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!
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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 …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
All Milwaukee County fire departments have partnered with the Hunger Task Force to help increase donations of the nutritious and kid-friendly food.
As the cost of peanut butter reached an all-time high in 2012, the Hunger Task Force's supply of the delicious, nutritious and kid-friendly food began running low. And while people across the county are willing to donate, getting to the Hunger Task Force food bank at 201 S. Hawley Court in Milwaukee during its hours of operation of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. is not always an easy task. Enter: local fire departments. All of Milwaukee County’s fire departments — more specifically, the 60 fire stations in the county — will be public peanut butter donation centers for the Hunger Task Force starting today, Jan. 17. “I had seen the need for peanut butter. Then I thought, ‘Why haven’t I donated peanut butter?’ said Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn, who …
Friday, October 26, 2012
October is Fire Prevention Month, and the Greenfield Fire Department was busy educating nearly 3,000 students during school visits.
Perhaps the best way to fight fires is preventing them from happening in the first place. That’s why the Greenfield Fire Department spends several days each year educating the city’s youth during October, which is recognized nationwide as Fire Prevention Month. This fall was no different as the city’s firefighters participated in several fire prevention initiatives, including visits to the city’s four public and three parochial schools. Assistant Fire Chief George Weber estimates that 2,600 students received valuable tips on fire prevention during school visits and presentations that ran from mid-September through mid-October. “We basically go out teaching students and educating them,” Weber said. Get great local stories like this on …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt briefed reporters throughout the day, and the Greenfield Fire Department was quickly on the scene at Sunday's Sikh temple shooting in Oak Creek.
Updated 3:15 p.m. Aug. 6 with reaction from Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt Several local police and fire departments responded to the tragic mass shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek on Sunday. Among them were Greenfield’s. Greenfield Police Chief Brad Wentlandt briefed dozens of reporters at press conferences and was seen doing so on television sets across the country as the shooting quickly made national headlines. “I went down to the command post to offer any assistance,” Wentlandt said. “(Oak Creek) Chief (John) Edwards said the one area he really needed assistance at that time, because they were engaged in the tactical aspects of the situations, was someone to wrangle the media.” Wentlandt and two officers responded to Oak …
Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The major Greenfield intersection at Layton Avenue and Highway 100, and the surrounding area, was closed around 10 a.m. Tuesday.
Road crews doing work on the median on Highway 100 struck a gas line Tuesday morning, causing the temporary closure of the major Greenfield intersection. According to Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn, the gas line was struck around 10 a.m. He said roads were closed for about 25-30 minutes and that the gas company worked quickly to shut the gas valve. The fire department, along with the help of the Greenfield Police Department created a perimeter by shutting down roadways at Edgerton Avenue and Cold Spring Road on Highway 100, and at 116th Street and Root River Parkway on Layton Avenue. "We went into some local businesses to detect for gas, but there were no problems," Cohn said. There were no injuries.
Monday, July 2, 2012
Greenfield Fire Department Chief Jon Cohn said despite the dry conditions, he does not anticipate canceling the city's fireworks spectacular.
Despite no change to the ultra-dry weather conditions that have hung around southeastern Wisconsin for more than a month, the City of Greenfield is in little danger of having its July 4 fireworks celebration cancelled, according to Fire Chief Jon Cohn. Cohn said the department will continue to monitor conditions, and said the fireworks show will go on. “We met with the fireworks vendor and we discussed some precautions were going to take,” Cohn said. “We’re going to have additional resources in place due to the conditions, but we anticipate the same show as usual.” The fire chief said his department will water down the launch areas set back behind the baseball diamonds, will have additional personnel present at Konkel Park and will have …
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Some areas to the north are considering postponing or canceling fireworks shows, but Greenfield Fire Chief Jon Cohn says it's far too early to make that decision.
Fond du Lac Fire Chief Peter O’Leary put his city on alert when he said the city might have to consider canceling or postponing fireworks earlier this week, but here in Greenfield, Fire Chief Jon Cohn said it’s far too soon to make any decisions about extinguishing plans for fireworks at Konkel Park on July 4. Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s this week, and the entire region has seen little rainfall this month, leaving residential lawns and parks such as Konkel dry and dormant. But Cohn said canceling the fireworks hasn’t crossed his mind, yet. “It’s a big decision,” Cohn said. “The fire department signs the permit, so it’s our decision, but we’d take other people’s opinions under advisement. “Right now, we’re just keeping an eye…
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Greendale village manager Todd Michaels said the village is open to some of the sharing of fire services, but is less enthusiastic about a full consolidation of five area departments.
Full fire department consolidation between five southern Milwaukee County communities will not move forward like some Greenfield officials would like, if Greendale has something to say about it. Discussions on fire department consolidation have continued since a report about the cost benefits of consolidation was released in late May. The Public Policy Forum report identifies ways in which fire departments in Greenfield, Greendale, Hales Corners, Oak Creek and Franklin could consolidate and save money — including combining all five into one. The study comes after about a year of research, involving fire chiefs and administrators from all five communities who explored the range of consolidation possibilities. But Greendale Village Manager …