City government can be a frustrating drip, drip, drip. That pol wants this; this pol wants that; city employees yammering about something else; pain-in-the-ass opponents slinging arrows; federals back in town probing missing cash (and other things) in the Public Facilities Department. Only one thing to do under the circumstances: pull out a sledgehammer.
Mayor Joe Ganim who turns 60 in October prides himself on his workouts. Lately he’s been promoting the various components of agility tests on behalf of prospective city firefighters simulating what firefighters do on the job. In video above Ganim uses a sledgehammer with a baseball swing. Who’s Ganim thinking about as the sledgehammer pounds away?
Could it be retired firefighters Donald Day and Ron Mackey? They’ve been pounding Ganim and City Personnel Director David Dunn for the scarcity of female firefighters citing the demands of the Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). For background see here.
While on the job in their respective roles on behalf of the Bridgeport Firebird Society, Day and Mackey helped to diversify the department. CPAT, they say, has been a detriment to the progress made more than a decade ago.
In an election-year response the city has launched a recruitment push to attract female firefighters.
In the coming months we’ll find out if the CPAT recruitment campaign is a success or failure to diversify the department.
In video above, Fire Chief Richard Thode explains some of the logistics of CPAT.
U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal says no thanks, I’ll just cheer on the mayor. Wouldn’t it be a riot if Dick got on that thing?