Holiday Wreath Program Aims to Prevent Fires

Holiday Wreath Program Aims to Prevent Fires


Green Bay, WI, November 24, 2015-- Tomorrow, the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in a joint effort with the Green Bay International Association of Fire Fighters Local – 141, will be hanging Christmas wreaths on all fire stations. These wreaths are a part of a public awareness campaign that will last from Thanksgiving Day through January 1, 2015. The wreaths will be initially lit with all green lights.  For every residential fire that occurs during this holiday season, one light will be changed to red.  This is not to celebrate residential fires but rather to educate everybody on fire safety.  Every year we average from 10-17 fires during this time and   careless cooking is usually the leading cause of these fires.


Every time you see a wreath on a Green Bay Metro Fire Station you will be reminded to have a safe holiday season.  It is the Green Bay Metro Fire Department and the IAFF local -141’s mission to keep these wreaths lit with ALL green lights this holiday season.


We would like everybody to practice fire safety when it comes to everything associated with the Holidays.  Never leaving candles unattended, keep a safe distance around portable and fixed heating units, pay close attention when cooking meals (Thanksgiving is the #1 day for cooking fires in the US), and keep your natural Christmas tree well watered.

It’s Fire Prevention Week!

CAHL and GBMFD Team Up For Fire Prevention Week


Green Bay, WI -- October 5th, 2015—This year’s Fire Prevention Week Theme (October 4-10) is “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep”.  According to the latest National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) research, working smoke alarms cut the chance of dying in a fire in half. Meanwhile, three out of five fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Sadly, the number one cause of fire deaths is due to cigarette use.  Since 2009 GBMFD has had 3 fatal fires.  Two were caused by careless use of smoking materials and in the third one, it was definitely a contributing factor that led to the fire.  Community Action for Healthy Living, Inc (CAHL) and the Green Bay Metro Fire Department (GBMFD) are teaming up this week to encourage Green Bay area rental property owners to make their properties smoke-free and to have working smoke alarms.


CAHL also cited other reasons for making properties smoke-free, including:


  • Smoke-free buildings save time and money. On average, it costs 2-3 times more to clean a unit that has been smoked in compared to one that hasn’t.
  • Wisconsin residents want smoke-free housing. 72% of Wisconsin residents who keep their units smoke-free, but live in buildings that allow smoking would prefer a smoke-free building.
  • In addition to being safer, profitable, and popular, enacting a smoke-free housing policy in public or private housing is also completely legal.


GBMFD recommends the following smoke alarm messages:

  • Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
  • Test alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button.
  • Replace all smoke alarms when they are 10 years old or sooner if they don’t respond properly.
  • If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside. Go to your outside meeting place.
  • Call the fire department from outside the home.

Visit,, or  for information on making your rental property smoke-free.


Free CPR Training This Weekend!


Green Bay Achieves An ISO Rating Of Class 1






The Green Bay Metro Fire Department was recently notified by Insurance Service Office (ISO) that we have been upgraded to a Class 1 Community.   Green Bay is the first city in the State of Wisconsin to achieve this rating and one of only 132 in the US that are rated Class 1.  There are 48,855 fire departments in the United States that are graded by ISO and this places  the Green Bay Metro Fire Department in the top .3%.  Classifications range from 1, representing superior property fire protection, to Class 10 which indicates that the community does not meet the ISO’s lowest criteria.


ISO evaluates a community’s fire protection services.  This includes things such as; fire department staffing, fire prevention activities, training, water supply, and communications.  A community’s ISO rating assists insurance companies in setting their premium rates.  Generally speaking, a community with a Class 1 rating will have much lower property insurance premiums than a Class 5 community.



Celebrate Americafest News Release

GBMFD Wants You To Celebrate Safety During Celebrate Americafest


July 1, 2015 Green Bay, WI--  The Green Bay Metro Fire Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time while celebrating Independence Day downtown.  The following are keys to ensuring an enjoyable celebration:


  • No fireworks are to be brought into the festival grounds.
  • No drones will be permitted in, around, or over the festival grounds.
  • Keep a close watch of children near the river.
  • Plan ahead for the weather.  Dress appropriately, stay hydrated, and use sunscreen.  Alcohol will dehydrate you.
  • Seek shade to cool off.



