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Egg Harbor Fire Department begins training with drones

When an emergency strikes in Egg Harbor, you can now look to the sky for help. The Egg Harbor Fire Department teamed up with Titletown Drones in Suamico to purchase a drone and for its subsequent training. Six fire department members are participating in the training that will allow them to conduct searches more quickly and efficiently.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 5:02:56 PM - SOURCE: Door County Daily News

Winona considers new fire station locations to replace current headquarters

VIDEO: The City of Winona is looking at two potential locations for construction of a new central fire station to replace their current headquarters. Mayor Scott Sherman and Fire Chief Joel Corcoran say the current building is out-of-date and possesses health concerns for firefighters. "We want to make sure we have a facility that will last us another 50 years.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 1:11:00 AM - SOURCE: WKBT-TV CBS 8 La Crosse

Vernon County: Scott Yaun honored with Jefferson Award for over 40 years of firefighting service

VIDEO: The small Vernon County community of Wheatland came together to honor one of its own, Scott Yaun, for his unwavering dedication and selfless service as a firefighter for over four decades. Yaun used to live in De Soto, and one day he came outside to see his neighbor's house on fire. He started throwing snow in the windows and attempting to put out the fire however he can.
- PUB DATE: 3/26/2024 12:30:00 AM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Lake Country first responder saves man on flight

VIDEO: A firefighter with Lake Country Fire & Rescue proved first responders are always on the job. When Matthew Haerter boarded a flight to Arizona last week, he was ready for a little R&R. "It was very last minute to head west," he said. Fate had another idea. The assistant chief of Lake Country Fire & Rescue found himself on one of the most stressful shifts of his entire career.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2024 9:11:40 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Milwaukee fire crews investigate after south side barbershop destroyed in fire

VIDEO: Milwaukee Fire crews responded to a house fire near South 13th Street that spread from Dominican Barber Shop on Friday, March 23. The Milwaukee Fire Department said no one was injured, but the barber shop was completely destroyed. The owner of Dominican Barber Shop shared he's been at that spot for two years, often giving haircuts to baseball players and others in the community.
- PUB DATE: 3/25/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WTMJ-TV NBC 4 Milwaukee

'They're going to jump:' 10 rescued in Edgerton house fire

VIDEO: On March 23. around 5:49 a.m., Lakeside Fire-Rescue, working jointly with Edgerton P.D., responded to multiple calls reporting smoke and fire coming from 503 Rollin Street in Edgerton. The fire blocked the floor's exit, preventing the tenants from escaping. With this information, Rock County 9-1-1 upgraded the incident, and additional fire and EMS units from Janesville and Stoughton were dispatched.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2024 11:48:00 PM - SOURCE: WKOW-TV ABC 27 Madison

Hundreds of Fire Officials Come Together to Adopt New Skills in Stevens Point

VIDEO: The Wisconsin State Firefighters Association (WSFA) hosted its 2024 conference in Stevens Point this year. This event has been held around different parts of Wisconsin for more than five decades. The event was open to the public, but is used as a way for firefighters to collaborate and communicate with other first responder agencies to create more effective ways for emergency responses.
- PUB DATE: 3/23/2024 1:01:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Multiple agencies help in taking down large swamp fire in Pepin County

Multiple area fire departments worked to put out a fire in rural Pepin County Wednesday evening. According to Durand Fire Chief Jamey King, it happened in the town of Lima, near County Road T and L Poeschel Road. A 911 caller said there was a swamp on fire near the intersection. King said they could see smoke from miles away.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 10:20:00 PM - SOURCE: WQOW-TV ABC 18 Eau Claire

Waukesha fundraiser; first responders to play basketball, raise money

Waukesha South High School’s varsity dance team is hard at work on a special routine. It’s for a halftime show at an upcoming basketball game where police and firefighters will play against each other. Every move means something special to varsity dance team captain Julia Barron, a junior. This week, their family expanded to include a whole lot of grannies.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 9:01:52 PM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Waupun Fire Department battles vegetation fire as wildfire danger risk remains high in area

PHOTO: The Waupun Fire Department responded to a large vegetation fire overnight in Fond du Lac County. Around midnight, the Fond du Lac County Communication Center received a call that there was an area of tall grass burning at the north west corner of the Highway 26 and Highway 151 interchange north of Waupun.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KFIZ-AM 1450 Fond du Lac

