Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


Wisconsin Society of  

Emergency Services Instructors


Chippewa Valley
Technical College
3623 Campus Rd*
Eau Claire, WI


FEBRUARY 23-25, 2018

  • Pre-Conference class: Emergency Services Instructor
  • Friday Workshop: Chief Rick Kolomay
  • Friday Dinner Social
  • WSESI Annual Meeting
  • Saturday Workshop: Mark von Appen
  • Two National Fire Academy classes – Saturday/Sunday
  • Sunday Morning Roundtable

Sleep Inn & Suites 
Conference Center 
5872 33rd Ave*
Eau Claire, WI
(Friday Social & Annual Meeting)
*The two venues are approximately a 10-minute drive apart via 60th Street.


Emergency Services INSTRUCTOR

Monday, February 19 through Friday, February 23 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Red Van Ert of Chippewa Valley Technical College will conduct this course; it is the prescribed class for those seeking certification as Wisconsin Fire Instructor I, and prerequisite for Fire Officer candidates.

Course fee of $250.00 includes:

  • Course textbook
  • Handout materials
  • Lunch Mon-Fri.
  • Complimentary pass to Friday’s Social AND Saturday/Sunday!*

(*RSVP for planning, please)

Class will be limited to 30 students. Register TODAY!

Friday Afternoon WORKSHOP
12:00-1:00 PM Registration
1:00-5:00 PM Workshop Session

“Training Is No Accident”
Presented by
Chief Rick Kolomay
Carol Stream F. D. (ret.)

With thirty-five years of local and national fire service instruction, personal stories of mentors, victims of accidents, and actual training successes and failures will be shared with the goal of encouraging firefighters, company officers, instructors, and chief officers sound instructional methods, and strong leadership principles.

“If they can’t say it, they can’t show it, they don’t know it” – 
District Chief Bennie L. Crane, Chicago Fire Department

Friday Evening:
Included with Conference fee!
5:30 – 7:00 PM
Instructor of the Year presentation

Grand Valley Room

Sleep Inn & Suites

Conference Center


WSESI 57th
Annual Meeting –
Friday  at 7:00 PM

Held at Emergency Services Education Center
Registration 7:00 AM – Opening Ceremony & Welcome at 8:00 AM.
THREE tracks to choose from:


TRACK A – All-day Saturday Course:


Mark vonAppen
Fully Involved
Learn, Coach, 
Lead, Ignite

FULLY INVOLVED is geared toward fire service professionals who wish to expand abilities in leadership. Presentation is aimed at anyone who wishes to lead at any level. It is about creating a culture that works. FULLY INVOLVED provides tools to create a pact that is applicable to all levels of the organization.

TRACK B – Saturday/Sunday

National Fire Academy Course
This two-day course examines the Safety Officer's role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer is a main theme. Response to all-hazards types of situations will be emphasized.

NFA class runs Saturday and Sunday – 8AM to 5PM
All participants must have a 
FEMA Student ID number, and submit the 
NFA Short Form Application 
both can be found at

Class size limit: 30 in each NFA class

TRACK C – Saturday

What you’ve been meaning to find out

How does the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System (MABAS) foster interoperability between agencies across wide areas?
Representatives from MABAS Wisconsin will present an all-day workshop with focus on topics including:

  • MABAS History and Basics
  • Box Card Development
  • MABAS Division Management

Already in a Division? Bring a copy of your cards!
Not there yet? Come find out how!

Sunday Roundtable for Tracks A and C Participants:  PRACTICAL TRAINING THAT WORKS For EMS and Fire

What are current training methods that are working, outside of the traditional classroom? Discussion from some of the leaders in this area that are applying methods that are gaining recognition and reaching students. Empowering the class to strive and meet the demands of the current job market is the key to their success, additionally their success is the reason we are here. Please bring questions and topics for discussion.

CONFERENCE FEES: Include programs, Friday buffet, breaks, and lunches

Conference Fees
 WSESI Members
Register by February 7, 2018:
Register After February 7, 2018
WSESI MEMBERS – Renewing your membership?  Include your dues with your conference registration!
(Remember to update contact information per renewal notice)
Joining / Returning? Include membership application.

Lodging (on your own) is available under 
WSESI Instructors – 
State rate schedule applies.

Book early! – Sleep Inn & Suites Conference Center
Phone: 1-715-874-2900

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM for 2018 Annual Conference

Thank you for your online registration. When your payment is received, a brief confirmation e-mail will be sent; a printed receipt will be made available at the door.
Thanks again!
Kevin G.
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