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News for Members
DSPS Secretary Dawn Crim Announces Opening of New Grant Program for Youth Fire Fighter Training Programs
The grants of up to $25,000 are designed to help fire departments and their technical college and high school partners develop or expand recruitment programs geared toward juniors and seniors.
Sun Prairie, Wis. – Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dawn Crim visited the Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Company Station Two to announce the opening of a new grant program to provide funding for youth firefighter training programs. The grants of up to $25,000 are designed to help fire departments, technical college partners, and school districts develop or expand training programs for high school juniors or seniors. The program is open for applications, which are due February 14, 2022.
Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue Chief Christopher Garrison joined her for the announcement. Sun Prairie Fire and Rescue runs a youth firefighter training program with the Sun Prairie Area School District and Madison College. That program allows students to meet high school graduation requirements while they earn firefighter certification. Graduates have gone on to paid and volunteer service with Sun Prairie and other area fire departments, including Madison.
“We are excited about this grant program, and we are pleased to be able to support fire service recruitment,” said DSPS Secretary Crim. “We hear from departments throughout the state that it is increasingly difficult to staff their departments with adequate levels of volunteers who are adequately trained and able to respond to calls when they come in. That puts communities—and the firefighters themselves—at risk.”
The fire service is a key stakeholder group for DSPS. The department currently regulates firefighter health and safety and manages the state fire prevention program. It also administers the 2% dues program, which distributes funds collected from insurers back to qualifying fire departments and the Wisconsin Technical College System for basic firefighter training expenses.
Secretary Crim says that departments throughout the state routinely share concerns about adequate staffing, particularly in all-volunteer departments in rural areas.
The DSPS grant program has funding to award $50,000 this year and $50,000 next year to help establish or expand similar programs in other parts of Wisconsin. Applications and grant information about the grant program are available on the DSPS website.
About DSPS: The Department of Safety and Professional Services issues more than 240 unique licenses, administers dozens of boards and councils that regulate professions, enforces state building codes, runs the state fire prevention program, and maintains the award-winning Wisconsin Enhanced Prescription Drug Monitoring Program, which is a key tool in the multi-faceted public health campaign to stem excessive opioid prescribing. A fee-based agency, the Department of Safety and Professional Services is self-sustaining and receives no general fund tax dollars for its day-to-day operations. With five offices and 250 employees throughout Wisconsin, DSPS collaborates with constituents and stakeholders across a wide range of industries to promote safety and advance the economy.
Jennifer Garrett, Director of Public Affairs, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services, (608) 576- 2491, Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org
Wisconsin Fire Service COVID-19 Related Exceptions from the Wisconsin Technical College System
Two-Year Certification Period
Students who finish/finished a fire certification course between 3/15/2018 and 12/31/2020 will have one additional year to obtain their certification. The three-year certification term expires three years from each student’s course completion date.
Example 2: Student Jones finishes their Firefighter I course on 6/5/2019. Student Jones now has until 6/5/2022 to complete the certification process.
Emergency Services Instructor Renewal
Students who have an Emergency Services Instructor certification that expired between 3/15/2020 and 12/31/2020 will have one additional year to obtain their renewal. The one-year extension begins the date of their current expiration.
Example: Student Fox has an ESI certification with an expiration date of 7/1/2020. Student Fox now has until 7/1/2021 to renew their certification.
As of the date of this release, August 19, 2020, it is uncertain if there will be an expansion of this temporary extension policy. Please follow the WTCS Fire Service website for all further details, updates and deadlines. https://mywtcs.wtcsystem.edu/fire-service
Contact Angela White with questions: phone: 608-266-7289 email: email@example.com
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. 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.
Fire departments reported NFIRS data in 2018.