Remember Fallen Brothers: A helmet raffle to benefit the Lt Walsh/FF Kennedy Fund

March 31st, 2014 View Comments

The New England FOOLS are proud to announce a helmet raffle to benefit the Lt Walsh/FF Kennedy Fund that has been set up by the Boston Firefighters Credit Union.

We have up for raffle a Morning Pride FDNY style Ben2 helmet, with Ez-flips and goggles.

Prizes also include a custom memorial front by Bob Stella of and a custom front of your design courtesy of our friends at F&T Products.

Tickets are $5 each, and 100% of the proceeds go to the Lt Walsh/FF Kennedy Fund. Contact New England FOOLS President Rusty Ricker for ticket details,

Leather Helmet Raffle

February 3rd, 2014 View Comments

We are holding a raffle for a NEW Cairns/MSA N5A helmet.  Tickets are $10 per chance.  Other prizes include a one of a kind leather front from Defiance5 Custom Leather Shields and a leather front of YOUR design by F&T Products.

A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Baldwin ME Fire Chief Jeff Douglass as he battles brain cancer.

The helmet will be on display, and tickets available at our annual Fire Buff Photo Night April 5th.

Tickets can be purchased via mail, check to New England FOOLS, Po Box 109 Georgetown Ma 01833 or via PayPal, email for more details.

The winning tickets will be drawn Saturday evening April 5th at the annual Fire Buff Photo Night, held at the Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown Mass.

Thanks to our friends at MSA, Defiance 5 and F&T for these generous donations.

Northeastern Fire Summit 2014

December 5th, 2013 View Comments

Come to scenic New England, where Brotherhood is more than just a word…

Date: Friday and Saturday  March 21st and 22nd 2014

At the Maine Fire Service Institute, Sewall Rd Brunswick ME.

Cost: $65.00 FOOLS members; $80.00 non-FOOLS member, lunch included

Once again the New England FOOLS have brought together some of the finest Fire Service instructors from around the Country for an intimate one-day seminar.  Why spend a small fortune to travel to the National conferences when we are bringing the same or higher quality education right to your back yard.

We look forward to the opportunity to show the Midcoast of Maine yet again why with the New England FOOLS, Brotherhood is more than just a word.

Presentations will include:

  • Friday evening keynote address given by Firefighter Ric Jorge of the Palm Beach County FL FD; sponsored by Cutters Edge Rescue Saws
  • First Due Engineer” presented by Captain Eric Hankins, Yuba City CA FD
  • Going Solar” presented by Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Hopson, Ocean County NJ.  ”Going SOLAR” is an interactive presentation specifically designed for Fire Department personnel who respond to both residential and commercial building, where Photovoltaic Systems (PPV) are used as a primary or supportive form of Electric energy.  The program provides an in-depth Awareness of they Types of PPV system, Safe Tactics for combating fires involving PPV system and Incident Management considerations when PPV systems are identified.  This presentation will directly benefit the individual firefighter and the initial responding Company Officer. During the presentation, attendees will be asked to problem solve (through scenarios) and will be an active part of the presentation.  All attendees will be better educated and capable to respond to PPV incidents, at the conclusion of the presentation.
  • Practical Tactical Command Decision Making“ presented by Chief John Oates of the East Hartford CT FD
  • Whats The Truck Doing?  A Back to Basics Review of Ladder Company Operations” presented by Lt John Lewis Passaic NJ FD (ret) and Chief Rob Moran Brewster MA FD. This program will be a fresh look at the basic roles and responsibilities of the Ladder Company on the Fireground, and the key factors creating a safe and effective operation for those members assigned these tasks. Whether there is a first due ladder on the scene an Engine or a Rescue company fulfilling these basic duties, the same incident priorities and mandatory assignments must be addressed. In addition, structural size up as it relates to Ladder Company Operations as well as Apparatus placement and positioning for maximum benefit will be discussed.

This training will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend; Suffolk County FOOLS President and FDNY Lt Rich Nappi, and all those Brother FOOLS and Firefighters who have gone before us.  “Let no man’s ghost ever return to say that his training let him down”.

