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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.



Woman convicted of buying guns used to kill New York firefighters in ambush

A woman charged with buying guns for a convicted felon who later used them to kill two volunteer firefighters in an ambush was convicted Tuesday of falsifying business records. A state Supreme Court jury in Rochester found 25-year-old Dawn Nguyen, of the town of Greece, guilty because she lied when she said on a gun purchase form that she was buying the weapons for her own use.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WIVB-TV Buffalo

Former California battalion chief pleads no contest to arson, embezzlement

A former Compton Fire Department battalion chief pleaded no contest Tuesday to felony charges of arson of property and embezzlement by a public official. Marcel Melanson, 38, was accused of stealing valuable city-owned radio equipment, then setting a fire to cover up the theft. He is expected to be sentenced to three years and four months in state prison, a prosecutor said.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: los angeles times

Florida firefighter shares viral video of girl's near drowning to save lives

VIDEO: It took seconds for a girl to find an outdoor decorative water fountain to play with. The game would nearly kill her. A surveillance video captured her climbing up to the edge and falling inside. She struggled in the water for about 2 minutes until a boy spotted her. A woman pulled her out alive.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WPLG-TV ABC Local10.com - Miami & Fort Lauderdale

Axed New Jersey Fire Director says ‘record is clear,' will return to work

Qareeb Bashir may rise from the ashes.The fire director who was terminated last week by Mayor George Muschal said after Tuesday’s council meeting that he plans to go back to work on Wednesday.“I still stand behind the fact I did nothing wrong,” Bashir said. “My record is clear.”Bashir’s decision was made after he received support from council members who claimed the firing process was done inappropriately.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Trentonian

Detroit reaches deal with retired police and firefighters

Detroit's emergency manager and retired police and firefighters hammered out a deal Tuesday that marks a big step forward in the city's efforts to exit bankruptcy. If approved, the deal would significantly limit proposed cuts in pension benefits for the public safety retirees. Bankruptcy mediators said the agreement with the Retired Detroit Police and Fire Fighters Association was the first the city had reached with any group representing its retirees.
- PUB DATE: 4/16/2014 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: cnn money


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