Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as a Deputy Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in S.W. Ohio. LSFD is an ISO Class 1, fire & EMS accredited full service advanced life support department providing a full range of traditional and non-traditional emergency & community services. A Chief Fire Officer since 1982, he has served as a Fire Chief in Ohio, Virginia, and Florida. Chief Goldfeder also served as a Public Fire Protection Engineering representative covering southern New York, for I.S.O. as well as a Company Officer, starting with the Manhasset-Lakeville Fire Department, on Long Island, NY.
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 Volunteer & Combination Fire Officers Comm. In 2001, Chief Goldfeder was honored with an appointment of Honorary Battalion Chief of F.D.N.Y. and is a current member of the Board of Directors of: The International Association of Fire Chiefs-Safety Health & Survival , the September 11th Families Association, the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and is a subject matter expert for the Center for Disease Control (CDC), National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program.
Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards and recognitions including the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department 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 Service Training Award for 2004, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Presidential Exemplary Service Award for 2005, 2013 and 2022, the 2007 (IFSTA) International Fire Service Training Associations Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for Firefighter Training Excellence, the 2007 Nassau County (NY) Frances X. Pendl Fire Service Humanitarian Award, the 2008 Firefighter Cancer Support Network Dallas Jones Memorial Award and in 2008, the annual “Chief 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 was the recipient of the FDIC International/Fire Engineering Chief Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2019 he received The Pennington School Alumni Achievement Award and in 2021, Chief Goldfeder was the recipient of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award.
Chief Goldfeder completed a 6 year term limit as a Commissioner on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International (CPSE) and he serves as an Associate/Contributing Editor for Fire Engineering and Firehouse® Magazines (including several regional fire publications) as well as a news editorial columnist for FireRescue1, Fire Engineering and Firehouse®. He has spoken on, as well as published, numerous articles on subjects such as fire service risk management, leading combination fire departments, fire command and tactics, firefighter/fireground safety, apparatus design/deployment and fireground staffing. His monthly columns “Close Calls” appears in Firehouse® Magazine and the “Fired Up!” along with the “What’s Your Problem?” video series appear in Lexipol’s FireRescue1.
Chief Goldfeder has served on several NFPA and IAFC Committees, was Chair of the International Association 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 and North American fire service training conferences including Fire-Rescue International, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Fire Department 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 40 years as well as serving as a member of the FDIC Advisory Board.
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 National Fallen Firefighters 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 to benefit from the sales. And in the Spring of 2020, the final book in the series, “Pass It On-Making Good Progress” was published, again with over 100 more contributors, with all proceeds going to the above three fire service charities. All three books are consistent best sellers within the fire service professional publishing field. He is currently working on his 4th book which will be a tactical focus on historical firefighter survival for current firefighters.
Chief Goldfeder serves as a senior advisor for fire, at Lexipol and he has and does provide consulting services for municipal and private corporations with a single focus on firefighter safety and survival. His work includes leading and/or participating in numerous critical firefighter injuries or related close call investigations.
Chief Goldfeder, along with 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. In 2022, Billy also created www.40plusfire.com, a website focused on firefighters & prostate cancer following his own experience with that disease.
Married to his wife Teri, and while all the above is cool, by far his greatest source of love and pride are his 5 kids and especially his 6 grandkids, a/k/a “The 6 Pack.”