PLYMOUTH — Chief Neil Foley is pleased to announce that the Plymouth Fire Department promoted three firefighters during a badge pinning ceremony held at Plymouth Town Hall on Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Plymouth Fire Department promoted Firefighter Jason Phair and Firefighter Carl Santino to lieutenants and Lt. Joshua Soell to captain during a Select Board Meeting at the Plymouth Town Hall. Numerous members of the department were in attendance at the badge pinning ceremony, along with family and friends.
“Badge pinning ceremonies are a way to recognize the accomplishments and career milestones of those being promoted within a department, and we’re extremely pleased to see the Plymouth Fire Department continue this tradition,” Plymouth Fire Local 1768 President Brian Baragwanath said. “On behalf of Local 1768, we congratulate Lt. Phair, Lt. Santino and Capt. Soell on their promotions.”
During the ceremony, Chief Foley gave statements about Lt. Phair, Lt. Santino and Capt. Soell’s history within the department while their wives pinned them with their badges. After they were pinned, Town Clerk Kelly McElreath officially swore them into their new positions.
Lt. Phair, Lt. Santino and Capt. Soell were then congratulated on their promotions by members of the Select Board and Town Manager Derek Brindisi.
“On behalf of the men and women of the Plymouth Fire Department, I would like to congratulate Lt. Phair, Lt. Santino and Capt. Soell on their well-deserved promotions,” Chief Foley said. “Throughout their time with the department thus far, they have all exemplified hard work and dedication to the community while embodying the qualities of a leader. I greatly look forward to them assuming their new roles as I’m confident that they will each be successful leaders and serve as role models within their shift assignments.”
Capt. Soell graduated from Plymouth South High School and worked as an EMT prior to being appointed to the Plymouth Fire Department on Dec. 27, 2010. He was assigned as a Fire Alarm Operator from 2016-2018 and was promoted to the position of lieutenant in 2020. He is currently assigned to Group 1 at Station 1.
Capt. Soell has earned Firefighter I/II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational level certifications. He is a founding member and director of the Plymouth Fire Relief Association and the co-chair of the Local 1768 Health and Welfare Committee.
His achievement has been made possible with the support of his wife Michaela, son JJ, and daughter Rilynn.
Lt. Phair is a graduate of Brockton High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps Reserves and then as a Combat Medic with the United States Army National Guard. He went on to work in the construction trade and at the Sheriff’s Department prior to being appointed to the Plymouth Fire Department on Nov. 12, 2013.
Lt. Phair has earned Firefighter I/II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational level certifications. From 2017-2019 he served as a Fire Alarm Operator for the department and he is currently assigned to Group 3 at Station 1.
His achievement has been made possible with the support of his wife Jennifer, and sons Liam and Kevin.
Lt. Santino is a graduate of Plymouth South High School. Upon his graduation from high school, he went on to serve in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. Following his discharge from the Army, he then went on to complete nursing school and worked in the medical field prior to being appointed to the Plymouth Fire Department on Nov. 16, 2015.
Lt. Santino has earned his Firefighter I/II and Hazardous Materials First Responder Operational level certifications. He is currently assigned to Group 2 at Station 1.
His achievement has been made possible with the support of his wife Kim, and children Katelin, Kamryn, and Kyla.
“It’s such an incredible honor, both personally and professionally, to take part in this ceremony as our fire department exudes professionalism, kindness and incredible service to its community,” Select Board Chair Betty Cavacco said. “On behalf of the Plymouth Select Board, we couldn’t be prouder to witness such an event. Thank you to all of our fire department staff, and especially our newly appointed Chief Neil Foley. We know without a doubt we will see great things under his direction!”