For further information contact President Rusty Ricker via email,

Make checks payable to New England FOOLS Inc.

Northeastern Fire Summit
C/o New England FOOLS
P.O. Box 109
Georgetown, MA 01833

For A Downloadable Flyer Click HERE: Fireseminar2014

For A Downloadable Application Click HERE: Fireseminar2014 application

Those of you who are traveling, and planning on staying in the area, the Best Western Plus has a group rate for us.  Mention the New England FOOLS when you book your room;

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Fire Buff Photo Night 2014

November 17th, 2013 View Comments

New England FOOLS Annual Fire Buff Photo Night

Our February date was postponed for safety concerns due to an area-wide snowstorm.

NEW DATE: Saturday April 5th

Social “Liar’s Hour” from 5-7p  Get there early and see how big the stories (and fires) have gotten since last year!

Presentations begin PROMPTLY at 7p.

Black Swan Country Club
258 Andover St (Route 133)
Georgetown Mass

The New England FOOL’s 9th year of chasing away the winter blues with New England’s premier firematic event.

Raffles and door prizes, along with a number of vendors.

Admission $15 at the door.

Firefighter Cancer Awareness Program

July 22nd, 2013 View Comments

Thursday August 15th, 1900 at Keon’s at the Black Swan Country Club, 258 Andover St, Georgetown Mass.

The New England FOOLS present an evening of education on Firefighter Cancer awareness. Program will be put on by New England FOOLS member Russ Osgood who is the FCSN contact for the State of NH.

Admission is FREE for all to attend. A $10 donation to the Firefighter Cancer Support network is requested.

Cancer among Firefighters is a growing epidemic in the United States.

Utilizing statistics from recent studies the risks of cancer firefighters face both on and off the job become apparent.

The program exposes the current evidence and links to the known toxins faced by firefighters.

Using real life examples, firefighters will learn, although the risks are real, we can take steps to protect ourselves from the dangers of exposure to many toxins.

Focusing on prevention firefighters will learn what is needed to reduce the risks; including many simple important steps to follow during, and after a fire, to the importance of the things we do everyday to improve our health.

Firefighters will also learn that a diagnosis of cancer is not the end but the beginning, and there are treatments and support.

The program will show how to get support along with how to someone fighting cancer.

Scholarship Award Winner

April 29th, 2013 View Comments

Please join us in congratulation Brother Mike McKay of the Farmington NH Fire Department. Brother McKay has been chosen from a field of worthy candidates, and awarded a scholarship to attend a Training Seminar in June on Long Island in Memory of Joey DiBernardo. A member of the Fire Service since 2009, Brother McKay has excelled, obtaining his Firefighter 2 certification, becoming an EMT and a Fire Instructor to highlight his accomplishments. Recently having been assigned to the Department’s training division, Brother McKay feels that this will help him by allowing him to pass along the knowledge imparted to him. A New England FOOLS member since 2012

Training Scholarship Opportunity

February 16th, 2013 View Comments
As a part of our ongoing commitment to you, the membership, I am pleased to make this announcment. We have partnered to provide a deserving New England FOOL with a scholarship to attend this Training Seminar in memory of Joey D. If you are a New England FOOLS member with five (5) years or less as a firefighter, and are willing and able to travel to attend this conference, please submit to me your name, Department, phone and email, and a brief description of why you should be considered for this scholarship. Submit to me via email, Winner will be announced at the Northeastern Fire Summit in Maine in March.

Northeastern Fire Summit 2013

January 8th, 2013 View Comments

Friday and Saturday, March 22nd and 23rd

Hosted at the Maine Fire Service Institute, Sewall Rd, Brunswick ME.

Cost: $60 FOOLS Members, $75 non-FOOLS, lunch included.

The New England FOOLS have brought together some of the finest Fire Service instructors from around the country, both old friends and new, for an intimate one-day seminar.

Last year we set the bar high with the inaugural 2012 event in NH. 

We head east in 2013 for a change of venue, and the opportunity to show the Midcoast of Maine why with the New England FOOLS, Brotherhood is more than just a word.

