Monday, May 6, 2013
While Greenfield Fire Department officials say it's up to them to make sure ambulances are properly equipped and maintained, others raise concerns that some ambulances in Wisconsin just shouldn't be on the road.
Ten years ago, the lives of an ambulance crew in central Wisconsin were changed forever when a balding tire caused their vehicle to lose traction on a wet highway, skid across the median and roll over. In the resulting accident, the patient being transported died and the crew was injured, none more so than Matt Deicher of Mosinee. “I flew and hit my face onto the back doors of the ambulance,” Deicher told WISN 12 News. Deicher was paralyzed. He believes the July 2003 accident could have been prevented "very, very easily." Just two days earlier, the lone state ambulance inspector gave the Mosinee Fire Department 10 days to replace balding tires on the vehicle. The crew was unaware of the report before the run. A decade later, not much has …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The letter went out Friday, one day after Greenfield firefighters found the victims - three children ages 5 and under - who died in a house fire in West Allis.
In an effort to prevent the recent house fire tragedies that occurred in West Allis over the last few weeks, the Greenfield Fire Department, in conjunction with other local fire departments and the Whitnall and Greenfield school districts, issued this letter to all students last week: Each year over 3,500 people are killed in fires. On average 10 people are dying every day in fires. With several recent fire deaths in neighboring communities; the Hales Corners, Greenfield, Franklin Fire Departments and the Whitnall School District want to ensure your family does not become a fire statistic. Therefore, each family should consider and discuss the following: Make a promise to your family to stay safe. If you need more information or do not …
Friday, April 12, 2013
Members of Greenfield's department found the deceased victims, twin 4-year-old boys and a 5-year-old girl. It was the second fatal house fire in as many months in West Allis
For the second time in two months, Greenfield firefighters aided in fatal West Allis house fires. Yesterday’s experience proved to be especially difficult for local crews. On Thursday, Greenfield firefighters were initially called to cover a West Allis fire station while that city’s crews responded to a house fire in the neighborhood near 76th Street and National Avenue. Greenfield firefighters, however, were quickly diverted to the scene and it was members of those crews that found the deceased victims, twin 4-year-old boys and a 5-year-old girl. “Our members join knowing the tragic outcomes that we may encounter on scenes and throughout their career,” Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn said. “While firefighters cherish the calls that end …
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn participated in the YMCA and American Red Cross Battle of the Badges blood drive March 14.
Southwest YMCA, 11311 W. Howard Ave., held a Battle of the Badges blood drive in its youth rec room March 14. At least three dozen donors gave blood during the 4-hour event, co-hosted by the American Red Cross. The event was billed as a competition between local police and fire departments; donors were asked who they supported more. Among the donors were Greenfield firefighter Josh Ackerman and Fire Chief Jon Cohn, who told Greenfield Patch why he regularly donates blood. Get great local stories like this on Facebook. Click to join us!
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
The Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office says a 27-year-old man shot heroin while he was on Interstate-43, crossed all lanes of traffic and crashed.
The driver stopped in the distress lane on I-894, near the South 84th Street on-ramp wasn't waiting for assistance, says the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office: He was shooting heroin. Video showed the pickup truck stopped in the distress lane, then slowly crossing three lanes of traffic, rolling down an embankment, knocking over a freeway sign and crashing into the on-ramp wall. When Milwaukee County sheriff's deputies arrived they found Jacob Middleton, 27, of East Troy, unconscious in the truck, along with 18 bindles of heroin and all he needed to get high. Greenfield rescue personnel arrived on scene, and the Sheriff's Office reported Middleton was combative as they stabilized him. Greenfield rescue took Middleton to Froedtert …
Friday, March 8, 2013
There are signs of spring — really! — and one is the coming of Daylight Saving, but when exactly do we spring forward?
It's nearly time to 'Spring Forward.' At 2 a.m. Sunday, we'll be springing our clocks forward—and losing an hour of the day, for daylight saving time. The good news: sunset will be an hour later. You may have noticed the annual tradition of daylight saving time has crept forward a bit. We used to spring forward on the first Sunday in April and fall back on last Sunday in October. But a couple years ago, Congress changed the date—adding more daylight saving time to the calendar. This year, it will run from March 11 until Nov. 4. The day typically serves as a reminder from local fire departments, like the Greenfield Fire Department, for citizens to check their smoke detectors and replace their batteries. According to the National Fire …
Sunday, February 24, 2013
No injuries reported in blaze at home next to the Boot Connection on Layton Avenue.
The Greenfield Fire Department responded to a house fire around 11:30 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of 42nd Street and Layton Avenue. The damaged house is right next to the Boot Connection, 4275 W. Layton Ave. A source told Greenfield Patch there were no known injuries. The fire was quickly brought under control, the department said. Patch's media partners at WISN 12 News reported that an official with the Fire Department said the blaze started in the home's basement. Everyone was able to get out of the home safely, Greenfield police told the station. A number of area fire departments responded. Greenfield Patch will update this story with more details as they become available.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Firefighters had a hard time finding the source of smoke at a Greenfield apartment complex, and had they not, there's no telling what the result could have been.
Improperly discarded cigarettes can cause major problems even in the middle of winter. The residents of the English Meadows apartment complex near 67th Street and Layton Avenue could have found that out the hard way Wednesday. Greenfield firefighters were called to the complex around 7:45 a.m. when a maintenance employee smelled smoke but could not determine where it was coming from. After searching high and low for its origin, firefighters eventually found a discarded cigarette near a crawl space in the complex’s basement. The cigarette had fallen through a crack in the mortar and was slowly burning up wood in the building’s base. Firefighters flushed the area with water until they extinguished the fire. “Left in the state it was, it …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Over 300 law enforcement, fire and rescue personnel responded to a massive 9 alarm fire in Burlington last night and among them were several Greenfield firefighters.
Firefighters from the Greenfield Fire Department were among the 93 fire departments that responded to a nine-alarm fire in the City of Burlington Wednesday night, according to our media partners at Channel 12. The Burlington Fire Department initially responded to the fire at 6:05 p.m. at Echo Lake Foods, 33102 S Honey Lake Rd. After arriving, they found a “significant fire” and called neighboring departments to help battle the blaze. However, “about 50 people in the area -- 10 homes and one apartment building -- were evacuated as a precaution because of the chemicals in the plant and the heavy smoke, but no further evacuations were expected.” According to the story: Burlington Mayor Robert Miller said Thursday afternoon that the fire was …
The fire at Echo Lake Farm Produce started at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday and was not yet under control as of 7 a.m. Thursday.
Nearly 100 fire departments, including Greenfield's, were in Burlington overnight to battle a massive eight-alarm fire at a food-processing plant. Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn confirmed his department was one of 93 that responded to the fire, which started at 6:05 p.m. Wednesday and was not yet under control as of 7 a.m. Thursday. Cohn said his department was working on extinguishing the fire on the administrative side of the Echo Lake Farm Produce plant located near downtown Burlington. Also responding from Milwaukee County were: South Milwaukee, Greendale, North Shore, West Allis, Wauwatosa and Hales Corners. Echo Lake Farm Produce employs nearly 300. No workers or firefighters have been injured, according to the Milwaukee Journal …