by Tom Clark
Another conference is rapidly approaching. The conference committee has been working since last year’s conference to improve on an already great educational opportunity. The planning started right after the last speaker spoke. The comments from the participants were collected, read over in a group setting, and acted on to provide the best training and benefits for this year. The WSFIA conference committee is committed to bringing you the best education possible in code enforcement, and public education. There are several meetings the committee attended throughout the year to bring together the venue, speakers, vendors, sponsors and conveniences that we take for granted during our stay.
The Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association annual conference has earned the reputation of being one of the best conferences of its kind in the Midwest. This came about because of hard work and dedication from the members of our Association. This reputation creates benefits, such as presenters from around the nation calling and asking to be part of our conference. In that aspect, the planning is easier. The only downside is the challenge to the committee every year, is to outdo the previous year. One way to meet that challenge is to offer premier classes. This year will also bring a two day class on Sprinkler Plan Review, instructed by an expert on the subject from the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Information on how to sign up for this class can be found on the website. Another way is to offer a premier keynote speakers such as this year’s National Fire Protection Association’s President, Jim Pauley.
The conference has come a long way over the years. Improved, relative and more informative classes are provided. The location the conference is held has vastly improved, and this year it is in Green Bay, WI. The Board of Directors supports members to attend similar conferences with the agreement to bring back quality speaker information. We are now getting the best information that is out there. If you have not attended in the past several years you must make an effort to attend, you just may learn something to improve yourself and your community.
There is a scholarship program available for people that are interested in attending the conference and cannot come up with the funds. We encourage you to take advantage of this educational opportunity. The conference and most associated costs are covered by the Association, and give fire departments a chance to learn the benefits of the conference and year round education. The form can be found on the website: www.wsfia.org
With budgets being tight, the registration cost of the conference is an outstanding value. Not only does the participant receive quality training, most of the meals are provided during this event, which is unheard of in similar conferences. Training that is provided is second to none. Vendor night provides entertainment, networking with peers, reviewing products and speaking with representatives that can help you achieve more in your goal for fire prevention and safety. Without our sponsors and vendors the conference could not be the success that it is. The sponsors support our mission and the vendors are able to personally explain and show what they can provide to us. Casino night will also be provided this year. This provides entertainment and promotes camaraderie among peers.
Make a plan to attend the conference this year and bring back useful information to your fire department, company and community. Everyone is welcome as long as you come with a thirst for knowledge. More conference information will be provided on the website.
Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association
Annual Fire Prevention Conference October 25th to October 27th
This conference addresses the needs of Code Officials, and Public Education Programs
Conference registration will be done online, please visit the website at http://www.wsfia.org and click on the 2017 Conference Registration and then Registration.
Monday October 23, 2017 Pre-Conference
Sprinkler Plan Review Class
Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday October 24, 2017 Pre-Conference
Sprinkler Plan Review Class
NFPA 1, Fire Code Class
Social Relations Class
Wednesday October 25, 2017
Opening ceremony with Keynote Speaker: Mr. Jim Pauley, NFPA President
Update on the WisSAFE and Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition
Insurance Services Office (ISO) Ratings
Commercial Insurance and Fire Protection
Promoting Life Safety
NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code
The Power of Ask
Thursday October 26, 2017
Butane Hash Oil Labs
Demonstrating Fire Inspection Effectiveness
Annual Business Meeting
FD Access and Water Supply
NFPA 96 Kitchen Hood Systems
Speaking to the Masses
Inspection Compliance Engine
Radio Repeater in Buildings
Using Science to Reach Middle School Students
Friday October 27, 2017
Basic Inspector Class (8 am-5pm)
Saturday October 28, 2017
Basic Inspector Class (8 am-5pm)
Wednesday - Vendor’s night with casino style gambling and a costume contest.
Thursday – Banquet
Note: The vendor’s reception and banquet are for conference participants only. Additional tickets for quests or others are available for purchase.
No formal spouse’s program is planned
Pre-conference classes on Monday and Tuesday:
Fire Sprinkler Plan Review, National Fire Sprinkler Association Wisconsin Rep. Marty King
Pre-conference classes on Tuesday:
Fire Sprinkler Plan Review (Continued)
NFPA 1 Fire Prevention Class (8am-5pm)
Public Education Class, Media Relations
General Session Classes:
Keynote Speaker: Jim Pauley, NFPA President
WisSAFE and Residential Fire Sprinkler Coalition Update
How ISO Rating Affects the Fire Department
For information on conference scholarships available through the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association go to www.wsfia.org/conference/scholarships/
Vendors and Sponsorships:
For information on conference sponsorships or participating as a vendor in the 2017 conference please contact Matt Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Radisson, Green Bay is the location of this year’s event. The Radisson is offering room rates at $82.00/night if you book under the Wisconsin State Fire Inspectors Association and a valid Tax Exempt number from your local fire department.. Reservations must be made by October 2th to ensure your receive the Conference rate. Contact the hotel directly at 1-877-722-2980 booking ID# C77057
1 day $200.00 $240.00
2 Day $240.00 $280.00
3 & 4 Day* $275.00 $315.00
Breakfast is provided with your registration Tuesday-Friday
- Lunch is provided with your registration Tuesday-Friday
- Wednesday Vendor Reception and Thursday Banquet are included with your 3 and 4 day conference fee. Extra Vendor Tickets $18.00 Conference registration will be done online, please visit the website at http://www.wsfia.org and click on the 2017 Conference Registration and then Registration.
- Late Fee (after Oct 10) $50.00
- Extra Banquet Tickets $25.00
- *Includes social events (social events are not included in a 1 or 2 day conference)