Lincoln County to offer free mental health training sessions this spring

Lincoln County is set to give people free in-depth mental health training this spring. The county's Health and Human Services building will host the first of two planned "mental health first aid" sessions on April 1, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It's only available for the first 30 adults who sign up, designed to help spot warning signs of mental illness and substance use disorders and give people knowledge on when to start conversations with people who may need them.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

City of River Falls receives more than $1.4M for fire station renovations

The City of River Falls received $1,401,000 in the federal appropriations legislation signed into law by President Biden on March 9, 2024. This funding, which was secured by Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Rep. Derrick Van Orden (R-WI, 3), will support vital renovations at the River Falls Fire Station.
- PUB DATE: 3/21/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pierce County Journal - Metered Site

Fentanyl overdoses up, Narcan distribution increases over 10-fold; Racine emergency responders seek additional resources

Inundated with fentanyl overdoses, emergency responders went before the Common Council last Wednesday to discuss the issue and outline the need for more resources. The requests included personnel and Naloxone, better known by the brand name Narcan. Josh Weber, division chief for the Racine Fire Department, recalled an effort he participated in two years ago that saved the life of a young man in his 20s who suffered an overdose from synthetic opioids.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Racine County Eye

Firefighters respond to Milwaukee funeral home fire

VIDEO: A Milwaukee funeral home needs the community's help after a fire broke out early Tuesday morning, March 19. Firefighters were called out to Serenity Funeral Home, located near 42nd and Fond du Lac, around 3 a.m. Many Milwaukee families come to Serenity Funeral Home to say goodbye and pay their respects to loved ones.
- PUB DATE: 3/20/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WITI-TV FOX 6 Milwaukee

Wausau: Fire at Wesley United Methodist Church extinguished; firefighter appeared to sustain injury

A brief fire was extinguished at Wesley United Methodist Church in Wausau Tuesday by Wausau Fire Department. An ambulance was on scene of the fire and our News 9 crew on scene witnessed a firefighter sustain an apparent injury while putting out the fire. The firefighter was transported by the ambulance.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 11:58:00 PM - SOURCE: WAOW-TV ABC 9 Wausau

Pet dog rescued by off-duty firefighter after house in De Pere catches fire

Authorities in De Pere issued a reminder to the community after a house fire was caused by hot embers from a recreational fire being too close. According to the De Pere Fire Department, on March 19 around 8:10 a.m., crews were sent to a reported house fire in the 2200 block of Glen Meadows Circle. When crews arrived, smoke and flames could reportedly be seen coming from the back of the house.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 7:13:25 PM - SOURCE: WFRV-TV CBS 5 Green Bay

Watertown Fire Department Has New Chief

PHOTO: Watertown has a new fire chief. The city recently announced the hiring of Tanya Reynen to the position. Her public service career spans nearly two decades and had served as the deputy chief of training center at Lake County Fire Rescue. Prior to her tenure at Lake County Fire Rescue, Reynen served in various capacities including as a paid on call firefighter/paramedic at Western Lakes Fire District, an adjunct fire/EMS instructor at Waukesha County Technical College, and as a firefighter/paramedic at Watertown Fire Department and Town of Brookfield Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 7:25:00 AM - SOURCE: WBEV-FM 95.3 Beaver Dam

Crews respond to bar fire in Rock County, officials say

VIDEO/PHOTOS: Crews responded to a fire at a bar in Rock County on Monday night. Lakeside Fire & Rescue say crews received a call around 7 p.m. for reports of a fire at Snuffy’s Still. Officials say the fire started in a storage shed on the deck of the bar. It is a place where patrons can go outside and smoke.
- PUB DATE: 3/19/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WMTV NBC/CW 15 Madison

One person hurt after former church burns in Hixton

PHOTOS: One person was flown to a hospital with burns following a house fire in Hixton. According to Hixton Fire and Rescue, they were called to the former United Methodist Church of Hixton a little after 3 a.m. Monday morning for a fire. The former church is now used as a house. When they arrived, they found heavy flames in the ceiling and walls.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2024 9:34:00 PM - SOURCE: WXOW-TV ABC 19 La Crosse

Outdoor fire danger remains high across Wisconsin

VIDEO: Potentially dangerous fire conditions continue around the state this week. Waupaca County is one of the counties in Northeast Wisconsin where the outdoor fire risk is considered very high. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources reported in the past week it had to put out 72 wildfires across the state, including one in Waupaca County where our news team could see a significant amount of tall, dry brush and crunchy grass.
- PUB DATE: 3/18/2024 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBAY-TV ABC 2 Green Bay

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