What We're All About:
We are a brotherhood of firefighters that desires to bring back into the fire
service that which has been lost: Tradition, Honor, Pride and Brotherhood. We
do not represent any one fire department and we are not a political organization.
We are here to TRAIN, to meet the needs of our communities, and to help our
brothers and those in need.
The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society was founded in 1995 by a group of
Central Florida firemen. This group, known today as the Founding Fools, had a
passion not only for the camaraderie and brotherhood that is forged between
firefighters, but also for 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 every day on the streets. The Leather
Helmet is an international sign of a firefighter, which is a symbol not only in
tradition from the early years of firefighting, but also one of bravery, integrity,
honor and pride. This helmet is a sign of who we are, not what we are.
The FOOLS, like the traditional leather helmet, has always existed through the
brotherhood and tradition of the Fire Service, and will continue to grow and
flourish as long as there are fires to fight and emergencies to respond to. 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 "Leatherhead". The only
qualification is that you are true to your profession and true to your brother and
sister firefighters. Our membership is growing everyday, and we encourage you
to start a FOOLS chapter in your department.
One last thing that we as the Founding Fools ask of each and every one of you:
Let us never, ever forget those that have gone before us in the line of duty.
Because those brave souls have given all, it is up to us to always keep them alive
in our hearts and our memories. Long live the FOOLS.