Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


Wisconsin Society of  

Emergency Services Instructors

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WSESI 2019


FEBRUARY 22-23-24

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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.

Please tour our site and learn more about how WSESI can serve all of your instructional needs. Your questions and comments are always welcome.

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W S E S I   NEWS BRIEFS – May 25, 2018

MEMBERS NEEDED -- WSESI will be participating in this year’s Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Annual Conference in Wisconsin Dells, June 21-23. In addition to our providing a workshop for the program, we will have a table booth in the exhibit area. We are looking for a few Society members to help staff the booth; our Board has agreed to reimburse lodging expenses (commensurate with your involvement). Call or email to find out more!
MIDYEAR MEMBERSHIPS – At the WSESI Board of Directors meeting, discussion was held regarding new members who join partway through the calendar year. Those joining between April 1 and September 30 of the year will be given a 50% discount, in the form of a $15.00 dues payment for their first renewal in the fall of that year. Those joining October 1 or later will be carried forward into the coming calendar year.
UW-OSHKOSH Youth Fire Science Academies need registrations! Tell the young people in your family and community, especially if they’ve been bugging you to learn more about firefighting and EMS!
THIS JUST IN – Check the UWO Fire Science Academy webpage for any change in program that may be in the works after press time:
CONGRATULATIONS to WSESI President Jim Austad, who has been named Fire Training Program Chair at Fox Valley Technical College. He succeeds fellow Society member Chris Fischer, who has accepted a new post at FVTC, but will also continue in Fire Training on the adjunct faculty.
RENEW-O-METER: In the 2018 renewal cycle:
208 received, 170 renewed, 21 new members (8 of those complimentary), 2 returning members, 7 Life members, and 6 extended memberships.
2 members pending payment.
55 -- ??? Don’t delay – Renew TODAY!
FINAL DUES NOTICES have been mailed out on postcards – call or email if you have not received this or other renewal notices.
A PERSONAL NOTE… I will be retiring from the Oshkosh Fire Department at the close of my regular shift of June 18, the 40th anniversary of my hire date. My thanks to all the OFD colleagues I have worked with, many of whom were and are members of the Society!

Having trouble downloading documents? Call 920-235-5494 to request a paper copy of any Society forms or documents, or email your request to [email protected] .


NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  July 24, 2018 – Location TBD. 

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.



“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.’




Kevin G.


*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.