Deputy Chief, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (Ohio)
Billy Goldfeder, a firefighter since 1973, serves as deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department. 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 ISO as well as a company officer, starting with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department in Long Island, N.Y.
A 1993 graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program, Goldfeder is the former chair of the IAFC's VCOS Section. In 2001, he was named as an Honorable Battalion Chief of FDNY and is a member of the September 11th Families Association board of directors. He serves on the NFFF’s board of directors and provides expert assistance to the CDC’s NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.
Chief Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, including the Loveland-Symmes Fire Departmental Award of Excellence (2003, 2010), the IISFSI's Fire Instructor of the Year Award (2004), the Dana Hannon Fire Training Award (2004), the IAFC's Presidential Recognition Award (2005), IFSTA's Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for Firefighter Training Excellence (2007), the Nassau County (N.Y.) Frances X. Pendl Fire Service Humanitarian Award (2007) and the Firefighter Cancer Support Network's Dallas Jones Memorial Award (2008). Goldfeder was also honored in 2008 by the IAFC and cosponsor VFIS when together they created the Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Safety Award.
Chief Goldfeder serves as an associate/contributing editor for Fire Engineering, FireRescue Magazine and Firehouse Magazine as well as a news editorial columnist for Firehouse.com. He is a well-published expert on many topics relating to risk management, leadership, command and tactics, safety and staffing.
Chief Goldfeder has served on several IAFC and NFPA committees and was recently named international director, representing the Safety, Health and Survival Section on the IAFC board of directors. Goldfeder also serves on the Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System advisory board. He is nationally known instructor at fire service conferences, including Fire-Rescue international. Goldfeder also provides consulting services for municipal and private corporations with a clear focus on firefighter safety and survival.
Chief Goldfeder, along with Captain Gordon Graham, a police/fire service risk management expert and attorney, hosts and sponsors the website FireFighterCloseCalls.com. It is a fully noncommercial, independent and free site with a single focus: firefighter safety, survival and getting everyone home.