Every now and then we get reminded of the things which are important to us our faith, our families and our friends. Today my good friend Eric Hankins who is the vice president of the fools reminded me of how important being a fool is to me. Take the time to read this great article "What's wrong with being a FOOL?"
Now I belong to a lot of great organizations, the IAFF, the IAFC, the NVFC and all of them are important to me and the American fire service. But when it comes to having a place to call home, a group where my values and beliefs match those of my friends the FOOLS certainly get about as close as any group I can think of.
Many people have the absolute wrong impression of what the FOOLS stand for. I'm proud to be a member of the fools, and count myself honored to carry one of the first 100 challenge coins for the FOOLS presented to me by our founding president Mike Gilbert.
If you're not a member, join if there's not a chapter in your area start one. Being a FOOL is all about doing the right thing the right way. Being a fool is about protecting and preserving the honor and dignity that every firefighter represents. Being a fool is a responsibility that one should not take lightly. Let me know why you're a fool and what you're fool chapter is doing to make your community a better place to live.