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Wilton appoints former deputy fire chief to emergency management director

  • David Boissonnault of Wilton has been appointed to the position of emergency management director, with Town Administrator Paul Branscombe appointed as his deputy. Staff photo by Ashley Saari

  • David Boissonnault of Wilton has been appointed to the position of emergency management director, with Town Administrator Paul Branscombe appointed as his deputy. Staff photo by Ashley Saari—Monadnock Ledger-Transcript



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 01, 2018 5:41PM

The Wilton Select Board has appointed a former fire department deputy chief to fill its empty emergency management director position.

Selectmen confirmed the appointment of Dave Boissonnault of Wilton to the position on Sept. 17.

“I’ve been in emergency services over half my life,” Boissonnault said Monday.

The emergency management director is charged with coordinating the town’s emergency services, including the fire department, police department, department of public works, selectmen and town administrator during disasters, including extreme weather events.

The emergency management director is also charged with keeping the town’s emergency plans updated. One of the first duties he’ll be taking up is updating that plan, Boissonnault said, as many of the current plans are outdated. He has already gone over the water emergency plan – where the town will access water if one of the town wells fails or there is water contamination – with water department Superintendent Mike Bergeron.

Wilton Town Administrator Paul Branscombe said in an interview Monday that the town has been without an emergency management director for some time. Previously, former Fire Chief Ray Dick filled the role, but it’s been empty since his resignation in January of 2017, with current Fire Chief Jim Cutler unable to take up the duties due to other commitments.

“That’s why we were so pleased to have Dave, who brings with him a great deal of experience,” Branscombe said.

Most of that experience has been with the Milford and Wilton fire departments, Boissonnault said. He started with the Milford department in 1982, where he worked his way through the ranks to the position of lieutenant.

In 1992, he moved to Wilton, where he joined the department as a driver, and again worked his way up until he was the deputy chief of the department. He was with the department for 19 years.

Boissonnault also has several years of experience with the role of emergency management director, having filled that position for the town of Milford from 1988 to 1992.

“I was on the fire department for 19 years, and I wanted to get back into giving back to the town and helping out,” Boissonnault said, on why he applied for the position. “I have the experience and I knew that it would be a good fit.”

Boissonnault also has served as a watchman on the Federal Hill fire tower in Milford, and as a correction corporal in the state prison in Concord.

Branscombe volunteered to serve as the deputy emergency manager. He was previously the emergency management director in Ashland for five years.

Boissonnault was confirmed in his position on Sept. 17 in a 2-0 vote, with Chairwoman Kellie-Sue Boissonnault abstaining. Branscombe was unanimously confirmed as Boissonnault’s deputy at the same meeting.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.