PLYMOUTH — The Plymouth Fire Department is pleased to announce that many public safety professionals, local and state officials, members of the Plymouth community and friends and family gathered yesterday to celebrate the retirement of Chief G. Edward Bradley after 47 years of dedicated service to the Department and Town of Plymouth.
The celebration took place at the Plymouth Fire Headquarters on Sandwich Street marking Chief Bradley’s official last day of fire service, April 12.
At the beginning of Chief Bradley’s last shift, an American flag was raised and flown in honor of his 47 years in fire service. The flag was flown throughout the day and then during a ceremony hosted at the very end of his shift, the flag was presented to him by then-Deputy Chief Neil Foley.
“The Plymouth Fire Department thanks Chief Bradley and his family for their years of sacrifice and for sharing him with his brother and sister firefighters,” then-Deputy Chief Foley said. “We wish Chief Bradley the very best in his well-deserved retirement.”
Following the flag presentation ceremony at the department, Chief Bradley was recognized at the Plymouth Select Board’s meeting as well. At the meeting, state delegation members Senator Susan Moran and Representatives Mathew Muratore and Kathleen LaNatra presented Chief Bradley with a Massachusetts General Court Resolution congratulating him on his retirement, which was also co-signed by Rep. Steven Xiarhos.
At the meeting, Chief Bradley also participated in a change of command ceremony with newly-appointed Fire Chief Foley and Deputy Chief Jerome Hart.
Chief Bradley joined the call force at Station 5 Manomet on Oct. 13, 1974. He went on to be appointed as a full-time firefighter on Jan. 2, 1977, before being promoted to lieutenant in November 2000.
Chief Bradley continued to rise within the ranks of the department, going on to be promoted to Captain in March 2003 and Battalion Chief in November 2006. He was then appointed as Fire Chief in December 2007.
- Hired a total of 92 firefighters and promoted 34 lieutenants, 22 captains, 12 battalion chiefs and five deputy chiefs
- Replaced seven pumping engines, one heavy rescue, one ladder, one tanker, one all-terrain pumping engine and a 33-foot marine firefighting platform (fireboat)
- Oversaw the building of the department’s newest three-bay North Plymouth Fire Station #7
- Secured over $7 million in grant funding during his time with the department
- Established the town’s Emergency Operations Center in 2010
- Purchased source capture exhaust systems for each station to reduce cancer-causing chemicals within the air
- Equipped all 30 of the department’s apparatus with noise-canceling headphones to reduce loss of hearing in firefighters
The men and women of the Plymouth Fire Department wish Chief Bradley a happy retirement!