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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 chief putting mark on Detroit Fire Dept.

In his first months as the new head of Detroit’s beleaguered Fire Department, Eric Jones is building bridges with union leaders, touting improved response times and a decline in arson fires. But aging infrastructure, worker safety and wages are among the issues that remain on his hefty to-do list. Jones, 47, was appointed to the Detroit Fire Department’s top post in October.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: detroit news

Orlando firefighter training to change after crews exposed to asbestos

The city of Orlando is looking to change the way it does live fire training after firefighters said their health was put in danger from being exposed to asbestos. A dozen firefighters were exposed to the hazardous substance inside an abandoned apartment complex, but Channel 9 learned more may have been put in harm’s way.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WFTV-TV ABC 9 Orlando

Rescue puts Missouri firefighters in serious danger

As the community reacts to the fire at a Raytown apartment that claimed the life of a 5-year-old boy and hospitalized two other people, the details have emerged in the dramatic rescue mission that put firefighters in serious danger. "The hose line burst. I don't know if it was cut or it burned or what, but they had to shelter in another part of the building where there wasn't fire," Raytown deputy fire chief Mike Hunley said.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WDAF-TV FOX 4

Error puts Ohio fire levy back before voters

A levy language error will put one Sandusky County township back on the ballot in November. Washington Township has long used a levy to pay for fire service, set in recent years at 1.5 mills. Township officials sought to raise the levy to 2.5 mills in November, and voters overwhelmingly approved that five-year levy.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: toledo blade

Update: Florida fire chiefs not focus of investigation

The two Pensacola Fire Department chiefs placed on administrative leave earlier this week are not the focus of an investigation into the fire department, though it remains unclear what that focus is or how long the investigation might last. Local attorney Russell VanSickle of the Beggs & Lane law firm has been hired to perform the investigation, and interim Fire Chief Matt Schmitt and Deputy Fire Chief Joseph Glover will remain on paid administrative leave until the investigation in concluded.
- PUB DATE: 2/9/2016 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Pensacola News Journal


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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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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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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969


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