PLYMOUTH – Chief Neil Foley, on behalf of the Plymouth Fire Department, today congratulates firefighter Andrew Soell on graduating from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy.
Firefighter Soell was among 24 firefighters from 10 departments graduating from the academy’s Career Recruitment Firefighter Training Program, Class #301 today, May 20. The graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the Fire Services Department headquarters in Stow.
The 10-week program teaches the essentials of fire and non-fire conditions, life safety, search and rescue, ladder operations, water supply, operation of the pump and fire attack. Pompiers Soell is now certified at the level of firefighter I and II and in hazardous materials operations.
“We are extremely proud of Firefighter Soell to graduate from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy today,” Chief Foley said. “Firefighter Soell has strong ties to the Plymouth community and we look forward to seeing him continue to serve his community in a new capacity.”
Firefighter Soell was appointed to the service on September 7, 2021. Prior to joining the Plymouth Fire Service, Soell served the Plymouth community as a member of the Plymouth Police Service since 2014.
He is a graduate of the class of 2004 from Plymouth South High School. After graduating, firefighter Soell joined the United States Coast Guard. During his time in the Coast Guard, he earned several medals and awards, including receiving two letters of commendation from the USCG Commandant for his service.
At today’s ceremony in Stow, firefighter Soell’s brother, Plymouth Fire Captain Joshua Soell, helped present him with his diploma.
Upon graduation, Firefighter Soell will be assigned to Engine Company 1 Group 2 at Headquarters.
The other 24 graduates represent the fire departments of Arlington, Bellingham, Chelsea, Ipswich, Lynn, Malden, Natick, Stoughton and Tewksbury.
The Massachusetts Fire Academy:
At the 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 fire education, hazmat incident mitigation, flammable liquids, stress management, confined space rescue techniques, and rappelling. Upon successful completion of the recruiting program, all students have met National Fire Protection Association 1001 national standards.