Bill Ruchti

Bill Ruchti

Fire Chief at The Janesville Gazette

1 S Parker Dr., Janesville, Wisconsin, United States
HQ Phone:
(608) 754-3311
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last updated 10/13/2016

General Information


Shift Commander  - Janesville Fire Department

Paramedic  - JFD


Member  - Training and Equipment Comittees

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Lack of shoulder access and extra traffic congestion make responding more difficult, said Bill Ruchti, deputy chief of the Janesville Fire Department.
"As soon as you narrow the area that traffic can pull over and move over for you, it becomes very challenging for us," he said. Interstate construction is one of the reasons the fire department recently bought a pickup truck fitted with extrication equipment. In situations where traffic is too congested for a fire engine to pass, Ruchti hopes the pickup will be able to squeeze by and start helping victims, he said.

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Two tenants could be displaced after a small duplex fire near Memorial Drive on Thursday morning, Deputy Fire Chief Bill Ruchti said.
Something was left cooking on the stove at the upstairs residence at 815 Harding St. before 11 a.m., causing the fire. Firefighters used an extinguisher to put out the flames within about 15 minutes, Ruchti said.

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Janesville Fire Department Deputy Fire Chief Bill Ruchti said the proportion of hazardous materials coming and going in Rock County as rail freight doesn't appear to be growing at a rate any faster than it is on highways and Interstates through Rock County.
He said rail hazmat emergencies are just one facet of the department's countywide hazmat responsibility, which it shares with other regional and state hazmat teams. In Janesville, Ruchti said, there has not been a recent, significant hazmat emergency.

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