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Mishicot firefighter named Wisconsin Firefighter of the Year after rescuing family from fire amid February 2022 snowstorm

John Tulachka is a busy guy. He not only serves full-time as public works director for the village of Mishicot, but also volunteers as a firefighter for both the Mishicot and Tisch Mills fire departments. His dedication to all those roles led the Wisconsin State Firefighter's Association to name Tulachka Firefighter of the Year for 2022 at its recent banquet and annual conference.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Herald Times Reporter - Metered Site

City of Milwaukee says there have been 17 overdose deaths in the county since Saturday

The City of Milwaukee, along with local officials, will be hosting a press conference Tuesday after 17 people in Milwaukee County died from an overdose since Saturday. According to a media alert from the city, the 17 deaths reported since Saturday may be the sign of a possible "bad batch." The average age of the overdose victims is 50 years old.
- PUB DATE: 4/5/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Fire Destroys Garage in Sheboygan

It took only 20 minutes for Sheboygan firefighters to bring a garage fire under control, but the structure was a total loss on Monday. The SFD was on-site within three minutes of being dispatched to the 10-hundred block of Bell Avenue just before 1 p.m. and turned six pieces of firefighting apparatus on the two-car detached garage, which was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 4:27:59 AM - SOURCE: WXER-FM 104.5 Plymouth

Six ice fishermen rescued from ice floe in bay of Green Bay off Door County

Six ice fishermen were rescued Sunday afternoon from an ice floe that broke off from the shore in above-freezing temperatures and windy conditions and drifted into the bay of Green Bay. The six men, none of who reportedly were Door County residents, ventured onto the ice off Big Rock Place in the Town of Gardner when a visible crack in the ice about 300 yards from shore turned into a full breakage.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Green Bay Press Gazette - Metered Site

What the color of the cap means for hydrants in Wisconsin

If someone has ever looked at a fire hydrant, they may have noticed that the caps on them can be different colors. These different colors are actually for a reason and in a release, the De Pere Public Works broke down what each color means. The hydrant cap color is there to tell firefighters, water/maintenance workers, and other emergency responders the flow rate of the water inside.
- PUB DATE: 4/4/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Several cats dead after mobile home fire in Oak Creek; other cats saved

Several cats were found dead inside a mobile home after a fire in Oak Creek Monday morning. According to the Oak Creek Fire Department, crews responded to a mobile home fire in the 2500 block of West Carroll Avenue around 11:15 a.m. The fire was under control and completely extinguished within 10 minutes of arrival.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 3:34:11 PM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

Basement fire strikes Milwaukee home, 8 residents evacuated

A fire broke out in a Milwaukee residence early Monday, April 3, but was contained before spreading, and no injuries have been reported. The Milwaukee Fire Department told CBS 58 that the call came in around 12:30 a.m. for a fire at a 2.5 story residence near S. 17th and W. Mineral. Firefighters responded to the scene and were able to control the fire, which was contained to the basement and did not spread to other parts of the house.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 10:22:00 AM - SOURCE: WDJT-TV CBS 58 Milwaukee

One person dead after Dunn County house fire

One person has died after a house in Dunn County caught fire Sunday afternoon. According to Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd, someone called reporting a structure fire just before 2:30 p.m. in the N5700 block of County Trunk E in the town of Red Cedar. Officials arrived to heavy smoke and flames. Firefighters found a 74-year-old man inside the home, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 1:43:00 AM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

16 people displaced after Mount Horeb motel fire

A fire Sunday afternoon at the Karakahl Country Inn in Mount Horeb displaced 16 people who were staying there, according to the Mount Horeb Area Joint Fire Department. A fire broke out at the motel, located at 101 Perimeter Rd., around 2 p.m. Sunday. Fire crews arrived to find smoke and fire coming from the building.
- PUB DATE: 4/3/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Six La Crosse area fire departments train for home fire

Firefighters from six La Crosse area departments put their skills to the test during the Shelby Fire Department Live Fire Training Evolution Saturday afternoon near St. Joseph Ridge. The firefighters geared up and battled flames that were ignited in two burn rooms inside a house structure. According to Shelby Fire Department officials, the training allows a rotation of crews to advance a hose line into a burn room and extinguish the blaze.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2023 9:54:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

