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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.



Ohio fire engine’s scrape with Downtown billboard costly

PHOTO: Columbus fire and public-safety officials are trying to sort out how and why a firefighter caused $255,000 worth of damage to a new fire engine by scraping it under a Downtown billboard. Firefighter Brian Murphy said he was trying to drive to other firefighters and paramedics who were helping a patient in a nearby alley when he turned into a parking lot near the corner of Main and Third streets in early March, according to his accident review by the Columbus Fire Division.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: columbus dispatch

Inside the high-stakes battle between Rhode Island city's mayor and the fire union

When Providence firefighters’ union president Paul Doughty was summoned to meet with Mayor Jorge Elorza in Lili Marlene’s bar on Federal Hill last Friday night, he was prepared for bad news. For at least two months, the talk around City Hall was that the mayor was considering restructuring the fire department to reduce the number of platoons from four to three with the hope of generating significant cost savings.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPRI-TV Providence 12

4 California Firefighters Hurt After Plunging Through Roof of Burning Casino

VIDEO: Four firefighters were injured after falling through a roof while battling a blaze in Cudahy late Thursday. They were hurt while fighting a three-alarm fire at the abandoned Club Caribe Casino at Atlantic Avenue and Clara Street at around 11:38 p.m, a Los Angeles County Fire Department spokesman said.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: NBC Los Angeles

FDNY Firefighter in $98M class-action suit captures generous pension

He’s had a much better run in court than battling fires. Twelve-year FDNY firefighter Kevin Simpkins — the public face for a racial-discrimination class action by minority firefighters the city settled for $98 million — has won another jackpot from the de Blasio administration. Under a settlement finalized with the city and filed in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday, the litigious firefighter will retire at a 75 percent disability pension.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Georgia town leaders puzzled why fire chief’s citations still in play

Next week the Rincon fire chief will head to court to answer reckless driving charges, but city leaders think the charges need to be thrown out. Last month Port Wentworth police began a pursuit on Highway 21 near the Interstate 95 interchange. Officers say they were chasing a reckless driver, who wouldn’t pull over.
- PUB DATE: 5/22/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJCL Savannah


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