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Welcome to

the SouthSide F.O.O.L.S.

The Southside F.O.O.L.S will host the 2023 F.O.O.L.S School MAC-A-PALOOZA on Friday & Saturday, March 24 & 25, in Plainfield. This elite training opportunity will be delivered by the Illinois Fire Service Institute and funded through the Cornerstone Program. Click HERE for more details and to get registered.


coming soon
The 2023 Convention will be held in Minneapolis, MN.

August 17-20, 2023

Hosted by the Minnesota Malting & Northland F.O.O.L.S.

As FOOLS, we are proud of the rich tradition and brotherhood of the fire service. As such, we like to make spectacle of our SouthSide brothers, as they move up the ranks or are honored in some special way by their department, community, or the rest of the chapter.

2022 SouthSide FOOL of the Year

This year's FOOL of the Year award goes to founding SouthSide member Mike Orrico. Mike is the second member to be awarded the FOTY twice.

Pictured are Mike Orrico and SouthSide  President Matt Berk.


Please consider making a donation to one (or both) of these members' GoFundMe pages.  Each of these SouthSide members has a daughter with recently diagnosed significant health challenges.  Anything you can do would be greatly appreciated by both families.

Fighting for Finley

Finley Bracken is the baby girl in the Bracken girl foursome. She is a sweet, energetic 2 year old dolly who shortly after her second birthday was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.

Karing for Kassidy

Kassidy Moulesong was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when she was admitted to Lurie Children’s Hospital last month.

From the International

F.O.O.L.S. International has our very own Podcast! Produced in partnership with 1-800-BOARDUP the International produces regular podcasts with messages from the E-Board and President.  Listen in by clicking the F.O.O.L.S. Flaming Globe and don't forget to smash that subscribe button if you like what you hear!

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