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New Oconomowoc public safety building will cost more than $10 million

The city of Oconomowoc will get a new public safety building, after common council action Sept. 17 on the project, which has been debated for several years. A divided council voted 5-3 to approve the construction contract for the project, estimated at $10.715 million. Aldermen Charlie Shaw, Tom Strey, Andy Rogers, Kevin Ellis and Derek Zwart voted in favor of the facility, while Matt Rosek, Karen Spiegelberg and Lou Kowieski voted no.
- PUB DATE: 9/20/2019 7:47:50 AM - SOURCE: Livinglakecountry

Volunteer fire departments struggling to find volunteers

Rural communities rely on volunteer fire departments to be there when disaster shows its face. Many of those departments are finding it difficult to find volunteers to join their ranks and it’s proving to be an issue that can impact entire communities. On September 14, 10 different fire departments responded to a warehouse fire in Marshfield.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 7:48:14 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

West Bend Fire Department using major FEMA grant to improve firefighter safety

Every day, firefighters are asked to enter burning buildings while knowing the toxins they're exposed to inside could eventually kill them. West Bend Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Gustafson said today's couches and mattresses contain "really bad things in them that weren't around 20 years ago.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 10:04:16 AM - SOURCE: Today's TMJ4

Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue: 3 dead in morning fire at group home

Three people are confirmed dead in a Thursday morning fire at a group home for cognitively disabled people in the city. Around 6 a.m. Thursday morning, City of Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue responded to a home in the 600 block of South Military Road. The residence is rented out for those with cognitive disabilities who can live on their own, so they may live in a group setting, Fond du Lac Fire/Rescue Chief Peter O’Leary said.
- PUB DATE: 9/19/2019 5:47:32 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter

Riverside, Kronenwetter firefighters learn how specialized equipment will help make their jobs easier, safer

First responders are getting some specialized training this week. Crews from Jerry's Towing teamed up with the Riverside Fire Department to show firefighters some specialized equipment that will help them respond to different crash scenarios, including semi rollovers. This equipment will not only make their jobs easier, it'll make them safer, too.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 8:57:06 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

A year after the flood: Inside Green Bay Fire Station 5's $1M repairs

It was one year ago that torrential rains caused widespread flooding on Green Bay's east side. More than six inches of rain fell in a matter of hours. Green Bay's Fire Station 5 was among the buildings damaged in the flooding. Crews were called to a building collapse. They found the station under water.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 2:07:01 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

The renovation of Shorewood's firehouse will move forward thanks to lower-than-expected construction bids

The renovation of the Shorewood fire station will move forward, thanks to construction bids that came in well under budget. Shorewood officials and the North Shore Fire Department had agreed the fire department's total costs could not exceed $4.1 million. The projected cost estimate was $3.95 million, which would include $2.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 1:07:15 PM - SOURCE: Ozaukee Now

Chippewa considers services for Wheaton

A Chippewa Falls committee recommended approval of a plan Tuesday to provide EMS and ambulance services for a portion of the town of Wheaton, paving the way for the town to leave the Chippewa Fire District. Last week, the Wheaton town board voted 4-1 to leave the Fire District, contingent on its ability to obtain contracts for EMS/ambulance services from Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 8:38:43 AM - SOURCE: Chippewa Herald

Firefighters extinguish house fire in Marathon County

Firefighters extinguished a house fire in Marathon County Tuesday night. Mosinee Fire Chief Stephen Haas said crews responded to the blaze around 8:30 p.m. on Lone Pine Lane near Knowlton. Haas said there was heavy fire coming from the house when crews arrived, and it was under control by 10 p.m. Haas said there were no injuries reported, and no one was in the house.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 4:55:56 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Madison restaurant where fire broke out didn't have automatic sprinkler system, fire officials say

Multiple units from the Madison Fire Department responded to a large early-morning commercial fire on the city's west side Wednesday. The Madison Fire Department said it is investigating the cause of a fire at Cowboy Jack's on John Q. Hammons Drive that was reported at about 3:30 a.m. The responders who were first to the scene saw "heavy fire and smoke coming from the building," according to the report.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Channel3000.com

