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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 – December 24, 2021


REGISTRATION NOW OPEN – for the Annual Instructors Conference in Fond du Lac, February 18-20, 2022!

Download the Conference Flyer from our webpage to share with the members of your department or agency! TWO pre-conference courses (Feb. 14-18) and FOUR program tracks will be offered.


ENROLLMENTS NEEDED NOW – for the National Fire Academy (NFA) two-day course Strategies & Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO) -- secure your place NOW by emailing the following information:

Name (first, last, middle)

FEMA Student ID Number (SID) – the number used by that student in any previous NFA course, or if new, can be obtained from the NFA website

Department or agency being represented (with city & state)

This information can be submitted by email at any time, even in advance of any other registration sent in. WE MUST have at least 15 enrollees 40 days out (early January) before NFA will lock in the class. Please visit our Conference webpage for all the latest official information.


NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA) COURSE – Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) has announced the second of two NFA courses:

F0349 - Fire Service Safety Culture: Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters? -- Friday, January 28- Saturday, January 29, 2022

Visit the WCTC Fire Training website:

or contact Laura Kozlowski at [email protected] .


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


2022 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE – Appreciation goes out to our two renewal early-birds: Wisconsin ISFSI Liaison Norm Arendt for his Instant Renewal, and Craig Olson of Campbellsport for his online renewal form. Thanks also to the robust response to our Renewal Notices – with both membership renewals and Conference registrations! All notices have been sent out (the few email bounces have been sent a backup via US Mail). If you were expecting your notice, but did not receive one, PLEASE call or email to confirm your renewal status.

Please also make sure you have added [email protected] to your Safe Sender list so your correspondence arrives without winding up in Spamland. Thanks!


INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR (IOTY) – Thanks for the nominations received thus far! If your department or school has a training hero that needs to be recognized, do not delay! Nominations will remain open through January 17, 2022 for this award! Please go to our IOTY Webpage for further details.


OPENING JANUARY 1, 2022 – Applications will be accepted for the William E. Clark Memorial Scholarship through April 1, 2022. Applications can be downloaded from the Scholarship webpage.


OFFICER / DIRECTOR NOMINATIONS – At the WSESI Annual Meeting in February, the following offices will be up for election / re-election:



-Regional Director – Southeast

-Regional Director – Southwest

Members wishing to be nominated for office must submit a letter of intent, outlining background and qualifications, to Nominations Chair Tom Vandenack.


WELCOME to our old friends at the Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation (PFFWCF) as our new neighbors in the monthly issues of The Dispatcher. Glad to see you!


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!


WISCONSIN FIRE EMS LEGISLATIVE LEADERSHIP COALITION (WFELLC) has reconvened with Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW) as its primary contact host. It most recently met Tuesday, October 26, and its next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 4, 2022. Information on current legislative activity has been 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 WFELLC 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, January 18, 2022 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.