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Entries Categorized as 'Firefighters'

Bridgeport Firefighters Swear In Two New Captains

September 23rd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local: Scott Boris (left) and Giovanni Sanzo(right), both 18-year veterans of the Bridgeport Fire Department were promoted to the rank of Captain Wednesday.

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Bridgeport First Responders Get Narcan After 400 Percent Jump In ODs

September 23rd, 2016 · 7 Comments · Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Frank Juliano, CT Post: City firefighters are administering naloxone hydrochloride, commonly known as Narcan, an average of twice a day to bring overdose victims back from the brink of death. [...] “We wish we didn’t have this problem, but we do, and it’s not just Bridgeport, it’s all over the country,” Ganim said. “People […]

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Dozens Evacuated From West Side Fire

September 9th, 2016 · 3 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local: Dozens were evacuated from the Fairbridge Apartments at 50 Freemont Street when fire broke out on the 3rd floor. A number of residents made it to safety including several who are wheelchair bound. A child and elderly woman were treated by EMS. A cat appropriately named Hercules jumped three […]

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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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