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February 17-19, 2023

Blackhawk Technical College
6004 S County Road G, Janesville WI

Radisson Hotel & Conference Center

625 W. Rolling Meadows Dr., Fond du Lac, WI 

(Friday Dinner & Annual Meeting)

  • Pre-Conference Training: Emergency Services Instructor II

  • Friday Afternoon Workshop

  • Friday Dinner and WSESI Annual Meeting

  • Instructor Development: TWO 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 Train-the-Trainer class prepares instructors to deliver the ESI II course in their respective WTCS Districts. 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 TBD 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.

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.

SATURDAY / SUNDAY PROGRAMS -- Continuing program tracks from Friday:


All Presentations at BTC

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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. 


David Yakowenko,

Racine FD /  Blackhawk Technical College


Countless seminars and articles are offered about understanding the new generation entering adulthood, but do any of them come up with actual methods that allow instructors to deal with these young adults and to tap into their unique way of looking at the world?


Whether you are an adjunct instructor teaching Firefighter at your local Technical College, or your department’s Training Officer mentoring your latest recruits through their Entry Level skills, this presentation will build upon the existing Firefighter I curriculum and provide techniques to reach the young minds of the ‘digital native’ generation and connect with their abilities.


Saturday Track B: Four Instructional Workshops


Guide for Structural Fire Fighting

MARC HILL, Wausau Fire Dept.


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.

TRACK C -- National Fire Academy (NFA) Course:

Health and Safety Program Manager (HSPM) F0722

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 at

Class size limit: 30 – Register early!


Please email your SID, name (Last, First, MI), Department or agency, and its city and state -- you will be added to the class roster.


CLASS FULL  Pre-Conference (Mon.-Fri.) -- Emergency Services Instructor II Train-the-Trainer:           FULL

CONFERENCE FEES include programs and Friday Dinner buffet

$10.00 Early-Bird Discount: Register by January 16, 2023! 

*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.

**TRACK B PARTICIPANTS: Fees will be payable directly to ISFSI and not to WSESI. Please be sure you register with the ISFSI website, then use our form below to add your dues and/or Friday Dinner ticket(s) as desired. 

***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 – $99.00 +tax

Contact Radisson Hotel and identify 

WSESI block –

Book early! –– Phone: 1-920-923-1440





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