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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.



Kansas firefighter dies after responding to grass fire

Caney Volunteer Firefighter Cliff Sanders, 55, died early Thursday after having collapsed at the Caney Fire Station while responding to a fire page for a grass fire Wednesday afternoon.Sanders was first transported to a hospital in Tulsa where he died several hours later.According to Caney Fire Department spokesperson Billy Kolb, this is the first line of duty death for the Caney Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KOKI-TV Fox 23

Ohio fire chief to retire, leaving diminished fire department 'more stressed'

In anticipation of Fire Chief Rob Ross' retirement, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic announced Thursday that Deputy Chief Edward Hiltbrand would become the city's fire chief. The mayor plans to promote Ross, who has served 29 years in the department, to deputy mayor of public safety, a cabinet position that has not been filled for four years.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Was Philadelphia paramedic in scandal the perfect prey?

It seems a darker story lurks beneath the salacious headlines about the sex scandal that's consuming the Philadelphia Fire Department. The woman paramedic at the center of the controversy - which threatens to tarnish the careers of at least a dozen firefighters, paramedics and top brass - is a mentally troubled young woman who was preyed upon by those who should have protected her, according to numerous sources who asked not to be named because of an ongoing investigation.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: philly.com

9 keys to a competitive SAFER grant

The Department of Homeland Security through FEMA announced that the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response grant application period will begin on February 9 and remain open until 5 p.m. March 6. This application period is actually for the 2014 SAFER grant, which is funded at $340 million. The SAFER grant program provides funding directly to fire departments and national, state, local or tribal organizations representing the interests of volunteer firefighters to assist them in increasing the number of firefighters that are available to help fire departments meet industry minimum standards.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

Former Maryland chief charged with impersonating an officer at blaze

Deputy state fire marshals charged 41-year-old Richard Donald Francisco II, of White Plains on Friday with impersonating a member of an emergency squad earlier this month during an apartment fire Jan. 3. According to charging documents, Francisco falsely represented himself as a member of Prince George’s County’s Brandywine Volunteer Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 1/30/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: southern maryland newspapers online


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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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