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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 – March 25, 2023


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

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


NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA) COURSES FOR 2023-24 – Just a few more days to visit our Events page to view and select your preference for NFA courses delivered in-state for the coming fiscal year, including next year’s Annual Conference! The NFA Course Call period is March 1-31, 2023.


FROM OUR FRIENDS at Badger Firefighters Association – These two events are scheduled for 2023:

• Agriculture Rescue Training -- April 7 & 8 – Allenton FD

• 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:


VISIT OUR LINKS PAGE to check out the many online resources available from our colleagues around the state and across the country. This includes Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association (WSFIA) – supporting and assisting fire prevention personnel throughout the state with education and awareness resources and programs.



Renew-O-Meter – As of March 24:

34   New and returning members (paid and complimentary)

74   Members of 11 Partner Agencies

7     Life Members

102 Paid Active renewals

2     Renewals pending payment

60   ?????

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!


CLOSING SOON – 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:


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 for Fire & EMS Lobby Day – Wednesday, March 15. A summary of this event will be posted on our Links page.


The WFEC has composed a letter of support, addressed to Wisconsin’s legislators, asking them to co-sponsor a bill that extends Workers’ Compensation coverage for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to volunteer and paid-on-call responders. WSESI has lent their approval of this proposal, and a link to this letter will be posted in the sidebar of our home page:


Information on our next 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, April 18, 2023 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.