm Rescue. The goal was to teach first responders how to successfully respond to all kinds of emergencies that can take place on a farm, like retrieving someone who is entangled in equipment.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2023 1:42:00 AM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Embers ignite fire on roof of De Pere Foundry

Officials say no one was hurt after a fire at the De Pere Foundry. The fire department was called to the foundry on S. 6th St. after reports of an explosion and a possible fire on Thursday. Firefighters arrived to smoke coming from the roof but said there were no signs of an explosion. Crews say employees at the foundry were trying to put out the fire with fire extinguishers.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 2:30:21 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Beaver Dam Fire Department Receives Grant From Alliant Energy

The Beaver Dam Fire Department is the recipient of a $1,000 grant. The money comes from the Community Giving Program Grant from Alliant Energy and the Alliant Energy Foundation. Fire Chief Michael Wesle says the grant will be used to purchase two multi-gas detectors. He adds that those detectors will be utilized by the fire department’s Technical Rescue Team.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 7:30:00 AM - SOURCE: WBEV-FM 95.3 Beaver Dam

Madison Fire Department pushing to educate people on lithium-ion battery safety

The Madison Fire Department says a rise in fires attributed to lithium-ion batteries is a growing cause of concern around the U.S. and is pushing for better education on the devices to try and prevent fires. “A significant increase in the number of fires that’s due to more and more accessibility,” said fire marshal Bill Sullivan.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 5:35:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

One dead after fire at Richland County home

One person is dead after a fire fully engulfed a home in Richland County, officials reported Thursday. A neighbor of the home on the 20000 block of Tuckaway Valley Road in Richland Center called officials Wednesday to report the fire, according to the Richland County Sheriff’s Office. Responding deputies observed the home was in flames and collapsed.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 3:23:29 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Public safety professionals come together for training in Green Bay to make schools safer

Special training was held in Green Bay to help make area schools safer. The state's Office of School Safety held threat assessment training at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) Thursday. Police officers, public safety professionals, fire and EMS, school personnel and other community members participated.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

USDA Forest Service offers funding through Cohesive Fire Strategy grant program

While it might be hard to imagine with all the snow on the ground, Wisconsin’s busiest time of year for wildfires is growing close. Two thirds of Wisconsin’s wildfires happen in the spring after the snow melts and before things start greening up. In 2021, there were more than 1,000 reported fires that burned roughly 2,500 acres.
- PUB DATE: 3/17/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXPR-FM 91.7 Rhinelander

Suamico house hit by car a third time; drunk driving suspected

People who live in a home in Suamico escaped without injury after a car crashed into their house late Wednesday night. It was the third time a vehicle crashed into their home. Suamico first responders say an SUV went off the road and struck the home on the 1400-block of Riverside Dr. just before midnight.
- PUB DATE: 3/16/2023 1:09:22 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay


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