Wilton Fire Department, CT
Ron entered the fire service in 1975 and is currently Chief of the Wilton (CT) Fire Department a full career fire department in Western Connecticut, and serves as Wilton's Deputy Emergency Management Director. Ron also works as an Adjunct Professor of Fire Science and Emergency Management at the undergraduate and graduate levels primarily at the University of New Haven, and also serves as an adjunct at numerous colleges and universities around the country. He holds a BA in Fire Service Administration and a MS in Fire Protection Management, both from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He teaches for the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland as well.
Ron has been published over 125 times on line and in periodicals such as Industrial Fire Safety and Fire Engineering where he is also a member of the FDIC Educational Advisory Committee. He continues to contribute to Fireengineering.com through his monthly column “Chief Kanterman’s Journal” and hosts a monthly on-line radio show, “The Back Step Boys” with his co-host, Deputy Chief Tom Aurnhammer from Colorado. He worked on staff for the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC, FDIC WEST & FDIC EAST) for 9 years. He is the author of a book entitled “Managing Fireworks Displays” published by Delmar in 2008 and was a contributing chapter author for the Fire Engineering/Pennwell Firefighter I & II manual, the new version of the Fire Chief’s Handbook and 6 other fire service text books.
Ron is an advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its programs, and works as the Chief of Operations each year at the National Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
- DFS 4-Incident Safety Officer
- DFS 4-Inspector
- DFS 4-Investigator
- DFS 4-NFPA 1403
Continuing Education Unit (CEU)
Work smarter not harder. Commercial buildings present many challenges during a fire fight but knowing what they have to offer will make your job easier and safer. This class reviews and discusses the built-in active and passive fire protection systems that make up the building’s fire and life safety system and gives participants an understanding of the basic workings of said systems. Upon completion, participants will be able to look at commercial buildings and other target hazards in their first due response district and make changes in strategy, tactics, and on pre-fire plans. Firefighter safety is emphasized throughout the workshop.