Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors


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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 – June 28, 2019

SOUTHWEST REGIONAL DIRECTOR – Due to relocation factors, SW Director Adam King has announced his need to resign his Board post, thereby creating a vacancy in that position. 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 by July 19, 2019.


CONGRATULATIONS to MPO/Paramedic Jason Sweney of the Manitowoc Fire Department, this year’s recipient of the William E. Clark Memorial Scholarship! Jason has completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire & Emergency Response Management from University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, and will use the scholarship award toward his Master’s program.


WISCONSIN FIRE EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) held their monthly conference call meeting, 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.

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.




August means heat, summer fun, and PFFW Charitable Foundation’s Summer Camp for Burn-Injured Youth – to be reminded how you can support this long-running fire service tradition, check out the current news at the PFFWCF Website: https://pffwcf.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/June-2019-pffwcf-newsletter-compressed.pdf 


TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES IN 2019: These two items have been submitted by our members:

  • REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – The Monroe Fire School has been reorganized as a conference, relocated to Janesville, WI in partnership with the Janesville FD. Contact the Southern Wisconsin – Northern Illinois Fire Rescue Association (SWNIFRA) website, for details. www.swnifra.com
  • DATE CORRECTION: The Wisconsin National Fire Academy Weekend will be held this fall at Volk Field in Camp Douglas – save the dates October 11-13, 2019 and watch our news for further developments!


Renewals are continuing to come in, both online and by mail. As of this writing:

146 Renewing & returning members paid

34 Members of 7 Partner Agencies

35 New members (paid & complimentary)

8 Life members

8 Members updated and pending payment

22 ??????

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

Lapsed members will be dropped in July. Final 2019 roster will be presented to the Board at their July meeting.

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:  July 23, 2019 – Appleton, WI (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.

Wisconsin Technical College System Training Update

By Angela White, Fire Service Education Director

for the Wisconsin Technical College System


Spring Training Tip

A simple memory aid for everyone from your new firefighters all the way to experienced officers is “smooth, bump bump to the pump”. If a firefighter becomes disoriented, following a hoseline to the couplings could save their life. Post this image in your station to reinforce the simple saying, “smooth, bump bump to the pump”. Graphic courtesy of https://trainyourprobie.com

Emergency Services Instructor Certification – Renewal Reminder

Wisconsin’s Emergency Services Instructor (ESI) certification must be renewed every five years. In order to renew, ESI’s shall submit proof of a minimum of 240-hours of instruction over the 5-year period. The 240-hours can include train-the-trainer courses and continuing education courses that cover instructional techniques. Your hours must be submitted to your local technical college Fire Coordinator for verification. Check your certification or our online lookup system to monitor your expiration date!


Wisconsin Weekend NFA Classes


  • Leadership in Supervision: Perspectives in Thinking (MFO prerequisite)
  • Incident Command System and Resource Management for the Fire Service
  • Strategies and Tactics for Initial Company Operations
  • Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Fire Inspector Certification Hybrid Course

In-class sessions 

August 10 at MATC Madison 9 am – 3 pm, 

October 5 at Delton Fire Department 9 am – 3 pm, 

and October 21-24 at Delton Fire Department 8 am – 5 pm each day

On-line work August 17-September 28 and October 12

This class prepares students for the Fire Inspector State written and practical exam which will be held on October 24 at the Delton Fire Department. This class is paid with Fire Dues if you are a current member of a Wisconsin Fire Department. Contact Dawn Way for more information dway@madisoncollege.edu 


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