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Wisconsin fire dept. gives witty advice when face-to-face with a bear

The Greenville Fire Department and First Responders report it’s that time of year again for Black Bears roaming around aimlessly in Wisconsin. But what do you do when you see one? How should you react? Local law enforcement posted on its Facebook the witty advice below, explaining what you should do if you spot a bear in your community.
- PUB DATE: 7/6/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Racine County man threatened to bomb Waterford bank with briefcase that didn't actually contain explosives

A Racine County man was arrested after allegedly threatening to bomb a bank in Waterford Tuesday afternoon, although authorities later reported the briefcase that supposedly carried a bomb did not actually have any explosive devices inside. The man has not been publicly identified other than his age, 52, and that he is a Racine County resident.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 8:29:00 PM - SOURCE: Lake Geneva News - Metered Site

Green Bay firefighter injured at Packer City Sales fire

One firefighter was treated on the scene and transported to a local hospital while fighting a structure fire in the area of 1124 North Baird Street. Green Bay Metro Fire Department was dispatched to Packer City Sales at 5:05 a.m. for a structure fire that lasted two and half hours. In a report by the Green Bay Metro Fire Department, when crews arrived, heavy black smoke was seen on the east side of the structure.
- PUB DATE: 7/5/2022 10:03:25 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Mother and three young kids escape Milwaukee house fire, losing everything

A southside family was able to escape a destructive house fire that swept through three homes along 20th and Grant. The family is now asking for the community's help. The victim, Brittany Rozewicz, shared that her home was declared a total loss after the blaze ripped through on June 26. "Nothing made it.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2022 4:54:56 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Six displaced after fireworks-related fire in Green Bay

Six people are displaced after a fire Sunday night, that the Fire Marshal says was caused by the improper disposal of fireworks. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was called to the scene on the corner of Dousman and Platten Street in Green Bay around 11:30 Sunday night. The report said a fence was on fire and it was spreading towards a house.
- PUB DATE: 7/4/2022 6:23:22 AM - SOURCE: WGBA-TV NBC 26 Green Bay

Fireworks blamed in blaze that destroyed Madison warehouse

Fireworks played a role in a late-night fire that tore through a warehouse on Madison’s south side and destroyed the building, according to the city’s fire department. Madison Fire Chief Chris Carbon indicated fireworks likely sparked the blaze while MFD’s initial report added the flammable items inside the warehouse helped it spread.
- PUB DATE: 7/3/2022 7:48:54 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

La Crosse fire crews rescue hiker after 40 foot fall from Grandad Bluff

At 8:42 p.m. July 1, the La Crosse Fire Department was dispatched to Grandad Bluff Road for a report of a hiker who had fallen — the drop was determined to be around 40 feet — and sustained injuries. Local fire crews were on the scene at 8:47 p.m. and located the hiker below the observation area of Grandad Bluff Park.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2022 7:00:00 AM - SOURCE: La Crosse Tribune - Metered Site

Wisconsin DNR recommends against fireworks use in state parks

Ahead of Fourth of July weekend, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds the public that fireworks are prohibited on DNR-managed lands. These restricted areas include state parks, forests and state-owned public hunting and fishing areas, according to Wisconsin DNR. In Wisconsin, fireworks are also regulated and in order to legally use them, patrons must obtain a permit, depending on the type of firework that is being used.
- PUB DATE: 7/1/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Lake Mills, area towns discuss EMS future

As Lake Mills continues to examine how its EMS service will look in the future, area towns had a glimpse of that as well last week. In a special common council meeting June 16, City Administrator Steve Wilke discussed options he outlined in a June 3 16-page memo to aldermen. The towns of Lake Mills, Waterloo, Milford and Aztalan had representatives in attendance.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 3:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Watertown Daily Times Online

How a drone helped fight De Pere apartment complex fire

No one was hurt, but six people are without a home after an apartment complex fire in De Pere Wednesday morning. As soon as the 911 call came in at 9:15, fire crews knew exactly what to expect and do to knock the fire down quickly. The 90-unit Crow’s Nest Apartments along the Fox River is one of many locations throughout the area known to firefighters as a “target hazard,” meaning they know it’s a building that will require many units to respond to help people evacuate.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Volunteer firefighters in northwest Wisconsin receive life saving fire suppression kits

