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Welcome to the home of the Central Illinois Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society. We are an organization dedicated to preserving the tradition and heritage of the fire service while remembering to taking care of our brother and sister firefighters. FOOLS believe in real fire training for real firefighters regardless of paid, paid-on-call, volunteer, military, etc... We take Pride in our departments, stations, apparatus and most importantly ourselves. Finally and most importantly we remember those who came before us and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. With out them, the fire service would not be what it is today.


The Central Illinois FOOLS chapter was started in 2007. After seeing the FOOLS at FDIC and reading about them online, Jeremy Merrit came up with the idea of starting a local chapter. While working together on shift at the Morton Fire Dept, he talked with Jason Greer about the idea and the two decided it was time to form the Central Illinois FOOLS. After contacting Steve Amstutz & two others, the Central Illinois FOOLS charter was sent to the International for approval. After approval the first Central Illinois FOOLS meeting took place in May 2007. While some of the members have changed, the mission remains the same: to preserve the traditions of the fire service and to provide realistic training to the fire service in the Central Illinois area.

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Updated: June 24th, 2013