Grosso promoted to fire marshal

Rocco Grosso was officially promoted to fire marshal at the Wilton Fire Department on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
The ceremony featured brief remarks from Fire Commission Chairman Gary Mecozzi and First Selectman Bill Brennan and a speech from Fire Chief Ron Kanterman.
“I just want to welcome everybody, and again, this is another step for the Wilton Fire Department,” said Mecozzi. “I think we’re moving forward. Everything’s looking good, so, with that, I just want to congratulate Rocco and his family. Thank you.”
Brennan applauded the town for another “well-deserved” internal promotion.
“Congratulations to Rocco,” he said. “This is a great trend within both our fire department and police department that we’ve had a lot of in-house promotions, and that really counts a lot. We get our people out there who know the town, who have been here many years and are deserving of these promotions. I’m very, very happy to see another internal promotion that’s been well deserved and earned.”
Kanterman summarized Grosso’s accomplishments and commented on the seriousness with which he treats his work.
“He’s a serious fire prevention guy, and serious fire prevention guys save lives, businesses and the lives of the firefighters at large,” Kanterman said. “He’s also well known by the school kids with whom he interacts all year round as he makes his visits for inspections or for public fire safety education sessions.”
Grosso’s wife Tamara pinned his new badge on his uniform after he was sworn in by Town Clerk Lori Kaback.

Rocco Grosso

Grosso joined the Wilton Fire Department in 2000 as a line firefighter and EMT. He assumed the position of fire inspector when Bill Meehan retired in 2007.
When Fire Marshal Dave Kohn retired in February of this year, Grosso was appointed deputy fire marshal and then acting fire marshal by the fire commission before being promoted as permanent.
Grosso is a certified Firefighter II, Fire Officer I and Public Fire Safety Educator. He has undergone training for dive rescue, aerial operations, confined space rescue and trench rescue.
He has a bachelor’s degree in biology and is a member of the International Association of Arson Investigators as well as the International Code Council.

The fire marshal

According to Kanterman, the fire marshal’s primary job is code enforcement.
“One of the large consortiums came up with something called the ‘three E’s:’ education, engineering and enforcement. Education is the public education programs that we do. We teach the kids in school; we teach people to check their smoke alarms.
“The engineering part is how we build buildings and develop fire safety in those buildings, like fire sprinklers and fire alarms.
“And the third thing is enforcement. You have the code; you go out and enforce the code to make sure that the engineering is in place and people are doing what they’re supposed to be doing.”