Brothers attending: BRING YOUR HELMETS!


Doors open 1730:  Friday night keynote by Captain Mike Dugan FDNY (ret) “Honor...”  Friday evening’s presentation will be sponsored by our friends at Cutters Edge Fire/Rescue Saws.

Saturday, doors open 0730; topics to include:

- “Engine Company Ops” presented by District Chief Kevin Maloney of the Worcester FD
- “Street Smart Truck Company Ops” presented by New England FOOL Capt Pat Nichols of the Boston FD and Lt Mark Gregory of the FDNY
- “The Art of the Third Due” presented by New England FOOL Lt Dave Gallagher of the Huber Heights OH (ret) FD
- “Training From the Top Down” presented by Jersey FOOL Chief Mark Antozzeski of the Hamilton Twp NJ FD
New England FOOLS Executive Board member Captain Mike Clark will be our Master of Ceremonies for the weekend, ensuring a smooth delivery of the day’s program.

As a part of our Northeastern Fire Summit, we have secured an exclusive screening of the upcoming movie “Murph the Protector”, which tells the story of Medal of Honor Recipient Michael Murphy, who’s story was first told in the book ‘Seal of Honor’. This screening will be on Sunday morning the 23rd at a time to be named later. It will be early enough (but not TOO early) to allow for travel home for all. I urge you all to try to attend. We are beginning this weekend with a guy from Long Island (Captain Dugan) speaking about Honor. We will be capping this weekend off with the screening of this movie, about a guy from Long Island that personfies Honor.

This training will be dedicated to the memory of our dear friend, Suffolk County FOOLS President and FDNY Lt Rich Nappi, who died in the line of duty on April the 16th, 2012.

We have worked with the Best Western Plus Bath/Brunswick for a discounted rate,  CALL THEM DIRECT and tell them you are with the FOOLS.  Booking over the internet will not guarantee the FOOLS rate.

For further information and downloadable application, please go to, or contact President Rusty Ricker.  Call 978-360-4765 or email, President@NEFOOLS.

Make checks payable to New England FOOLS Inc.

Northeastern Fire Summit
C/o New England FOOLS
P.O. Box 109
Georgetown, MA 01833

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–Download and print an event flier here–


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–2013 Dues Assessment–

January 1st, 2013 View Comments


2013 Chapter dues are due. $30 payable to the New England FOOLS Inc.

You can remit them by mail to the New England FOOLS Po Box 109 Georgetown Ma 01833.

Those of you who do NOT pay your dues will be placed on an INACTIVE list with the New England FOOLS. Prompt payment of your $30 annual dues will keep you from ending up on that list.

Again this year, steps will be taken to REMOVE you from the roster for non-payment.

Those newer members who received a card from me stating that your dues are not due until ‘13 are all set.

It costs money to operate the Chapter folks, please do your part.  If any of your contact information has changed, please let the Int’l know via this link:

Our annual Fire Buff Photo Night is scheduled for the 23rd of February at the Black Swan CC in Georgetown Mass.  This is always a good time.

Other events in the planning stages include a possible return of the Northeastern Fire Summit, and 2013 Spring Training.

This Anniversary year is sure to be one to remember.

If you have ANY question, please email

Fire Buff Photo Night 2013

December 17th, 2012 View Comments

The first in a series of events to celebrate our first decade as a Chapter.

Annual Fire Buff Photo Night

Join the New England FOOLS as we celebrate our tenth anniversary as a Chapter of FOOLS International.

The Black Swan Country Club
258 Andover St (Rte 133), Georgetown MA

Social “Liars Hour” 5PM-7PM
Show Time: 7PM– 11PM

Hard to believe that we’ve been at this for eight years.  A little known fact: Photo Night is (somewhat) medical professional approved method for chasing away the mid-winter blues, sharing some Brotherhood and trading a war story or two!

Presentations begin at 7pm SHARP.

There will be light fare and a cash bar.

Admission $10 at the door.

Sponsored in part by our friends at Boston Fire Gear.

For more info visit