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February 16-18, 2024


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Blackhawk Technical College
6004 S County Road G, Janesville WI

(Conference Programs)

AmericInn by Wyndham Janesville

3900 Milton Ave, Janesville, WI

(Friday Dinner & Annual Meeting)

(The two venues are approx. 17 min. drive apart)

  • Pre-Conference Training: Emergency Services Instructor II

  • Friday Afternoon Workshop

  • Friday Dinner and WSESI Annual Meeting

  • Instructor Development: THREE Saturday tracks

  • National Fire Academy (NFA) Two-Day Course: Health & Safety Program Manager (HSPM)

  • Sunday Morning Panel Workshop


Monday, February 12 through Thursday, February 16 – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Emergency Services INSTRUCTOR (ESI) II 

This certification level of Emergency Services Instructor goes beyond the lesson plan and into the design of complete curriculum features for the instructor’s intended audience.  The ESI II certification exam will be scheduled on Thursday evening to permit candidates to attend the Track B classroom session Friday.

All participants must hold a current ESI I certification to attend.


Course fee of $250.00 will include Jones & Bartlett text: 

Fire & Emergency Services Instructor, 3rd Edition

*Those students who provide their own copy of the required text may email for a discounted fee.

Friday WORKSHOP– Open to all attendees

Check-in beginning at 12:00 Noon – Classroom Session 1:00 to 4:30 PM at BTC



RED VAN ERT, Altoona Fire Rescue


For many recent years, the volunteer (including paid-on-call, paid-on premise, and combination) emergency services have faced major challenges in attracting and keeping new members. In the most recent years, these challenges have spread to the career workforce as well.


This interactive discussion will explore the best practices for recruitment and retention in the fire and associated emergency services.

BRIDGING THE GENERATIONAL GAP: Successfully Teaching and Onboarding Millennials, Gen Z, and Gen Y

MARC HILL, Wausau Fire Dept. (ret.)

Participants in this comprehensive course will get insightful knowledge and practical tactics for effectively teaching and onboarding the next generation. This course provides educators and trainers with the tools they need to develop engaging and meaningful learning experiences for younger learners, with an emphasis on understanding millennial, Gen Z, and Gen Y traits, learning preferences, and motivations. Participants will get a better knowledge of younger learners and practical methods to help them succeed via engaging conversations and case studies.

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AmericInn Janesville
5:30-7:00 PM

Included with Conference fee!

WSESI 63rd
7:00 PM

SATURDAY / SUNDAY PROGRAMS -- All Presentations at BTC 

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Featuring ‘WORKING LUNCH’:

Open to all attendees!
Saturday, Feb. 17—12-1 pm
from Draeger Fire Training Systems

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In addition to hosting lunch, Matt will be giving a presentation (approx. 20 minutes) introducing all attendees to Draeger and its Fire Training Systems, outlining how they work with you to meet your training needs.


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ROB BALSAMO, Program Coordinator, Blackhawk Technical College

This discussion-based class will focus on the aspects of refurbishing and or building a new training center. The discussion will focus on what the training needs of your department or college, facility capabilities needs, resources (land available, funding, ext.), Project development (Types of burn buildings, water sources, training areas and other buildings such as storage and simulation buildings) ongoing costs, and maintenance. The last topic for discussion will be future growth of your facility.  The class will also take a tour of Blackhawk’s new training center and discuss what went into it and why. We will also discuss issues that have come developed as the facility has come online. Please dress appropriately as we will be outside for a couple hours for the tour. 


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 Saturday Track B --  NFPA 1403: Building the Instructor Cadre

Jim Knowles & Andy Aird,

Fond du Lac FR

Examines the requirements of NFPA 1403 – Standard on Live Fire Training providing successful concepts that prepare an instructor group for safe and productive live fire training. Students will examine minimum staffing, certification requirements, and key participant roles. Best practices before, during, and after live fire training will be analyzed. The course concludes with strategies for holding a press conference, managing wayward students, and post training debriefings.

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Saturday Track C -- Three Instructional Workshops




How to Maximize Your

Training Hours


City of Oshkosh FD


This class will focus on the development and organization of an annual training plan with ISO in mind. Creative strategies to maximize quality training hours will be presented. We are not looking to just “fill the bucket” with hours but rather provide flexibility for members attain valuable training which may be difficult through traditional methods only. Each area identified in the ISO training considerations will be examined individually. Students will be provided with several options to consider in training content, delivery methods and resources to assist with development and distribution of quality training in each area. We will also discuss the progression of training as it relates to integration into the overall training plan strategy as well as documentation organization and policies for tracking progress and creating reports.

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Guide for Structural Fire Fighting

MARC HILL, Wausau Fire Dept. (ret.)


This training aims to provide firefighters, trainers, and fire chiefs with a thorough grasp of the updates for NFPA 1700: Guide for Structural Fire Fighting. This presentation will cover the essential features of NFPA 1700, its benefits and relevance, as well as practical strategies for incorporating and applying NFPA 1700 in training programs. Participants will leave this event with the information and tools they need to achieve overall operational excellence in their fire departments by increasing training efficacy, ensuring compliance, and improving overall operational excellence.

LESSON PLANS 101: The Key Component

David Yakowenko, Racine FD /  Blackhawk Technical College 


So – you’ve got the textbook, the instructor resource kit, the implementation guide, and the exam prep – what are you still missing?

The lesson plan is the key component around which all other course content is gathered to create a coherent and systematic learning experience for your students.

This workshop will focus on the importance of the lesson plan as your roadmap to “delivering the goods” in each class session to reach your course goals.



What are the issues facing your training programs? Are you stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place? Want to know if anyone else found a solution to your predicament?

Our panel of 2024 Conference Presenters will lead this interactive roundtable to address YOUR training concerns. SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – 8:30 to 11:00 AM

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Track D: National Fire Academy (NFA) Course:
Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM)

This 2-day course will provide fire and emergency medical services department personnel and other related emergency responders with the aptitudes and abilities necessary to manage the duties and responsibilities of the Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM) within their respective organizations.

Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18 – 8AM to 5PM

All participants must have a FEMA Student ID number (SID) and submit it for registration.

SIDs can be obtained with this link: Register for your FEMA SID (

Class size limit: 30 – Register early!



Please use the button below to email us and you will be added to the class roster.


  Pre-Conference (Mon.-Fri.) -- Emergency Services Instructor II: $250.00*         

CONFERENCE FEES include programs and Friday Dinner buffet

$10.00 Early-Bird Discount: Register by January 15, 2024! 

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*ESI II Fee includes a copy of Jones & Bartlett Fire & Emergency Services Instructor, 3rd Edition, provided at cost. Attendees who already have a copy of this title may email us to obtain a discounted rate.

**PLEASE NOTE – The National Fire Academy does not charge fees for their course in this track; consequently, this fee is not required for those attending only the NFA course on Saturday/Sunday. The fee covers the costs for attending the Friday program and dinner, fully available to Track C participants. We encourage you to take advantage of these additional opportunities!



Lodging (on your own) is available – $98.00 +tax

Contact AmericInn and identify WSESI block –

Book early! –– Phone: 1-608-371-9981

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WSESI 2024 Annual Conference REGISTRATION FORM
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