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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.



New York firefighter dies of his injuries four days after falling through floor at blaze

A Long Island volunteer firefighter died Tuesday evening, four days after he was pulled lifeless from the rubble-filled basement of a Woodmere house fire. Inwood, L.I., firefighter Joseph Sanford Jr. didn't have a pulse when he was found in the basement of the Friday morning blaze along the Queens border, which needed 200 firefighters from 13 departments to extinguish.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york daily news

Three California battalion chiefs suing city, alleging age discrimination

Three employees from the Newport Beach Fire Deparment filed a lawsuit this month claiming age discrimination. Ralph Restadius, Todd Knipp and Ronald Gamble, all of whom began working at the fire department in 1985, are suing the city for lost wages and benefits and emotional, physical and mental injuries.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: orange county register

Florida firefighters targeted in drive-by shooting outside station

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Station 28 was shot at in a drive-by shooting on Tuesday night. Jacksonville Association of Firefighters President Randy Wyse confirmed to Action News that firefighters called him and told him about the shooting. According to Lt. Jackson Short of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, five or six firefighters were outside of Station 28 pumping gas at the city gas pumps next to the station at the time of the shooting.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WJAX-TV

Do You Know the Research Center and Policy Institute?

Some of you may be familiar with the International Fire Service Research Center and Policy Institute, also known as the Institute. Still more of you are not familiar with it or with its most recent program, Researchers Creating Usable Emergency Solutions, or RESCUES. The Institute was originally formed by the IAFC in 2002 as a committee and become an independent 501c3 organization in 2007.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: international association of fire chiefs

North Carolina fire chief: Mechanical failure caused firetruck to crash

The Charlotte Fire Department spent Tuesday inspecting 21 of its oldest trucks after determining that the suspension failed on one truck on Sunday, causing a crash that left a firefighter injured. Firefighter William Ligon was hospitalized after the ladder truck he was driving overturned on Community House Road on the way to a call in Ballantyne.
- PUB DATE: 12/24/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charlotte observer


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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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