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 CertificationWith 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?
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.
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W S E S I NEWS BRIEFS – February 25, 2019