Laskowski said Derby accepts city and noncity residents who are 18 or older. They can train to battle interior fires or just assist with equipment or on the scene.
He spent two years as a lieutenant and seven years as a captain at East End.
Lenart, who will succeed Laskowski as chief in 2021,
has more than a century of firefighting service in his bloodlines. Both his greatgrandfather and grandfather, the late Edward Cotter Sr. and Jr., served as firefighters, as does Lenart’s father.
Lenart, a 40-year-old former city aldermen, is a trained EMT and is employed as a Bridgeport firefighter assigned to Rescue Squad 5.
Gloade, 50, will become the city’s first black fire chief in 2023. A native of Antigua, he signed up to become a volunteer at Hotchkiss Hose in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
“I felt I had to do something for my community,” he said. “I live just around the corner from Hotchkiss Hose.”
Biggs, 29, is a salesman and has been a member of the Paugassetts for the past 13 years. He is the son-inlaw of Michael Kelleher, a longtime city fire commissioner.