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What do you mean volunteers shouldn’t have to fundraise? Please explain.

Where to begin when shifting away from a fundraising-dependent model

In this episode of What’s YOUR Problem, Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder answers the following viewer question:

I’ve heard you say before that volunteers shouldn’t have to fundraise, but I’m having a hard time trying to figure out where to begin to make that happen. I’m a chief officer at a small volunteer department where fundraising is practically all we know in terms of budget. Our community members do what they can, but given our response area, it’s just not practical for us to have more stations. If we did want to explore a model where we got funding from the local government, where would we even begin?

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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