Wilton hires, swears in new full-time firefighter

WILTON — The town recently welcomed its newest firefighter, Samuel Guttman.

His hire went into effect on Aug. 26 but he will undergo 15 weeks of training away from the department. Guttman will prepare for his role for the next few months at the Connecticut Fire Academy in Windsor Locks before returning to duty in Wilton, according to a release from the town.

Guttman was sworn in this past week at the fire department headquarters on Danbury Road by Town Clerk Lori Kaback. His family was in attendance.

Wilton’s newest firefighter is a retired United States Marine Corps corporal, an emergency medical technician and a former volunteer firefighter with the Trumbull Fire Department where he joined as a junior member in 2013.

“We very much look forward to Sam’s joining our team here in Wilton,” said Fire Chief Jim Blanchfield.

Blanchfield said the process to hire a new firefighter in Wilton is a “comprehensive” one, starting with written and oral examinations conducted by the Connecticut Firefighter Testing Consortium. Hiring is determinant on passing the Connecticut Physical Ability Test.

The Wilton Fire Department administration then conducts panel interviews with the candidates.

Finally, those selected candidates appear before the Fire Commission, which may decide to extend a provision offer. That candidate will then go through a series of post-offer, pre-employment tests, including a detailed background investigation.

After he successfully completed this lengthy process, Fire Commission Chairperson Casey Healy joined with fellow commission members Terrie Schwartz and John Hall to officially extend Guttman the offer.

“The Fire Commission was pleased to extend an offer of employment to Sam Guttman and looks forward to his beginning his career with the Wilton Fire Department upon his graduation from the Connecticut Fire Academy,” Healy said.