RON KANTERMAN is the chief of the Wilton (CT) Fire Department. He is a 40-year veteran of the fire service with experience in municipal and industrial fire protection, volunteer and career services, emergency management, and emergency response. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration and two master’s degrees, in fire protection management and environmental sciences. He’s a contributing author for Fire Engineering and FireEngineering.com and was a contributing author to Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II and the new edition of the Fire Chief’s Handbook. He cohosts the FE Blog Talk Radio show “The Back Step Boys” and lectures around the country on various fire service topics. He is an adjunct professor of fire science and emergency management at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He is an advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and its programs and is the chief of operations each year during the National Memorial Weekend.