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Madison Fire Department firefighters clean up fuel spill at northside gas station

VIDEO: Firefighters had to clean up a fuel spill on Madison's north side Monday after a driver backed their car into a fuel pump and drove off. Another customer went to use the fuel pump after the first driver left and reportedly found a leak coming from the base of the pump; a delivery driver used the emergency stop and was able to cut off the leak before firefighters arrived at the Kwik Trip on Northport Drive.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 3 Madison

Green Bay teams up with NFPA on cooking safety

Green Bay Metro Fire is focusing on the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in the U.S. in its latest safety campaign. Teaming up with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), firefighters are educating the public on unattended cooking. “Year after year, cooking remains the leading cause of home fires by far, accounting for half 49% of all U.
- PUB DATE: 10/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLUK-TV FOX 11 Green Bay

Fire does six-digit damage to business, Watertown Fire Department says

VIDEO: The Watertown Fire Department is crediting an employee of a business in the city with helping prevent a fire that caused more than $100,000 worth of damage on Friday afternoon from spreading even further. The worker had been using a fire extinguisher to tamp down the flames until firefighters could reach the business, which is in the 1200 block of American Way.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 8:05:00 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

One person taken to hospital in Verona duplex fire

VIDEO/PHOTOS: One person was taken to the hospital in what Dane Co. authorities describe as a duplex fire in Verona. The Red Cross is helping both families who live in the duplex, according to the Verona Fire Department. Responding crews in addition to Verona response involved Oregon, McFarland, Cottage Grove, and Fitchburg.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

Update: Victim in fatal Tomah fire identified

A 61-year-old man is identified as the person killed in a fire at a Tomah motel earlier this month. On Friday morning, Fire Chief Tim Adler released the identity of the person who died in the September 19 fire at the Daybreak Motel at 215 E. Clifton Street. Brian Mark Mallory was pronounced dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 10/2/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Northeast Wisconsin veterans face historic flooding to visit 9/11 memorial in New York

VIDEO: 59 Northeast Wisconsin veterans braved torrential rain Friday to visit the 9/11 Memorial and Museum In New York City. Meteorologists there say about a month’s worth of rain fell in just over three hours. Even though officials urged people to stay indoors Friday, this visit was so important that the veterans continued outside despite the weather.
- PUB DATE: 9/30/2023 5:15:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Fundraiser being held to support Brookfield firefighter seriously injured in crash

VIDEO: Flashing lights and sirens are constant in Adam Yaresh’s life. However, Saturday night, the lights and sounds he experienced were there to save him, though he’s used to it being the other way around. Yaresh has been with the Brookfield Fire Department for the last six years. Before that, he worked on a volunteer basis with the Ixonia Fire Department and then in a full-time capacity with the Watertown Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 9/29/2023 12:16:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

The history of the 'Great Fire of 1871' to be commemorated at the Belgian Heritage Center in Brussels

The history of the "Great Fire of 1871", known locally as the Peshtigo Fire, will be revisited on its 152nd anniversary next month. Barb (Englebert) Chisholm, a fifth-generation American of Belgian descent with ancestors who survived the devastating fire, will speak at the Belgian Heritage Center during the Remembrance of the Great Fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 10:49:32 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Driver hauling CO2 squelches fire right behind his truck, Madison Fire Department reports

VIDEO: Talk about being in the right place at the right time. The driver of a truck hauling carbon dioxide is being credited with putting out the fire that started burning underneath the hood of a vehicle that was sitting right behind him in traffic. The fire was already out, but smoke was still rolling off the once-burning car, when the first firefighters arrived around 1 p.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 7:25:00 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

Battery charger blamed for elevated carbon monoxide in Madison home

A lithium-ion battery was blamed for setting off a carbon monoxide detector at a Madison home on Tuesday night. Firefighters responded to the house in the 100 block of Shiloh Drive, on the city’s west side, shortly after 9 p.m. when the alarm went off for what the homeowners said was the second night in a row.
- PUB DATE: 9/28/2023 12:56:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

