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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.



Spike in Rhode Island firefighters' sick and injury time deemed 'suspicious'

The city’s firefighters are sabotaging a cost-savings plan by calling in sick and claiming on-the-job injuries, Public Safety Commissioner Steven M. Paré said Tuesday, citing statistics and a handful of incidents that point to what he describes as a “manipulation” of the Fire Department’s injury policy.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Providence Journal

Texas firefighters, officers rappel down hospital in superhero costumes to wow pediatric patients

PHOTOS - Local police officers and firefighters donned some new uniforms Friday to play superheroes for pediatric patients. Dressed as popular superheroes such as Spiderman, Batman and Captain America, members of SAPD’s SWAT team and SAFD’s Rescue Team rappelled down the side of North Central Baptist Hospital while numerous children watched through their windows.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: mysanantonio.com

NFPA releases 2015 local fire department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities Study

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has released Phase One of its first Local Fire Department Wildfire Preparedness and Readiness Capabilities Study. The study takes a look at current preparedness and readiness levels of local wildland/urban interface (WUI) fire departments that have experienced a significant wildfire event in recent years, and identifies the most important elements in a WUI fire protection program, including response and community risk reduction efforts.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: National Fire Protection Association

Detroit Firefighters honor fallen sergeant by feeding homeless

Sgt. Vince Smith spent more than 20 years with the Detroit Fire Department but he was more than a brave firefighter. Now, his fellow firefighters are honoring their fallen comrade who died in his sleep while on the job last week. On Tuesday, the crew from Engine 48 spent part of their day passing out food to the homeless to keep Sgt.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJBK Fox2Detroit

Florida fire station closed: Two firefighters said to have feces, feathers in blood, lungs

Boynton Beach firefighters who work out of Station 3 have been asked to get chest X-rays after two of them were found to have feces and feathers in their blood and lungs, The Palm Beach Post has learned from city officials. The station at Congress Avenue and Miner Road has been closed for more than a month, and employees have been working out of Station 5, which is southeast of there at High Ridge Road.
- PUB DATE: 11/25/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: palm beach post


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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

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Posted on Thursday November 26, 2015

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Why We Search: Squatters Still Here
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First Quarter On-Duty Deaths 2015
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