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Wisconsin Public Service restoring power across central Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Service has restored power to thousands of households early Friday morning following a round of storms that knocked out power across central Wisconsin Thursday night. As of 7:45 a.m. Friday, more than 3,900 people were without power. Just under 1,300 people remain without electricity.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

State officials unveil $2 million disaster recovery microloan program after flooding

In order to help small businesses, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation unveiled a $2 million Disaster Recovery Microloan Program last week. The program will provide an immediate source of funds for necessary restoration work and related expenses, a release said. According to the release, the loan program is available in all 72 counties, but WEDC is going to start working with areas of the state that were most impacted by flooding.
- PUB DATE: 9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

'We train on it, but we lived it yesterday': Middleton Fire Department looks forward after shooting

VIDEO: In a community reeling from not only historic flooding but a workplace shooting Wednesday, the Middleton Fire Department is reflecting on its response while looking toward the future. Officers shot and killed the shooter, identified as 43-year-old Anthony Y. Tong, of Madison, who attacked people at a Middleton software company, injuring several, officials said.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 9:27:21 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Kenosha: Fire on the 5300 block of 13th Avenue under investigation

An Uptown Brass neighborhood fire that started in a camper trailer behind a vacant commercial building in the 6300 block of 13th Avenue Wednesday evening is under investigation. Battalion chief Matthew Haerter said the fire started around 8 p.m. He said a fire that started in the camper spread to the roof of a nearby white concrete building, causing heavy damage to its first and second floors.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 1:48:23 AM - SOURCE: Kenosha News

Evansville businesses let volunteer firefighters respond to calls during work day

In the small town of Evansville, many local businesses are making it easier for volunteer firefighters to respond to calls during the work day. The Evansville Community Fire District receives about 150 calls a year. When the station gets a call, all 35 volunteer firefighters receive a page. “Being able to have a job, a place of employment, that allows you to leave when the pagers go off is super important,” said Bill Castonguay, who has been an Evansville firefighter for 18 years and an EMT for nine.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Pine River Fire Department puts on 14th pig roast Saturday

The Pine River Fire Department will hold its 14th annual pig roast fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the fire station on Range Line Road. The event features food served from 1-7 p.m. and live music by Bernie Thompson from 1-4:30 p.m. and The Influence from 7-11 p.m. Activities also include fire and EMS demonstrations, fireworks at dusk by Fireworks Depot, and raffles throughout the day.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 11:14:12 PM - SOURCE: Merrill Foto News

Wisconsin Urban Search and Rescue team tests skills in live training senarios

The Coulee Region offers a lot of original geography. "You have the cliffs, the hills, the terrain," said Jeff Strasser, communications specialist for the Wisconsin Task Force-1 Urban Search and Rescue team. The breathtaking beauty of a scenic overlook can present challenges for emergency responders when someone needs to be rescued.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 7:53:17 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

State fire marshals investigate Fremont house fire

Police and fire crews are investigating the cause of a fire that damaged a home in the 500 block of Waupaca Street Monday night. The Fremont Fire Department responded to the scene shortly after 9 p.m., according to a statement from the Fremont Police Department. The fire department was able to extinguish the fire shortly after arrival, according to police.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 1:02:52 PM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Firefighters plan smoke detector giveaway in Genoa City

For this year’s Fire Prevention Month, the Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue Association hopes to improve fire safety in the community. In conjunction with Bloomfield Genoa City Fire & Rescue, the association is holding an upcoming smoke detector drive. During the month of October, smoke detectors will be available at the fire station on 1113 Clover Road in Bloomfield.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2018 3:04:17 AM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News

Fire damages machine at Eau Claire business

About $200,000 in damage was caused by fire to a machine and duct work Tuesday morning at Dynamic Fabrication & Finishing at 800 Wisconsin St. The fire was reported at 7:38 a.m. The business was evacuated by the time Eau Claire firefighters arrived. Firefighters extinguished the fire, which was contained to the machine and adjacent duct work.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 10:56:28 PM - SOURCE: Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

