Fall Firefighting HOT and First Due Boss registration is open

There are two parts to this weekend program. Firefighting HOT, and First-Due Boss, which will be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 9-11 in Kennebunk, Maine.

This weekend will provide firefighters with hands-on evolutions of engine and truck company techniques for the type of fires we go to most often, in single family occupancies, and specifically designed for the reality of our short-staffed crews.

The First Due Boss course is designed to teach and enhance the skills of those Firefighters and Fire Officers who are responsible for initial command actions on the fire ground.
The Combined Company Operations Firefighting evolutions will include hose stretches, hose line handling operations, hose movement to upper and lower floors, ground ladders, search techniques, ventilation/roof operations, and vent-enter-search techniques.

During the Sunday scenarios, attendees will work as operating companies under live fire conditions to practice skills and techniques learned and discussed earlier in the weekend.
First Due Boss:

DAY 1: The students will be learning and reviewing skills in the subjects of; Incident Size-up, Building Construction, Incident Stabilization Priorities and Effective Command Tactics.

DAY 2: The students will be acting in various command roles as part of firefighting teams operating in the Live Fire portion of the Combined Company Operations course. Students will rotate through the positions of a First Due Company Officer, Sector Officer and Command Staff.
There will be a Friday evening lecture to both portions of the weekend.

NOTE: Hands-on evolutions will be done at an acquired structure in Kennebunk Maine

Further details will be forthcoming.

Program cost is $165 for non-FOOLS members, $150 for FOOLS members.

First Due Boss program will be limited to the first dozen (12) PAID registrations received.

New England FOOLS to Offer Hands-on Auto Extrication Training

The New England FOOLS along with Tamworth Fire/Rescue are proud to deliver a weekend of hands-on auto extrication that will provide personnel with an in-depth description of vehicle construction and components of new vehicle technology, scene safety, vehicle stabilization with multiple devices, lifting operations, electric and hydraulic tool operations.

Evolutions will consist of various airbag and cribbing evolutions, stabilization and extrication of vehicles on their roofs and sides, under-ride and over-ride evolutions, tunneling, third door evolutions, and multiple advanced scenarios such as ‘confined space extrication’.

Program will be a Saturday morning lecture on October 13, 2018 at Tamworth Fire/Rescue 132 Chinook Trail in Tamworth. Hands-on evolutions will be in the afternoon on October 13, 2018 and all-day Sunday, October 14, 2018 at Ricker Auto Salvage, 112 Maple St in Tamworth.

Program cost is $165 for non-FOOLS members, $150 for FOOLS members.

EMS credits are be being applied for.

Click here for an event flyer. Click here for an application.

Email newenglandFOOLSpresident@gmail.com for details.

New England FOOLS to Offer Hands-on Fireground Operations Training

The New England Fools announce that they will hold a hands-on fireground operations training course, TugJake 2018.

The training session will be held in memory of former New England FOOLS vice president PJ Johnson, who died suddenly last year in a car accident.

Former New England FOOLS Vice President PJ Johnson at a training in Pennsylvania in 2013.

Training will be held on June 9 & June 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Castles in Brentwood NH on Route 27 adjacent to the New England Dragway.

Instructors from New Jersey, FDNY, Boston, Worcester, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Hartford, Maine, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Florida will come together to provide two days of hands-on fireground operations training including the following topics:

  • My Rope is Your Rope: Personal Bailout Systems
  • Forcible Entry: Solid Irons Work
  • Vertical Ventilation: Flat and Peaked Roof Ops
  • Street Smart Ladders for the Fireground
  • Forcible Entry with Rotary Saws: Rollup Doors and Burglar Bars
  • Mask Confidence: Finding Your Way Through Uncommon Obstacles
  • Engine Operations 1.75: Maneuvering Heavy Clutter in Collyer’s Mansion Conditions
  • Engine Operations 2.3: Stretching and Flowing the Big Line

The cost of the training is $150 for both days with lunch included. Proceeds from the training will benefit PJ’s kids as well as other children who have lost a parent.

Checks can be made payable to New England FOOLS Inc. and should be submitted to:

TugJake 2018
C/o New England FOOLS
P.O. Box 109
Georgetown, MA 01833

Click here to download an application. Click here for the course flyer.


New England FOOLS to Raffle Off Helmet Signed by President George W. Bush

For Immediate Release

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003
Email: john@jgpr.net

New England FOOLS to Raffle Off Helmet Signed by President George W. Bush

Authentic Signed Fire Helmet Up for Grabs — Only 300 Tickets to be Sold

GEORGETOWN — The New England Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS) Chapter President Rusty Ricker is pleased to announce that the organization will be raffling off a fire helmet signed by the 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush.

The signed Phenix TC-1 helmet is adorned with a one-of-a-kind hand painted Presidential helmet front and will be raffled off for $25 per ticket. There will only be 300 tickets sold and all proceeds will go toward future funding for FOOLS’ affordable, quality training events in New England.

“We love being able to help out our brother and sister firefighters in New England,” President Ricker said. “We’re hoping this one-of-a-kind raffle will help us fund some of the future events and training we provide for local firefighters.”

Tickets will be sold until the last ticket is purchased and the winner will be notified shortly thereafter. Tickets can be purchased via PayPal to NewEnglandFOOLSPresident@gmail.com or by mailing a check to New England FOOLS Inc. to P.O. Box 109, Georgetown, MA 01833.

Started in 1995, the FOOLS organization is dedicated to supporting firefighters through discounted or free training, fundraisers, charity events and more. The organization has grown to over 7,000 members in chapters all over the world. The New England chapter was founded in 2003 and is comprised of hundreds of firefighters from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island and Maine.



New England FOOLS Announces Two Upcoming Events

The New England FOOLS announces that they have two upcoming events.

The first, which will be held January 27-28, is a Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) and Firefighter Survival Training — a 2-day course that will teach firefighters to understand and implement rapid intervention. We’ll cover the theory of Rapid Intervention Team (RIT) and Firefighter Survival Training. Click here for more information.

The next event, which is scheduled for February 9-11, is the 2018 Northeastern Fire Summit, a national-level training seminar including three days of lecture on a variety of subjects and topics that matter in today’s fire service. Click here for more information.