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Wisconsin Fire News

Manley takes over Holmen fire leadership

Buck Manley is the new chief of the Holmen Area Fire Department. The fire board held a closed session Nov. 7 to discuss Manley’s future with the department, then voted to not only continue the chief’s employment, but change his official title to fire chief. “It was unanimous to make Buck Manley the department’s fire chief,” said Doug Jorstad, Holmen Village Board’s representative on the fire board.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 7:03:22 AM - SOURCE: Onalaska Holmen Courier Life

New Wind Lake fire chief plans to stay despite assault allegations

The new fire chief at the Wind Lake Volunteer Fire Company, Don Catenacci, expects to stay in his current position despite allegations of assault and misconduct that have been alleged against him in Verona. Catenacci became Wind Lake’s part-time fire chief in September. He concurrently serves as the assistant chief at the Verona Fire Department in Dane County, which is also a part-time position.
- PUB DATE: 11/16/2018 4:43:29 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Waupun firefighters extinguish Helen's Kitchen fire

City firefighters extinguished a blaze at a local restaurant during the early morning Thursday. The Waupun Fire Department was dispatched to Helen’s Kitchen, 1116 W. Main Street, at 4:01 a.m. for a report of a grease fire in the kitchen. Upon arrival, firefighters found a small fire. Crews were able to put it out with a fire extinguisher, but not before it had caused some damage.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 3:47:39 PM - SOURCE: wisc news

Early morning fires damage home, apartment complex in Milwaukee

Officials with the Milwaukee Fire Department are investigating two separate fires that happened early Thursday morning, Nov. 15. A home and an apartment complex were damaged as a result of the fires. The first happened at a house near 20th Street and Scott Street around 12:20 a.m. Officials say no one was hurt — and all residents made it out safely.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 5:57:27 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Racine Fire Department called to put out turkey fryer fire in garage

The Racine Fire Department was dispatched to put out a garage fire caused by someone's turkey fryer Wednesday afternoon. According to a report, the fire started when the owners of the house left their turkey fryer unattended. The fire destroyed the garage and its contents completely, totaling an estimated $20,000 in damages.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 5:46:11 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Dane inches closer to joining Lodi EMS; per capita assessment vote stalls

The Lodi Area EMS Commission met Monday night, and made mixed progress on a couple of long-simmering issues among the three municipalities — the Town of West Point, Town of Lodi, and the City of Lodi—that make up the body. Discussions to change the assessment structure, from a 40-40-20 share to a per-capita basis appear to have stalled for now, as the sides agreed to continue negotiations.
- PUB DATE: 11/15/2018 1:41:18 AM - SOURCE: Lodi Enterprise

Look at fire-based EMS model should wait, Hudson Common Council decides

Now is not the right time for the city to look at a fire-based EMS model, the Hudson Common Council ultimately decided with a 2-4 vote, after discussing the issue at its regular meeting on Monday, Nov. 12. Council Member Paul Deziel brought the idea forward, saying as the city looks at its EMS options with a request for proposal, it should also be considering a model that combines fire and EMS services.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 7:00:02 AM - SOURCE: Hudson Star-Observer

Four months after deadly explosion, Sun Prairie city leaders, businesses celebrate grand reopening

VIDEO: Four months after a deadly explosion ripped apart the city's downtown, Sun Prairie is ready to reopen. Wednesday afternoon, the town will hold a ceremonial ribbon cutting to symbolize the end of its downtown Main Street reconstruction project. Sun Prairie City Administrator Aaron Oppenheimer said it's impressive the downtown is holding this celebration now, especially since everything that's been rebuilt is a permanent replacement.
- PUB DATE: 11/14/2018 4:59:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Fox Valley Tech Talks Wildfires, Training Students to Fight Them

VIDEO: Students at Fox Valley Technical College are getting some hands-on fire training. The college's wildland fire program gives fire-fighting hopefuls the skills they need to take on fires like the ones in California. None of the current students will be going to fight the fires in California, but once they complete the program they'll certainly be able to.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 8:51:12 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Lifesaving pet oxygen masks donated to Janesville Fire

