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Entries Categorized as 'Firefighters'

Officials Present New Fire Class

August 24th, 2016 · 6 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

 From city Communications Director Av Harris: Mayor Joe Ganim joined Connecticut US Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Bridgeport Fire Chief Richard Thode today to present the 23 new Bridgeport fire recruits who have been selected to begin training at the Connecticut state fire academy. The new class is a diverse group made up almost entirely […]

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City Awarded Federal Grant To Hire 17 Firefighters

August 12th, 2016 · 17 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From city Communications Director Av Harris: Mayor Joe Ganim and Fire Chief Richard Thode announced today that the city has been awarded a $2.7 Million dollar SAFER grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund the hiring of 17 new firefighters. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grants Program (SAFER) was […]

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Nurse Assists Residents During Fire

June 24th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local. Jasmine, a registered nurse who was on Grand Street to check on a patient spotted a fire at 650/652 Grand Street on the second floor. She began knocking on doors getting everyone out of the building. One man was attempting to put the fire out with a pan, she […]

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Ganim Names Thode Provisional Fire Chief, Lance Edwards Deputy Chief

June 8th, 2016 · 50 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, News and Events

Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday announced he has named Richard Thode provisional fire chief following the recent retirement of Brian Rooney and also appointed Lance Edwards deputy fire chief. Ganim says Thode will lead the department on an interim basis until a permanent chief is appointed through a civil service testing process.

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Firebird Leader Blisters Ganim For ‘Plantation Mentality’ In Fire Department

June 1st, 2016 · 40 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Civil Service, Firefighters, News and Events

Darrien Penix, president of the Firebird Society that fights for the rights of minority firefighters, uses Joe Ganim’s words on the campaign trail against him asserting the Fire Department looks “all white at the top,” a declaration the mayor made when challenging incumbent Bill Finch last year. Penix asserts nothing has changed in the six […]

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Ganim Appoints Henry Polite Fire Marshal To Oversee Investigations

May 20th, 2016 · 18 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Ahead of appointing a replacement for the retiring Fire Chief Brian Rooney, Mayor Joe Ganim on Friday named Henry Polite fire marshal.

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A Farewell To Fire Chief Rooney

May 19th, 2016 · 15 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Fire Chief Brian Rooney will receive a retirement sendoff Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at City Council Chambers. Rooney will leave city service after 44 years in the Fire Department, the last 10 years as chief. Bridgeport’s City Charter require the chiefs of police and fire serve no more than two five-year terms.

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Brian Rooney To Retire As Fire Chief, Who’s Next In Line?

May 17th, 2016 · 58 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Civil Service, Firefighters, News and Events

UPDATE: Bridgeport Fire Chief Brian Rooney is planning his retirement from the department later this week, per city charter regulation limiting the chief’s tenure to two five-year terms. One of the prominent names as a possible replacement on an acting basis is Assistant Fire Chief Richard Thode, a department veteran for more than 20 years. […]

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