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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.



Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr Installed as IAFC President

Austin Fire Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, a fourth-generation firefighter, was installed today as president and chair of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). Pledging to focus on reducing firefighter deaths and related firefighter safety and health issues, she becomes the first women to lead the IAFC in its 142-year history.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: International Association of Fire Chiefs

Forced to Improvise, Volunteer Firefighters in Maryland Save 3 Lives

Three people were trapped on the balcony of a burning building with firefighters trying to save them -- but all the ladders the first-responders had were too short. Volunteer firefighters in Landover Hills, Maryland saved three lives early Thursday by thinking on their feet and piecing together an escape route using two ladders.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: nbc Washington

Video: Three civilians charged after fight on top of DC fire truck

Three people have been charged after a fight on top of a D.C. fire truck that was caught on video. According to a D.C. fire spokesperson, the incident happened at around 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of 7th Street SE and Alabama Avenue SE. The truck was at a stoplight at the intersection when a male ran towards the truck while being chased by suspects who were after him.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: wusa 9

Cal Fire agrees to soften punishments of three demoted academy captains

Cal Fire has agreed to soften the discipline it imposed on three former captains who were demoted in the wake of a high-profile scandal at the department’s Ione Academy, according to settlement documents released Thursday to The Sacramento Bee. Salvador Bruno, Cole Periera and Michael Roe were all demoted from fire captain to fire apparatus engineer earlier this year for allegedly drinking while on duty at cadet graduation celebrations and allowing subordinates to do the same.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: sacramento bee

Veteran Chicago paramedic challenges fire department over bullet proof vest

A veteran Chicago paramedic is taking on the Chicago Fire Department over how he wears his bullet proof vest. Pat Fitzmaurice currently wears the vest he bought with his own money over his uniform. The fire department says that is against policy. Fitzmaurice is a 40-year Chicago Fire Department veteran - a paramedic field chief who works the West Side, where gunfire is an unwelcome, but frequent reality.
- PUB DATE: 8/28/2015 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WLS-TV ABC 7 Chicago


Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

Child Dies in Miss. Fire That Injures Three
Posted on Saturday August 29, 2015

Former N.C. Fire Chief Accused of Embezzlement
Posted on Saturday August 29, 2015

FDSOA Elects New Board Chairman
Posted on Saturday August 29, 2015

Pa. Warehouse Razed After Massive Blaze
Posted on Friday August 28, 2015


Death During Search, 2010 to Present Part I
Posted on Monday August 17, 2015

“Advancing Hoselines” and Death, 2014
Posted on Monday August 03, 2015

“Fiyah” Thoughts from District Chief Pettaway
Posted on Thursday July 30, 2015

Essex Junction, VT House Fire and Rescue Video Review
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Extending Your Hand, Not Your Tool
Posted on Monday August 10, 2015

Carrying Tools
Posted on Wednesday July 29, 2015

Strap That Can
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Can Confidence- H.O.T. Class
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Posted on Wednesday December 31, 1969

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