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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.

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