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From Ward Lyon, Education Director for Wisconsin Technical College System Fire Service Training:


Sharing Information from:

Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (WI DWD),

North American Fire Training Directors (NAFTD),

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA),

and Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS).

Included is information regarding a new Youth Apprenticeship Program for Fire Service! Please provide input.


Youth Apprenticeship: Fire Service / Law Enforcement 

DWD is working with various fire departments and associations to develop a new Law Enforcement and Public Safety program, which includes a pathway for fire services.  We are now getting ready to develop the related instruction for this pathway and would welcome your help. Please contact the lead Amy Phillips, I will share her information below. She can explain the process they are following and let you know the status of the pathway development. They are looking for feedback to better the program. Please share with any department you can.

Amy Phillips - WI Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator - DWD Bureau of Apprenticeship Standards

Phone: 608.733.3914



FEMA EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE - Virtual Tabletop Exercise Program Fiscal Year 2024

-Please see attached 1852 Training Opportunity for more information. 

-POC -VTTX broadcast coordinator, Reginald Godfrey, at (202) 880-0544 or by email at For general inquires, email the Integrated Emergency Management Branch (IEMB) at


Exploitation of Emergency Service Sector’s Stolen Data Likely Poses Persistent Criminal Threat to Victims - Please see attached. 

-Please see attached on Cybercriminal exploitation of data stolen during ransomware attacks against the Emergency Service Sector (ESS) likely poses a persistent criminal threat due to the exposure and availability of victims’ personal information. 

-To report this incident to the Intelligence Community, please contact your DHS I&A Field Operations officer at your state or major urban area fusion center, or email


Grant Opportunity - This funding is designed to support communities as they respond to emerging defense activities and are dedicated to off installation projects in support of a military installation.

-In the attached word document is a grant program from DOD maybe of interest to Colleges that provide public safety training and fire stations if they support a local military base. (See eligible applicants) 

-One example is a grant last year for $8,007,388 to the City of Virginia Beach, Virginia, to undertake a $11,439,126 project to support Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story to replace deteriorated infrastructure at Creeds Law Enforcement Training Facility, enabling a modern training environment for civilian and military police and Navy forces, enhancing operational readiness, training efficiency, and the ability to accommodate total force requirements. 

-Eligibility Applicants: County governments, City or township governments and State governments.


Officer 1 / 2 Certification Committee Review-

Please let me know if you have any changes or recommendations for any of the Officer curriculum before it is updated and sent out. We are working on the Exam Handbook currently. 


Thanks again for everything you all do and please reach out if I can help in any way. Please provide feedback to the Youth Apprenticeship Coordinator. I really think this is a great way forward to help grow the service and hopefully it will help the argument for an adult apprenticeship program in the future. As always, please let me know if this is information overload and I will adjust. 




Ward Lyon 

Education Director - Fire Service Training 

Phone:  608-266-7289 

ISFSI Training Officer Credential Course

Training Officer Credential candidates participate in approximately 32 hours of online professional portfolio design and interactive learning experience in addition to virtual, instructor facilitated, student driven course work.

The course text is Training Officer Desk Reference published by Jones and Bartlett (not provided with registration). This text is used heavily with the course, it is recommended that you purchase it. It is available online through several sources.

Starts:  Jul 8, 2024 08:00 (ET)
Ends:  Aug 16, 2024 15:00 (ET)

Click here to see full description and details for this course.

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Associate Dean of Public Safety 
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SPS 330 Information

Click on the button at right to download a summary of the rulemaking process that was conducted in revising Wisconsin's Fire Department Safety and Health Standard, SPS 330.

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