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Wisconsin Society of

Emergency Services Instructors

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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 – September 25, 2021


FINAL ALARM CEREMONY at the Wisconsin State Fire EMS Memorial – Located at Ben Hanson Park, Wisconsin Rapids, WI – Saturday, October 9, 2021. Ceremony begins at 3:33 PM; evening Silent Procession to follow. Check the Wisconsin State Fire/EMS Memorial website for more details.


ALSO ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 9 – Kenosha County Fire Rescue Association will host Battalion Chief Curt Isakson – Water on the Fire and Gallons Per Second from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Wilmot High School, Wilmot, WI. Register in advance by emailing [email protected]


NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA) COURSES – Although the Wisconsin NFA Weekend scheduled for October has been cancelled due to low enrollment, Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) has announced its hosting of two NFA courses. Visit the WCTC Fire Training website or contact Laura Kozlowski at [email protected] .


LIVE LINKS to the above events will be posted on the WSESI Events webpage .


COVID-19 and FIRE SERVICE EVENTS – Although many commercial activities are beginning to resume, WSESI will continue to monitor 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 any changes you are aware of. Thanks!


Begging your patience – while your Secretary continues to gradually rework the various pages of the WSESI Website under its new host, Most features seem to be present and workable, but a few changes in format have yet to be addressed. Thanks again!



For over a year and a half, the WFELLC has been on an extended hiatus due firstly to a transition in leadership, followed by suspension of activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A renewal in interest regarding legislation affecting the fire and EMS services has revived the Coalition, with the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) taking on the role of host and contact agency.

The WFELLC held its meeting in Madison on Wednesday, September 15, with WSESI being represented by Past President Jim Flanagan. Some of the proposed measures being discussed:

• A bill (in draft) to bring Workmen’s Compensation eligibility for EMS personnel in line with that of firefighters and law enforcement officers

• Ideas for federal grants available under CARES Act and American Rescue Plan for pandemic relief of EMS service providers

• Requested initiatives to address staffing and funding crises in EMS statewide.

The Coalition plans to meet again in October. Any WSESI member who wishes to become involved in the activities of the WFELLC, please contact President Jim Austad, or Coalition delegates Kevin Gerarden or Jim Flanagan.



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, October 19, 2021 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.