Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


Wisconsin Society of  

Emergency Services Instructors

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WSESI 2020


FEBRUARY 21-22-23

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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 – November 29, 2019

WSESI 2020 CONFERENCE, Feb. 21-23 in Pewaukee, WI – Due to some necessary adjustment to the schedule and other arrangements, registrations for our Annual Instructors Conference is rescheduled and will coincide with emailing of renewal notices, commencing the week of December 1 (see renewal update below). Watch our Conference webpage (dropdown from Events tab) AND members’ email for an attached Conference flyer.

Also check the webpage for bios of our Conference presenters!


ALSO OPEN DECEMBER 1 … nominations for WSESI Instructor of the Year! If you know of an instructor (or department training officer, etc.) you’d like to see nominated for this honor, please visit our Instructor of the Year webpage, OR call or email for a nomination form!


SOUTHWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR – The SW Director vacancy has yet to be filled. Any current WSESI member residing in the Southwest region of the state (WTCS districts of Southwest, Western, Blackhawk and Madison) who wishes to be considered for the position, please submit a letter of intent and brief biographical profile (a recent photo helps) to President Jim Austad at jaustad@wsesi.org at your earliest opportunity.


2020 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: Appreciation goes out to our two early-birds: Asst. Chief / Fire Marshal Brian Schommer of Grand Chute FD (our first online renewal form), and Batt. Chief Mathew Reigel of Middleton Fire District (our first Instant Renewal)!

As was mentioned above, email renewal notices will begin during the week of December 1, and because member information is customized, each member will be emailed individually (as opposed to a mass mailing blast). The email will also include a color PDF of our Conference flyer for you to print and share with colleagues.

Anyone wishing to know their renewal status may call or email Kevin Gerarden at 920-235-5494 or kgerarden@wsesi.org


NETWORKING EVENTS: The following two events have been brought to our attention by our friends:


Basic R.I.T. Training – Friday-Saturday, Dec. 6-7, Slinger Fire Dept. Contact Badger Firefighters Association to register: www.badgerfirefightersassociation.com


Wisconsin Asbestos Conference – Friday, Dec. 6, Chula Vista Conference Center. See attached piece and check our Events page for further details.


WISCONSIN FIRE EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) meets monthly (in-person and/or by phone), discussing current efforts in the state legislature. Notes on activities of concern can be viewed on our Links page: www.wsesi.org/links -- in the first column, Wisconsin Links.

Our next meeting (by conference call) is scheduled for December 19 at noon.

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.


IMPORTANT NOTE to our members, customers and friends… The WSESI financial books will close for the year on Friday, December 20, 2019 Book orders, membership renewals, and Conference registrations that you wish to be marked paid in 2019 must be received by this date. All receipts afterward will be recorded beginning Jan. 2, 2020.

On that note -- The WSESI Officers and Directors would like to wish all of you and your families the best for this coming Holiday Season! 

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:  January 21, 2020 – Appleton, WI (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.