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Related: Community members honor fallen Appleton firefighter with vigil

A fallen firefighter was praised as a hero Thursday night during a vigil at a church blocks from where he was shot responding to a medical call. "We know it can happen in this profession, when we put on a badge," Appleton Police Chief Todd L. Thomas said during the vigil at CORE Church. Mitchell F.
- PUB DATE: 5/17/2019 6:33:11 AM - SOURCE: Appleton Post-Gazette & Post Crescent.com

Green Bay Firefighters treated to lunch by the Salvation Army

Green Bay Firefighters were served lunch Thursday in honor of National Salvation Army Week. The Salvation Army's emergency disaster vehicle traveled to three different Green Bay stations in an effort to highlight local programs and services. "It's really nice," Captain Mike Saduske of the Green Bay Metro Fire Department said.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 4:48:42 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV and WJMN-TV Green Bay

Portage firefighters say hazmat training critical

No matter how unlikely, Portage Fire Chief Clayton Simonson says it’s better to be prepared than caught off guard when a hazmat team is needed for an emergency. Eight Portage firefighters recently earned hazmat certifications after completing a 40-hour training course run by the Regional Emergency All-Climate Training Center in neighboring Juneau County.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 4:37:03 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Columbia County Board OKs borrowing for radio upgrades

About 4½ years after borrowing $45.51 million for the biggest building project in Columbia County history, the County Board on Wednesday approved borrowing money for upgrades of the county’s public safety communications system and software for it. The resolution to borrow no more than $3.24 million passed 22-1.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 3:53:50 PM - SOURCE: Portage Daily Register

Firefighter's shooting death leads at least two Milwaukee-area fire departments to procedure change

At least two Milwaukee-area fire departments will change their procedures after a firefighter was shot and killed Wednesday night in Appleton. Firefighter Mitch Lundgaard was shot while responding to a medical call at Valley Transit Center. A police officer and a woman were also shot. Investigators said the victims were shot after the 47-year-old suspect from the Wausau area was revived.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 11:47:06 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Appleton firefighter killed in Wednesday shooting; police officer, 2 others also shot

An Appleton firefighter died in a Wednesday night shooting at the downtown transit center. The firefighter was shot, along with three other people, while at the scene of a medical emergency, according to an Appleton Fire Department news release early Thursday morning. The firefighter, a 14-year veteran whose name was not released, died at a local hospital.
- PUB DATE: 5/16/2019 7:06:23 AM - SOURCE: Wausau Daily Herald

Endeavor Moundville first responders ask for harsher criminal penalties for Move Over law

The Endeavor Moundville Volunteer Fire Department hosted lawmakers and other local authorities to discuss how to better enforce the Move Over Law. Nearly four years ago, Endeavor Moundville firefighter Larry Millard was hit and killed when responding to the scene of an accident. Millard was a 34-year veteran of the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 8:51:40 PM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

UPDATE: Durand firefighter involved in crash died from heart failure

New details are out on the Durand man involved in a crash earlier this week. On Monday, 30-year-old Kyle Hayden's vehicle went off the road on Highway 85, near West County Line Road in Pepin County. According to his obituary, Hayden died unexpectedly from heart failure, which led to the crash. He was was a member of the Durand Fire Department - an agency which responded to Monday's crash.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 8:46:31 PM - SOURCE: WEAU-TV 13 News

Sun Prairie Fire Department without place to train after vandals cause $30,000 in damage

The Sun Prairie Fire Department is looking for help identifying two people who vandalized its training facility in Angell Park. The vandals caused at least $30,000 in damage to the facility late last Tuesday night. Then, there was another incident exactly one week later. Officials released two photos on Facebook hoping that it could lead to catching the men.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 8:40:40 PM - SOURCE: WMSN-TV Fox 47 Madison

One dies in fatal crash in Prairie du Sac

A two vehicle crash at the intersection of Highway 12 and County Highway PF in the Village of Prairie du Sac resulted in one death May 14. The 5:45 p.m. crash involved a white Chevy sedan and a Chevy SUV. The SUV struck the sedan on the passenger side of the vehicle. "The driver of the of the Chevy sedan was transported to UW Hospital with serious injuries," said Sauk Prairie Police Department Sergeant Josh Sherman in a press release.
- PUB DATE: 5/15/2019 9:36:45 AM - SOURCE: The Sauk Prairie Eagle