'Healing Ink' helps Waukesha first responders process trauma pain

VIDEO: A "Healing Ink" and "United for Waukesha Resiliency Center" partnership provided tattoos for first responders who rushed to help during the 2021 Christmas parade attack, helping them process their pain through permanent ink. Organizers said they hope the tattoos for 30 first responders over two days will help those on the front lines continue to heal.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 6:49:54 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wisconsin's ‘Firefighters United’ continues to donate life-saving equipment to Central American countries

VIDEO: Fire equipment no longer being used by fire departments across the country is making its way to a new home in Nicaragua. Firefighters United is a program within the ‘Wisconsin-Nicaragua Partners of America’. Equipment like fire hoses, rescue equipment, air tanks, and more are being shipped from Stevens Point.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 4:09:26 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Land O' Lakes EMS Adds Helipads

VIDEO: The Land O’ Lakes area is upgrading their emergency response times by building a series of new helipads. The helipads are being constructed in cooperation with LifeLink III which is the air ambulance service which serves the Northwoods. The new helipads will be along County Highway B with one just north of the intersection of County Highway S and County Highway B, and the other just south of the intersection of County Highway B and Palmer Lake Road.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 1:30:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Wisconsin Rapids first responders train to deal with hazardous material situation

VIDEO: For EMTs, fire departments, and police departments, the best way to learn is to practice. The Wood County Local Planning Committee and the Wisconsin Emergency Management hosted a Hazardous Material Training Exercise at ERCO Worldwide in Port Edwards. The Wisconsin Rapid Fire Chief says it’s not just about blocking the roads and getting to the person at the right time.
- PUB DATE: 9/27/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 7 Wausau

Heavy rains help put an end to 30-acre Dexter Fire

VIDEO: Firefighters across Wood County spent most of last week battling wildfires and this week's rain was a big relief. The Pittsville Fire Department said they first received word of a fire last Monday and a drone operator they worked with happened to spot it nearby. From there, dozers had to brought in by the DNR because of how dry the ground was with the continued drought.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 10:33:00 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

'He was definitely shocked': Semi-truck driver escapes flames in Verona

VIDEO: A semi-truck driver whose cab burst into flames at a Verona gas station was able to escape the fire even though his driver-side door would not open. Verona Fire Chief Dan Machotka said the Iowa resident's semi-truck had an apparent mechanical issue Friday, so the man drove the truck into a Kwik Trip's lot at 2145 County Road PB.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 11:45:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Eau Claire Fire & Rescue looking to hire even more firefighters

VIDEO: Eau Claire Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief Robert Haller is contending with employee turnover. Between the retirements and others leaving the force, Haller said a recently acquired grant should further help with the staffing shortage. This comes as they look to hire 6 new firefighters after Eau Claire voters helped pass a public safety referendum last year.
- PUB DATE: 9/26/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV NBC 13 Eau Claire

Crews put out house fire near Cadott, several pets lost

VIDEO: Crews were able to put out a house fire near Cadott Monday, but several family pets were lost. Cadott Fire Chief Rick Sommerfield told News 18 a passerby called in the fire just before noon. The house is located on 270th Street, north of 120th Avenue in the township of Goetz. Sommerfield said no one was home at the time, but several dogs and a cat were lost in the fire.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 11:34:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Racine garage fire caused by ember from homemade fire pit, results in $25,000 damage

In a fire safety wake-up call for Racine residents, a garage fire broke out at 1720 Quincy Ave. on Saturday morning, causing an estimated $25,000 in damage. The Racine Fire Department was quick to respond, effectively controlling the blaze that was likely ignited by a stray ember from a homemade fire pit.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine County Eye

Occupants safe after Superior structure fire

According to authorities, the Superior Fire Department was dispatched to the report of a structure fire at 1917 E. 6th Street in Superior just after 2:00 a.m. Sunday. When fire crews arrived on scene, they found a passenger vehicle fire had spread to the exterior siding and into the attic of a two-story residential structure.
- PUB DATE: 9/25/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KBJR-TV NBC 6 Duluth


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