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Wisconsin State Firefighters Association
Through your membership and continued support, the Association is able to carry out our mission to provide firefighters throughout Wisconsin with expert assistance, peer networking, legislative support and educational opportunities in order to create a greater partnership among fire departments in Wisconsin.

The Bereavement Uniform Program Needs Your Help!

The Bereavement Uniform Program is up, running and available to any firefighter family wanting it and the time has come to put out the call to the ‘have’ departments to check the ‘closets’ and send to the Lighthouse their surplus and no longer being used dress uniforms.
To those associations that have 'linked up' and to those departments and individuals who’ve donated and made it on to the BUP’s ‘Be Remembered’ Wall of Fame, thank you very much.  The program wouldn’t work without you.
For those unfamiliar with the Bereavement Uniform Program<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1S3hf-Woic>:  The BUP is a joint effort between the Lighthouse Uniform Company and America’s Fire Service to make available a Class A Dress Uniform for burial purposes to any family wanting one, at no cost to the family.  The program makes no distinction between paid and volunteer, active or retired and is up, running and available in all fifty states.
The Bereavement Uniform Program now finds itself, much like the rest of the fire service community, in a precarious moment.  Its viability is tied directly to its ability to maintain an adequate supply of donated dress uniforms, so please, if you or your department have any surplus or no longer used dress uniforms, send them in.  We will clean, refurbish and reconfigure them to meet the need of the request.



Governor Evers Announces Emergency Order #22

Related to Certain Timelines Established by the Department of Safety and Professional Services


In part, this order addressed the items below.  

Admin. Rule:   Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 314.01(13)(b)3.

Description of Rule:   Fire prevention inspections.

Status:  Suspended with companion order.

Companion Order:  Any postponed inspections must be made up and prioritized after conclusion of the public health emergency.

 

Admin. Rule:  Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 314.01(13)(c)

Description of Rule:  Public fire education training.

Status:  Suspended with companion order.

Companion Order:  Public fire education services may be postponed during the public health emergency. Fire Departments should continue to provide online and telephone Fire Prevention Services, Support, and Resources, if available.

 

Admin. Rule:  Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 314.01(14)(c)

Description of Rule:   Self-certification for fire department dues.

Status:  Suspended with companion order.

Companion Order:  Self-certifications for 2019 may be received until June 1, 2020.

You can read the complete order here: https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO22-DSPSRules.pdf




Announcing the Resilient Wisconsin Initiative

Today (4-3-2020), Governor Evers and DHS Secretary-designee Andrea Palm announced the Resilient Wisconsin initiative. With the stressors and health challenges inherent in the COVID-19 pandemic, the time is now to provide Wisconsinites with tools to build resiliency for those affected by trauma, toxic stress, and other mental and behavioral health challenges.

Finding healthy ways to cope and stay connected is more important than ever. This is what Resilient Wisconsin offers - tools to encourage self-care, maintain social connections, and reduce stress. When we utilize these tools, we help build a healthier Wisconsin for all. Here are a few steps you can take today.

  *   Get the three goods. That's good-for-you foods, a good night's sleep, and a good amount of exercise every day.
  *   Stay connected to your support system. Reach out to family and friends, colleagues, and community groups in whatever way you can-calls, texts, video chats, and more.
  *   Spend time away from focusing on COVID-19. Don't let the pandemic take over what you read, watch, or talk about. And don't be afraid to ask friends and family to talk about something else.
Reduce anxiety by reducing your risk. Stay safer at home. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds. Cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. Stay at least 6 feet apart while running essential errands at the store, pharmacy, or gas station. Knowing you're doing everything you can to stay healthy can help you worry less.
  *   Check in with yourself. Everyone's reaction to stress is different. Difficulty concentrating or sleeping, irritability, fatigue, and even stomachaches can be normal. But if you find you are overwhelmed or having thoughts of self-harm or suicide, reach out for help right away. Text HOPELINE to 741741 or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

We are in a stressful time for Wisconsin, and we recognize that stress is heightened for our first responders and medical professionals on the front lines, parents and caregivers, people living with mental and behavioral health concerns, and mental and behavioral health providers. This is why Resilient Wisconsin also provides tools, resources, and trauma-informed practices specific to these communities.

Staying Safer at Home is important, but we know it is not easy. Resilient Wisconsin offers us a way forward as we all work towards a healthier Wisconsin. For more information, please visit resilient.wisconsin.gov<https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDAsInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMDA0MDMuMTk3MzQ1MjEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL3d3dy5kaHMud2lzY29uc2luLmdvdi9yZXNpbGllbnQvaW5kZXguaHRtIn0.qcECz0-Nm4z9JPKqCbBqCWIJdsAvO7bfjogi4ddNRkY/br/77027475249-l>. 

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Remember, it is OK to ask for help, and it builds resilience to reach out and connect. Together, and with Resilient Wisconsin, we will find ways to stay strong and support each other. We are committed to building a healthier and more resilient Wisconsin.

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 If you have a question, email the Department of Health Services<mailto:dhswebmaildcts@dhs.wisconsin.gov>.



Today the Governor issued Emergency Order #12 to institute a Safer At Home policy. Please read the order carefully!


https://evers.wi.gov/Documents/COVID19/EMO12-SaferAtHome.pdf?fbclid=IwAR1t7bLy-7vIDZtRZnqo-uOql5t8lZhmxPLbePaekfDUIH4VnAchR3PHcNQ


The order is effective at 8:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 and remain in effect until 8:00 am Friday, April 24, 2020, or until a superseding order is issued.

 

Wisconsin residents must comply with this order. As outlined in the order, individuals can leave their home to perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, get services and supplies necessary for staying home, and care for others.

 

After reviewing the order, if a business believes their business is doing essential work and they are not exempted in this order please go to this link https://wedc.org/essentialbusiness/.

 

These are important steps to ensure we working to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we all need to do our part and work together to protect each other. The Governor did not take this decision lightly, but we know what Wisconsinites can do when they care about each other.

 

Essential services will continue to be provided to our communities. We ask that you recognize the efforts of those who are providing those services.

 

We are extremely grateful to everyone. #SaferAtHome




A Message from WSFA President, Todd Blaser

I wanted to take a moment to thank all you for standing on the front lines during this unprecedented time. The effects of COVID-19 on healthcare and our communities are tough and significant. I appreciate all of your efforts to care for the people we serve and protect them from this virus.   The acceleration of closures of schools, public events, restaurants, bars and travel restrictions, not to mention the quarantine measures are not only alarming to the public but to our staff as well.

The NVFC is offering a webinar on March 25th that I hope many of us can find to be valuable on managing stress and anxiety in uncertain times.  Once again I stress the well-being of your members during this time.

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_xhhO-CqOQJmk2E317S7zHw

I want to stress if you haven't sat down with your partners; public health, emergency management, local hospitals and EMS services you must do so in order for everyone to be on the same page.  During my time in the fire service one thing has remained true.  Communication is the key component to a successful mitigation of an event.  It is here in Wisconsin and we can assist in decreasing the panic that exists by demonstrating our leadership skills in educating our public and demonstrating the precautions and best practices in place.  Please refer to the CDC website for factual information and best practices.

Be safe and serve your communities with pride!












Wisconsin State Firefighter's Association

PO Box 267
Mazomanie, WI 53560
(608) 401-1650 (phone)
(608) 401-1651 (fax)


WSFA@wi-state-firefighters.org


   Gear up!
Now you can print an order form for Wisconsin State Firefighters' Association gear here. Show your pride with an official hat, pin, or patch. All you do is print the form, fill it out, and mail it in with a check for the amount of your purchase. Check out our official gear