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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.

Updates to our webpages will be ongoing and posted as soon as practicable.
Thanks for your patience! 

W S E S I   NEWS BRIEFS – May 28, 2024


64th ANNUAL INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE – Plans are well underway for our return to Janesville in February of 2025 for our 64th Annual Instructors Conference.
WSESI’s requests for two National Fire Academy (NFA) courses to be delivered at the 2025 Conference have been approved:
F0322 – Incident Command System for Structural Collapse Incidents
F0146 – Supervising Emergency Medical Services
Other program features will be posted soon.
To inquire or to add your name to our contact list, check in at our Conference webpage:
IT’S NOT TOO EARLY… for our Society to start looking for a site to hold the 2026 (and probably 2027) Annual Conference! Contact your Board members with your ideas and suggestions for the next Conference destination.
FROM OUR COLLEAGUES at International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI): This summer is the next opportunity for ISFSI’s Training Officer Credential program, a virtual course scheduled for July 8 – August 16, 2024. Click here to learn more, or check out the link on our Events page.
POSITIONS OPEN – Several positions at Technical Colleges have been announced; links to the details have been posted on our Events webpage.
COME JOIN US in Wisconsin Rapids this fall! The Wisconsin Fire EMS Memorial (WFEM), located at Ben Hanson Park in Wisconsin Rapids, has grounds-maintenance dates offered to fire and emergency service organizations from around the state. WSESI has elected to help with the grounds during the week of November 10-16, 2024. Watch the News Briefs for further details.
LIVE LINKS to our events, and any sent in through our associates, will be posted on the WSESI Events webpage:

  • Current WSESI members in good standing with an interest in participating in the selection committee for the William E. Clark Scholarship may contact Trustee Secretary Kevin Gerarden:

  • WSESI Membership Committee will be chaired by Southwest Regional Director John Austad. He can be reached at

  • Communications Committee has compiled a screen presentation outlining Society programs and activities. Please share contact info for any county or regional group that would like a visit from WSESI.

  • See note above on Conference Site selection – watch for coming notes from the Conference Site Committee.


SPEAKING OF COMMITTEES – WSESI President David Yakowenko has shared these notes from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Committee on Fire Service Training regarding NFPA 1403, Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions.  Some highlights are below:

  • NFPA is consolidating all of the 1400 standards into one.  The current 1403 was in the fifth of five phases to be addressed and will be addressed in chapter 15-19 in the new standard for 2026.  

  • Chapter 3 will be a consolidation of all current 1400 standard definitions.  Some changes for our program are fire control will be ignition group and ignition officer will be ignition group supervisor.  

  • Instructor 2 will continue to be required for the IIC.  

  • The prerequisite of 1001 fire training will remain but verbiage will be added for observation.  

  • Four positions will require AHJ (authority having jurisdiction) approval; ignition officer, safety officer, Instructor in-charge, and instructor.  

  • They will look at how to quantify that the current standard which prohibits the ignition officers from working back-to-back evolutions.  

  • There will be a new standard (1585) on decontamination exposure control and documentation.  

  • Public comment opens October 5, 2024-January 3, 2025.

FROM OUR FRIENDS at Jones & Bartlett – Korie Gospodarski at Public Safety Group has sent a lineup of links to timely online resources:
For Mental Health Awareness Month, I wanted to share a few resources that discuss EMS and firefighter mental health and offer ways to help reduce trauma and build resilience.
Here are five recent articles and videos on mental health to read, share with your colleagues, and discuss with your students:

We also offer excellent resources to help you integrate mental health awareness into your training:

These links will be posted in the sidebar of our home page.
WSESI MEMBERS: VISIT OUR REPOSITORY for information on our Inventory Retirement campaign, which will continue from now through the end of the calendar year 2024. More details are posted on our Repository webpage (found under the ‘Members Zone’ tab):
           Watch for another general update of the New Old Stock titles list. Thanks!
2024 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE – Renew-O-Meter – As of May 24:
            35 – new and returning members (paid & complimentary)
            72 – members of 13 Partner Agencies
            8 – Life members
            132 – paid Active member renewals
            3 – members responded and pending payment
            43 -- ?????
           Final notices
 were mailed by post card during May (Yes, the 2023 was a typo). If you are uncertain regarding your membership status, please be encouraged to call or email.
Don’t delay – renew TODAY!
VISIT OUR LINKS PAGE to check out the many online resources available from our colleagues around the state and across the country. This includes the home page of the Venerable Fire Collection – a private museum featuring fire service apparatus, equipment and memorabilia dating back to the 1800's.


STATEWIDE FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – WSESI will continue to share information that we receive regarding events and programs of Wisconsin’s Fire / Emergency Services organizations throughout the year ahead. Please be encouraged to advise us of any of your agency’s / organization’s plans for events in the coming months, or of any changes that you are aware of. Thanks!


ACTION STILL NEEDED! – From our friends at International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI):


            AFG/SAFER/USFA Reauthorization -- We are at a tipping point with AFG/SAFER/USFA reauthorization, and we need to build a wave of pressure to convince Congress to enact the legislation before the programs expire on September 30th. The time to act is NOW. We need everyone to keep pushing until this passes.

            Unless action is taken NOW to save AFG and SAFER, they will EXPIRE. The grant programs face a statutory sunset on September 30, 2024 -- just a few months from now. The national fire and emergency services organizations have collectively been working hard to enact the Fire Grants and Safety Act (S.870/H.R.4090), which would reauthorize AFG, SAFER, and the U.S. Fire Administration, but WE NEED YOUR HELP.

            Please call or write your Representatives and Senators today.


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


NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: Tuesday, July 16, 2024  -- via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Quarterly Board meetings will be held on the third Tuesday of January, April, July and October (until further notice)

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.

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