As most of you know by now the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. have been given a great opportunity by being able to partner with the Kalamazoo County Fire Chief’s Training Committee and bring in two incredible speakers for this year’s Winter Seminar.
Rhett Fleitz is the man behind The Fire Critic blog, which in his word’s is, “an unadulterated view of the fire service”. Rhett has spoken to hundreds of firefighters all over the country, including at FDIC.
Willie Wines Jr., is a Captain at Roanoke Fire Department as well as the author of the Wooden Ladders and Iron Firemen blog. Captain Wines has spoken all over the country as well, and has taken on the crusade of firefighter mental health, a topic that is very personal to him
Both men have a connection to the FOOLS in that they promote the Brotherhood of the fire service, but they also have had the opportunity to spend some time with Kzoo FOOLS in particular, as these pictures show.
Rhett with Kzoo FOOLS member, Shane Peterson
Rhett and Willie with several members of the Kzoo FOOLS at the Indy Metro FOOLS
Brotherhood Bash 2013 at FDIC
Rhett and Willie with founders from The Sons of the Flag, and Kzoo FOOLS members at the Fire Critic and Iron Fireman meet-up 2013
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If you’d like a better chance to meet these men in person, or can’t make it to the Winter Seminar, join us later that night at Wayside West for the Brotherhood Bash and meet-and-greet. We will be on the top floor of Wayside starting at 1800, and there is no cost for entry. Wayside has full menu and bar service to keep us from going hungry or thirsty.
If that is not enough, we will be selling Kzoo FOOLS challenge coins, event t-shirts and having a raffle with some AMAZING prizes.
Command 10 Fire Helmet Light
Donated by First Due and Foxfury
880 Traditional Style Helmet
Donated by First Due and MSA/Cairns
Married Forcible Entry Set
Donated by First Due and Akron Brass
The PIG Forcible Entry Tool
Donated by The Zahnen Companies
A Custom Built METAL Helmet Shield
(similar to these pictured)
Donated by Detroit Shields
And our Grand Prize raffle is a custom fit set of Janesville V-Force Turnout gear that has been donated to us by 5 Alarm Fire Supply and Lion. To enter this raffle, you must be an active duty firefighter, and present to win. You will be fit for the gear, and able to pick out color and trim style that night.
So come out for a great day of training and and even better night of socializing with Brother firefighters from all over the country.