Mayor Sarno has named Springfield’s next fire commissioner

New fire commissioner has served as Agawam Deputy Chief for five years

Bernard BJ Calvi

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The City of Springfield has a new fire commissioner.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno has named Springfield resident and current Agawam Deputy Fire Chief, Bernard “BJ” Calvi, as the city’s next fire commissioner.

Calvi was chosen after an “extensive interview process,” according to a news release sent to 22News by the mayor’s office.

Calvi joined the Agawam Fire Department in 1995 and has served as Agawam’s Deputy Fire Chief since 2012. He is scheduled to start his new position as Springfield Fire Commissioner on January 24, 2018 on a five year contract.

“You start as a firefighter, you work your way up through the ranks of either lieutenant, captain, district chief, deputy chief,” Calvi told 22News. “Everybody wants to make it to the top of the ladder, but these jobs are few and far between. I’m fortunate that Mayor Sarno has placed his trust in me.”

Calvi was one of six semi-finalists for the job, including two from within the Springfield Fire Department. He signed a five year contract with a salary of $145,000.

“I would like to thank Mayor Sarno for entrusting me with this responsibility,” Calvi said. I look forward to serving the citizens of the City of Springfield, and the Springfield Fire Department. I will do my very best to lead the department into the future.”

The Springfield Fire Department does have a residency requirement, Calvi said he has been living in Springfield for the last 6 years.