VIDEO: The Janesville Fire Department received a donation of pet oxygen masks to help animals recover from smoke inhalation. Invisible Fence donated the masks to the department as a part of their Project Breathe program. According to fire officials, as the holiday season begins, the increase in cooking and heater use leads to more residential fires.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 6:32:33 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

La Crosse Fire Department addresses cancer; leading cause of death among firefighters

VIDEO: It's a problem Captain Lance Tryggestad with the La Crosse Fire Department says he never thought twice about, when he became a firefighter 22 years ago. "You think about heart attacks, you think about the stress it puts on your heart, physical fitness, trauma." But none of those things are the leading cause of death among firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 11/12/2018 4:46:24 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Man arrested on suspicion setting fires at Madison Metro transfer point, police say

Madison police arrested a man early Friday morning for allegedly setting a shelter and a dumpster at a Metro transfer point on fire. According to a release, it happened around 1:30 a.m. when Madison police and fire departments responded to a report of a shelter at the West Transfer Point on Tokay Boulevard being on fire.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 4:59:39 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

No injuries following Marathon area crash

PHOTO: Investigators said weather was a factor in a two-vehicle crash Friday morning in the Town of Stettin near Marathon. The crash was reported around 8:45 a.m. Friday near the intersection of County Highway U and 136th Avenue. The area received snow early Friday morning. Investigators said no one was injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/9/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Railroad repairs on Brown Deer Road to impact drivers, fire department response times

VIDEO: If you drive through Brown Deer, heads up! There will be a major road closure next week, Nov. 12-16. Part of Brown Deer Road will be fully closed for railroad repairs and it will impact more than just drivers. "Plan ahead and save yourself a little bit of time," said Officer Nick Andersen, Brown Deer Police Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 10:53:23 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Kenosha officials excited about more fire, police personnel after levy referendum passes

A wise man once said an ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure. Emergency services will be able to continue their focus on prevention, instead of purely mitigation, after voters passed a referendum Tuesday allowing a 1.73 percent tax levy increase for the Kenosha police and fire departments. The increase covers the roughly $900,000 needed to hire five additional police officers and two firefighters for 2019.
- PUB DATE: 11/8/2018 1:43:45 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

‘It was a $500 bill:’ Fire departments charging crash cleanup fees after accidents

VIDEO: If you get into a car accident, you could have an unexpected bill headed your way. More cities are adopting a new fee that could affect you even if you didn't cause the crash. On his way to take in the sights of the Wisconsin State Fair, an East Troy man became an unexpected attraction on Greenfield Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 9:01:00 PM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

La Crosse firefighters practice skills while helping Rotary Lights

VIDEO: A La Crosse Fire Department ladder truck crew multi-tasked in low-30s temperatures that seemed colder because of blustery conditions Wednesday at Riverside Park, helping string Christmas lights on a tree for Rotary Lights and practicing with equipment at the same time. Two firefighters took large spools of lights up in the bucket and unwound them as they maneuvered the bucket above the watchful eyes of an earthbound firefighter.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:22:55 PM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

Greenfield voters favor raising taxes so more police, fire department personnel can be hired

They not only Back the Badge with yard signs, but they back the badge with their bucks. In balloting on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Greenfield voters gave permission for the city to raises taxes more than state revenue limits allow so it can hire five more police officers plus two more fire department personnel.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 3:40:50 AM - SOURCE: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Follow Up: Madison Fire Department weighing changes after firefighter's death

The Madison Fire Department is examining its health programs and policies as federal officials plan to investigate the death of one of the department’s members earlier this year after a stressful shift. While it’s still unclear seven months later if a taxing 48-hour shift contributed to the sudden heart attack death of firefighter and paramedic Richard Garner, the fire department is looking at whether its wellness programs, fitness testing policies and shift scheduling could better prevent job-related health problems or deaths.
- PUB DATE: 11/7/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Madison.com-Wisconsin State Journal-Capital Times

Firefighters from 6 departments battle barn fire near Denzer in Sauk County

Firefighters are battling a barn fire in the town of Honey Creek. The Sauk City Fire Department responded to the call sometime before 5 p.m. and requested mutual aid. Sauk City firefighter Dan Kirch said the structure was an 80 foot-by-80-foot pole barn holding hay. No people or animals were injured.
- PUB DATE: 11/6/2018 6:50:56 PM - SOURCE: wisc news