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KERPLUNK: WDNR wardens & agency staffers rally to help local fire department after roof collapses on trucks

Warden Wire Section: Wardens in Action published on March 22, 2019

By: Joanne M. Haas/WDNR Bureau of Law Enforcement

When ready to respond turned into roof is down at the White Lake Volunteer Fire Department, a team of nearby WDNR wardens and other state agency staffers joined efforts to do a united heavy lift of help!

'Trapped! White Lake's fire department truck under a roof and snow from a late 2019 storm.

Trapped! White Lake's fire department truck under a roof and snow from a late 2019 storm.


It was on March 10 when the roof of this Langlade County volunteer fire department gave way to its load of heavy snow -- which crumpled the roof and pushed it down and atop the department's trucks.

Not good.

Instead of the fire department's usual role -- rushing to help when emergencies strike around White Lake, population 363 at the 2010 census -- they were the ones now in need of a lift. Literally.

  So, the Wis. Dept. of Natural Resources answered with a lot more than shovels filled with sympathy.

Teamwork strikes again!

Conservation wardens, Northern Region Facility Operations Manager Tim Bruch, Julie Amakobe of Facilities & Lands and Senior Forester Wes Phillips worked fast and collaboratively with the White Lake Fire Department’s chief to find space for the fire crew’s engines and other equipment at the DNR Ranger Station in Langlade.  

The fire department’s building sustained significant damage, but their public service response to their local community can continue with their temporary home at the DNR facility.  

Ready to respond from its temporary home at a DNR facility.)

Ready to respond from its temporary home at a DNR facility.

 Lt. Bryan Harrenstein, who leads the WDNR Antigo Warden Team, says it’s all about teamwork among the public protection agencies in the area. “We all work together to respond. If the tables were reversed, the White Lake Fire Department would be there to help us, too.”

If you have information regarding natural resource violations, you may confidentially report by calling or texting: VIOLATION HOTLINE: 1-800-TIP-WDNR or 1-800-847-9367. The hotline is in operation 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Trained staff relay information to conservation wardens.

Last Revised: Friday, March 22, 2019

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