Thursday, May 9, 2013
Sheriff's deputies discovered that one of two semi-trucks involved in a crash early Thursday leaked about 50 gallons of fuel onto the freeway.
About 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto Interstate 94 following a crash early Thursday morning in Oak Creek, resulting in the closure of the far right lane. Two semi-trucks were involved in a crash about 5:30 a.m. in the southbound lanes near Puetz Road, according to the Sheriff's Office. Deputies responding to the scene discovered one of the trucks leaked fuel and closed a lane while the Oak Creek Fire Department cleaned up the spill. Traffic was moving smoothly again by mid-morning.
Monday, May 6, 2013
While Oak Creek Fire Department officials say they have no problems with how ambulances are inspected, 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 …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
As of Thursday morning, crews were still battling a massive fire at a Burlington food processing plant that has caused the evacuation of 10 homes.
Updated 7:30 p.m. Thursday Oak Creek played a support role in battling a massive, eight-alarm fire in Burlington that started Wednesday night and took firefighters more than 12 hours to contain. Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher said a task force with units from around Milwaukee County staged Wednesday night at Oak Creek Fire Department headquarters, 7000 S. 6th St., before heading off to Burlington. No fire trucks from Oak Creek were sent to the scene, Pulvermacher said. Firefighters from more than 80 departments in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois were called in to help fight the blaze at the Echo Lake Foods processing plant, according to an Associated Press report. The fire, which began about 6 p.m. Wednesday, forced the …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The station will be constructed at the same time as the library and city hall, though at a different location.
Lost in the shuffle of the Drexel Town Square project and construction of a new city hall and library is a new fire station that will be built at the same time. Preliminary plans for how the fire station might be laid out at 255 E. Centennial Drive, across from the post office, were presented last week. It will be built on a portion of 15 wooded acres the city received for free as part of a development agreement. A representative of Bray Architects, which is designing all three civic buildings, told the Oak Creek Common Council that planners are "treading lightly" when it comes to preserving that green space. "We want to be stewards of the environment within the existing forestry that's there," said Michael Hacker of Bray Architects. Bray …
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 …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The Oak Creek Fire Department quickly knocked down a fire early Tuesday morning in a home on Parknoll Drive.
The Oak Creek Fire Department worked quickly to put out a basement fire early Tuesday morning and prevent serious damage to a home on Parknoll Drive. The fire, which started about 3:30 a.m., is still under investigation, Fire Chief Tom Rosandich said. The residents of the home, north of E. Puetz Road, evacuated and were not injured. The house sustained some smoke damage, according to CBS 58.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Three Oak Creek residents were forced from their home after a fire on Ryan Road Friday night.
A home in the 500 block of E. Ryan Road sustained about $50,000 in damage after a fire in the kitchen Friday night. A 41-year-old Oak Creek man said he and his family were cooking dinner when they left a pan with grease on it unattended, according to the Oak Creek Police Department logbook. The grease likely spilled over onto the hot stove and caught fire, the man said. When an officer arrived just after 6 p.m., the three occupants of the home were outside the house and flames and smoke were visible on the inside, according to the logbook. Oak Creek firefighters got the fire under control at 6:24 p.m. The American Red Cross and We Energies also responded. The tenants of the home told police they were able to make arrangements to stay …
Friday, November 2, 2012
City and state officials, VFW and American Legion members scheduled to speak at Nov. 10 event at the Oak Creek Fire Department.
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Friday, November 2, 2012
Oak Creek will celebrate Veterans Day with a program at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Oak Creek Fire Department, 7000 S. 6th St. Guest speakers include city and state officals as well as members of the Oak Creek Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion. The fire department is also the site of a veterans memorial. See a photo gallery of last year's event here.
Monday, October 29, 2012
A fire broke out in a mobile home park on W. College Avenue about noon Monday.
A fire broke out about noon Monday and caused major damage to a mobile home on W. College Avenue in Oak Creek. A resident of the home was taken by ambulance to the hospital, but it was not considered serious and may be only for observation, Battalion Chief Joe Pulvermacher said. The Oak Creek Fire Department is still investigating the cause of the fire, which happened in the Oak Creek Estates mobile home park in the 2300 block of W. College Ave. Pulvermacher said the damage was "significant" and is estimated at about $20,000. Fire departments from around the South Shore and Franklin assisted Oak Creek in battling the fire.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
A house in the 8000 block of S. 35th St. caught fire about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The cause is still under investigation.
A home in the 8000 block of S. 35th Street was destroyed by a fire that broke out about 6 p.m. Tuesday. The cause of the fire is under investigation, according to Patch's media partners at Fox 6. Several neighboring departments, including Oak Creek, responded to the blaze.