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.
FTM-PTB - "FOR THE MAN - PROTECT THE BROTHERS"
Captain Mike Dugan, Ladder Co. 123, FDNY (ret.) A "Mutt" is someone or thing that will abuse and mistreat a Firefighter. This can be the City, the Mayor, the Chief in Charge, the habitual caller, or the homeless Person who starts a fire and leaves. These are people that have never crawled down a hall or made the last room in an effort to do their job. If they can't get the job done today well maybe next week will do. If we don't get the job done people might die and our brother and sister might also die. So we always lay it on the line and leave a little behind at every fire. I say that in a dark smoky hallway I can't tell the race, creed or sex of my fellow firefighter, I just know that they are with me. I don't care who or what you are as long as you are a firefighter and want to protect your brothers and sisters.
EGH - "EVERYBODY GOES HOME" - "Sulum reverto domus"
Author unknown, possibly Old Gallagher "Although 'EGH, Everybody Goes Home' is not always possible, it is part of what we strive for. It is why we train, it is why we read, it is why we interact with each other. We need to share the knowledge. The more we share, the more we pass on what we have learned, the safer we will be. The fewer funerals we will have to go to, the more of our Brothers and Sisters that will go home. Because it is all about protecting each other." (Pressler, 2002)
RFB - "REMEMBER FALLEN BROTHERS" - "Memor cado frater"
"The Fire service, as a whole, is collectively still trying to recover from the effects of Sept. 11. The 343 members of the FDNY who made the supreme sacrifice that day will always be in our hearts and forever on our minds. As part of our FOOL's "signature", R-F-B, "Remember Fallen Brothers", these heroes should never and will never be forgotten. This should also include ALL of our fallen Brothers, no matter where they were from, or the matter in which they died. Their names have been added to a long list of those that have laid down their lives so that others may live." (Pressler, 2002)
KTF - "KEEP THE FAITH" - "Servo fides"
"Keep the Faith. With all that has happened, we must believe. We must have faith in ourselves and in the others that think like us. They can transfer us, they can make you cut your mustache, the can tell you what you can't wear on your helmet, but never let them break your spirit!" (Pressler, 2002)
DTRT - "Do The Right Thing" - "Operor vox res"
Lieutenant Bob Pressler, FDNY (ret.) "With everything going on in our lives, both personal and professional, this may be sometimes hard to do. We are always pulled in several directions when there are tough decisions to be made. Even after weighing all the possibilities or options, decisions are sometimes still very hard to make. But, under closer examination, there usually is a "right thing". It may take personal sacrifice, it may not be what you really would want to do, but it is the correct thing to do."
Jared is a firefighter for Deerfield Township Fire Rescue down by Kings Island! Jared is forever a student of the craft and has previously served as the Training Coordinator prior to moving to the President. He has a passion for training and coffee yet loves spending time with his wife and four kids more than anything in this world!
Tim Campbell has been in the fire service for 7 years. He started his career in a small rural department and then acquired his first full time job with the city of Circleville. Tim now works for Norwich township at station 81. Tim has experienced the rural setting, to the busy city setting, and now cover suburban type area. Tim is a second generation firefighter following in his dads footsteps who is a Lieutenant with Norwich Township. He is very passionate about the fire service and helping to continually better the profession. In his spare time he likes to work on trucks and enjoy time with his Fiancée.
Kevin has 28 years in the fire service and he is finishing up his 24th year of full time service. He is a lieutenant at Violet Township in Pickerington. Kevin has a BS in business administration and holds his fire instructor, Live Fire instructor, Hazmat Tech, Rescue Tech and Fire Officer I & II. He has instructed at the OFA, BGSU State Fire School, Hocking College, the Twisted Fire Cadre and FDTN! Outside of work he enjoys working out with his twins when they are home from college and attending sporting events with his wife!
Phil is a career Firefighter/Paramedic currently employed at Norwich Township Fire Department. A 2nd generation firefighter, Phil has worked in both the extremely resource limited rural setting and the resource abundant city/suburban setting, gaining experience in various incident types. An avid lover of the jobs richest traditions, Phil is also a percussionist for the NTFD Bagpipes & Drums. When not at work he enjoys rock-climbing, golf, and skiing with his wife.
Chris has been in the fire service for 26 years and is the Battalion Chief on 1 unit at Plain Township in New Albany. He has his associates in Fire Science and is in his first year of OFE. On top of these he holds his Fire Instructor, Live Fire Instructor, EMS CE Instructor, Rescue Tech, Blue Card, Fire Officer I, II, III and Fire Inspector. Outside of work he enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and 2 kids!
Cassie is a firefighter/paramedic who has 8 years in the fire service and works for Columbus Fire. She has been a FOOLS member for 5 years and loves being involved in the training and social aspect of the fire service. If you don’t find her at work, then most likely she is hiking, lifting weights or scoping out the next best food place in the city.
Graphic & Web Design
Rob Shimits is a 2nd generation career firefighter/paramedic, who currently has been with The City of Delaware for 5yrs, after first starting out as a volunteer with Clinton Twp. He has been an active member with FOOLS since taking on the task of designing an updated logo, then the website, then the apparel and more. He currently works full time outside of the fire service as Creative Director for an aftermarket automotive company that serves tens of thousands of individuals worldwide. When Rob is not working hard, he is playing hard – with his 2 lovely maniac daughters, wife, and boxer pup.