Some volunteer firefighters in Wisconsin received a gift Wednesday that could save lives. The Acacia-Itasca Masonic Lodge of Superior presented three local fire departments with fire suppression units. The kits went to departments in the towns of Superior, Oakland, and Gordon. The lodge held fundraisers, including a Palm Sunday pancake breakfast to help purchase the units, which cost about $1,000 each.
- PUB DATE: 6/30/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KDLH-TV CBS 3 Duluth

House fire on Milwaukee's northwest side displaces 15 people and injures two firefighters

A house fire in a multi-unit building on the city's northwest side Wednesday afternoon displaced 15 people and injured two firefighters, officials said. Earlier this week, a house fire on Milwaukee's south side spread to two nearby homes and displaced 14 people. Two firefighters were injured at the scene of Wednesday's fire at 7825 W.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 5:21:55 PM - SOURCE: Journal Sentinel - Metered Site

Green Bay Metro Fire Chief to retire by end of 2022

Green Bay Metro Fire Chief David Litton has announced his intentions to retire by the end of 2022. Litton has been the fire chief in Green Bay for the past 9 years and has nearly 40 years under his belt in Fire Services. “Chief Litton has made a tremendous impact on our community,” stated Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich.
- PUB DATE: 6/29/2022 1:52:24 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Officials investigating cause of fire that resulted in heavy damage to home, displaced family in Kenosha

ire caused heavy damage to a home, displacing the family members who resided there on the city’s south side Tuesday night, according to Kenosha fire officials The Kenosha Fire Department responded to the 7:15 p.m. blaze at 7816 23rd Ave., according to Battalion Chief Ken Schroeder. Fire fighters were dispatched to the scene and when they arrived, “smoke and flames were showing in the back of the house,” Schroeder said.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 9:28:00 PM - SOURCE: Kenosha News - Metered Site

Four people rescued from boat on Mississippi River near La Crosse

First responders rescued four people from a houseboat stranded on the Mississippi River on Tuesday night. The people on the boat called for help around 8 p.m. One of those on board told News 8 Now the vessel’s propeller failed, and they started floating south. Town of Campbell firefighters pulled the boat and the people on it to safety.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 8:01:25 PM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Greendale firefighter's Muskego home burned, chief receives VFW hero's award

Saying thank you from one hero to another, the Wisconsin VFW honored a Greendale fire chief for his service to his community, including one of his own firefighters. In February, Greendale Fire Lieutenant Mike Schmitt was among the crews rushing to a house fire in Muskego. He'd learn the fire was at his home.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Follow Up: Minocqua fire chief says hot material dumped into building started transfer station fire

Earlier Monday morning the Minocqua Waste Management Hauling & Transfer Station burst into flames. The fire broke out in the main processing building. A neighbor near the waste management station said he heard a loud explosion before noticing smoke coming from the area. 19 fire departments from around the Northwoods responded with 50 trucks and 150 firefighters coming through to help.
- PUB DATE: 6/28/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Crews respond to Cooks Valley barn fire

Crews from two Chippewa County fire departments are battling a fire at a farm on County Highway C in the township of Cooks Valley. A firefighter on the scene said a large farm shed burned down, with only the concrete lower walls and foundation still standing. Fire departments from Bloomer and Tilden responded Monday afternoon, along with Eagle Point and the Chippewa Fire District.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 1:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Multiple agencies fight structure fire at UW Agricultural Research Station in Arlington

VIDEO: Deforest Fire Department responded Sunday afternoon to reports of a barn on fire at the Arlington Research Station and multiple other local fire departments followed quickly to assist, UW Police said. DeForest Fire crews were dispatched around 4 p.m. and more than a dozen agencies responded to the fire total.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Over a dozen emergency crews respond to Door County fire

Over a dozen emergency crews assisted with a Door County house fire Sunday. The Egg Harbor Fire Department said crews responded to a grass fire that spread to a home at 6072 Windsong Bluff Drive around 10 a.m. Firefighters saw flames coming from the second story of the home. “Fire crews made an aggressive fire attack until water supply ran low,” Chief Justin MacDonald posted on social media.
- PUB DATE: 6/27/2022 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

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