South Area Fire District (SAFER) Open House 2017 9-10-17

Many folks came out to the South Area Fire District (SAFER) Open House 2017 Rib Mountain Station. Kids were able to use a fire hose. Medivac Air was on display. Fire Trucks Ambulance. Blood Center Of WI Blood Drive and Much Much more took place. 

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Pictures From The Open House:

 

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2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation Block Party 9-9-17

Local Residence & Residence from Mountain Terrace Senior Living thanked Local First Responders and Law Enforcement at the 2nd Annual First Responders Appreciation Block Party hosted by Mountain Terrace Senior Living. Members of the Wausau Police Department, Wausau Fire Department, Marathon County Sheriff Department and Marathon County S.W.A.T. team were on hand showing equipment and letting people climb inside the vehicles. Around 300 hundred people attended this event.

Interested in any of our Pictures? We have them available to any agency wanting a copy without Water-Marks. Please E-Mail Us: wayne@wgwinews.com

 

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Green Bay Metro Fire Department Urges Caution With Fireworks Use

From: Green Bay Metro Fire Department Lt. Cody Johnson 

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On Independence Day in a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported than on any other day, and fireworks account for half of those fires, more than any other cause of fires. The Green Bay Metro Fire Department responds to several fires started by fireworks every year.  In 2014, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 10,500 people for fireworks related injuries! Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission report by Yongling Tu and Demar Granados In 2013 an estimated 15,600 reported fires including 1,400 structure fires and 200 vehicle fires are reported. Source: NFPA’s Fireworks report by Marty Ahrens, June 2016 The current law allows individuals to possess sparklers, snakes, smoke bombs, noisemakers, and spark fountains. These are the only legal fireworks to possess and use without a permit. Firecrackers, bottle rockets, roman candles, and mortars, are illegal to possess and use without a permit and may result in a citation. A permit may be obtained from your local jurisdiction, though most have very strict guidelines and onlya handful are awarded. Only permits issued by the local jurisdiction and signed by the proper designee (mayor, fire chief, etc) are legal. Permits issued by a fireworks stand are not valid. Safety tips for celebrating with legal fireworks: Adults should only light fireworks.  Sparklers can reach temperatures of over 1200 degrees so make sure your child is old enough to understand the danger of using them improperly. Children should always be supervised when using sparklers.4th-of-July-Fireworks-Images-Clip-Art-3-1 Most fireworks injuries happen to children under the age of 5 years old. 5 years old is often too young to use sparklers. Never relight dud fireworks. Stay clear of them for at least 30 minutes and soak them in a bucket of water overnight before disposing.  Make sure you light fireworks on a dry level surface (concrete) with no combustibles nearby. Maintain a safe distance. Avoid alcohol use while using fireworks.The best way to keep safe this 4th of July is to leave the fireworks to the professionals. Enjoy your local fireworks show put on by your town, city, or village.

Governor Walker Signs Bill to Crack Down on Repeat Drunk Drivers

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed a bill into law making the 4th drunk driving offense a felony regardless of when it was committed and increasing penalties for repeat drunk drivers. Senate Bill 455, now Act 371, was authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Representative Jim Ott (R – Mequon).

“This law is being signed to honor the lives of Jennifer, Courtney, and Sophia,” Governor Walker said. “Eight years ago today, the lives of their families changed forever when a repeat drunk driver decided to get behind the wheel.”

More than 200 people are killed each year on Wisconsin’s roads and, prior to 1990’s, operating while intoxicated (OWI) convictions were based on the number of times the offender had been convicted in the five year period preceding arrest. The new law eliminates the 4th offense look back period and increases penalties for repeat drunk driving offenders.

“Penalties in Wisconsin for repeat drunk drivers are less severe than neighboring states,” added Governor Walker. “It is time to match the severity of our penalties to this crime, regardless of when it occurs.”

A photo from the bill signing is attached.

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Governor Walker Signs Seven Bills into Law

Madison – Governor Scott Walker signed seven bills into law at the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison today.

Senate Bill 455, now Act 371, increases penalties for drunk driving offenses and aligns state law with surrounding states in how multiple offenders are penalized. The bill was authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Representative Jim Ott (R – Mequon).

Assembly Bill 624, now Act 372, allows alcohol retailers to retain invoices in electronic format rather than paper and eliminates the local referendum option for the elimination of all alcohol licensing. The bill was authored by Representative David Steffen (R – Green Bay) and Senator Luther Olsen (R – Ripon).

Senate Bill 387, now Act 373, provides clear statutory guidance to prevent confusion and aid in finding children a good, permanent home by establishing and clarifying procedures for changing the placement of a child or juvenile who is involved in the juvenile court system. The bill was authored by Senator Alberta Darling (R – River Hills) and Representative Joan Ballweg (R – Markesan).

Senate Bill 533, now Act 374, regulates the production and use of photo identification cards by local units of government to protect taxpayers and the integrity of elections. The bill was authored by Senator Van Wanggard (R – Racine) and Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R – New Berlin).

Assembly Bill 549, now Act 375, makes it more convenient for physical therapy patients to obtain a needed x-ray by allowing physical therapists who fulfill certain criteria to order x-rays.  Rather than being referred to another healthcare provider, physical therapists will be able to order an x-ray for the physical therapy patient, thus providing more prompt treatment and reducing costs to the patient. The bill was authored by Representative Joe Sanfelippo (R – New Berlin) and Senator Van Wanggaard (R – Racine).

Assembly Bill 720, now Act 376, shortens the length of the redemption period in the foreclosure from a six or 12 month process to a three or six month process.  This incentivizes borrowers to negotiate with lenders and reduces the possibility properties will be abandoned, left in disrepair, or damaged. The bill was authored by Representative Terry Katsma (R – Oostburg) and Senator Frank Lasee (R – De Pere).

Assembly Bill 901, now Act 377, increases funding to the Arts Board by $13,800 for fiscal year 2015-16. This grant from the National Endowment for the Arts requires a 1:1 match from each recipient and allows the Wisconsin Arts Board to fully match available federal funding to support the development of arts and humanities throughout the state. The bill was authored by Representative Joan Ballweg (R – Markesan) and Senator Sheila Harsdorf (R – River Falls).