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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Jim Austad
I would like to start out by giving an update of all the exciting events that are happening with the Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors (WSESI).  We just finished up our conference in February which was a huge success.  We are already planning on our next conference, and to hold true with our mission of instructor development, we will be offering an “Instructor Boot Camp.”  The boot camp will focus on reinforcing existing and building new instructional skills.  Details will be released at a later date when we have them finalized.  We will be offering the National Fire Academy two-day course Health and Safety Officer during our conference.  We will also being providing an EMS class, topic to be determined for our members instructing EMS.  The “Boot Camp” will not be fire-specific and will include instructor skills for all types of public safety instruction. 
WSESI was asked to present a breakout session at the June Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association (WSFCA) Conference.  Gerald Van Ert (Red) from Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC), State Fire Education Director Angie White, and Jim Austad from Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) will be performing the breakout session called, “Training with Your Local Technical College”.  This session will provide the attendees with information on how to obtain training that is critical to your fire department operation from your local technical college. 
We continue to work on our strategic plan and providing instructor development to our membership.  In the near future we will be assembling a repository of educational/training material in our “Members Only” section of our website.  This information will be lesson plans and PowerPoints of fire and EMS education/training materials available for use by our membership. We will have an editorial committee that will be reviewing the information for validity and accuracy prior to its upload to our website.    Please stay tuned, we will be asking for submissions of your course(s) they would like to share.
I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to be the president of this great organization for another two years.  WSESI has been doing some great work and we plan on continuing that into the future.  As always, if you have comments, thoughts, ideas and/or concerns with WSESI, please let me know. 

WSESI NEWS BRIEFS -- April 30, 2018

FDIC International 2018 has just concluded -- did you attend? Are you reading this after getting home from Indy? It’s no secret that Wisconsin firefighters in general, and WSESI members in particular, are well represented at this largest fire and emergency responder event. What have you learned this year that would be of interest to your fellow Society members? Did you attend HOT sessions? Do you have some snapshots? Submit your ‘road trip’ for a “Whatcha Been Doin’?” piece in our next issue!
LIFE MEMBER – At the April WSESI Board of Directors meeting, a motion was made and passed to confer Life membership upon James Ehrsam of La Crosse. Jim has been a member of the Society since 1972, and has known a long and distinguished history in the fire service and in his local community. Congratulations!
Did you know… that WSESI has review copies on hand of new releases from Fire Protection Publications (FPP), publishers of IFSTA training materials? Call or email to find out what’s new; review copies can be sent to WSESI members and customers at NO cost.
THIS ITEM is from our friends at ISFSI, who would like to know: Have You Found Success with PMFA? –
Since the launch of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) Principles of Modern Fire Attack program in 2015, tens of thousands of firefighters have received the information. Now we want to hear your success with implementing the concepts from the SLICE-RS model within your department/agency. Specifically, we would like to know what you have implemented, and the results you have received from the concepts. If you haven't implemented the practices, what other models has your department found success in?
Email your responses to [email protected]
RENEW-O-METER: In the 2018 renewal cycle:
190 received, 155 renewed, 20 new members (8 of those complimentary), 2 returning members, 7 Life members, and 6 extended memberships.
3 members pending payment.
73 -- ??? Don’t delay – Renew TODAY!
FINAL DUES NOTICES will be mailed out on postcards (in case of email failure) to all unrenewed member shortly after May 1.

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.