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What’s all the huff about fire TV shows?

Recent discussions around “Fire Country” bring to light a bigger issue with firefighter behavior, on screen and off

In this episode of What’s YOUR Problem? Chief Goldfeder answers this viewer question:

I saw recently that someone at CAL FIRE disavowed the new show “Fire Country,” saying it’s unrealistic. Aren’t all these shows unrealistic? There’s obviously a level of suspension of disbelief here, but at what point do they cross the line, showing our profession in such a skewed light that our reputation is compromised or people come to hold inaccurate ideas of what we do?”

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Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as deputy fire chief of the Loveland-Symmes (Ohio) Fire Department. He also serves as Lexipol’s senior fire advisor and is a member of the Fire Chief/FireRescue1 Editorial Advisory Board. Goldfeder is a member of the Board of Directors for several organizations: the IAFC, the September 11th Families Association and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). He also provides expert review assistance to the CDC NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program. Goldfeder is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards, appointments and recognitions. He has served on several NFPA and IAFC committees, has authored numerous articles and books, and presented several sessions at industry events. Chief Goldfeder co-hosts the website
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