Veteran firefighter moves to Charlton Fire after 30 years

After 30 years of climbing ladder trucks to battle flames, Jason Cantara is moving up a proverbial ladder in a neighboring fire department.

Cantara is the new deputy chief of the Charlton Fire Department, a step up from the lieutenant position he held in Southbridge. He became a firefighter in Southbridge in 1988, and was feted by his peers on Thursday, April 12, in what Southbridge FireFighters Local 2194 took to social media to bill as a “bittersweet day.”

The deputy chief position was posted in Charlton last month.

The Charlton Fire Department facebook page touted the hiring on Monday afternoon: “We are excited to have him join our organization and look forward to tapping in to his wealth of knowledge and experience to shape the future of Charlton Fire.”

Cantara’s son, Nick, is a firefighter with the Charlton Fire Department.

Jason Cantara donning his helmet for the last time as a member of the Southbridge Fire Department last week, surrounded by area firefighters and police officers.

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