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Why doesn’t our township’s government ‘get it’ when it comes to funding?

They’ve been getting a free service for a long time

In this episode of “What’s YOUR Problem?” Chief Goldfeder addresses this reader question:

How do I get the Township’s local government to ‘get it’ when we talk funding? Our Township ‘donates’ a set amount each year (a portion of our budget then bolstered by fundraising efforts run by the department). The money from the Township is not a Fire Tax, and while they’ve never reduced the amount or withheld payment, it’s not a contract or guaranteed amount (nor large enough to do everything we need). One item sorely lacking is firefighter physicals. The Township pays the workers’ compensation bill but doesn’t see the problem with sending folks with unknown health issues into one of the most dangerous situations in the world. A physical is going to be a hell of a lot cheaper than a funeral or long-term disability.”

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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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