Training essential to life-saving cliff rescue missions, Baraboo fire officials say

Mark Willer, a Baraboo Fire Department lieutenant and EMS rope rescue team manager, peered over the west bluff at Devil’s Lake State Park Monday, watching as firefighter Dave Schrofer descended the cliff face. A few yards to Willer’s right, other rescue team members along the cliff’s edge called orders back to crews controlling rope mechanisms to safely lower Schrofer down as he hung above a steep drop to forested terrain.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 5:28:48 PM - SOURCE: Baraboo News Republic

Minocqua wildfire burns close to 40 acres of wooded land

A wild fire that burned approximately 40 acres of wooded land in Minocqua was put out by emergency crews Tuesday afternoon. The fire was burning about two miles west of Hwy 51 on Blue Lake Rd. near the intersection of Hahn Rd. The blaze was spotted by a DNR patrol plane shortly before noon, and the Minocqua Fire Department was dispatched to the scene shortly after.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 5:20:26 PM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander-Wausau

1 dead in Superior house explosion, cause of blast under investigation

One person died and a house was destroyed in an explosion and fire Sunday morning in Superior, Wisconsin. According to Superior Police Department, a man believed to be the only person inside the home died in the explosion and fire at 2219 N. 22nd St. The body was found inside after the flames were extinguished.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 7:47:43 AM - SOURCE: Bring Me the News

Four adults, two kids displaced by early morning fire in Madison

Six people are displaced following an early morning fire on Madison’s east side. Firefighters were dispatched to a 4-unit apartment building on the 2900 block of Hoard Street. They arrived around 4:15 a.m. to find black smoke coming from the back side of the building, according to a release by the department.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 7:43:05 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV Channel 3000.com Madison

Merton family displaced by fire

A town of Merton home's garage was a total loss after a May 12 structure fire, according to Merton Community Fire Chief Josh Paral. Paral said the call came in at 1:22 p.m. and it took crews 15 to 20 minutes to get the fire under control. Crews were on scene for over two hours. While Paral was unsure of where the fire originated from, it appeared to be the garage, which suffered the most damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/14/2019 6:54:13 AM - SOURCE: Journal Sentinal

Milwaukee: Fired Up Fundraiser and Charity Ball raises over $110,000

It was a very successful night for the Fired Up Fundraiser and Charity Ball. The Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin hosted it at the Italian Community Center. There was dinner, drinks, entertainment, a silent auction, and a 'bid for kids' featuring an autographed Giannis Antetokounmpo jersey. More than $110,000 was raised to support burn camp and other initiatives.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 9:52:39 PM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

Update: Fire that killed three town of Waukesha family members has been ruled accidental

Nearly three months after the incident, the state fire marshal's office has ruled that the blaze that killed a father and two of his children in their town of Waukesha home was entirely accidental. An investigation by specialists who looked for the origin and cause of the Feb. 19 fire at S15 W22398 Arcadian Avenue revealed that it was the result of "unattended cooking," in which food being prepared on a skillet ignited before it was moved into the kitchen sink.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 1:01:27 PM - SOURCE: WaukeshaNOW

Madison firefighters rescue 3 children stuck on carnival ride

Fire crews rescued three children from amusement ride at the West Towne Mall Carnival on Friday. Bernadette Galvez, a spokesperson with the Madison Fire Department, said when crews arrived on scene, they found three children stuck on one of the rides about 12 feet off the ground. Park mechanics made several attempts to bring the ride down before calling the fire department.
- PUB DATE: 5/13/2019 8:30:55 AM - SOURCE: WMTV-TV NBC 15 Madison

Fire destroys Trig's trucking center in Rhinelander

A Trig's baking and trucking facility in Rhinelander is a partial loss following a fire Sunday morning. A statement released by Trig's parent company, T.A. Solberg Co., to WAOW says the trucking and recycling portion of the building is considered destroyed, and that the fire broke out in the recycling portion of the building.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 5:00:06 PM - SOURCE: WRIG-AM Fox Sports 1390

Viroqua firefighter calls fire in himself while switching shifts

An on-call Viroqua firefighter saw smoke coming from a nearby business when he came into the station on Sunday. He called the fire in around 7:50 a.m. Damage from the fire was mostly contained to an office in the south of the building, but that office was a total loss. The ceiling had to be torn out, and the attic had damage from water and light fire damage.
- PUB DATE: 5/12/2019 4:50:21 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse