On Main Street: Heavy Smoke & Fire, Then Boom! Firefighters Down!

As mentioned in the past several columns, we normally don’t identify fire departments here, but several departments have told us that they are willing to openly share their stories. Again, that is a refreshing approach, as difficult as it can be. This...


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“Chief Goldfeder is a nationally recognized expert in the field of firefighter health and safety,” said Hal Bruno, chairman of the NFFF and a Firehouse® contributing editor. “He has become a leader in the campaign to reduce line-of-duty deaths, which has become a major initiative for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. We are fortunate to have him join the Board of Directors.”

For more information, contact the NFFF at 301- 447-1365 or by e-mail at firehero@firehero.org. Visit www.firehero.org to learn more about foundation programs.


William Goldfeder, EFO, a Firehouse® contributing editor, is a 31-year veteran of the fire service. He is a deputy chief with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in Ohio, an ISO Class 2 and CAAS-accredited department. Goldfeder has been a chief officer since 1982 and has served on numerous IAFC and NFPA committees, and is a past commissioner with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is an active writer, speaker and instructor on fire service operational issues. Goldfeder and Gordon Graham host the free and noncommercial firefighter safety & survival website www.FirefighterCloseCalls.com. Goldfeder may be contacted at BillyG@FirefighterCloseCalls.com.