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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 – April 25, 2022


NATIONAL FIRE ACADEMY (NFA) COURSE OFFERINGS – Our selections for NFA deliveries in the October 2022 – March 2023 period have been submitted. Watch our news as plans for those deliveries begin to develop.


WSESI BUDGET COMMITTEE – See below for information on the newly-established Budget Committee. Contact WSESI Past President JIm Flanagan to indicate your interest in helping with this vital Society function!


FOX VALLEY TECHNICAL COLLEGE (FVTC) will host the NFA two-day course Leadership in Supervision: Frameworks to Success (F0648) at their Public Safety Training Center in Appleton, WI – Saturday-Sunday, April 30 – May 1, 2022. To find out more, or to enroll in this class, contact Kelly White at [email protected] .


FROM OUR FRIENDS at Lake Country Fire & Rescue (LCFR) – Applications for full-time positions are now open. Visit the LCFR webpage for the position posting and more information.


LIVE LINKS to these items, and any sent in through our associates, will be posted on the WSESI Events page.


2022 MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL CYCLE: Final due notices will be sent via postcard beginning shortly after May 1. Thanks for your replies and renewals!

Renew-O-Meter – As of April 25:

22 New and returning members

55 Members of 9 Partner Agencies

7 Life Members

111 Paid renewals

1 Renewal 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!


MEMBER PASSWORD – The password-protected webpages of the WSESI website are reserved for current members. Members in good standing (dues paid as applicable) may request the password by emailing as above. Thanks!


MEMBERS WANTED to help staff  the WSESI information booth at the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs Association (WSFCA) Conference Trade Show, scheduled for Friday-Saturday, June 25-26 at the Hyatt Regency in Green Bay. Contact Vice President and Membership chair Ron Naab.


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), now hosted by Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin (PFFW), most recently met Tuesday, April 12.

The next meeting for WFELLC is planned for June 16. 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, July 19, 2022 – via teleconference (unless otherwise announced).

Contact your Board members with any agenda items.



At our April 19, 2022 meeting, the WSESI Board of Directors passed a motion to expand the purpose and scope of its Audit Committee to include a systematic budget process. This action was suggested by Executive Secretary Kevin Gerarden, who sought a source of ongoing input and counsel for the yearly decision-making process regarding the best use of Society funds in its programs and activities.


For decades, the WSESI finances have been secure in their funding sources and predictable in their annual expenditures. Recent trends and events have exerted their influence on those expectations, thus making all our financial decisions worthy of regular scrutiny. Like the assignment of a secondary search on the fireground, putting a “fresh set of eyes” on the task will bring to light new insight and ideas for the future of the Society.


The tasks of the current WSESI Audit Committee have included biennial inspection of financial records and inventory, and examination of the annual reports of our CPA firm against those records. Important as these duties are, they do not address the advisability or management of the expenditures made, nor do they look to future planning for optimal financial health.


The new Budget process would consider the needs and plans of WSESI’s activities and examine the ‘nuts and bolts’ methods of ensuring the most efficient use of Society funds to achieve those goals. The Committee would submit their recommendations to the Board of Directors for adoption, who in turn would direct the Officers to carry them out.


Please consider becoming an active participant in this new and expanded role by contacting Audit Committee chair and WSESI Past President Jim Flanagan: [email protected] .