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Bridgeport Fire Department Expanding Emergency Equipment and Training Tools

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Recently Bridgeport City Council approved the purchase of a new training facility for all emergency services in Bridgeport to use.

The facility will be delivered in November will be available to use by the fire department, police department, and emergency management.

Bridgeport Fire Chief Robert Seccuro said live burns will be set in the facility and allows the department to train to put fires out, along with other scenarios.

He said it's important to have a training facility located right in the city.

“A lot of departments don't have their own facility to be able to train. If we were to use the training facility in Jane Lew that's owned by WVU or the facility at the tech center in Clarksburg, we would have to take our equipment there, which takes protection away from the city. We'll be able to do this behind our fire station any time we want,” said Chief Seccuro.

The facility will be ready for training at the end of November.

The department also recently purchased a new ambulance, equipped with all wheel drive.

The ambulance is the first of its kind in Bridgeport's fleet and makes the third ambulance it has.

The all wheel drive feature helps the department get to hard to reach places and has already been used to help.

“It helped access a patient that had some issues, and had we not had this vehicle we would have had to take a pick-up truck or something to access where they were located at. Having this made it a much quicker response and reduced delay,' said Chief Seccuro.

The four wheel drive ambulance also features more room than a traditional ambulance.

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