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Entries Categorized as 'Firefighters'

Ganim Ponders Key Staffing Changes

December 15th, 2016 · 49 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Politics, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

UPDATE: John Gomes Demoted, Details To Follow: One year into Joe Ganim’s mayoralty, staff stressors are beginning to snap leading to potential changes at the top level makeup of the administration. State Rep. Charlie Stallworth’s city position, one of Ganim’s first hires who served as co-chair of the mayor’s transition team, is tenuous. Will he […]

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22 Graduate From Fire Academy

December 10th, 2016 · 9 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

The Bridgeport Fire Department added on Friday 22 firefighters from the Connecticut State Fire Academy at a ceremony at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. The commencement address was delivered  by Mohammed Khan, the first Pakistani-American firefighter in Bridgeport history. The graduates will be formally sworn in as firefighters at a ceremony at City Council Chambers […]

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In First Year Back, Ganim Juggles Police Leadership, Low Cop Staffing

November 28th, 2016 · 23 Comments · Analysis and Comment, Firefighters, Law Enforcement

Joe Ganim’s political comeback in 2015 was punctuated by a bit of déjà vu. In 1991, the Democratic candidate against Republican incumbent Mary Moran, he carved out a campaign message that focused on strengthening an understaffed Police Department fighting historic violent crime as well as restoring fiscal sanity with a city in bankruptcy court. As […]

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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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