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Wisconsin Society of

Emergency Services Instructors

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A Note from My B.U.D.

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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 – January 25, 2023


62nd ANNUAL INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE – Feb. 17-19, 2023 – Although our pre-Conference training (ESI 2 T-t-T) is full, our Conference registration webpage is taking registrations the Conference program tracks, especially Track A (Instructor Development) and Track C (NFA course) – make your plans to join us in Fond du Lac in February! Please see adjacent piece to meet two of our Conference presenters.

NFA Class is a GO!... Secure your place in the two-day National Fire Academy (NFA) course Incident Safety Officer by submitting your name, agency, email, and NFA Student ID (SID) number via email – look for the round red ‘Save your Seat’ button next to the course description on the Conference webpage.

For the latest information: All the official and most recently updated information will appear on the Conference Webpage:


HELP NEEDED: WSESI members are needed to help staff our information booth at the Wisconsin State Firefighters Association Convention in La Crosse. If your plans take you to that event, and you’d like to help out a few hours, please contact Membership Chair Ron Naab: [email protected] . Thanks!


FROM THE WTCS Fire Service Education Office (FSEO): In conjunction with Wisconsin DSPS and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, I am happy to announce an opportunity for Fire and Emergency Service instructors in Wisconsin to participate in up to four of the NFFF course train-the-trainer sessions conducted by Rick Best and Ben West from the Everyone Goes Home program. See our events page for details.

LIVE LINKS to our events, and any sent in through our associates, will be posted on the WSESI Events webpage.

VISIT OUR LINKS PAGE to check out the many online resources available from our colleagues around the state and across the country. This includeMABAS Wisconsin – the official source of information for the state’s Mutual Aid Box Alarm System.


2024-25 ANNUAL CONFERENCE PLANNING – YOUR ideas and input are welcome in our planning for the 2024 and 2025 Annual Instructors Conference! Contact WSESI Conference Site chair Red Van Ert: [email protected]. Thanks!


2023 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: Renew-O-Meter – As of January 25:

24 New and returning members (paid and complimentary)

40 Members of 7 Partner Agencies

7 Life Members

71 Paid Active renewals

10 Renewals pending payment

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Anyone wishing to know their renewal status may call or email Kevin Gerarden at 920-235-5494 or [email protected] . Don’t delay – renew TODAY!


NOW OPEN – Applications will continue to be accepted for the William E. Clark Memorial Scholarship through April 1, 2023. Applications can be downloaded from the Scholarship webpage.


OFFICER / DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS – At the WSESI Annual Meeting in February, the following offices will be up for election / re-election:

-Regional Director – Northeast (WTCS districts of Nicolet, Northcentral, and Northeast Wisconsin)

-Regional Director – Northwest (WTCS districts of Chippewa Valley, Mid-State, and Northwood)

-Director At Large


Members wishing to be nominated for office must submit a letter of intent, outlining background and qualifications, to Nominations Chair Tom Vandenack.


STATEWIDE FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – WSESI will continue to share information we receive regarding events and programs of Wisconsin’s Fire / Emergency Services organizations throughout the year ahead. Please be encouraged to advise us of any of your agency’s / organization’s plans for events in the coming months, or of any changes you are aware of. Thanks!


A NOTE FROM MY B.U.D. – See adjacent piece on the upcoming activities of the Wisconsin Fire & EMS Coalition.


WISCONSIN FIRE & EMS COALITION (WFEC), hosted by Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW), most recently met Thursday, January 12. Minutes of this meeting will be posted on our Links page.

The next meeting for WFEC is planned for Monday, February 6.


SAVE THE DATE for Fire & EMS Lobby Day – Wednesday, March 15, 2023! -- Information on this event, and current legislative activity has been posted on our Links page:


Our representation in the Coalition relies on our members being active in our advocacy of public policy issues. Contact President Jim Austad, or WFEC delegates Jim Flanagan or Kevin Gerarden.​

Having trouble downloading documents? Call 920-235-5494 to request a paper copy of any Society forms or documents, or email your request to [email protected] .

NEXT BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.