Milwaukee firefighters trained on domestic violence

VIDEO: The Milwaukee Fire Department is requiring its 800 firefighters go through a domestic abuse training session. To cover all the first responders, sessions are being offered at the Milwaukee Fire Academy over a three month period. It’s part of a health and wellness program within the department that’s been around for almost ten years.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 6:26:53 PM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Green Bay Metro Fire Station Out of Commission Due To Flooding

A Green Bay Metro Fire Station suffered severe flood damage during Monday night's storms. "Our Fire Station 5 suffered major flooding, rendering the building uninhabitable," said Fire Chief David Litton. The station on Finger Road is expected to be closed for a lengthy period of time while repairs are being done.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 3:37:31 PM - SOURCE: WNFL SPORT REDIO

Recognize him? Suspect wanted in connection with Milwaukee stabbing, vehicle fire

Milwaukee police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect wanted for a battery cutting and an arson to a vehicle. It happened near 26th Street and Mineral Street. According to police, on Saturday, Sept. 15 around 10:30 p.m. the suspect stabbed the victim over stolen property. The suspect fled the scene — then came back to the area on Sunday, Sept.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 9:03:03 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

South Shore Fire Department welcomes new rig, chief warns about other equipment needs

At Mount Pleasant Day on Saturday, the South Shore Fire Department showed off its newest vehicle, a new aerial ladder with capabilities beyond what the department’s current vehicles can do. South Shore Fire Chief Robert Stedman also showed off the ladder to the Village Board on Sept. 10; he said the new truck replaces an older ladder from 1992 and “to say it was worn out would be an understatement.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2018 4:43:50 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Lincoln County, firefighters take efforts to prevent troublesome suicide numbers

VIDEO: A decade ago, some of the highest rates of suicide in the state came from Lincoln County. Those numbers have improved slightly since then. But death by suicide is still a major concern in the area. A billboard in the center of Merrill serves as a reminder. It directs people to call the Hopeline, a free crisis prevention line.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 6:11:55 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

Wind Lake names new fire chief

The business of firefighting has changed a lot since Don Catenacci, Wind Lake’s new part-time fire chief, started firefighting in 1977. “My biggest issue is the same with every other volunteer fire department: it’s retaining and maintaining volunteers,” said Catenacci, who is Wind Lake’s first paid chief.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 7:10:02 AM - SOURCE: Racine Journal Times

Hazmat crews respond to Kenosha County Walmart after employees sickened

It was a scary situation at the Walmart in Salem after three workers had to be taken to the hospital. It happened Sunday morning at the location on Brumback Boulevard. The employees got sick after spending time in a cooler. A hazmat crew came in and evacuated the store while they checked it for dangerous gasses.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 5:36:58 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Pancake breakfast raises funds for Chippewa fire station equipment

VIDEO: A couple hundred people in the Town of Lafayette spent their Sunday morning at the fire station to enjoy some pancakes. The Chippewa Fire District Lafayette Station Number 3 held its annual pancake breakfast to raise funds for the station. Although the pancake breakfast is a long standing tradition, this is the first year it was held at the newly remodeled fire station.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 3:32:34 AM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Fire chief: No need to panic about future of Milton fire station

Milton’s outdated fire station has sparked a lot of discussion about how to serve the fire district’s 90 square miles, but a firm plan for the future remains hazy. The man in charge of prodding the process along sees no reason to panic, however. Randy Banker, fire chief for Janesville and Milton, is developing a process to generate estimates on several options, including a new or renovated fire station, a new station shared with Janesville or a combination of the two.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2018 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Gazette

Follow Up: West Allis Firefighter reunites with family of woman he performed CPR on while being attacked

VIDEO: Strangers no more. The family of Arlene Wendler is forever grateful to West Allis firefighter, Chad Staszak. “I can’t think him enough for being there to try to save my mom’s life…I just appreciate it,” said Joyce Gebert. Last month at West Bend GERMANfest, Wendler went into cardiac arrest. Staszak, who was off-duty, performed CPR on her.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2018 4:54:17 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee