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Firefighter Cory Cunniff was among 25 firefighters from 13 departments graduating from the academy’s Class 300 Career Recruitment Firefighter Training Program today, April 8. (Photo courtesy of City of Plymouth)

PLYMOUTH – Chief G. Edward Bradley is pleased to announce that Plymouth firefighter Cory Cunniff graduated from the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy today.

Firefighter Cunniff was among 25 firefighters from 13 departments to graduate from the Academy Recruit Class 300 Career Firefighter Training Program today, April 8. The graduates were recognized at a ceremony at the Ministry of Fire Services 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 Cunniff is now certified at the level of firefighter I and II and in hazardous materials operations.

“On behalf of the Plymouth Fire Service, we would like to commend Firefighter Cunniff for completing this rigorous training,” Chief Bradley said. “This training reinforces his commitment to providing the best possible service to members of our community and we wish him well as he embarks on his new journey in the fire department.”

Firefighter Cuniff joined the Plymouth Fire Department in September 2021. Prior to joining the service, he served in the United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.

Firefighter Cunniff is a Massachusetts Certified Emergency Medical Technician and is currently pursuing an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science at Massasoit Community College. He is a member of the executive council of the Student Senate of Massasoit. He is also a graduate of the class of 2007 from Plymouth South High School.

Upon graduation, Firefighter Cunniff will be assigned to Engine Company 1 at Central Station.

The other 24 graduates represent the fire departments of Andover, Beverly, Clinton,
Dracut, Malden, Methuen, Needham, North Andover, Reading, Sudbury, Wellfleet and Westminster.

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.