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Entries Tagged as 'Brian Rooney'

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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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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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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City Firefighter Killed In Car Crash

May 14th, 2016 · 2 Comments · Firefighters, News and Events

Off-duty city firefighter Jimmie Jones, an eight-year veteran of the department, was killed Saturday afternoon after his car hit a truck and then a utility pole on Bishop Avenue near Connecticut Avenue, according to Mayor Joe Ganim’s spokesman Av Harris.

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