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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.



West, Texas, fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 'preventable,' safety board says

The 2013 fertilizer plant blast that killed 15 people and wounded another 226 in West, Texas, "should never have occurred," the chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board said Tuesday.Though the board's report says that at least 14 people were killed, the death toll was updated to 15 people in the days after the blast.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn

1 firefighter in critical condition after wall collapse at Ontario industrial fire

Four firefighters have been injured and one of them is in critical condition after battling a three-alarm fire at an industrial storage warehouse in Mississauga, Ont., early this morning. The firefighters were being treated in hospital after a wall collapsed and an explosion at the facility at 2797 Thamesgate Drive, in Malton, just north of Toronto Pearson International Airport, reportedly trapped the four firefighters briefly.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cbc news

Bullet-proof vests will line meeting room wall to protect Missouri fire board, firefighters say

The members of Monarch Fire Protection District’s Board of Directors have bought used bulletproof vests from police to help protect themselves during meetings, firefighters said. “We’d heard rumors about it, and it’s been the big running joke around here that they’re going to do it, because it’s sounded absolutely ridiculous,” Capt.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: st. louis post-dispatch

Syracuse, NY city attorney: Arbitrator had no right to rule that firefighter with diabetes should return to work

An arbitrator who ruled that Syracuse should bring back a fired firefighter with lifelong diabetes acted beyond his powers, a city lawyer argued in court today.John Williams, with the backing of the city's fire union, has sued to get his job back with back pay after being removed from service in August 2011.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Syracuse Post-Standard & Syracuse.com

Rhode Island firefighter files $7-million claim over suspended disability pension

John Sauro, the firefighter whose dislocated shoulder has been a cause célèbre in the controversy over disability pensions for public-sector employees, has filed a claim against the city for financial damages. The city Retirement Board four months ago suspended Sauro’s $3,902-a-month pension after Sauro would not submit to a follow-up medical examination to confirm that he remains disabled from work.
- PUB DATE: 4/23/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: providence journal


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