For those considering using consumer fireworks at home to celebrate:


  • Consumer fireworks cause over 17,000 fires, 11,000 injuries, and $32 million in damages in the US every year.
  • In 2013, sparklers were the cause of 40% of all reported injuries.  They burn at over 12000 degrees F.
  • 0-4 years old has the highest risk for fireworks injuries followed by children 10-14 years old.
  • In the past several years be have had 2 home fires and a garage fire caused by 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. 

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 5/10/2015

Contact: Chris Ehmann

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 492-3711 Cell (920) 621-5040

Incident Details

Incident Date: 5/10/2015

Incident Type: Structure Fire ***Correction***

Incident Address: 1000 Christiana not 1100 Christiana

Incident Time: 02:58

Incident Description:

Cause of Fire:

Origin of Fire:

Estimated Dollar Loss:


Number of People Displaced:

Additional Information: Correction to the address from prior press release. Correct address is 1000 Christiana not 1100 .

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 5/10/2015

Contact: Chris Ehmann

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 5/10/2015

Incident Type: Structure Fire

Incident Address: 1100 Christiana St.

Incident Time: 02:58

Incident Description: Fire in wall and rear door frame of 2 story residence

Cause of Fire: Undetermined but not suspicious

Origin of Fire: Wall/door frame

Estimated Dollar Loss: $15,000

Injuries: None

Number of People Displaced: None

Additional Information: Owner returned home and found fire around the back door. He woke his son and they evacuated the house. Fire contained to the area of origin with smoke damage in the house.

Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 5/5/2015

Contact: Steve Sellin

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 5/5/2015

Incident Type: Fire in a High Rise residential apartment

Incident Address: 400 N. Monroe

Incident Time: 06:04:58

Incident Description: Fire on the third floor of a 10 story residential apartment building. Building has 197 apartments and 170 tenants. Fire contained to one apartment. Crews found heavy smoke on the east wing of the third floor, with a fire in the kitchen of one apartment. All tenants safely evacuated, seven tenants were sheltered in place due to physical limitations. All tenants were able to return to their apartments except for the fire apartment.

Cause of Fire: Combustibles left on the stove top

Origin of Fire: Stove top

Estimated Dollar Loss: $40,000

Injuries: None

Number of People Displaced: 1 person can not stay in their apartment

Additional Information: Never leave combustibles on your stove top, even if you rarely use it. Never leave cooking unattended.

Steve Sellin

Battalion Chief

Green Bay Metro Fire Dept.

920-448-3274 Office


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Campfires and the burn ban in Brown County

Communities that WILL still allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County. Most of the below municipalities have a local ordinance concerning campfires/recreational fires that spell out specific guidelines that are needed to have one. Many of them have a website that you can go to look up the requirements.





De Pere

Green Bay








Communities that will NOT allow campfires/recreational fires with the current burn ban in Brown County.



New Franken(exception is Bayshore Campground)

Lt. Nick Craig

Green Bay Metro Fire Department


Media Release

For Immediate Release

Date: 4/28/2015

Contact: Robert Goplin

Battalion Chief

Desk (920) 448-3274 Cell (920) 621-5041

Incident Details

Incident Date: 4/27/2015

Incident Type: Structure fire in multi-family apartment building

Incident Address: 1011 N. Danz

Incident Time: 23:44:46

Incident Description: Units called to a multi-unit apartment building for a structure fire. On scene, first arriving units found fire in the basement. Fire traveled through the walls of the structure and spread through the attic. Heavy fire and smoke damage throughout the building.

Cause of Fire: Under investigation by the Fire Marshal’s Office

Origin of Fire: Basement

Estimated Dollar Loss: Undetermined at this time

Injuries: No civilian or Firefighter injuries

Number of People Displaced: All occupants are displaced, number being determined.

Additional Information: Building occupants are being cared for by the Red Cross at a nearby school.