Plymouth: Governor Signs Special Act to Allow Fire Chief to Lead Firefighters for Two More Years

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In Plymouth, Fire Chief Ed Bradley reaches the mandatory retirement age of 65 next year, but the Governor wants him to continue to lead the town’s firefighters for another two years. This, by a special act of the state legislature, signed by Governor Baker last week.

A special act of this kind is an honor and an unusual occurrence. But before becoming possible, Town Meeting approval is required of an article to extend, by two years, the mandatory retirement age of 65 for the Fire Chief. Last spring, Town Meeting did just that, and a request for a Special Act was made to the state legislature. And that’s because, at that point, no one had applied for Chief Bradley’s job. He says, there are reasons for that:

“The pay scale is on the low end when compared to other communities and of course many of the other communities around us are not anywhere near our size and anywhere nearly the work we have—the workload.”

The Plymouth fire department covers the largest municipality, by area, in the state with a population of close to sixty thousand, and growing.

“Right now there’s over 4000 residential units in the works and more coming on. You start adding all that up and the work load gets huge.

Bradley’s plan is to have a new Chief in place before he leaves:

“Now we have some buy-in and we have some enthusiasm from some of the younger people and they did take the test. We had a test exam in May—the result come out in July. Four people took it, two passed it, and I’ll have two permanent Deputy Fire Chiefs—both of them right now learning their positions and how to help each other out. It’s working out great and one of them, without doubt will be able to replace me.”

 

About Bobbi Clark

Bobbi Clark is a Plymouth area reporter at WATD. She began her career in radio as a producer at a news/talk radio station in Chicago. From there she went to WMAQ-TV, the NBC owned and operated television station in Chicago, As a producer there, she won 5 Emmy Awards for production of special programming. Bobbi is a graduate of Emerson College, with a degree in Writing, Publishing and Literature.