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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.



Fire commissioner appoints veteran firefighter as new FDNY Chief of Department

A veteran firefighter and FDNY Brooklyn Borough Commander credited with saving lives on the job has been appointed as Chief of Department, Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro announced Wednesday. Beginning Nov. 1, Chief James E. Leonard, a Staten Island resident and 35-year veteran, will oversee the department's 15,000 uniformed firefighters and EMS personnel, as well as four major agency bureaus.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: staten island advance

Atlanta firefighter falls from roof while battling apartment blaze

One firefighter fell 20 feet from a roof and another was burned Thursday morning while battling a blaze at a Buckhead apartment complex. Firefighters were called to the two-alarm fire at the Victoria complex in the 3500 block of Roswell Road around 11 a.m. Firefighter Spurgeon Putnam was injured when he fell 20 feet from a roof, fire department spokeswoman Janet Ward said.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Ohio fire chief quits after address mix-up inquiry

Hamilton Township officials have ended their investigation into the community's fire chief after he announced he will leave the department at the end of the year. Fire Chief Mark Greatorex was placed on paid administrative leave nearly two weeks ago while an independent investigator probed his handling of an incident in which firefighters broke down the door of the wrong house during a call for a medical alarm.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Cincinnati Enquirer

West Virginia Supreme Court upholds firefighter overtime pay decision

The state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a Kanawha Circuit Court decision that ruled that the city’s Firemen’s Civil Service Commission correctly stated it did not have jurisdiction to address Charleston firefighter overtime pay. “The Commission may only hear matters that involve the removal, discharge, suspension or reduction in rank or pay of any particular affected individual,” Justice Margaret Workman wrote in a 32-page opinion.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: charleston gazette

Follow Up: New Questions Arise in Connecticut LODD Fire Probe

Engine 16, Kevin Bell's fire company, was the first to arrive at the burning home on Blue Hills Avenue in Hartford on Oc. 7, where Bell lost his life. Dozens more firefighters also rushed to the scene; among them, Interim Assistant Chief Terry Waller. NBC Connecticut has learned through multiple sources in the city of Hartford that Waller arrived even before any of the deputy chiefs.
- PUB DATE: 10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc connecticut


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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