2017 Public Educator of the Year (Career)

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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 ...
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New Area 11 Director

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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...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 organ...
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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 Pr...
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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 ass...
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Jeff Jordan’s Journey to Inspire

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By Pete Wicklund Fire survivor Jeff Jordan could have taken the adversity life gave him and led a solitary life of anger and self pity. Instead Jeff's mission these days is not to dwell on his challenges, but to work to help and inspire others to reach their potential. Many in the fire service in Wisconsin are familiar with Jeff. He has been a fixture at various fire department conferences a...
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Michigan/Wisconsin Combined Fire & Life Safety Conference 2017

Michigan/Wisconsin Combined Fire & Life Safety Conference 2017
SAVE THE DATE - May 6th, 2017 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 ...
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2016 Fire Inspector of the Year (Career)

Mark Mlekush, Sun Prairie Volunteer F.D. Keeping up with inspections in one of the fastest growing areas of the state no doubt is a daunting task. But Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department Inspector Mark Mlekush has aptly risen to the challenge. Seven years ago, Mark came into his position and was charged with developing an inspection program for a department that had been outsourcing those ...
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