Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


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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.

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


DIRECTOR AT-LARGE – WSESI President Jim Austad has appointed Capt. Lee Smith, Training Officer of the Beaver Dam Fire Department, as our new Director At-Large! Lee has been a regular attendee at our events, and fills the ‘big shoes’ of Ron Naab, who is now our Vice-President. Congratulations and welcome to the Board!
WHAT I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS: Only three months from the day I write these words, will be Christmas Day! Is there a book or item you’ve been wanting for your professional development or training library? If so, tell someone about it and have them contact WSESI for a price on it. What I want for Christmas is to be able to stuff a few of your stockings – and support the Society as well!

Wisconsin Technical College System
Training Update
By Angela White, 
Fire Service Education Director
for the Wisconsin Technical College System

As September comes to a close, I see an extremely busy Fall ahead.  I am proud to report that Wisconsin’s IFSAC visit went impeccably, reaccrediting all eight existing levels:  Firefighter I, Firefighter II, Driver/Operator Pumper, Driver/Operator Aerial, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Inspector I, and Emergency Services Instructor I.  The site team came in with representatives from Nova Scotia, Kentucky, Illinois, and the Arab Fire Safety & Security Academy to review Wisconsin’s policies and procedures, test banks, testing processes, storage and security systems.  Thank you to those across the state who assisted with the preparation process as subject matter experts and policy reviewers!   
Updates to the Driver/Operator Pumper and Aerial curriculum continue in accordance with the recently published NFPA 1002 standard.  This update carries many small changes; however, one thing should be of particular note.  Prior to this update, candidates had to be a certified FFI in order to take Driver/Operator Pumper.  NFPA has deleted that requirement and incorporated some fireground ops and communications JPR’s into the Pumper curriculum.  What does this mean for you?  Effective 1/1/2019, candidates do not have to be a certified Firefighter to take and certify as a Driver/Operator Pumper.  Talk to the Fire Coordinator at your local college or contact me if you have any questions!   
Are you looking for a quick training opportunity yet this fall?  Be sure to visit our website any time to see the NFA class schedule (which provides locations and contact information).  Upcoming courses include Shaping the Future, Fire Investigation for First Responders, Safety Officer, Training Operations in Small Departments, Decision Making for Initial Company Operations and the Leadership in Supervision series.  Looking for a different class to benefit your Department?  Check in with your local Technical College Fire Coordinator to learn what else is available!  
As is always the case, I encourage you to check out our website to familiarize yourself with all of the opportunities that are available through the WTCS Fire Service Education Office and urge you to research the programming provided through your local Technical College.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me regarding any fire training thoughts, concerns, or ideas.  
Email:  angela.white@wtcsystem.edu
Phone:  608-266-7289
Web:  http://mywtcs.wtcsystem.edu/fire-service
Facebook: www.facebook.com/WIfiretraining
Twitter: @WIfiretraining

Having trouble downloading documents? Call 920-235-5494 to request a paper copy of any Society forms or documents, or email your request to kgerarden@wsesi.org .


NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  October 23, 2018 – Appleton, WI

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.