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Entries Categorized as 'Firefighters'

City, Fire Union Reach Concession Agreement, Will Cops Step Up? Ganim Appoints Thode Fire Chief

February 24th, 2017 · 25 Comments · Analysis and Comment, City Budget, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

UPDATE: Mayor named Thode fire chief today (Friday) Mayor Joe Ganim on Wednesday was joined by local Fire Union President Robert Whitbread and acting Chief Richard Thode to announce the city and union have reached a wage agreement on a contract extension through 2020. Ganim says the agreement will save the city more than $1 […]

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2016, Busy Year For Firefighters

February 3rd, 2017 · 13 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Back in the day the joke in Bridgeport was if you need a cop, call the Fire Department. They respond quickly.

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Ganim: City Is Rebounding

January 3rd, 2017 · 10 Comments · City Budget, Development and Zoning, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

In a commentary that also appeared in the Connecticut Post, Mayor Joe Ganim highlights initiatives during his first year back in office. A year ago when my administration took office, Bridgeport was facing incredible challenges, including a large budget deficit, a state-mandated property revaluation, increasing crime, and a lack of widespread economic development. Today, thanks […]

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Uniformed Services Step Up For Kids

December 23rd, 2016 · No Comments · Best of Bridgeport, Firefighters, Law Enforcement, News and Events

From Steve Krauchick, Doing It Local: How about some likes for all that made toy deliveries today with AMR, Vazzy’s, Otimus Health Care and Bridgeport Police and Fire with the help of The Marilyn Goldstone Foundation and Al’s Angels. The parade through town started at 10:30 in front of AMR’s headquarters on Connecticut Avenue. We made visits […]

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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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