Bridgeport was awarded $125,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding to purchase a new fire engine to serve the needs of residents living within its incorporated boundaries. The city committed $75,000 in matching funds, bringing the total project cost to $200,000.
Previously the Bridgeport Volunteer Fire Department operated a 1984 engine/pumper that consistently passed all testing. However, ongoing maintenance records and the truck’s condition indicated it needed to be rebuilt. Since it was first designed and manufactured, the National Fire Protection Agency had significantly upgraded safety features and standards of manufactured equipment for fire department personnel. Under current safety protocols, a minimum six fire-fighting personnel are required, particularly at structure fires. However, because the 1984 fire engine could only transport two people, remaining personnel had to drive other vehicles or personal cars to transport additional apparatus.
The new engine/pumper and trained personnel will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Personnel and equipment will now fit comfortably on the truck which will significantly improve response time and the ability to suppress or extinguish fire, and should result in more lives and properties saved.