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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.



Pennsylvania fire chief set to plead guilty in federal court to stealing dept. funds

Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Chief John Yuknavich will enter his guilty plea in federal court on Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., according to court documents filed Thursday afternoon. Yuknavich will appear before U.S. District Judge Edwin M. Kosik, the judge who presided over the cases involving the key players in the infamous kids-for-cash scandal in Luzerne County.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Wilkes-Barre Citizens' Voice

4 killed in crash of medical flight in New Mexico

An air ambulance carrying a cancer patient to Phoenix crashed shortly after taking off from a southern New Mexico airport, killing all four people aboard, authorities said Thursday. The twin-engine aircraft had just left the Las Cruces airport on Wednesday evening and was reported by witnesses to be flying low when it hit a mesquite tree in a field, flipped and burst into flames, according to New Mexico State Police Lt.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: azfamily

Embattled Phoenix arson investigators, supervisor return to work

A Phoenix fire official confirmed that two arson investigators and their supervisor are back at work after being put on paid administrative leave July 25 in connection with a state investigation that alleges the subordinates lied under oath. Capt. Sam Richardson, Capt. Fred Andes and Fire Marshal Jack Ballentine returned to work a couple of weeks ago but have been reassigned, according to Shelly Jamison, a Fire Department spokeswoman.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: the arizona republic

Suicide of ‘standout’ fire academy senior stuns Texas community

Katerin Romero had just started her senior year at Eastern Hills High School where she was a “standout” student in the fire academy and was on her way to becoming the first person in her family to go to college. On Thursday, a day after her death, grieving friends and family struggled to understand why she jumped from a freeway overpass.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: star-telegram

Drone disrupts CareFlight landing in Ohio

A CareFlight helicopter taking a patient to Miami Valley Hospital was forced to circle for nine minutes Monday because a drone entered the airspace near the hospital. Unmanned aerial system experts say incidents such as this highlight the need for the Federal Aviation Administration to set new rules for people flying drones for personal and commercial use.
- PUB DATE: 8/29/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: dayton daily news


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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