A firefighter since 1973, Chief Goldfeder is a Deputy Chief for the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in SW Ohio. He has been a Chief Fire Officer since 1982 and a company officer since 1979. He has served on several International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and National Fire Protection Association Committees. He is currently a member of the IAFC Health and Safety.
Chief Goldfeder serves on a number of fire service boards and task forces. These include: the Board of Directors of the 9/11 Widows, Victims and Families Association; the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting Task Force, IAFC representative; the Fire and Emergency Television Network (FETN) Advisory Board; the Line-of-Duty Death Prevention Task Force of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation; and the Ohio Fire Chiefs Line-of-Duty Death Task Force. He recently completed his 6-year term as Commissioner on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International. He serves as an Associate/Contributing Editor for Fire Engineering, Fire-Rescue, Firehouse, and several regional fire magazines. His monthly column CLOSE CALLS appears in Firehouse Magazine. He also contributes regular fire service current events commentaries for www.Firehouse.com.
Chief Goldfeder has published several hundred articles on subjects including combination fire departments, fire ground command, strategy and tactics, and fire ground staffing, as well as firefighter safety and survival. He has been an Instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) for the past 24 years and a member of the FDIC Advisory Board for the past 14 years.
He is a frequent speaker/instructor at many local, state and regional fire seminars and at most national fire service professional conferences. Recognized for his The Beat Goes On, Scared Straight, Close Calls on the Fireground, and Firefighter Safety and Survival seminars, he instructs thousands of firefighters annually.
A recipient of over 30 administrative and operational recognition and awards, in 2001 Chief Goldfeder was honored with the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief of F.D.N.Y. He also received the 2003 Loveland-Symmes Fire Department Award of Excellence.
Chief Goldfeder and Captain Gordon Graham, J.D., nationally known risk management attorney and instructor, host the popular firefighter safety and survival website www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com.