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The FOOLS are not a political organization. We will not be involved in union, management, or any other political issue. We are about preserving the tradition and heritage of the fire service and taking care of our brother and sister firefighters. We have been involved with fundraisers, charity events, and helping disadvantaged children receive gifts for Christmas. We believe that this part of what being a member of the FOOLS is all about. The FOOLS also believe in providing real fire training for real firefighters. We believe that it is our duty to be as well trained as we possibly can. This can only keep us, and our brothers and sisters safe on the fire ground. We owe it to ourselves, our brothers and sisters, their families, and to the citizens we protect. We believe in Pride: In our departments, in our stations, in our apparatus, and pride in ourselves.

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The FOOLS, like the traditional leather helmet, has always existed throughout the brotherhood of the Fire Service, and will continue to grow and flourish as long as there are fires to fight and emergencies to respond to. The FOOLS are about the brotherhood and tradition that the fire service is based on. When we are in our gear, and trying to make our way down the dark Smokey hallway, we are all the same. All that matters is that you have my back, and I have yours. We do not care if you are a chief, a recruit, a volunteer or a career firefighter, a male, a female or the color of your skin. All we ask is that you are true to your brother and sister firefighter, and to the fire service. All firefighters are welcome to be a part of this great organization; one does not have to own a leather helmet to be considered a



The Holden Fire Department will be hosting the 85th running of the Wachusett Muster League's annual truck muster on Saturday June 18, 2011. The muster features an antique fire engine parade and competition between the Berlin, Bolton, Boylston, Harvard, Holden, Princeton, Sterling and West Boylston Fire Departments. The event kicks off at noon and promises to be fun and entertaining for all.


The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) is an organization that was started in 1995 by a group of Central Florida Firemen. This group, known today as the Founding Fools, had a passion for not only the camaraderie and brotherhood that is forged between firefighters, but the rich tradition and heritage of the Fire Service. Since 1995, this brotherhood has grown to over seven thousand strong. There are chapters all over the world, with new chapters starting almost every day. The Leatherhead is a term used for a firefighter who uses the leather helmet for protection from the hazards we face everyday on the streets. The Leather Helmet, is an international sign of a Firefighter, a symbol that is significant in not only tradition from the early years of firefighting, but one of bravery, integrity, honor and pride. The helmet is a sign of who we are, not what we are.



Fire truck crash victim to get $15M settlement from two California cities

A 53-year-old father who lost his right leg after a crash sent a fire truck careening into a restaurant last year is poised to receive a $15 million settlement from Alhambra and Monterey Park, according to court documents. As Kenneth Thai of Monterey Park waited to cross an intersection on April 16, 2014, an Alhambra fire ladder truck heading south on Garfield Avenue collided with a Monterey Park fire engine going east on Emerson Avenue.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: San Gabriel Valley Tribune

Connecticut deputy chief suspended without pay related to actions at task force hearing

Deputy fire Chief Daniel Nolan, suspended with pay since April pending an investigation into his actions at a fire department task force hearing, has received a 30-day unpaid suspension following an administrative hearing. Nolan, who runs the department's training, learned of his suspension via an email from Vincent Fusco, president of the Hartford Firefighters Association, according to Nolan's attorney, Mario Cerame.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Fire truck on hold after Ohio city's treasurer refuses to sign check

Galion City Council President Carl Watt shook his head Thursday night during a heated Police, Fire and Health Committee meeting. “I thought I (saw) every low-down dirty trick,” Watt said, talking about his experience on Galion City Council and the Crawford County Commissioners Board. “But this tops them all.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: galion inquirer

Days before fire dept. overhaul, Rhode Island city claims union contract is ‘void and unenforceable’

Lawyers for Rhode Island’s capital city have told a Superior Court judge they believe the city’s current firefighters’ union contract is invalid, arguing that the Providence City Council had no legal right to agree to a long-term deal in 2011. In court documents filed late Wednesday evening, the Elorza administration asked Judge Jeffrey A.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

States are staring at a trillion-dollar pension hole

While the Greek and Puerto Rican debt meltdowns command world attention, most American states are grappling with how to cover between $1 trillion to $4 trillion in unfunded pension and health care liabilities, according to experts. The range of the unfunded liability number can be explained by variables like the assumed rate of return on pension investments and variations in economic forecasts.
- PUB DATE: 7/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbs news


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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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