Wisconsin Society of
Emergency Services Instructors

Wisconsin Society of 

Emergency Services Instructors

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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 – October 27, 2020

2021 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – At the regular quarterly meeting of the WSESI Board of Directors, a discussion was held regarding the upcoming Annual Instructors Conference, and whether it is advisable for the Society to convert the proposed Conference programs to a virtual format. Based on the information available at the time of that meeting, a motion was passed to call a special meeting of the Board, at which time the question will be re-addressed. The special meeting will be held Tuesday, November 17 via a Zoom conference.

Any member who wishes to contribute input to this upcoming discussion is urged to contact your Regional Director, or any of the other Board members. Your opinions, plans for the coming year, and those of your agency, will be pivotal in assisting us to make the best decisions for the Society.


WISCONSIN STATE FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL (WSFM) -- We have learned from WSFM scheduler and WSESI Vice-President Ron Naab that one of the final maintenance weekends of the year is in need of additional help -- and is asking YOU and other WSESI members to consider joining in on the job.

The last set of open dates: October 30, 31, or November 1

Ron is looking for about four hours of work on one of the days of the weekend listed above. Equipment on site includes two zero-turn mowers and two self-propelled walk-behinds; along with a lawn sweeper. Individuals and/or groups are welcome; it takes 5-6 people to complete the four hours.

Please reply to

Thanks in advance for your help!


DATES FOR THE 2021 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: (2020 dates approximate)

November 1 – Early-bird renewals open online

December 1 – Renewal notices sent by email and US Mail

December 20 – Books close for 2019; any renewals received after this date will be entered Jan. 1

January 1, 2020 – Prepaid and Life members carried forward if not already updated

January 31 – Due date for Active memberships

March 1 – Past Due notices emailed


COVID-19 and FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – As pandemic precautions continue simultaneously with resumption of many commercial activities, WSESI is monitoring events and programs of Wisconsin’s Fire / Emergency Services organizations throughout the coming months...

Word has been received of the following cancellation:

  • Wisconsin Fire Inspectors Association Annual Fire Prevention Professionals Conference

Also (based on current info), the following event remains on the schedule:

  • Wisconsin EMS Association Virtual Conference – November 9 – 14.

Please be encouraged to advise us of any of your agency’s / organization’s plans for events in the coming months, or any changes you’ve become aware of. Thanks!


WISCONSIN FIRE EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) has been on hiatus since Stay-at-Home measures have affected the legislative activities in the state, among other considerations. Watch our News for updates on resumption of Coalition efforts.

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.

W S E S I   WEBSTORE – What to Watch For in November

The WSESI Webstore is available for anyone who is looking for textbooks, WSESI-branded merchandise, or renewal of their Society membership. You can select from our dropdown menu between “Webstore Lobby” and “Shop Now!
The reason for the two-page format is simple: not everyone will want to use the Webstore if they are looking to purchase items on behalf of their fire department or agency. We are proud to offer free shipping to Wisconsin addresses, and most fire departments, technical colleges, and other public agencies can be billed directly without charging Wisconsin state sales tax. For these purchases, emailing us is the best method.
For those of you buying items for yourself, or for our out-of-state customers, the Webstore uses PayPal to accept payment from your credit card or PayPal account. Most shipping is initiated via UPS Ground service, or in a few instances, US Mail.
If you wish to renew your WSESI Active membership, and all contact information has remained the same since the previous renewal, the Webstore is quick, easy, and offers your choice of renewal gifts. For other online renewals, see the “Join / Renew Now” page under the Membership tab.
Also in November, the Webstore will be updated to include the latest WSESI-branded items available for purchase, the most current textbooks for the courses in the Wisconsin Fire Certification system, other books (such as EMS texts), and access to new old stock for you or your department’s reference library. Discontinued titles are available at special discounts, or for donation to Explorer or other youth-interest programs.
For questions or more information, please email kgerarden@wsesi.org .

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 (Regular) BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING:  Tuesday, January 19, 2021 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members  with any agenda items.