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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.



Fresno captain severely burned in roof collapse faces difficult recovery

Fresno firefighter Pete Dern remains in serious condition and faces skin grafts and weeks of other intensive treatment for burns he suffered Sunday when a roof collapsed at a garage fire and he fell into an inferno, the medical director of the Leon S. Peters Burn Center said Monday afternoon. “He remains stable but in very serious condition,” said Dr.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: fresno bee

Firefighters allegedly held hostage inside Pennsylvania firehouse by armed subject

A former firefighter is in custody after allegedly holding four firefighters hostage at gunpoint inside a firehouse in the Elkins Park section of Cheltenham Township, Montgomery County. It was 10:39 a.m. when Cheltenham Police were called out to the LaMott Fire House at Penrose Avenue and Graham Lane.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: 6abc.com

Theme for 2015 Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week Announced: Creating a Culture of Safety

The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) have announced the theme for the 2015 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week: Creating a Culture of Safety. Fire and EMS departments are encouraged to suspend all non-emergency activity during the week of June 14-20 and allow all shifts and personnel to focus on safety and health training and education.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

Man Who Made False Fire Radio Calls to Connecticut Dispatchers Sent To Prison

A Massachusetts man who made a series of phony radio calls on frequencies used by Litchfield County fire departments and ambulance crews was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison. Adam Perrelli, 36, who has been jailed since his arrest April 6, 2014, pleaded guilty to falsely reporting an incident and tampering with evidence, according to a court clerk.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: hartford courant

Pennsylvania program inspired by line of duty death focuses on firefighters’ health

The heart-attack death of a Somerset volunteer firefighter last month served as a grim reminder of the hidden hazards of an already dangerous job. Forty-eight-year-old Edward Roddy collapsed while fighting the South Park Avenue blaze on Nov. 5 in Somerset. He died Feb. 22 at a Pittsburgh hospital. Roddy’s death inspired leaders at Windber Fire Department and Windber Medical Center to begin looking at ways to reduce firefighters’ risks.
- PUB DATE: 3/31/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: tribune-democrat


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