New fire chief comes on board

Ronald Kanterman, a retired fire chief from Somers, N.Y. has been named interim fire chief of the Wilton Fire Department. His one-year contract begins June 1.

Mr. Kanterman’s appointment was announced by the Wilton Fire Commission Tuesday morning, May 27, at the fire house on Danbury Road, where he later met with department officers and shift managers.

Mr. Kanterman has 38 years experience in fire services, and recently completed five years as fire chief for the Mohegan Tribe in Uncasville, Conn., where he was in charge of a department of 46 career firefighters.

He said he was attracted to Wilton for its reputation and proximity to his home.

When asked his goals in his new position he said, “Job 1 is safety.” Fire prevention, with outreach and education in the community, will be a priority, he said.

Mr. Kanterman succeeds Paul Milositz, who announced his resignation almost one year ago to the date — May 28 — of Tuesday’s announcement. Mr. Milositz stepped down July 12, and the department has been working under Deputy Chief Mark Amatrudo since.

Wilton thought it had a new chief late last year in Matthew Marcarelli of the New Haven Fire Department, but that fell through when Mr. Marcarelli ultimately declined the offer. He did not live within a required 15-mile distance of Wilton and chose not to move.

Mr. Kanterman began his career as a firefighter in New York City, later moving to New Jersey, where he was an industry fire chief for Merck, the pharmaceutical company, in Rahway, N.J.