PLYMOUTH – Chief G. Edward Bradley is pleased to announce that two former members of the Plymouth Fire Department have graduated from Massachusetts Fire Academy today.
Firefighters Tyler Thomas and Edward Gellar, Jr. were among 23 firefighters from 17 departments who graduated from Class 293 of the academy’s firefighter training program on Friday, July 23. The graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the headquarters of the fire service department in Stow.
“The two firefighters Thomas and Gellar are following in their family’s footsteps by working within the fire department of the Plymouth Fire Department,” said Chief Bradley. “I look forward to seeing these two young men grow in their careers and see the positive impact they will have on the community they serve. “
Firefighter Thomas’ father, Lt. Eric Thomas, is a 12-year veteran fire lieutenant with the Plymouth Fire Department. Firefighter Gellar’s father, Edward Gellar, Sr., is the department’s chief chief engineer, a position he has held for 19 years. Firefighter Gellar’s grandfather, Peter Gellar, was also the Plymouth Fire Captain before retiring from the department in 2002.
Firefighters Thomas and Gellar joined the service in January. Before attending Massachusetts Fire Academy, they both completed internal training in the department. Both will be working from the central station on engine 1 from next week. Firefighter Thomas is assigned to Group 3 and Firefighter Gellar is assigned to Group 1.
The 10 week program teaches the basics of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, pump operation and fire attack. Firefighters Thomas and Gellar are now certified at Firefighter I and II level and in hazardous materials operation.
The other graduates represent the Auburn Fire Departments, Braintree,
Charlton, Clinton, Devens, Gloucester, Hopkinton, Middleton, Nantucket, Newton, Norfolk, North Andover, Northborough, Reading, Tewksbury and Weston.
About the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy:
At Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, firefighter recruits learn a wide range of skills in an intensive 10-week program. Certified and more experienced firefighters lead classroom instruction, physical training, firefighter skills training and firefighting practice. Students receive training in public education on fire, hazardous material incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques and rappelling. Upon successful completion of the recruiting program, all students met National Fire Protection Association 1001 standards.