The Wisconsin Society of Fire Service Instructors (WSFSI) was formed in 1962 to serve the needs of fire instructors in our State. Newly renamed Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors (WSESI),
the Society assists local instructors through the exchange of ideas, dissemination of information, and the presentation of seminars and conferences. All of this is geared toward helping fire and emergency services instructors in their personal development and assisting them in bringing quality education and programs to their own agencies.
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W S E S I NEWS BRIEFS – May 25, 2018
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NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: July 24, 2018 – Location TBD.
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A NOTE FROM MY B.U.D.*
“Forgot? I think not…”
By Kevin Gerarden
A couple of days ago, I received an email from a charitable foundation headed by a young lady named Elsa, the daughter of my wife’s college chum (I mention this mainly to explain that my subscription is more of a keeping-in-touch than financial support). At any rate, her foundation wishes to be a good corporate citizen, and comply with the brand-spankin’-new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), enacted by the European Union and taking effect May 25. Because the Internet is a global community, many if not most organizations work actively to follow the GDPR when it comes to their constituents’ data they’ve collected.
What caught my attention, and poked at my emotions, was Elsa’s use of a phrase from the regulation: “…inform you of your ‘right to be forgotten.’”
If your experience lately is anything like mine, you are bone-weary of robo-calls, spam e-mails, unsolicited text-messages and tons (yes, I’m sure it adds up to tons) of junk mail. There are any number of groups, companies, and websites that would thrill me no end, simply by forgetting every and any shred of my personal data.
However, I am also the custodian of data freely provided by many of you – our members, customers, partner organizations, and friends – data that I guard carefully, use sparingly and always for its intended purpose. My connection with all of you is through that information, but more importantly, through mindfulness of how we can best serve and support you with the activities of our Society.
Yes, like other organizations, I can certainly offer you the opportunity to be rid of any contact with us by our deleting your data -- and I would follow through if asked – but you would not simply be ‘forgotten’ in the true sense of the word. On the contrary, I will remain mindful – of the instructors who look to us for development and growth – of the department training officer who just needs to come up with a new drill for next month – of the new lieutenant who both mentors and is mentored – and even of those who have left us for one reason or another.
I’d like to encourage all of you to continue and extend that mindfulness to each other in the emergency services community – as global as that other ‘net’ – so that none of us who teach, train, and/or learn will ever be truly ‘forgotten.’
*A Note From My B.U.D. (Big Ugly Desk) threatens to be a quarterly feature for the newsletter of the Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors. All opinions expressed are those of the author, who would be grateful for any feedback and discussion.