Monday, May 20, 2013
The South Shore Fire Department Monday evening is responding to a report of a fire on 16th Street in Mount Pleasant.
Updated at 8:22 p.m. Monday The South Shore Fire Department on Monday battled and quickly brought under control a fire at the Greenbriar Apartments in Mount Pleasant. The call came in around 6 p.m. Monday for a fire in the 5900 block of 16th Street. By 6:45 p.m., the fire was under control and firefighters were leaving the scene. No injuries were reported. The extent of the damage was unknown, as was the cause of the blaze. The Caledonia Fire Department also responded to the call. Battalion chief Jon Keiser said the damage to the apartments was contained to a small area and there was minimal damage. However officials from the Red Cross were helping residents find temporary shelter. Patch will have more details as they become available.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Sturtevant trustees reiterated they're ready to move on a new ambulance and are waiting for Mount Pleasant to catch up.
Mount Pleasant Village President Mark Gleason Monday promised the Sturtevant village board that the on-going ambulance issue will not linger much longer. "I'm not being overcritical, but three years to make a decision is way outside the boundaries," he said. "This will be a priority issue, but Mount Pleasant has a process to go through ... not a decision that I will allow to fester." The Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant village boards met during a special joint board meeting for the first time since officials signed the South Shore Fire Department consolidation agreement in 2008. Sturtevant Administrator Mary Cole reviewed the benefits to both communities before the board discussion got fully underway; saying Mount Pleasant got a new station …
Monday, May 13, 2013
Guests were evacuated Monday morning after a fire was discovered in the basement laundry room.
Guests at the Racine Marriott got a rude Monday morning wake-up call when they were evacuated because of a fire in the laundry room. South Shore Fire responded at 5:53 a.m. to the hotel, 7111 Washington Avenue, and discovered a fire in one of the laundry bins in the basement, SSFD Battalion Chief Dale Izydorek confirmed. "The cause of the fire is undetermined but is not suspicious," he said. Firefighters had the fire completely extinguished by 6:19 a.m., and there were no injuries. Hotel guests were allowed back in their rooms by 7 a.m. Izydorek said damages only come to about $1,000.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Trustees from both Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant will meet Monday for the first time since the South Shore Fire consolidation was signed in 2009.
Trustees from both Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant will meet Monday to talk about the South Shore Fire Department. This is the first time both boards will meet together since the consolidation agreement was signed in 2009. The goal is to review the history that led to the creation of the department, talk about the current situation and discuss the need for a new ambulance as well as goals for the future of the department. "There's been a lot of talk in our separate villages, but we haven't sat down together since the agreement was signed," said Sturtevant Village Administrator Mary Cole. "We're neighbors and partners in South Shore so we should be talking more." Setting up the meeting was triggered by the purchase of a new ambulance approved…
Monday, May 6, 2013
Fire officials say Wisconsin ambulance inspection system only looks at one part of the issue, but misses the mechanics of a vehicle, which is what really matters.
A quick glance at 2011 state ambulance inspection reports would indicate there's nothing more serious going on with South Shore Fire Department ambulances than a few blown light bulbs. And that's part of the problem, SSFD Division Chief Mark Pierce told Patch. Pierce served as the interim chief of the department October 2012 until Chief Robert Stedman started on Monday. "For what they check, the system is fine," Pierce said. "But it's the mechanicals that make the ambulance go and those aren't being inspected." There is only one inspector who travels around Wisconsin checking every ambulance - both municipal and private company - to be sure lights and sirens work, tires have acceptable tread depth and medical supplies are in order. …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Two people were injured in a three-car crash Wednesday afternoon at Highway 31 and Regency West Drive.
Two people were injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle crash that temporarily closed a southbound lane of Highway 31. Rescue personnel with the South Shore Fire Department and Mount Pleasant Police Department responded at 2:20 p.m. to the corner of Highway 31 and Regency West Drive for calls of a multiple vehicle accident. Two people - the drivers of a Chevrolet Caprice and a Honda Fit - were taken to Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary's by ambulance with lights and siren. Both cars were towed away from the scene. In an email to Patch, MPPD Sgt. David Stroupe said both drivers had minor injuries and the driver of the Honda was cited for failure to yield. "Both of the operators taken to Wheaton Franciscan were treated for minor injuries," the …
Monday, April 22, 2013
No one was injured, but an unsightly amount of garbage got dumped onto a street—and on Earth Day, no less—after the trash caught fire.
A dump truck full of trash got dumped in the 9200 block of Millstone Drive this morning after the load caught fire, according to a story in The Journal Times. No one was injured. Members of the South Shore Fire Departmen responded to the fire, but officials hadn't pinpointed the exact cause of the trash fire.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Former Mount Pleasant Fire Chief Robert Stedman was named the new South Shore Fire Chief.
The Mount Pleasant Police & Fire Commission announced Thursday that Robert Stedman is the new South Shore Fire Chief. Stedman was the Mount Pleasant Fire Chief from 1989 to 1991, and PFC Vice-president Rick McCluskey said Stedman's reputation in the fire service will serve the department and the communities well. "Bob's professional background and experience is impeccable," he said. "He's well-known to SSFD and I know this will be an outstanding merger of the man and the department." South Shore Interim Fire Chief Mark Pierce presented Stedman to a gathering of SSFD firefighters, officials from both Mount Pleasant and Sturtevant and two battalion chiefs from Caledonia who know Stedman from when he was an assistant chief there. "I look …
Monday, April 15, 2013
The driver of the truck was not injured, and a preschool was evacuated as a precaution, but businesses in the area did not lose power.
A garbage truck vs. electric pole caused a little excitement Monday morning in the 5200 block of Washington Avenue. Mount Pleasant police and South Shore Fire were dispatched around noon for calls that a Veolia garbage truck hit an electric pole behind the Racine Centre shopping center where Piggly Wiggly is locatd. When officers arrived, they found the pole resting on top of the truck and the top of the pole teetering on live wires. The driver was advised to stay in the truck. Lt. Joe Christensen of SSFD said the driver reported hearing the snapping of the lines, but WE Energies crews were able to help the driver out of the truck. He was uninjured. A preschool next door was evacuated as a precaution.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Mount Pleasant police and South Shore Fire Department personnel responded to a call for a possible grenade at Goodwill store on Sunday afternoon.
**Update 9:30 p.m. An employee was unpacking a box of donated goods Sunday afternoon at the Mount Pleasant Goodwill store when she came across a vintage hand grenade. Not sure whether the unit was live and could explode, store employees called 911, triggering a full response and staging area with the Mount Pleasant Police and South Shore Fire departments. It turns out, the grenade wasn't live at all - because it had the bottom drilled out was only being used for display. "It was a dummy hand grenade with the bottom drilled out so it could be on display," said SSFD Interim Chief Mark Pierce. "It probably was real at some point, but that was a long time ago." Officers and firefighters were dispatched to the store at 3131 S. Oakes Road at 4:…