Wisconsin Society of
Emergency Services Instructors

Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors

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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. Now 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 – December 28, 2020

Registrations NOW OPEN!... 2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – The registration form on our Conference Webpage is now live and accepting registrations! Please log on to view the program and download our two-page color PDF to share with colleagues! Please note – this year’s registration is exclusively online, primarily because the overwhelming majority of registrations were received in that format up to this year, and moreover, computer capabilities will be required to participate in the virtual format. As always, anyone who runs into problems with the process is encouraged to contact us by phone or email. Because some of the program features of the Conference will be adjusted as the event approaches, the current and official source of information will be the Webpage.

SHORT FORMS NEEDED NOWThe National Fire Academy (NFA) Course Preparation for Incident Command (PICO) is being offered as Program Track B of our Annual Instructors Conference – but your registration is needed NOW to lock in the class with NFA! Go to our Conference webpage to register AND download your copy of the NFA Short Form Application – and get them to us ASAP!

Also see adjacent piece on one of our Conference presenters!


WE NEED YOUR … nominations for WSESI Instructor of the Year! If you know of an instructor (or department training officer, etc.) you’d like to see nominated for this honor, please visit our Instructor of the Year webpageOR call or email for a nomination form!


SPEAKING OF NOMINATIONS – On Friday, February 19, at our Society’s 2021 Annual Meeting, the offices of Northeast Regional Director, Northwest Regional Director, and Director At-Large all stand for election (or re-election). If you or a fellow Society member in good standing would like to be submitted for these ballots, please contact Nominations Chair Tom Vandenack: tvandenack@wsesi.org


OPENING JANUARY 1 – Applications for the William E. Clark Memorial Scholarship will be accepted through April 1, 2021. Go to our Scholarship webpage for guidelines, instructions, and to download the application.


2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: Thanks to all of our renewing members who stepped up promptly to renew, whether by check, PayPal, or through their department’s Partner Agency membership. Thanks also to all who updated their information with us. Watch in January for the return of the Renew-O-Meter!

Anyone wishing to know their renewal status may call or email Kevin Gerarden at 920-235-5494 or kgerarden@wsesi.org


COVID-19 and FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – As pandemic precautions continue to curtail many commercial activities, WSESI is monitoring events and programs of Wisconsin’s Fire / Emergency Services organizations throughout the coming months...

Please be encouraged to advise us of any of your agency’s / organization’s plans for events in the coming months, or any changes you’ve become aware of. Thanks!


WISCONSIN FIRE EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) has been on hiatus since Stay-at-Home measures have affected the legislative activities in the state, among other considerations. Watch our News for updates on resumption of Coalition efforts.

Any member wishing to become active in our advocacy of public policy issues should contact President Jim Austad, or WFELLC delegates Jim Flanagan or Kevin Gerarden.

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 (Regular) BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.