Fire department working on regional plan for dive rescue teams

The Wilton Fire Department is holding meetings with other local fire departments that have existing dive rescue teams and with Norwalk Hospital to possibly regionalize.
The combined teams would be similar in function to the Fairfield County Hazardous Materials Response Team, said Chief Ronald E. Kanterman.
There would be cost savings, pooling of resources and equipment, and an ensured response.
“If you have, let’s say, 16 on the local team, and you get a call and only four or five are around, that’s what you have until mutual aid can come, but if the team roster is 20 to 30, you have a much better shot of getting enough personnel to the scene, quicker,” Kanterman said in an email.
The concept is in the exploratory stage.
The Wilton Dive Rescue Team is made up of fire and police personnel. They do monthly training throughout the year, including going under the ice in the dead of winter. They did not deploy in 2016. Fire Capt. Kevin Czarnecki is the team leader.
The fire department is reaching out to various fire and police departments in the southwest corner of Fairfield County.