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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.



Mayday called in Kentucky fire; 2 people killed, 5 taken to hospital

Two people were killed and five others were taken to a hospital - including a firefighter - after an apartment fire in Old Louisville Thursday morning. Fire Chief Greg Frederick said other people might still be inside the three-story building in the 1100 block of South Second Street. WAVE 3 News' Katherine Kington reported at 10 a.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wave3.com

Retired Oregon Fire Chief Oscar "Sox" Lee known for firefighter training, dies

Retired Beaverton Fire Chief Oscar "Sox" Lee, one of the people responsible for Oregon's modern day firefighting techniques, died June 24 at age 92. Sox, as his friends called him, understood the importance of training firefighters having spent decades as one, himself, said Brian Bay, who worked with Lee as a deputy state fire marshal.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: oregonlive.com

Louisiana firefighters at odds with leaders over tattoo policy

When firefighters take on flames, full bunker gear is required for their protection, regardless of the time of year. But on medical calls, or instances like the trench collapse in Covington last month, different uniforms are allowed to make life-saving efforts efficient and comfortable for firefighters.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wwltv

Oklahoma Fire Chief Retires, Three Others Resign; Mayor says purchasing authority is at issue

The name of the town is Okay, but when it comes to the fire department, things are anything but. "Oh yes there's frustration," said Terry Gorman. Gorman has been the chief for 16 years, that is, until earlier this week. "I have no choice other than to turn my badge in and resign as chief," he said.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Muskogee Phoenix

Pennsylvania firefighters fume over welded fire hydrants

Volunteer firefighters are steamed that a rural water system has welded shut the largest connections on its fire plugs. According to the Bear Valley Joint Authority, a pump could suck water from the system and collapse its underground pipes. The issue has become as much about communication as putting out fires.
- PUB DATE: 7/2/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Public Opinion Online


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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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