Wisconsin’s Busiest Engine Company Trying to Build Relationship With Community Following Last Summer’s Riots

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Engine Company 13 in the City of Milwaukee located at 2901 N. 30th Street ran over 5,700 calls last year alone.  A recent local news story above highlights how Engine Co. 13 is trying to build community relationships within the neighborhood they serve.  Last summer during one of the days of unrest Engine Co. 13 took in 5 separate fires.  Most were extra alarm fires.  In February the station was shot up leaving bullet holes in the walls and glass, and recently had a brick dropped off a bridge onto the windshield of the Engine while responding to a call.  More on the story is above and below.

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CBS 58 – “There’s an unwritten rule at Milwaukee’s Fire Station 13: Sit down to eat a meal, and the alarm signaling a call is guaranteed to go off.

It’s not only the busiest fire station in Milwaukee, but the busiest in the state, totaling 5708 calls last year. 

     “We come here knowing you’re going to average 20-24 runs a day, that you’re not going to sleep,” says Lt. Jeff Gauthier. “But the people that work in this house want to be here.” 

Gauthier says between 85-90% of their calls are EMS related. Saturday morning, CBS-58 rode along, as they left the station at 30th and Locust and bounced from call to call. We watched them revive an unconscious diabetic, and help calm down a man who was having trouble breathing. One thing is clear: There’s a lot more to being a Milwaukee firefighter, than just fighting fires.   

“Today’s firefighter does a lot of different things,” says Gauthier.

And for firefighters at Station 13, there’s been some other things they’ve had to deal with this year.

In February, someone shot up their station, leaving six bullet holes in an area they normally would have been sitting in. Police have still not made any arrests. 

Luckily, dinner was late that night, meaning the crew was gathered in the kitchen instead. 

They’ve also had a brick thrown dropped from a bridge a windshield, stopping a response to an emergency.

“It’s increasingly difficult to go and try to save people, when you have others actively working against you,” says Gauthier.”…Continue Reading Here

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