Back when engines were pulled by horses, the First Whip was the Captain's driver. He was often the senior or most experienced firefighter, and the unofficial leader of the firehouse. The First Whip F.O.O.L.S. are dedicated to continuing our Fire Service traditions of mentoring, training and leadership from all levels.
Our meetings and training events are open to every firefighter in the Portland Metro area, and we welcome visitors from other Chapters around the country.
We hold a business meeting every quarter. The meeting is kept as short as possible to facilitate the reason most of us became involved in this community- to spend time around other passionate and motivated firefighters.
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ARTICLES of association
Our goal is to slowly build a membership of highly motivated firefighters from around the Portland Metro area.
Becoming a Member
1. A new member must be sponsored by a current member in Good Standing and attend two (2) First Whip F.O.O.L.S events, prior to becoming a member; i.e. meeting, HOT class, or fundraiser.
2. Members must register and make a $10.00 donation to F.O.O.L.S International.
3. Membership Dues are $100 for the first year, and $50 for each year after that.
Members must be true to one’s profession and agree to uphold the mission statement of the First Whip F.O.O.L.S and F.O.O.L.S International. It will be the duty and responsibility of all Chapter Members to adhere to all rules, Articles of Association, and characteristics set forth by the First Whip F.O.O.L.S, the F.O.O.L.S International, and the fire service.
Chapter President – Greg LeDoux, Columbia River Fire & Rescue
Vice President – Robbie Hendrikx, Portland Fire & Rescue
Secretary/Treasurer – Jill Fullerton, Clackamas Fire District #1
Education Trustee – Matt Chandler, Columbia River Fire & Rescue
Membership Trustee – Michael Snodgrass, Gresham Fire and Emergency Services
Members – 63
Represented Fire Departments – 5