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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.



Widow of NYPD cop who died in high-rise arson fire seeks $50M

The wife of a Brooklyn cop who died in an arson fire sparked by a “bored” teen is planning to sue the Police Department for $50 million, saying the NYPD failed to adopt key safety protocols before sending the father of four into the smoky mattress blaze. Officer Dennis Guerra, 38, and his partner, Officer Rosa Rodriguez, 36, were overcome by smoke as they got off an elevator on the 13th floor of a Coney Island housing project while responding to a 911 call on April 6.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: new york post

Charges he hosed Boston Fire Dept. ‘shocked’ district chief

A Boston fire chief was “shocked” to find himself accused of stealing close to $50,000 and lavishing his Kingston home with a 52-inch HD TV, indoor and outdoor furniture and fitness equipment, his lawyer said yesterday “My client is an individual whose entire life has been devoted to service — service to his family, service to our country and service to the Boston Fire Department.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald

Fire Department Capabilities: How Do You Really Know?

You don't have to go very far to find discussions related to fireground operations, tactics, command and control. You also don't have to go far to find opinions on the above-which is a good thing. What is hard to find, at times, is actual fact. Fact about what might or could happen. How do we really KNOW how, what, why or when our fire department may or may not act based upon the given circumstances.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firefighter close calls

Florida man reports home ablaze; fire dept. turns him away

A Plantation man ran barefoot from his home to the closest fire station, about four houses away. Banging on the door, he hollered: My house is on fire! But Neville Morrison, 67, was turned away by an emergency medical technician, who insisted he call 911 by phone and not report the fire in person, fire officials said.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sun-sentinel

New York town sues firefighter union over ambulance, staffing issues

The City of Lockport is suing its firefighters union again, this time in an effort to persuade a judge that the union isn’t entitled to try to use the state arbitration process to block the abolition of the city’s ambulance service and the reduction of the minimum Fire Department staffing level. In a lawsuit filed Monday in State Supreme Court, the city asserted that the union contract can’t be read in such a way as to allow arbitration on the staffing issue and that there is nothing in any contract or departmental rules that requires the city to have an ambulance service.
- PUB DATE: 11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: buffalo news


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