The Return of Spring Training

March 26th, 2015 View Comments

The New England FOOLS Proudly Present the Return of Spring Training

“Celebrating Tradition Over Trends…”

Saturday May 2nd at Kennebunk Fire/Rescue, 80 Thompson Rd Kennebunk

Sunday May 3rd at the Seacoast Fire Training Site, Captain Thomas Rd Ogunquit


Registration begins at 0700

$165 non-FOOLS members; $150 FOOLS members

After a 5 year hiatus, the New England FOOLS have brought back their wildly popular and successful Spring Training Hands-on training event.


-          The 2 ½” Hose Line- The most underutilized but important attack line on the rig is the 2 ½” attack line. In this evolution, Personnel will be shown the best and most practical ways to deploy and operate 2 ½” hose lines for interior fire attack and defensive operations.

-          Stretching and Operating the 1 ¾” pre-connect- Personnel practice deploying and operating the 1 ¾” handline throughout a structure including advancing to upper floors. Special consideration will be shown to getting the line off the rig and to the structure entrance. The advantages and disadvantages of this line will be discussed in depth.

-          Forcible Entry – For this evolution, personnel will be instructed on forcible entry operations. Members will practice forcing inward and outward swinging doors and also be challenged by non-traditional locking devices.

-          Forcible Entry: Rotary Saw Operations- Personnel will review rotary saw usage and care and will then practice saw operations on garage door cutting along with cutting multiple other locking and security devices.

-          Roof Ventilation- Personnel will be instructed on and practice completing roof ventilation operations on peaked and flat roofs.

-          Power Saw Use and Station Maintenance- Presented by Cutters Edge. This addresses the Hands-on Operation, Care and Station Maintenance of the Fire-Rescue Saw. Weekly and after use maintenance procedures will be demonstrated and discussed. In-house evaluation included. Power saw safety will be stressed.


-          Engine Co Fire Attack

-          Engine Co Back-Up Line

-          Truck Co. Forcible Entry

-          Truck Co. Roof Ops

-          Truck Co. Rotary Saws F/E

Downloadable Flier Here: Spring Training Flier 2015

Downloadable Application Here: Spring Training 2015 Application

‘Just Breathe’; A Training Day For CF

December 10th, 2014 View Comments

The New England FOOLS are yet again reinforcing the Brotherhood, this time in the Green Mountain State.

Date: Saturday February 28th, 2015; 0830 start at the Middlebury Inn, 14 Court Square Rd, Middlebury VT

Cost: $65, lunch included

The New England FOOLS are proud to present a day of lecture-based training to benefit the Heffernan family’s courageous fight against cystic fibrosis.

Join us at the Middlebury Inn for a full day of training the likes of which Vermont has NEVER seen before.

Topics to include:

- Auto Extrication and New Vehicle Technology
- Truck Company Operations for Communities with no Aerial Device
- The Art of the Third Due Engine

Former Bristol Fire Chief John “Peeker” Heffernan has been a fixture in the Fire Service in Addison County VT for a number of years. It is time for the Fire Service to give a little back. We’re bringing right to your back yard a national-level training worthy of an FDIC or Firehouse Expo for a relatively small, tax deductible admission fee.

ALL proceeds go directly to the Heffernan family.

There will be raffles and door prizes.

Click below for downloadable fliers and application:

VT Flier 2015

CF in VT 2015 application

Membership Dues 2015

November 30th, 2014 View Comments


2015 Chapter dues are coming due. $35 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 annual dues will keep you from ending up on that list.  In the event of non-payment, steps will be taken to REMOVE you from the roster for non-payment.

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;

Our tenth annual Fire Buff Photo Night is scheduled for the 21st of February at the Black Swan CC in Georgetown Mass.  This is always a good time.

Other upcoming events include the Northeastern Fire Summit, March 13-15th 2015.  Also chances of PL Vulcan’s Man vs Machine class coming back to New England.  We’re working on other options for HOT dates and topics for 2015 as well.

If you have ANY questions, please email

Northeastern Fire Summit 2015

November 30th, 2014 View Comments

Friday, Saturday and Sunday March 13th-15th

Hosted at the New Hampshire Fire Academy, Concord NH

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

The New England FOOLS have brought back to the Granite State some of the finest Fire Service instructors from around the country, both old friends and new, for an extended weekend seminar.

Circumstances have kept us in Vacationland for an extra year, but we’re back in NH, where the Northeastern Fire Summit all began.

