Michigan/Wisconsin Combined Fire & Life Safety Conference 2018

May 5th, 2018 Training with our Neighbors Michigan/Wisconsin Combined Fire & Life Safety Conference This conference has been put together in collaboration between MFIS and WSFIA to bring training to different areas of our states. This conference is for fire prevention inspectors, fire department personnel, fire public educators, and building inspectors. Register Here AGENDA (all times are Central Standard Time) 7:30-8am Registration | Continental Breakfast 8-8:15am Introduct...
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NFPA Chief: Fight Complacency in Fire Protection Efforts

By Pete Wicklund GREEN BAY -- While the number of fire deaths nationwide has declined, fire protection professionals cannot rest on their laurels and must be vigilant to threats to reduce or eliminate standards intended to keep the public safe. That was the underlying message given by Jim Pauley, president and chief executive officer of the National Fire Protection Association, during his keynote address at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association Fire Professional Conference. ...
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2017 Public Educator of the Year (Career)

Erik Jonas, Marshfield Fire Department By Pete Wicklund There's nothing wrong with the tried and true, but sometimes a fresh perspective can reinvigorate a fire safety education program. That's what the Marshfield Fire Department found out when it named Erik Jonas as the department’s fire prevention coordinator. In recognition of Erik’s work to bring safety and fire prevention education to all ages in Marshfield, the WSFIA bestowed Erik with a Public Educator of the Year award at the Fire...
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New Area 11 Director

WSFIA welcomes new Area 11 director By Pete Wicklund Northwest Wisconsin is no longer without local representation for the WSFIA. Sy Wera, fire inspector for the Town of Namakagon Volunteer Fire Department in Bayfield County, has stepped up to the plate to be the WSFIA’s area chairman for Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Sawyer and Washburn counties. Sy has been a firefighter/EMT with Namakagon for eight years and the department's inspector for six. Sy and his wife, Theresa, mo...
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2017 Public Educator of the Year (Volunteer/Paid-On-Call)

Chuck Ruetten, Jackson Fire Department By Pete Wicklund A couple of things have become crystal clear for Chuck Ruetten after more than three decades in the fire service and in fire prevention: The value of being a member of the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association; and that the efforts at educating youth about fire safety are making a difference. To recognize the time and commitment that Chuck, the fire marshal at the Jackson Fire Dept. in Washington County, has put into fire safet...
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2017 Fire Inspector of the Year (Career)

Mark Pierce, South Shore Fire Department By Pete Wicklund GREEN BAY – Sporting a beard perfect for deer hunting season and making joking references to the movie “Bad Santa,” Mark Pierce is relishing his retirement. But on Oct. 26, Mark took a few moments to reflect on a nearly four-decade career in the fire service, much of it in fire prevention. Mark, who retired from the South Shore Fire Department in April, received Fire Inspector of the Year honors from the Wisconsin State Fire Inspec...
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2017 Fire Inspector of the Year (Career)

Joel Meier, West Allis Fire Dept., Village of West Milwaukee By Pete Wicklund Joel Meier had a double career in fire prevention, so it is only fitting that he receive two honors from the WSFIA in recognition of his 25-year career. At the 2017 WSFIA Fire Professional Conference banquet on Oct. 26, Joel received the honor of Fire inspector of the Year as well as lifetime membership in the organization. Joel joined the West Allis Fire Department in 1992 and worked his way up the ladder to e...
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2017 WSFIA Fire Chief Of The Year

Chief Christopher Garrison, Sun Prairie Fire Dept. By Pete Wicklund As many in fire prevention have noted over the years, when it comes to the fire service it’s the work on the fire ground that gets all the glory. So when a chief comes along who puts fire prevention and public safety education at the forefront, it understandably can cause a buzz. In fact, one of the first things that Sun Prairie Fire Chief Christopher Garrison told his firefighters after taking over as the department’s ch...
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Fire Chief / Inspector Position

FIRE CHIEF/INSPECTOR -- CITY OF PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI WORK HOURS: 40 hours/week; 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM M-F, Community Events, On-Call 24/7/365. SALARY: $40,000 to $50,000/year depending on qualifications. POSITION SUMMARY: Planning, organizing, staffing, directing, controlling, and monitoring of all phases of the fire department's activities in protecting life and property, including the assurance that all vehicles, equipment, and fire station facilities are routinely repaired and maintain...
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Wisconsin Residential Fire Sprinkler Summit

Home Fire Sprinkler Summit
May 11, 2017 Radisson Hotel and Conference Center 2040 Airport Dr Green Bay, WI 920-494-7300 8:00-8:30 am     Registration 8:30-9:00 am     Opening remarks 9:00-10:30 am   The Legacy Burn/Modern Fire Environment, Sean DeCrane, U/L 10:30-10:45 am Break & Vendors 10:45-12:00 pm Residential Fire Sprinklers – A National Update, Jeffrey Hudson, NFPA 12:00-12:45 pm Lunch 12:45-2:00 pm   National Update & Trends of Residential Fire Sprinklers, Tom ...
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