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Wisconsin Society of

Emergency Services Instructors

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Interview with 

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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 – May 25, 2023


NFA COURSE APPROVED: 63rd ANNUAL INSTRUCTORS CONFERENCE – coming to Blackhawk Technical College in Janesville February 16-18, 2024!


The National Fire Academy (NFA) two-day course Health & Safety Program Manager (HSPM) has been approved by the NFA Admissions Office. The class will be offered as Program Track C of the Janesville event. Watch our Conference webpage for pre-course information and early student reservations!


Our Conference Webpage will remain available for feedback, developments, and inquiries into the program for next year:


WISCONSIN STATE FIRE CHIEFS ASSOCIATION (WSFCA) will be holding their Annual Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The Conference Trade Show is scheduled for Fri.-Sat., June 23-24, 2023. WSESI members who would like to assist with the Society’s info table booth at this event, please contact Membership Chair Ron Naab.


FROM OUR ASSOCIATES AT Jones & Bartlett -- a new interview with Fire Chief and UAS Program Manager Jeff Pricher, who coauthored Wildland Firefighter, Revised Second Edition, with Joseph Lowe. A link to this interview will be posted in the sidebar at left.


FROM OUR FRIENDS at Badger Firefighters Association – This event is scheduled for 2023:

• Firefighter Challenge -- July 15 -- St. Lawrence Fire Station

Flyers and registration forms can be downloaded from our Events page.


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


CLICK HERE for information on our Inventory Retirement campaign, which will be conducted from now through the end of the calendar year 2023. More details will be posted on our Repository webpage.


VISIT OUR LINKS PAGE to check out the many online resources available from our colleagues around the state and across the country. This includes the Venerable Fire Collection, a private museum featuring fire service apparatus, equipment and memorabilia dating back to the 1800's.


2023 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: Final Notices were mailed by postcard during the week of May 1.


Renew-O-Meter – As of May 25:

38 New and returning members (paid and complimentary)

74 Members of 11 Partner Agencies

7 Life Members

118 Paid Active renewals

3 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!


STATEWIDE FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – WSESI will continue to share information that 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 that you are aware of. Thanks!


WISCONSIN FIRE & EMS COALITION (WFEC), hosted by Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW), most recently met via Zoom Monday, May 22. 


Information on the next WFEC meeting, and current legislative activity, will be 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, July 18, 2023 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.