Fire Services

Fire Local Assistance Funded Courses

These courses are available to fire departments and are comprised of the basic firefighting courses, as well as courses required for various firefighter certifications offered by the Wisconsin Technical College System. Courses are funded through the 2%  Fire Local Assistance Fund. There is no charge to district fire department personnel taking these courses with approval of their department. 

These courses have a state mandated 100% attendance requirement. Sponsoring fire departments will be billed for the full cost of a student’s tuition if the student misses any portion of the class. All courses require a minimum of 12 students.

Hazardous Materials and FEMA/National Fire Academy Courses

These courses are funded by grants from either the Wisconsin Division of Emergency Management or the federal government. Funds are limited and are paid out on a first-come, first-served basis. County and State Department of Emergency Management approval is required for all hazardous materials classes.

Un-Funded (Fee) Courses

Fee courses are available through Western for a fee that is paid for by the student or their public safety organization. Fee courses are generally advanced or targeted skills courses. They are offered on a rotating basis as determined by district needs. 

Customized Training

Western customizes courses that are designed for a specific organizational audience at a specific time and/or location. These courses may consist of existing training courses or topics designed specifically for your organization. Contact or 608-269-1611 for more information on these offerings.

Fire Service Professional Development Courses

This list of courses represents all Fire Service Professional Development courses available through Western. These courses are not necessarily being offered at this time. Please check the current course offerings section below for scheduled courses. 

Current Course Offerings

Hazardous Material Operations—16 Hours—WEM Funded

Dates Days/Times Location Instructor
2/6, 2/8, 2/13, 2/15 Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Tomah FD  Dennis Meyers
2/20, 2/22, 2/27, 3/1 Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m. Viroqua Joe Pfaff

Firefighter I Certification—36 Hours—2% Funded


  • ELF Part A, ELF Part B, NIMS ICS-100 and IS-700. Hazmat completion required before practical exam.
  • Students must provide full PPE with SCBA that meets minimum NFPA standards.
Dates Days/Times Location Instructor
1/29, 1/31, 2/5, 2/7, 2/17, 2/19, 2/21, 2/26, 2/28, 3/10   Mondays/Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Blair-Preston FD Steve Dickow
3/6, 3/1, 3/13, 3/17, 3/20, 3/24, 3/27 Tuesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Viroqua FD Joe Pfaff
3/7, 3/14, 3/21, 3/24, 3/28, 4/4, 4/7, 4/11, 4/14 Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Tomah FD Jared Tessman
All Saturday classes include a one hour lunch.

Candidates may take the written exam following the course if they wish to be Firefighter I Certified.

Firefighter II Certification—42 Hours—2% Funded


  • Firefighter I Certification & Hazardous Materials Operations
  • Students must provide full PPE with SCBA that meets minimum NFPA standards.
Dates Days/Times Location Instructor
3/5, 3/7, 3/12, 3/17, 3/19, 3/22, 3/26, 3/31, 4/2 Mondays/Wednesdays, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hixton FD  Blake Deiber
All Saturday classes include a one hour lunch.

Candidates may take the certification written and practical exams following the course.

Entry Level Driver/Operator Part I—Driving—12 Hours—2% Funded

Prerequisite: None

Dates Days/Times Location Instructor
4/20, 4/21 Friday, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Saturday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Shelby FD Eric Nottestad 
All Saturday classes include a one hour lunch.

Entry Level Driver/Operator Part II—Pumping—18 Hours—2% Funded


  • ELDO Part I—Driving
Dates Days/Times Location Instructor
5/1, 5/3, 5/8, 5/10, 5/12 Tuesdays/Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 8:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Shelby FD Eric Nottestad
All Saturday classes include a one hour lunch.
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