We’ve expanded our Fri/Sat lecture day to Sunday morning breakout sessions. Come join us and see why with the New England FOOLS, Brotherhood is more than just a word.


Friday evening keynote address with Captain Dave LeBlanc of the Harwich Mass Fire Dept

Saturday sessions:

East Coast/West Coast Engine Company presented by Captain Aaron Heller of the Hamilton Twp NJ Fire Dept and Captain Eric Hankins of the Yuba City CA Fire Dept

North/South Ladder Company presented by Firefighter Nate Evans of the FDNY and Firefighter EJ Mascaro of the Charleston SC Fire Dept

Sunday morning breakout sessions:

Power Saw Use and Station Maintenance presented by Ray Smerglio from Cutters Edge

Burning Issues in Today’s Fire Service presented by Captain Mike Clark Hanover NH (ret)

Lodging will be available AT the NH Fire Academy dorms.  Watch for complete details.

Printable flier: Fireseminar2015

Printable application: Fireseminar2015 application

Fire Buff Photo Night 2015

November 30th, 2014 View Comments

Annual Fire Buff Photo Night



For the TENTH year in a row we proudly present New England’s premier firematic event. We haven’t found a better excuse yet for chasing away the mid-winter blues, sharing some Brotherhood and trading a war story. After all these years, the fires get bigger and hotter!

Presentations begin at 7pm SHARP.

There will be light fare and a cash bar.

Admission $15 at the door

Click for a downloadable flier: buff_photo_night_flyer_15

Berks County Weekend

August 15th, 2014 View Comments

Join some familiar faces for a road trip to possibly THE best burn buildings East of the Mississippi.

This is a training that promises to NOT disappoint.

New England FOOLS Present Big Truck; Small Crew for the York County Chiefs Assn Fall Fire School

August 15th, 2014 View Comments

A small crew made for a great Big Truck; Small Crew class for the 2014 York County Chiefs Assn Fall Fire School Weekend.

The students were trained and tested then pushed to and beyond their limits.  Day 1 of evolution’s led to Day 2 of scenarios.  Real world, full speed.  Everyone went home tired, and everyone went home a better firefighter than they were on Saturday morning.

Ready to take their new found knowledge home to their respective Departments.

Man vs. Machine Fall 2014

July 20th, 2014 View Comments

Presented by PL Vulcan Training Concepts and the New England FOOLS in conjunction with the Town of Georgetown Fire Department

Friday and Saturday November 7th and 8th

Friday evening lecture at Town Hall, 1 Library St Georgetown Mass
Saturday H.O.T. at the Highway Garage, 203 East Main St Georgetown Mass

Cost $125 non-FOOLS members, $110 FOOLS members, lunch included.

Class is limited to fifty (50) students, spaces will not be held, a completed application with payment gets you a spot on the roster.

The New England FOOLS are proud to bring you a program that you all have asked for.  Presented all across the US and North America, often imitated, never duplicated, don’t settle for anything less than the original.  And we have it for you, right here in your own back yard.

Machinery entrapments occur all over the United States. Is your Department capable of handling one? Whether it is a basic ring removal, a person with their arm stuck in a snow blower or a full entrapment involving agricultural equipment, the instructors will guide you through the necessary steps to perform these extrications.

The hands-on training program allows students to use various hand and power tools in scenarios ranging from limb entrapments / crush injuries to impalements. What separates our program from others? PL Vulcan’s instructors all have practical experience in these difficult rescues. With over 20 years of experience, each instructor will guide you through the necessary steps that will be required.

Class is limited to 50 students.  Full turnout gear and eye protection required.

Downloadable application here: Application ManvsMachine2014

Downloadable flier here: ManvMachineFall2014

Upcoming New England FOOLS Events

July 18th, 2014 View Comments

We currently have some training opportunities in the works.

Coming up in September we have been asked by the York County (ME) Chiefs to return to present a HOT at their annual Fire Attack School weekend.  This program is in the works, topic and further details to be announced shortly.  If you’re in the area, set aside the weekend of the 27th and 28th of September to visit York County with the FOOLS.

Coming up in October many New England FOOLS will be taking our show in the road and traveling to Berks County PA to teach with OSTA at their annual Berks County weekend.  This is one to take in, if you don’t mind road tripping for one of THE best burn buildings in the northeast.

We’re also in the process of putting together our 4th Annual Northeastern Fire Summit for Spring of 2015.  Any topics that you’d like to see us cover, drop me a line at

Enjoy your summer all, and stay safe.


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,