La Crosse Fire Department faces battle for station rehab funding, scraps idea of fifth station

A proposed capital improvement budget, with a price tag of $50.8 million, includes $3 million dedicated to begin construction of a new North Side fire station. City Council Member Jessica Olson spoke about her concerns with borrowing money for the new fire facility before plans have been finalized during Tuesday’s public input meeting of the City Plan Commission.
- PUB DATE: 9/17/2019 11:48:11 AM - SOURCE: Lacrosse Tribune

One dead in Monona following fatal crash between car, pole

A Madison man is dead after his car crashed into a pole in Monona Monday night. Dane County dispatch said the Monona Fire and Police departments responded to the crash in the 4600 block of Winnequah Road at 7:23 p.m. The driver, 21, was the only person in the car, and no other injuries were reported.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 7:46:19 PM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Village of Suamico develops plan for new fire station; discusses adding EMS wing

The Village of Suamico continues to see growth and its fire department is looking to grow right along with it. Village leaders are in the process of designing a brand new fire station. It's expected to cost $5-6 million. The department has outgrown its current fire station, built in 1967, along Riverside Drive in the heart of downtown Suamico.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 2:46:25 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Rotting cookies to blame for Madison middle school evacuation

A Madison middle school was evacuated Friday afternoon after staff smelled a natural gas and firefighters traced the odor to rotting cookies. According to the Madison Fire Department's Public Information Officer, Cynthia Schuster, fire crews investigated the odor at 2:38 p.m. Friday at Blackhawk Middle School on Wyoming Way.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 11:53:30 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

"It's just a mess:" Mom reacts to second Milwaukee playground lit on fire this month

For the second time this month, a Milwaukee playground was lit on fire. The second fire happened on Saturday at a playground in Smith Park near 34th and Sheridan. The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office said when deputies got to the scene around 9:29 p.m., firefighters had already put out the fire. The damage is extensive, with charred plastic and parts of the playground destroyed.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 11:43:53 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Fire destroys West Allis home, 1 taken to the hospital

Firefighters on Sunday night, Sept. 15 responded to the scene of a house fire near 120th Street and Schlinger Avenue in West Allis. The call came in around 10 p.m. "The front of the house was fully involved in the fire," said Jay Scharfenberg, West Allis Assistant Chief. Neighbors told firefighters one man ran back into the burning home to save pets.
- PUB DATE: 9/16/2019 4:58:20 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6

Multiple departments extinguish fire at Lang Equipment in Marshfield

Ten fire departments responded to a fire Saturday at Lang Equipment in Marshfield. Crews received a call at 8:15 Saturday morning for a fire in the shop at Lang Equipment, which then spread to the building's ceiling. "The heat extended into the roof structure of the building," said Hewitt Area Fire Chief Brian Hafermann.
- PUB DATE: 9/14/2019 5:42:54 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Pittsville Fire Chief continues fight for novelty lighter law

Majority of fires caused by children are started by a lighter and a lot of those lighters can look like toys. Fire Chief Jerry Minor from the Pittsville Fire Company has been on a mission for the past 11 years. He was inspired by his granddaughter. "She said very boldly grandpa you need to make a law," said Minor.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 2:28:16 PM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Firefighters fight bar fire in Shawano County

PHOTO: Fire crews are still on scene of a fire at Deer Camp Bar and Pavilion in Shawano County. The building is on County Road K, which is also Waukechon Road, at the intersection with Porter Road, southeast of the city of Shawano. Firefighters tell us that it was a very large fire and started just after 5 this morning.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 7:35:26 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS 7 Wausau

Fire tears through apartment building in Waukesha

Firefighters on Friday morning, Sept. 13 responded to the scene of a fire at an apartment building on Shephard Street in Waukesha. Officials believe the storm may be to blame. At approximately 11:30 p.m.,the City of Waukesha Police and Fire Dispatch Center started to receive calls of a reported Structure Fire on E.
- PUB DATE: 9/13/2019 4:53:21 AM - SOURCE: WITI Fox Channel 6