Brotherhood Bash for the Kzoo FOOLS is just around the corner, on January 31st at 1800hrs. Mark it on your calendar, and we really hope to see you there!
The Marshall (MI) fire department association has been taking donations over the past several months in an attempt to purchase back the department’s first motorized piece of apparatus. It is the 1918 American La France Type 40 triple combination pumper in the above picture.
All donations are being collected by the Marshall Community Foundation. To donate, follow the link, and scroll down to the “Donate Now” button on the lower left of the MCF website. Any donations over $100.00 will receive an engraved brick as well. Instructions on that can be found on the PDF that is linked to the above image, as well as contact information for any questions.
The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. firmly believes that this endeavor shows a lot of departmental pride, tradition and Brotherhood, and was happy to make a donation to the cause.
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
Get signed up here:
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.
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.
NOTE: This event is for any firefighter that wishes to attend. FOOLS and Non-FOOLS alike. Also you do not need to attend the seminar earlier in the day to attend the bash.
The 2014 Brotherhood Bash is off and running. The support from the fire service vendors has been nothing short of amazing, and that is going to allow us to raffle off some of the best prizes we’ve ever had.
This year’s Bash will be a little different than in years past. First, we have changed venues to Wayside West, and they are giving us the entire top floor for our event. The second change is that there is no fee for the event. That’s right, attendance is completely free. We won’t have a buffet this year, but Wayside will have a full menu and bar service during the event if you wish to get dinner or a drink.
Now, back to the best part, the raffles. This year we will be doing two types of raffles that will need separate tickets. The first raffle will give you a chance to win a PIG forcible entry tool, set of irons from Akron Brass, FoxFury helmet light, Ride Backwards apparel, fire helmet, fire gloves and more. The second raffle is a secret though. If you wanna know what it is, you’ll have to show up. What we can tell you is that you must be an active firefighter to enter to win, and that it is an absolutely amazing prize. It will have you covered from head to toe.
If you are on Facebook, you can go to our event page and sign-up.
On Friday December 13, 2013 the K-Wings are partnering with the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. for a night of fun. The K-Wings will host a teddy bear toss night. After the K-Wings score their first goal, everyone will be asked to throw the teddy bear that they brought with them out onto the ice. Half of all of the teddy bears will go to local Fire & EMS to give to children on emergency scenes. The other half will be donated to Bronson Children’s Hospital. It is also $2 beers and $2 hot dogs that night. Join us for a night of fun while helping to raise money for the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S
Please use the flier below when you purchase your tickets. $5 of every ticket purchased using this flier will be donated to the Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. Be sure to invite your friends, family and co-workers to this as well!
The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. are proud to be on board with helping Detroit Fire Mutual Aid Project as an Organization Partner trying to bring awareness to the project and to get gear into the hands of those working at Detroit FD as well as Highland Park FD.
The plight of our Brothers in Detroit is pretty well known. They have gear that is well past being safe or functional, firehouses that had to be heated by the stove, and going so far as to pay for items to stock their stations (like toilet paper). The Highland Park FD is located inside the city of Highland Park and is completely surrounded by the city of Detroit. These firefighters lived in a warehouse for EIGHT years due to their old station being condemned. They have recently been able to secure a grant that helped build them a new station, but they still are not out of the metaphorical woods. Please see if there is anyway you, or your FD or organization could help out.
Please help spread the word…
Registration is now open for the Kalamazoo County Fire Chief’s Training Committee & Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. Winter Seminar.
Just follow the directions for registration on the above pictures.
The Kzoo F.O.O.L.S. are very excited to bring these two fire service greats to the Kalamazoo County area. Both Rhett and Willie are huge advocates for the fire service and the Brotherhood. Some of our members had the opportunity to spend time with both of these gentleman during this year’s FDIC, so we are speaking from first-hand experience.
If you haven’t yet heard of them, go and check their blogs out:
Topics to be covered:
– Social Media for the Fire Service
– Motivating Firefighters and Improving Morale
– Professional Wellness (Physical and Mental)
– Building Pride in Your Department From the Ground Up
– The “Brotherhood” isn’t Dead
The seminar includes a light breakfast with coffee service and full lunch on-site.
Any active FOOL from any chapter (or independent) will receive the In-County pricing for this event. Make sure you register early to take advantage of the price break.
Also, keep your eyes peeled for information in regards to a Meet & Greet w/ Rhett and Willie following the seminar. This will be an open event for any and all to attend.