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Wisconsin Rapids firefighter paramedic competes in World's Strongest Firefighter Contest

VIDEO/PHOTOS: It takes both physical fitness and skill to be a first responder, and a good one at that. A firefighter paramedic in Wisconsin Rapids is excelling, not only on the job, but also in the world of power lifting. Dylan West is now back in Wisconsin after competing in the World's Strongest Firefighter Contest.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Madison Fire Department hopes to diversify workforce with new college internship

With a new paid internship the Madison Fire Department is hoping to fuel the fire young people have for emergency response, while also diversifying their workforce. The 40 hour-a-week paid internship is targeted at Madison College students getting their Associates Degree in Paramedicine or Fire Science.
- PUB DATE: 3/8/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV 3 Madison

Rains Put a Damper on Fire Danger in Much of Wisconsin Including Sheboygan County

Rains might not always be welcomed – especially when affecting weekend plans, but recent rains along with more in the forecast are having a big effect when it comes to wildfire danger. This week began with all of southeastern Wisconsin at high risk for fire, but a round of thunderstorms on Monday evening took a big bite out of that risk.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WHBL-AM 1330/FM 101.5 Sheboygan

No injuries after former horse betting facility catches fire in Waukegan

Fire officials are investigating after a former horse betting facility, which has been vacant for several years, caught on fire in Waukegan early Wednesday morning. The Waukegan Fire Department responded at 4:44 a.m. Wednesday to 630 South Green Bay Road in Waukegan for a report of a structure fire.
- PUB DATE: 3/7/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Lake & McHenry County Scanner

Teens help Fitchburg family escape fire

VIDEO: A Fitchburg family is feeling unbelievably grateful after teens driving by their house helped them escape and prevented a fire from destroying their home on Friday. 19-year-old Oregon resident Mike Wells was driving to Farm and Fleet with two friends when they saw smoke at a home off of County Highway M in Fitchburg.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2024 4:20:00 PM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

Wisconsin DNR starts controlled burns early ahead of wildfire season

VIDEO: A winter without much snow is now putting the Wisconsin fire danger a lot higher than usual for this time of year. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources fire crews were busy in southern Waukesha County in burning dry brush at the end of February to prevent even bigger fires, fires that could get out of control.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISN-TV ABC 12 Milwaukee

Wausau Fire Department proposes apprenticeship program to address staffing shortages

VIDEO: As workforce struggles continue to plague Wisconsin, Gov. Tony Evers is making his rounds across the state to highlight needs in various career paths. The Wausau Fire Department is proposing an apprenticeship program that will give people the opportunity to network with staff and see if it’s a career path they want to take.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 7 Wausau

Gundersen Health System, La Crosse Fire Department Hosting 'Mugs for Rugs Campaign

According to a study from the National Institutes of Health, nearly half of falls that happen in homes of people 65 and older are due to throw rugs. To help prevent these types of falls, Gundersen Health System, the La Crosse Fire Department, and local coffee shops are teaming up to host the 'Mugs for Rugs' campaign.
- PUB DATE: 3/6/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Rhinelander looking into new municipal building

VIDEO: Nearly 50 years after the Rhinelander Fire Department moved into their current building, the cracks are starting to show. Coupled with sinking floors, and parts of the building that firefighters aren't able to access, and Chief Brian Tonnancour says you've got a recipe for disaster. Tonnancour said, "We've had structural engineers come in, look at it, we've done a lot of testing.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2024 1:53:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Beaver Dam Firefighter Dave Schoenberger Promoted To Lieutenant

The Beaver Dam Fire Department is highlighting the promotion of one of their own. Firefighter Dave Schoenberger was promoted to the rank of lieutenant and began his new role on February 21st. Schoenberger began his fire service career serving alongside his father as a paid-on-call firefighter with the Department in 1995.
- PUB DATE: 3/5/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBEV-FM 95.3 Beaver Dam

Suppression system puts out fire at McDonald's in Madison

Madison firefighters were called to a McDonald's restaurant for a possible fire, but it was put out by a suppression system before they arrived. Spokesperson Cynthia Schuster said firefighters were called to McDonald's at 6910 Odana Road. Upon arrival, the crew noted no one evacuating and no signs of distress from outside.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2024 9:40:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Madison Fire Department carries new medicine to prevent opioid addiction

