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.

Jim Austad

At our last Board meeting, we finalized our Annual Conference on February 22-24, 2019.  Please stay tuned as it will be a great offering for all public safety instructors.  Again this year we will holding our Annual Conference at Chippewa Valley Technical College in Eau Claire.  

As I mentioned in my last article, we will be adding a repository of educational/training material in our “Members Only” section.  Northeast Director Eric Lang will be heading this project up.  If you have interesting presentations or training material that you would like to share, please forward it onto Eric Lang at [email protected].
I also want to thank Doug Jennings for his time and service to the Society.  With Doug’s vacancy, our Director At-Large will move up to the Vice-President position.  I welcome Ron Naab as the new Vice-President of the Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors.  This will create an opening in the Director At-Large position.  If anyone would be interested in this position, please email me at [email protected].
Dawn Way had also stepped down from her position as Southwest Director.  I would like to thank Dawn for all of her years of hard work with the Board.  After review of the interested parties to replace Dawn’s position, we have selected Adam King.  Adam comes to us from the Oregon Fire EMS, which is a Partner Agency member of the Society. He is a career firefighter / advanced EMT, and serves as his department’s Fire Training Officer. Adam is a current State-certified Emergency Services Instructor, and has taught on the adjunct faculty of Mid-State Technical College. I would like to welcome Adam to the Board.
As always, if you have comments, thoughts, ideas and/or concerns with WSESI, please let me know.  Stay safe and healthy!

W S E S I   NEWS BRIEFS – July 24, 2018


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 to be considered for this position!
WSESI 2019 Annual Instructors Conference – See our webpage for a ‘sneak preview’ of the Conference program. Also, members who would like to promote your locality as a possible venue for the 2020 & 2021 Conferences, please contact your Board members!
UPCOMING EVENTS: The following are approaching in just a few days! 
MONROE FIRE SCHOOL: August 9, 10, 11, 2018 – http://www.swnifra.com/
SITUATIONAL AWARENESS – September 29, 2018 http://badgerfirefightersassociation.com/
The dates have been set for the Wisconsin NFA Weekend, co-sponsored by WSESI: October 19-21, 2018 at Volk Field, Camp Douglas. Contact the WI Emergency Services Academy website: http://www.wsfca.com/events/wisconsin-emergency-services-academy/
A Mid-year reminder:
Start looking around you! What instructor or training officer stands out from the bunch? Excels at their fields of expertise? Goes the extra mile – and a half? Could be you’re looking at WSESI’s next Instructor of the Year!  http://www.wsesi.org/instructor-of-the-year

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


NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  October 23, 2018 – Location TBD. 

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.

Did You Know?
One of the various ways in which your Society assists its members in statewide networking is its participation in the Wisconsin Fire / EMS Legislative Leadership Coalition (WFELLC). Those of you who read our news in The Dispatcher may be familiar with its monthly Legislative Report, submitted by Chief Dave Bloom. Developments in our State’s public policy, whether proposed statutes or provisions in the Administrative Code, are discussed and shared through WFELLC, comprised of the following organizations:
Professional Ambulance Association of Wisconsin
Wisconsin EMS Association
Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin, Inc.
Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs’ Association
Wisconsin State Firefighters Association
Wisconsin Chapter International Association of Arson Investigators
Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Education Association
Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association
Wisconsin Society of Emergency Services Instructors, Inc.
Members of these organizations have the opportunity to unite their voices, contributing thoughtful and well-informed views on developing legislation. A position endorsed by the Coalition commands the respect and attention of many a State legislator.
WSESI President Jim Austad and Past President Jim Flanagan have been our most frequent representatives at Coalition meetings and activities, with other Board members filling in as needed.  If you have questions or concerns regarding upcoming legislation that you feel could be addressed by WFELLC, please contact your WSESI Board members.