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.

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


WISCONSIN National Fire Academy WEEKEND
OCTOBER 19-21, 2018
Camp Douglas, WI
Click here to visit our Events page for further details.

POSITION OPEN: Director At-Large – Due to a vacancy in the position of Vice-President, Director At-Large Ron Naab has been appointed to the Vice-Presidency. This, in turn, creates a vacancy in the Director At-Large position. Contact WSESI President Jim Austad to be considered for this position!

THIS ITEM is courtesy of Norm Arendt, ISFSI Wisconsin Ambassador:
Early Bird registrations are being accepted through August 31 for the ISFSI Instructor Development Conference – 2018. The conference, with the theme of Firefighter Instructor Training Amplified, will be held in a location close to Wisconsin! --
September 25-29, 2018
Tinley Park Convention Center
Tinley Park, Illinois
The pre-conference sessions feature a both classroom and hands-on training, including Live Fire Instructor - Fixed Facility Credential, and a full slate of classroom sessions Friday and Saturday! For a full agenda, visit the conference webpage at 
 Registration links will be available on the WSESI Events webpage.
UPCOMING EVENT approaching in just a few days! 
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS – September 29, 2018 http://badgerfirefightersassociation.com/

DISPATCHER-ASSISTED CPR: Collaboration sought!
Please click here for the letter from Marc Cohen of the Wisconsin EMS Association.

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 – Location TBD. 

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.

Wisdom – Condensed, I Think…
By Kevin Gerarden
On the morning of my last shift (my 40th anniversary) with Oshkosh F.D., three new recruits began their employment with us. The following morning, as I was preparing to head home one last time, I was afforded the opportunity to address the probies with any sage advice I might have for them. What I came up with, on short notice and a water break for duration, was neither original nor especially clever, centered on these three points:
1. All your skills – the ones that qualified you to be hired, and the ones you’ll soon acquire – have one thing in common: they are perishable. Think of your store’s produce aisle; if you see the same items unmoved and unsold after a year, you’ll be looking for a new store. Refresh, replenish and add to your inventory!
2. Prepare, expect, and plan for change. The job you just started is going to be expanded, redefined, and reshaped countless times in unpredictable ways. You’ll soon be able to pick out the colleagues among you who had counted on everything staying the same as the day they came on; they’re likely the least contented of the bunch. Learn to thrive, not in spite of change, but because of it!
3. Make it a point to take care of each other. Some of the saddest stories on our department started with the declaration, “I didn’t take this job to make friends.” Most of the ones saying things like that are not working here anymore, and some are not breathing anymore. Be there for each other like a family – because like it or not, we are one!
I share these three with you mostly out of curiosity – I’d like to be able to hear from those of you who may have offered words of wisdom in a similar setting, and how they may differ from the mix I offered. Shoot me an email or Facebook message if you’re so inclined.
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.