Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


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Emergency Services Instructors

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WSESI 2020


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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.

Wisconsin Technical College System Training Update

By Angela White, Fire Service Education Director

for the Wisconsin Technical College System

Greetings and Happy New Year! I hope the new year is treating you well and one of your resolutions is to continue your fire training. It promises to be a full and busy year with updates coming to Firefighter I and II and the HazMat curriculum, as well as numerous NFA class offerings.

Wisconsin Certification

With the recent update to SPS 330, questions have arisen regarding prerequisites for fire service classes. In order to obtain certification at a given level, the following illustrates the required prerequisites:

If you wish to take a course but do not have the prerequisites and/or do not wish to pursue certification, you may take any of the available courses in any order. This method of progression through the fire service courses is not recommended; however, you may find it necessary to do so (if only for the short-term) to satisfy SPS 330 compliance (certification is not required for SPS compliance). Please note that you have two years from course completion to complete the certification process.

SPS330 Training Questions

The hottest topic, and the questions I have been asked most frequently as of late relate to compliance with SPS330. Here are a few frequently asked questions and their answers:

Q: Where can I find the code language for SPS330?

A: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/admin_code/sps/safety_and_buildings_and_environment/326_360/330/_2?up=1

Q: How often are the classes offered?

A: Check in with your local Technical College Fire Coordinator to find class offerings in your area.

Q: Does the updated code require certification?

A: The minimum training required in Wisconsin is 60-hours of Entry Level Firefighter. Certification is not required at any level.

Q: Who can I ask if I have questions about my Department’s circumstances or for clarification?

A: If you have any questions at all, please feel free to fire them over to me. I will do my best to answer, or find an answer, based on your Department’s needs, options and scenarios. Additionally, watch for informational sessions regarding SPS330.

National Fire Academy Classes

Are you looking for a quick training opportunity over the winter? Be sure to visit our website any time to see the NFA class schedule (which provides locations and contact information). Looking for a class to benefit your Department? Check in with your local Technical College Fire Coordinator to learn what else is available!


As is always the case, I encourage you to visit our website to familiarize yourself with all of the opportunities that are available through the WTCS Fire Service Education Office and urge you to research the programming provided through your local Technical College. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me regarding any fire training thoughts, concerns, or ideas.

Email: angela.white@wtcsystem.edu

Phone: 608-266-7289

Web: http://mywtcs.wtcsystem.edu/fire-service

Facebook: www.facebook.com/WIfiretraining

Twitter: @WIfiretraining

Quote: Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. -Nelson Mandela

W S E S I   NEWS BRIEFS – February 25, 2019


CONGRATULATIONS TO Joe Huebner of Silver Creek Fire Dept., recipient of WSESI’s 2018 Instructor of the Year! Joe, members of his family, and his nominator, Bill Weber of Fillmore FD, joined us at our Friday Dinner Social, at which the presentation was made. See our Gallery for their photo and others from the Conference.
Our colleagues in the Wisconsin Fire EMS Legislative Leadership Coalition (WFELLC) are making plans to participate in E M S Lobby Day, an opportunity to meet with legislators and discuss pertinent issues. If you have items of interest to you or your agency, or if you would like to help represent our Society in this or other WFELLC activities, please contact Jim Austad or WFELLC delegates Jim Flanagan or Kevin Gerarden.
ARE YOU LOOKING for materials you can access, use, and (most important) trust to incorporate into your instruction? Aren’t we all? Our members who are willing to share training content for the WSESI Training Repository, and members who hope to use it, need your help to review and validate the material being sent for inclusion. To join the Repository Review team, contact Training & Programs chair Dave Yakowenko.
NETWORKING EVENTS – As was initiated last year, WSESI intends to be represented at conferences of Wisconsin’s Fire / Emergency Services organizations throughout the coming months!... Please contact us if you would like to help staff our informational booth at either of the following:
 WSFFA – March 8-9, La Crosse.
 WSFCA – June 21-22, Wisconsin Dells.

Contact Membership Chair Ron Naab or other Board members if interested.
WILLIAM E. CLARK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP – Applications will be accepted from now through April 1, 2019. Check our Scholarship webpage for details: www.wsesi.org/william-clark-scholarship
These two items have been submitted by our friends:
  • Badger Firefighters Association will host Billy Goldfeder Live, April 27 at the West Bend Mutual Prairie Center. To register, go to our Events page, or www.badgerfirefightersassociation.org .
  • The Monroe Fire School will be reorganized as a conference, relocated to Janesville, WI in partnership with the Janesville FD. Watch our news, and the SWNIFRA website, for details as they develop.
Renewals are continuing to come in, both online and by mail. As of this writing:
96 Renewing & returning members paid
29 Members of 6 Partner Agencies
18 New members (paid & complimentary)
8 Life members
8 Members updated and pending payment
81 ??????
To update and renew online go to: www.wsesi.org/join-renew-now
Past Due notices will be e-mailed shortly after March 1.

To update and renew online go to: www.wsesi.org/join-renew-now 

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:  April 23, 2019 – Location TBD.

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.