The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) are about the brotherhood and tradition that the fire service is based on.
The 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.
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.
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.
We believe in Pride: In our departments, in our stations, in our apparatus, and pride in ourselves. (FOOLS International)
Southwest Washington Chapter
The Southwest Washington FOOLS (SWWA FOOLS) are a chapter of FOOLS international. The SWWA FOOLS were formed in 2004 by a dedicated group of Firemen from Lewis County Washington. Since it’s inception the chapter has focused heavily on training.