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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.



Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes

A private drone trying to record footage of a Northern California wildfire nearly hindered efforts to attack the flames from the air, but firefighters made enough progress to allow most of the 1,200 people under evacuation orders to return home Monday. An unmanned aircraft that aimed to get video of the blaze burning near vineyards in the Sierra Nevada foothills east of Sacramento was sighted Sunday, two days after the fire broke out, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection spokeswoman Lynne Tolmachoff said.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Oakland Tribune & Inside Bay Area

Two Maryland volunteer firefighters arrested for obstruction in West Virginia tunnel fire incident

Two out-of-state volunteer firefighters were arrested after they took an emergency vehicle and entered East River Mountain Tunnel during a tractor-trailer blaze. Sgt. D.W. Miller, commander of the West Virginia State Police Princeton detachment, said Colin Dunn, 30, of Maryland, and Virginia Price, 30, of Maine, were arrested on obstructing charges Friday.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: bluefield daily telegraph

Georgia chief calls for raises to keep firefighters from leaving for other departments

A proposal to boost the salaries of Augusta firefighters will go before the full commission next week after the public safety committee voted Monday to pass the item on consent. The proposal, drafted by Augusta Fire Chief Chris James, calls for pay increases out of fear the department will continue to lose firefighters to higher-paying agencies, and to some companies in the private sector who seek employees trained in firefighting and emergency medical work.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: The Augusta Chronicle

Column: How 'fire porn' hurts the fire service

Do you prefer prevention or porn? For the record, I'm not talking about the kind of porn that will get you fired if you watch it at work. I'm referencing "fire porn." You know, the exciting stuff you see on the cover of almost every fire service trade publication, YouTube, and most fire and emergency services websites: structures on fire, helmets melting, gear smoking, lots of destruction.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: firerescue1

New Boston Fire Commissioner aims to improve firefighters’ health

Boston fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn — the consummate player-coach after 30 years of riding rigs and battling blazes — got off to a running start at his swearing-in ceremony yesterday, announcing five-alarm changes to his command staff, including the creation of two key civilian deputy commissioner posts and a deputy chief job to whip the department into shape and find out why so many jakes are being stricken with cancer.
- PUB DATE: 7/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: boston herald


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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