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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

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ANNOUNCEMENT

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.


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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.

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Hacker stole FDNY firefighters’ pay, rerouted it to Russia

A hacker stole the paychecks from four FDNY firefighters by breaking into a computer at their engine company, stealing their passwords — and then routing the dough to Russia, sources said on Wednesday. The firefighters, from Staten Island’s Engine Co. 167, discovered that their paychecks hadn’t been direct-deposited into their bank accounts about three weeks ago, the sources said.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

California firefighters to join SWAT as paramedics

A selected number of Vallejo firefighters soon will be in the middle of the action along with the SWAT Team members under a new program. Under an agreement entered by both Vallejo Fire and Police departments at the beginning of the month, four Vallejo firefighters and a coordinator will receive special training to be part of the Vallejo-Benicia SWAT Team as Tactical Emergency Medical Services.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Vallejo Times-Herald

When a Lesson Took a Dangerous Turn, a Room Full of Firefighters Couldn't Save Texas Firefighter

Firefighter Neal Smith was almost out of the second floor of the six-story training tower when he became disoriented and fell to his knees. Smith had excelled through the first day's exercises, and he was doing fine on day two. He was one of a few to clear a bunker with air left in his tank; others quickly depleted their supply as instructors, perched above the rafters, threw firecrackers and lassoed the trainees' air tanks with bungee cords.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: houston press

Woman gets 8-year sentence for supplying guns to man who ambushed New York firefighters

A New York woman was sentenced to eight years in federal prison Wednesday for supplying guns to a former neighbor who used them to kill his sister and two firefighters in a Christmas Eve ambush that also caused seven homes to burn to the ground. Dawn Nguyen, 25, pleaded guilty in June to three felonies, including supplying guns to a known felon.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: syracuse post-standard

California couple moved to tears by note firefighters left at home

The massive fire destroyed about a hundred homes in Weed Monday, but one couple who lost their house found a small memento left behind by fire crews they will cherish. There is nothing left at the Alvarado home on Hillside Drive. The house is ashes, the motorcycles charred, the swing set melted. Only the chimney was left standing.
- PUB DATE: 9/18/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: KTVU-TV Oakland, San Francisco, Bay Area

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