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Unpacking the issue: Why do so many firefighters not become medics?

It’s a complex issue that involves firefighters’ expectations of the job, our broken healthcare system, and so much more

Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder tackles a burning question in the fire service: Why do so many firefighters not become paramedics. The issue arose from an article by the same name, written by Ben Thompson. The article generated hundreds of comments, proving that it’s a complex issue. Chief Goldfeder offers his take.

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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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