Wed, June 24th - During the day: Arrive in York Beach. - Late afternoon: Silent 5K road race, silent to remember those who we have lost, and those who have gone before us; from the Host Hotel up around Nubble Light and back. - Evening: Hospitality night with a clam/lobster bake.
Thurs, June 25th - Registration and Grab Bag Pick-Up. - Globe and Sterling Rope Factory Tours. - Travel up to Portland to visit the Fire Museum. - There will also be the alternative of a motorcycle ride. Route to be determined, rentals will be available. - Opening Ceremonies will feature Guest Speakers Deputy Chief Mike MacNamee and Captain Kevin Maloney of the Worcester Fire Department. They will be speaking about the Worcester Warehouse Fire and Remembering Fallen Brothers.
Fri, June 26th - Training Day, three different hands-on sessions will be available. For those who don’t travel with their gear, there will also be a classroom session available as well. - During training, offer a bus ride/trip up to Freeport for a little outlet shopping. - Evening: Portsmouth Harbor/Isle of Shoals FOOLS Cruise http://www.islesofshoals.com.
Sat, June 27th • Morning: Presidents and E-Board Breakfast Meeting at the Host Hotel. • Late morning: 2009 FOOLS Grand Prix http://www.MaineIndoorKarting.com. •Late afternoon/early evening: Closing Ceremonies and Awards • Night: Downtown Portsmouth NH pub crawl.
Sun, June 28th • Go Home!
At a time to be determined, we will have a round-table break-out session on how do we (as FOOLS, leaders and instructors) overcome the mutts, complacency to motivate others? Not to be a loner, just because you are progressive and committed to the fire service. We will be asking you, the attendees, for a list of questions and use them as icebreakers to get the discussion rolling.
As has been stressed many times, this Convention is all about the International.
Please let us know what we can do to help get you to the Convention, even if it is just for one or two nights.
Please join us in June. Your Convention is well within driving distance. Let us know how we can get you here.
In 2009 more than ever, come to be a part of the FOOLS International Convention. See what is it is to FTM-PTB-RFB-KTF-EGH-DTRT, because it is your badge, your lid, and your life.
--Pricing for Convention 2009 will be announced by the end of the week next week, and signups will follow shortly--
The New England FOOLS, Central Mass FOOLS and the Southern New England FOOLS are proud to lay out for you what will prove to be the defining Convention in FOOLS International history. Brotherhood will abound, traditions will be upheld, and redefined. Once again, the FOOLS will come together to show the rest of America’s Fire Service why we are the best and brightest.
What we ask is that when you register for Convention that you let us know how you will be getting here. If you’re flying into one of our local airports (Boston, Manchester or Portland) let us know, we’ll gladly arrange to pick you up. If you’re arriving by train, again, let us know, and we’ll arrange a pick-up. If you are renting a car, or driving in, please let us know that as well. Keep in mind that we are NOT a travel agent. You will need to find your own way to the New England area.
The Coast of Maine is easily within driving distance from the majority of you FOOLS. As has been stressed many times, this Convention is all about the International. While we’d love to see you for the entire Convention, let us know what we can do to help get you to the Convention, even if it is just for one or two nights.
Join us in June; come see what New England has to offer. See y’all at the Beach!
On Wednesday June 24th, after you’ve arrived in the area, we’ll kick things off with a Silent 5K that starts and finishes at the Host Hotel and loops around scenic Nubble Light. Silent to contemplate all who we have lost, both personally and professionally. Spend the time of a 5K run or walk along the rocky Atlantic coast with your fallen Brothers close to your heart and in your thoughts.
After you’ve earned that first ‘official’ adult beverage of Convention by participating in the 5K, join us at an old fashioned New England lobster bake, hosted by the New England FOOLS. Let us welcome you in style, and set the tone for the week to come.
$150 dollars is the base registration fee. Add to that the costs that are associated with each event as they’re explained below. This year we are offering a ‘discounted’ package for the discerning FOOL who is looking to get the most out of their Convention. The only added cost would be for additional (wife/significant other) to attend a couple of the events, as noted.
On Thursday, June 25th Convention kicks into high gear. Registration and grab bag pickup begins the day, and sends you off to one of our five possible activities for Thursday. We have factory tours arranged with Globe Fire Suits http://www.GlobeFireSuits.com and Sterling Rope http://www.sterlingrope.com, or a trip to Portland Maine for a tour of the Fire Museum http://www.portlandfiremuseum.com. For those who are looking to take more of a break, there is a motorcycle ride of the region planned, with rental bikes available at http://www.SeacoastHarley.com. And if golf is your thing, we have a golf outing planned.
Once your tours and excursions are complete, we will congregate along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, overlooking beautiful Short Sands Beach for our opening ceremonies. After a short procession from the Gazebo to the York Beach Fire House, our Keynote speakers Worcester Mass District Chief Mike McNamee and Captain Kevin Maloney will speak on the Worcester Warehouse Fire that killed six Worcester Firefighters in December of 1999.
Friday, June 26th is Training Day; training day is $40 for those who have only purchased the base package. This will be the second FOOLS International Convention to hold a training day and emphasize one of the FOOLS core beliefs. We have a morning of HOT evolutions planned at three different locations with three different disciplines. There will be your choice of either live fire training hosted by the Southern New England FOOLS at the Brentwood NH IEU, or non-live fire training hosted by the Central Mass FOOLS at the Ogunquit Maine drill yard; these trainings will be put on by members of all three host chapters. Your third option will be the New England FOOLS hosting Auto Extrication in York Maine, put on by members of FOOLS International. These morning hands-on sessions will bring you back to the York Beach Fire House for an afternoon with Chief Billy Goldfeder presenting on LODD’s and close-calls in single family dwellings that we face every day. For those of you whose spouses and better halves are going to be coming with you, they’ll need something to do while the boys are “playing”. We’re offering a shopping trip to some of Maine’s world famous outlet stores. The evening will be capped with a cruise out of Portsmouth NE on the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co’s M/V Thomas Laighton, http://www.IslesOfShoals.com, there will be a $25 charge for each person attending. Discount package holders will have one admission to the boat for free, and $25 for each additional.
Saturday, June 27th will be a mix of business and pleasure. The day will begin with the Presidents and E-Board breakfast meeting at the Anchorage Inn. After that is out of the way, it’s time for bragging rights and a short bus ride to Scarborough Maine for the 2009 FOOLS Grand Prix at Maine Indoor Karting, http://www.MaineIndoorKarting.com. Go-Karting will be $30 per person unless you are a discount package holder. After it’s all over but the crying, it’s back to business. The afternoon will bring the official end to Convention 2009 with the closing ceremonies and award presentations. The evening will bring the FOOL-ishness to a culmination with a Brotherhood Bash at the Lobster in the Rough restaurant in York.
Sunday June 28th, for those of you who still have it in you to stick around, this will round everything out nicely with a time honored New England tradition. York Beach Fire Department will be holding their “Field Day” muster. There will be teams and competitions run all day on ‘basic firemanship’ and a good time will be had by all before you set out for your respective homes. We are encouraging everyone to form up teams within your Chapter. More info on Field Day can be found on York Beach’s website, http://www.YBFire.org.
Those of you who are leaving on Sunday, you will need to let us know if you are going to need arrangements back to your airport or point of departure.