Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


Wisconsin Society of  

Emergency Services Instructors

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WSESI 2020


FEBRUARY 21-22-23

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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.

Wisconsin Technical College System Training Update

By Angela White, Fire Service Education Director

for the Wisconsin Technical College System


Spring Training Tip

A simple memory aid for everyone from your new firefighters all the way to experienced officers is “smooth, bump bump to the pump”. If a firefighter becomes disoriented, following a hoseline to the couplings could save their life. Post this image in your station to reinforce the simple saying, “smooth, bump bump to the pump”. Graphic courtesy of https://trainyourprobie.com

Emergency Services Instructor Certification – Renewal Reminder

Wisconsin’s Emergency Services Instructor (ESI) certification must be renewed every five years. In order to renew, ESI’s shall submit proof of a minimum of 240-hours of instruction over the 5-year period. The 240-hours can include train-the-trainer courses and continuing education courses that cover instructional techniques. Your hours must be submitted to your local technical college Fire Coordinator for verification. Check your certification or our online lookup system to monitor your expiration date!


Wisconsin Weekend NFA Classes


  • Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking (MFO prerequisite)
  • Incident Command System and Resource Management for the Fire Service
  • Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations
  • Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Fire Inspector Certification Hybrid Course

In-class sessions 

August 10 at MATC Madison 9 am – 3 pm, 

October 5 at Delton Fire Department 9 am – 3 pm, 

and October 21-24 at Delton Fire Department 8 am – 5 pm each day

On-line work August 17-September 28 and October 12

This class prepares students for the Fire Inspector State written and practical exam which will be held on October 24 at the Delton Fire Department. This class is paid with Fire Dues if you are a current member of a Wisconsin Fire Department. Contact Dawn Way for more information dway@madisoncollege.edu 


As is always the case, I encourage you to visit 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

Quote: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

W S E S I   NEWS BRIEFS – April 25, 2019

OUR HEARTS GO OUT to the family and co-workers of Appleton firefighter Mitch Lundgaard, killed in the line of duty May 15. Attendees at the memorial service were impressed by the statewide outpouring of support from the responder community. Thanks to all who contributed to that support!


SOUTH MILWAUKEE F. D. posting – Visit our Events page for a link to the posting PDF.


WISCONSIN FIRE/EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) will host its monthly conference call meeting on Thursday, June 20 to discuss current activity in the State Legislature. If you wish to contribute your input to these discussions, please find out more from WFELLC delegates Jim Austad, Jim Flanagan, or Kevin Gerarden.

NETWORKING EVENTS – Please contact us if you would like to help staff our informational booth at the following:

Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association Conference and Trade Show – June 21-22, Wisconsin Dells.

Contact Membership Chair Ron Naab or other Board members if interested.


TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN 2019: These two items have been submitted by our friends:

  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – The Monroe Fire School has been reorganized as a conference, relocated to Janesville, WI in partnership with the Janesville FD. Watch our news, and the Southern Wisconsin – Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association (SWNIFRA) website, for details. www.swnifra.com
  • The Wisconsin National Fire Academy Weekend will be held this fall at Volk Field in Camp Douglas – save the dates October 18-20, 2019 and watch our news for further developments!


Renewals are continuing to come in, both online and by mail. As of this writing:

125 Renewing & returning members paid

34 Members of 7 Partner Agencies

32 New members (paid & complimentary)

8 Life members

7 Members updated and pending payment

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To update and renew online go to: www.wsesi.org/join-renew-now

Final dues notices will be sent out by June 1.

To update and renew online go to: www.wsesi.org/join-renew-now 

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:  July 23, 2019 – Appleton, WI (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.