VIDEO: Aerial footage shows scale of three-alarm fire at Madison building

Madison Fire Department crews worked through the night Friday, battling a three-alarm fire on the city's south side. Officials said the fire was stabilized Saturday morning, but crews remained on scene. No injuries were reported, but a building that officials said housed tire pallets and over 50 vehicles was heavily damaged.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2023 9:15:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Lightning strike causes fire at New Glarus home

A lightning strike was to blame for a fire at a home in New Glarus, officials said Saturday. Crews were called to a home just before 7:30 p.m. Friday after the strike was reported. Firefighters found flames coming from a light fixture in the kitchen. The light fixture was removed, and officials said a small fire was found and extinguished in the attic space.
- PUB DATE: 4/1/2023 8:37:00 AM - SOURCE: WISC-TV CBS 3 Madison

Tenants evacuated safely during apartment fire in Howard

Firefighters from around Brown County are still fighting an apartment fire in Howard 90 minutes after the emergency call came in. They’ve been at the scene on the 2600-block of Lavender Lane, near Cardinal Lane, since just after 4:30 a.m. They arrived to see flames shooting through the roof. A box alarm was issued, bringing in fire crews from other departments, including Green Bay and Pulaski.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 1:35:00 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

10 people forced out of homes by apartment fire in Oshkosh

A fire forced 10 people living in an apartment building on Oshkosh’s Evans St. out of their homes Thursday night. The Oshkosh Fire Department was sent to the apartment building just before 8:30 and found smoke and flames coming from one apartment on the second floor. It took 20 minutes to bring the fire under control.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 12:28:47 PM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

Northwoods firefighters trained on response to propane fires

VIDEO: Firefighters have to ready for everything and when it comes to standard fire, they've had plenty of practice. But its harder to prepare for a situation that may only happen on occasion. Only around one percent of house fires are fueled by propane. While they're rare, they still happen. A specialized training in Crandon means local emergency responders now can approach flames reaching 20 feet in the air.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 1:11:00 AM - SOURCE: WJFW-TV NBC 12 Rhinelander

Dinky Diner in Rhinelander a ‘total loss’ after fire, cause under investigation

PHOTOS: A fire left a popular diner in northern Wisconsin a ‘total loss’, and authorities are still working to find out the cause. According to the Rhinelander Fire Department, on March 28 around 6 p.m., crews responded to a report of smoke coming from R&T’s Dinky Diner. When crews arrived, heavy smoke was reportedly seen coming from the rear of the building.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Firefighters respond to Milwaukee 2-alarm fire, no injuries

No injuries were reported after a two-alarm fire in Milwaukee Thursday afternoon, March 30. Fire officials said firefighters found heavy fire on the second floor of the building near 7th and Burleigh around 2 p.m. "We kept the fire contained to one building. We found no trapped victims or occupants," said Will Kowalski, MFD deputy chief.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2023 6:47:16 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Children seriously hurt after falling from Governor Dodge State Park cliff

A 6-year-old and a 4-year-old were seriously injured Wednesday after Iowa Co. officials said they fell 20 and 80 feet, respectively, from a cliff. Iowa Co. officials said they received an emergency call around 2:15 p.m. for two kids that had fallen from a cliff near Bluff Point Trail in Governor Dodge State Park.
- PUB DATE: 3/30/2023 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC 15 Madison

Lake Country Fire referendums call for more firefighters

Lake Country Fire & Rescue‘s chief said they’ve been experiencing closed fire stations and fewer firefighters because of a lack of funds. On April 4, voters could shape the department. Fire officials called the Wisconsin spring election critical. If voters in two communities agree to tax increases or fees, crews say they’ll be able to get to emergencies more quickly.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2023 6:48:07 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Missing teen rescued with help of drone in Wood County

A drone helped bring an area teen home safe Monday. Officials say it started when the fourteen-year-old boy, who lived near Babcock, went for a walk with his dog. "The juvenile had been missing for about an hour, family had already been searching for him," said Wood County Sheriff Shawn Becker. Pittsville Fire Company was called in to use their drone, and after nearly two hours he was found near the Pittsville School Forest.
- PUB DATE: 3/29/2023 3:15:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse


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