Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as a Deputy Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes FD in S.W. Ohio. LSFD is an ISO Class 2, fire & EMS accredited full service ALS department providing a full range of traditional and non-traditional emergency & community services. A Chief Officer since 1982, he has served as a Fire Chief in Ohio, Virginia and Florida. Chief Goldfeder also served as a Public Protection representative covering southern New York, for I.S.O. as well as a Company Officer, starting with the Manhasset-Lakeville F.D., in Long Island, N.Y.
A 1993 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, he is the former Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs VCOS Comm. In 2001, Chief Goldfeder was honored with an appointment of Hon. Battalion Chief of F.D.N.Y. and is a member of the Board of Directors of: The International Association of Fire Chiefs, The September 11th Families Association, The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is a subject matter expert for the CDC NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.
Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards and recognitions including the Loveland-Symmes FD Departmental Award of Excellence in 2003 and 2010, the Int’l Assoc. of Fire Service Instructors Fire Instructor of The Year Award for 2004, the Dana Hannon Fire Training Award for 2004, the Int’l Assoc. of Fire Chiefs Presidential Award for 2005, the 2007 (IFSTA) Int’l Fire Service Training Assoc’s Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for Firefighter Training Excellence, the 2007 Nassau County (N.Y.) Frances X. Pendl Fire Service Humanitarian Award, the 2008 Firefighter Cancer Support Network Dallas Jones Memorial Award, an IAFC Exemplary Service Award in 2013 and in 2008, the Annual Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award was named and created through the IAFC and is co-sponsored by VFIS. In 2015, Goldfeder was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by The Loveland City Council and the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department, In 2018 Goldfeder received the Chief Tom Brennan Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award at the Fire Department Instructors Conference.
Chief Goldfeder completed a 6 year term limit as an inaugural Commissioner on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CPSE) and he serves as an Associate/Contributing Editor for FIRE ENGINEERING, FIRE RESCUE, FIREHOUSE Magazines (including several regional fire publications) as well as a news editorial columnist for Fire Engineering.com, FireRescue1 and Firehouse.Com. He has spoken on, as well as published, numerous articles on subjects such as fire service risk management, leading combination FD’s, fire command and tactics, firefighter/fireground safety, apparatus design/deployment and fireground staffing. His monthly columns “Close Calls” appears in FIREHOUSE Magazine and “Nozzlehead” appears in Fire Rescue Magazine- FireFighterNation.com.
Chief Goldfeder has served on several NFPA and IAFC Committees, was Chair of the Int’l Assoc. of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section and also serves on the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting Task Force Board (IAFC). He is and has been an Instructor at all national fire service training conferences including IAFC’s Fire-Rescue International, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, FD Safety Officers Association, the FDNY Fire Officers Management Institute (F.O.M.I.) and at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (F.D.I.C.), where he has instructed for the past 36 years as well as serving as a member of the FDIC Advisory Board. He has and does provide consulting services for municipal and private corporations with a clear focus on firefighter safety and survival.
His best-selling book “PASS IT ON…What We Know-What We Want You To Know” is a compilation of stories from 100 fire service contributors sharing their life experiences. 100% of Goldfeder’s royalties are being donated to the Nat’l Fallen FF Foundation and the Chief Ray Downey Scholarship Fund. In the Spring of 2016, his second book, “Pass it On…The 2nd Alarm” was published by Pennwell/Fire Engineering, adding the Firefighter Cancer Support Network to the above two charities that will benefit from the sales. And his 3rd and final book in the series, “Pass It On-Making Good progress” was released in the Spring of 2020 and features 520 pages filled with more advice and stories from those who have so much life experience to share…and all to raise funds for the above 3 charities.
Chief Goldfeder, along with Captain Gordon Graham, police/fire service risk management expert, and attorney, hosts and sponsors the website: www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com , a 100% non-commercial, independent and free site with only 1 focus: Firefighter Safety, Survival and Getting Everyone Home.
Chief Goldfeder represents the section as a member of the IAFC Board of Directors.