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1/11/2019 - Mayor Ganim, Bridgeport Fire Chief Thode Launch 2019 Firefighter Recruitment Campaign

Mayor Joseph P. Ganim 
Bridgeport, CT

Fire Department 
Bridgeport, CT 

For Immediate Release 
January 10, 2019

For More Information:
Dalmarys Matos (203) 576-7201

Firefighter Recruitment Inquires:
(203) 337-2068


Press Release

Mayor Ganim, Bridgeport Fire Chief Thode Launch 2019 Firefighter Recruitment Campaign
Firefighter recruitment Campaign Designed to Attract Diverse Applicants

Bridgeport, CT – Mayor Ganim joined Fire Chief Richard Thode today at the Fire Department Headquarters to launch the 2019 firefighter recruitment campaign “Become a Bridgeport Firefighter.” In order to apply to the Bridgeport Fire Department (BFD), the applicant must first pass the national Candidate Physical Ability Test (CPAT). Registration for the CPAT is now open and will be until March 9, 2019. Once the CPAT is passed, an applicant will be allowed to take the BFD written exam. Applications for the BFD will be open on April 22, 2019.

“Throughout the years the Bridgeport Fire Department has been a fundamental part of keeping Bridgeport safe,” said Mayor Ganim. “Now they are looking for new public servants that will honor its legacy of keeping our residents safe. We are looking for a diverse group of brave men and women that will represent our city.”

The BFD receives over 20,000 calls a year; most calls are for medical emergencies, disposing of hazardous waste, fire alarms and structural fires. Besides answering emergency calls firefighters also install smoke alarms for residents, teach fire education to the public, and partake in charity events.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Thode said, “We are looking to expand our fire department by hiring a new recruit class. Both men and women, who have integrity and passion, are welcome to apply. Our department needs individuals who are dedicated to the city of Bridgeport. If you are willing to train and work hard, then you have what it takes to become a Bridgeport Firefighter.”

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