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 – August 28, 2020

IN MEMORIAM – Word has been received of the passing of Roy P. Hoffman, longtime member, supporter and friend of our Society. He has served on our Board of Directors, most recently as Director At-Large. He has taught on the adjunct faculties of Northeast and Lakeshore Technical Colleges, and headed the Rural Firefighting Institute. His active involvement in the Wisconsin fire service spans multiple statewide organizations and several decades. May he rest in peace!


CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS ending soon!Our Call for Presentations will remain open through the end of August for the 2021 Annual Instructors Conference. The 2021 Inquiry Form on our Conference webpage has been converted to our proposal form. Please share this Call with all the colleagues in the fire / emergency services you know who may be interested in becoming one of our 2021 Conference presenters! Contact Training & Programs Chair Dave Yakowenko with your input.

SOUTH MILWAUKEE FIRE DEPARTMENT is accepting applications for the position of Firefighter/EMT through Sept. 30, 2020. See details on our Events page, or view posting directly by visiting:



NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA) COURSE – WSESI is scheduled to present the NFA two-day course Preparation for Initial Company Operations (PICO) as one of three program tracks planned for the 2021 Annual Instructors Conference in February 2021. In order that we may secure enough participation to lock in the instructor and delivery dates, we will be accepting NFA Short Form Applications in advance of the opening of Conference Registration. You will be welcome to enroll regardless of whether you register for the full program track in which the NFA class is the main portion. That track, including a Friday afternoon workshop, Friday dinner buffet, and lunches for both Saturday and Sunday, will be offered to enrollees with no obligation, upon the release of the Conference flyer and schedule.


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

Word has been received of the following cancellations:

  • WSFM Final Alarm Ceremony & Procession – postponed until 2021.
  • Wisconsin NFA Weekend – Oct. 9-11

Also (based on current info), the following event remains on the schedule:

  • WEMSA Virtual Conference – November 9 – 14.

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 BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  Tuesday, October 20, 2020 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.