Statement from Fire Chief Richard Thode who is leaving city service for Danbury.
“It’s with mixed emotions I end my almost 34 years in Bridgeport. While I am excited for my new endeavor, I am sad to leave the great city of Bridgeport and this incredible fire department. I could not be prouder of the men and women who answer the call of duty every day. I will miss each and everyone one of them. I am also thankful for all of the support and cooperation I have received from Mayor Ganim, all of the city staff and the City Council.”
From Mayor’s Office:
Mayor Ganim has announced that Chief Thode has accepted a new position in Danbury, and will resign from the City of Bridgeport Fire Department effective June 18, 2021. Thode was named Acting Chief under the Ganim administration in May of 2016 with the formal announcement of Chief in February of 2017. Since taking on the leadership position as Chief of Bridgeport’s Fire Department, Thode has made many strategic and tactical improvements in the Fire Department.
Mayor Ganim stated, “I want to thank Chief Thode for always doing such a great job for our city, our Fire Department, and serving our residents. We owe him a debt of gratitude for his professionalism and commitment to public safety over the past five years. We wish him luck and well in his next endeavor.”
An announcement will soon be made to name the role of Acting Chief while a search and selection is conducted for a new Chief of the Bridgeport Fire Department. Information will also follow regarding the posting of this position immediately.