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Kenosha Fire Department news (more)

Kenosha firefighters have moved into their new Station 4, which is located on the site of their former station. This substantially larger building houses their fleet maintenance shop on the left side and has the training facility behind it.

Current apparatus located here are Engine and Med 4, Rescue 44 (BLS) and the BC along with 2 reserve engines, the reserve truck (Ex Tower 7) and the reserve BC. 
 
Station 7 has the newest Sutphen quint, which was delivered as Truck 4 and has been reassigned as Truck 7.
 
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Kenosha Fire Department news (more)

Excerpts from the kenoshanews.com:

Work is continuing at the construction site of the new Kenosha Fire Department Fire Station No. 4, located at 4810 60th St. The new building, adjacent to the current station, will be twice the size at 29,344-square-feet and will include an additional 10,000-square foot tower for training purposes. The construction contract in the amount of $9.97 million was awarded to Stuckey Construction, of Waukegan, Ill. The completion of the project was slated for May 2022, but is ahead of schedule. According to Fire Chief Christopher Bigley, the Kenosha Fire Department “may get the keys in February.” If the building is finished by that time, operations will be fully run out of the new station in March.

Construction of a new fire station in Kenosha

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Construction of a new fire station in Kenosha

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As seen around … Kenosha

This from Keith Grzadziel:

Here is a pic of the construction progress of the replacement for Kenosha Station 4. It is located directly next door to the current station and will be much larger. The admin offices which were previously at Station 4 have been torn down and relocated to their former Station 3.

Also here are a couple of pics of Battalion 1’s new F150 buggy and the “old” Truck 4. I’m not sure where the new Truck 4 is at.
 
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Kenosha fire station construction

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Kenosha FD Battalion 1

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Kenosha FD Battalion 1

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Kenosha FD Sutphen ladder truck

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Kenosha Fire Department news

Excerpts from the racinecountyeye.com:

At its Tuesday morning meeting, the Police and Fire Commission reviewed possible changes to the city’s recruitment processes, specifically new-hire written tests.

During the meeting, Samantha Thorstad, HR analyst for the city, recommended doing away with the written test portion of the recruitment process. 

“The commission sets the weight of percentages for when we’re doing a police or fire recruitment,” Thorstad said.

In light of that finding, the HR department opted to “cancel out the written test scores so that there was no disparate impact.” 

“Which means we have 40 percent of the scores unaccounted for,” she continued. “The other two percentages in this process would be the panel interview and the chief’s interview. In talking with Chief Leipzig, as well as Steve Stanczyk, our recommendation would be to take the 40 percent that would normally be reserved for the written test and break that into 20 percent over both of the interviews.”

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Kenosha Fire Department news

Excerpts from the kenoshanews.com:

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig, 54, who has served as chief the past four years and started as a firefighter in the city at 23, officially will retire effective Dec. 31. The Kenosha Police and Fire Commission at Tuesday morning’s meeting accepted a number of retirements, including Leipzig’s.

In keeping with regular practice, the Kenosha mayor is expected to appoint Deputy Chief Chris Bigley as the interim chief as of Jan. 1. The Police and Fire Commission will discuss its next steps toward finding a permanent replacement at its Dec. 15 meeting.

As for Leipzig, he plans to keep his family in Kenosha and hopes to not only spend time with them, but also to give back in a number of volunteer capacities.

Excerpts from wgtd.org:

Kenosha Fire Chief Charles Leipzig, 54, announced his retirement, effective at the end of the year. He was appointed to the position by the Police and Fire Commission four years ago.

He’ll best be known for two things–commanding the department during the spate of arson fires that broke out during the civil unrest tied to protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. He also guided the consolidation of two fire houses in a project that included construction of a more centrally-located station at 52nd St. and 22nd Ave. 

Leipzig said his plan had always been to retire between 53 and 55 in order to spend more time with his family. He said he plans to remain in the community and spend part of his time serving as a volunteer.

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Kenosha Fire Department news

Excerpts from the Kenoshanews.com:

A city fire station that houses the Kenosha Fire Department’s training center and administration will be reconstructed beginning next year, according to a proposed $9.1 million capital improvement plan for the building.

Under the plan, Station 4, at 4810 60th St., would be located to the west of its current site, and the current building that houses fire administration headquarters, would be torn down to make way the new building. Six years ago, the city spent about $650,000 adding on to the existing Station 4 building to accommodate the fire department’s administration, which had to be moved out of the municipal building at 625 52nd St. due to accessibility issues.

Station 4, which was built in 1964, will be a brand new building. It will be similar in design to the city’s newest building, Station 1, at 2210 52nd St. The $7 million station project opened in August 2019, consolidating stations 3 and 5, formerly at 2121 Roosevelt Road and 2125 Washington Road, respectively.

Engineering for the construction site has already begun and the fire department expects to begin rebuilding the station next year, with $5 million set aside in the capital improvement plan for 2021. Once completed, the administration will be moved to city hall or another Fire Department location.

 

However, the overall plan is to have fire administration permanently located in the future city hall. As a part of a future plan, city hall is proposed to be built at the northeast corner of 56th Street and Sheridan Road. The city council has yet to approve formal plans for its development.

Photos of assigned apparatus at Station 4

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Working fire in Kenosha, Wi 11-7-20

This from Asher Heimermann:

911 callers reported hearing a boom and seeing fire at 7603 18th Avenue in Kenosha just before 9 PM on Saturday, November 7th.  A garage at this address caught fire and is a total loss. The home and a neighboring building were also damaged.
 
 
Kenosha garage destroyed by fire

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Kenosha garage destroyed by fire

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Civil unrest in Kenosha, WI – 8-25-20 (more)

This from Asher Heimermann:

Kenosha firefighters responded to a dumpster fire at 30th Avenue & Roosevelt Road on Tuesday night during the third night of civil unrest.
 
Firefighters extinguished the fire before it could spread to the Pizza Hut and a nearby house.

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Civil unrest in Kenosha, WI 8-25-20 (more)

Images from Tim Olk from the rioting in Kenosha 

storefront engulfed by flames during Kenosha riots

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Civil unrest in Kenosha, WI – 8-24-20 (more)

This from Jeff Rudolph:

08/24/20 – Night two of protests in Kenosha,WI led to several business looted and set ablaze. The largest was several storefronts along 22nd av. Kenosha activated a MABAS response to the 5th alarm Bringing in several Illinois departments, most sat in the staging area most of the night, but crews from Zion, Newport, Gurnee, and several others were put to work.  Jeff Rudolph
Zion Firefighters battle a fire

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