The Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S.) is an organization that was started in 1995 by a group of Central Florida Firemen. This group, known today as the Founding F.O.O.L.S., had a passion for not only the camaraderie and brotherhood that is forged between firefighters, but the rich tradition and heritage of the Fire Service. Since 1995, this brotherhood has grown to over seven thousand strong. There are chapters all over the world, with new chapters starting almost every day.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, a symbol that is significant in not only tradition from the early years of firefighting, but one of bravery, integrity, honor and pride. The helmet is a sign of who we are, not what we are.
509 FOOLS are dedicated to continue the firefighting traditions of the past, strengthen the Brotherhood, provide training opportunities and to ignite the fire we have for our chosen profession.
We are a 501(c)3 non profit organization dedicated to preserving the traditions of the Fire Service by providing quality fire classes and training for all firefighters as well as making a positive impact in the community.