VIDEO: Madison Fire Department ambulances, community paramedics and the Community Alternative Response Emergency Services (CARES) team began to carry new medicine on Friday that helps individuals struggling with opioid addiction. The medicine is called buprenorphine. MFD hopes carrying this will prevent opioid use and opioid-related deaths.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

Beaver Dam Fire Department: About 30 to 50 gallons of chemical leaks from delivery truck

The Beaver Dam Fire Department estimates about 30 to 50 gallons of chemical leaked from a delivery truck on Friday. On Friday, March 1 at about 3:05 p.m., the Beaver Dam Fire Department was dispatched by the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office to the intersection of South Center Street and West Mill Street in the City of Beaver Dam.
- PUB DATE: 3/4/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 7 Wausau

La Crosse Assistant Fire Chief Jeff Murphy retires after 28 years of service

VIDEO: After 28 years of service, Assistant Chief of Operations Jeff Murphy is retiring. Chief Murphy began his career in the fire industry volunteering at the age of 15. He was hooked and knew he had to do it full time. He joined the La Crosse Fire Department in 1996 and worked his way up the ranks.
- PUB DATE: 3/2/2024 5:35:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

New electric vehicle stickers aim to help first responders across Wisconsin

VIDEO: At the Kenosha Fire Department, fire crews have been training on how to handle electric vehicle fires. During traditional car fires powered by gasoline, fire crews would put out the fire with water quickly, usually within 2 to 3 minutes. However, with an electric vehicles, fire crews must take a different approach because electric vehicle fires pose different safety risks compared to gas-powered vehicles.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Remember when West Ice and Storage burned down? These Fond du Lac landmark fires made history

PHOTOS: The Fond du Lac area has many landmarks of which to be proud, but how many have been lost to tragedy? One of the city's most famous fires occurred in 1908, known as "the night the churches burned," although it had started in an old opera house. The Crescent Opera House opened in 1887 on Second and Marr streets with Shakespeare’s classic, “As You Like It,” starring Helena Modjeska.
- PUB DATE: 3/1/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Fond du Lac Reporter - Metered Site

Eau Claire's downtown fire station shows age, still leads city in assists

VIDEO: Station 2 was one of the City of Eau Claire's busiest fire stations last year. It's attached to city hall and responded to over 1,750 out-of-district calls in 2023. However, Station 2 is one of the city's oldest — being built in the 1940s. Deputy Fire Chief Robert Haller said the building is showing its age, its living quarters are only separated by curtains, the showers and bathroom are open and it was built before the implementation of Americans with Disabilities Act.
- PUB DATE: 2/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Wausau EMS calls for drug overdose: 'It’s kind of becoming a common theme'

VIDEO: The Wausau Fire Department is seeing stronger drugs than what their life-saving medications are equipped for and it’s forcing them to use more than the standard. Wausau Fire Department EMS Division Chief Jared Thompson said when they see an increase in overdose calls, it comes in spurts. It’s very dependent on what drugs are in the area and how strong they are.
- PUB DATE: 2/29/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WSAW-TV CBS/MyNetworkTV/CW+ 7 Wausau

Multiple fire departments respond to grass fire in Vernon County

VIDEO: Dry conditions and strong winds caused a grass fire to get out of control on Tuesday afternoon in Vernon County. The brush fire happened just off County Rd. NN and Jims Rd. near Coon Valley. The first call came in around 2 p.m. but a MABAS (Mutual Aid Box Alarm System) call alerted shortly after that asking for help from additional departments.
- PUB DATE: 2/28/2024 1:19:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Turtle Lake Fire District responds to multiple fires, one caused by broken-down vehicle that backfired

PHOTOS: Authorities in Wisconsin say on a day of high danger for fires, they were called to respond to multiple fires. According to a release from the Turtle Lake Fire District, crews first responded at 2:07 p.m. to the 100 block of 20 1/2 Avenue to assist Cumberland Fire with a fire in the woods that was “getting out of hand.
- PUB DATE: 2/27/2024 8:51:15 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

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