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,

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;

General Alarm Sponsors

Sponsoring our Friday Evening Keynote Lecture for the Third Year in a Row:

Box Alarm Sponsors

First Alarm Sponsors

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