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Bridging the divide over ‘bells and whistles’ and FD training

Managing generational differences is difficult, but there are ways to bring a group together to function as a team

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In this episode of What’s YOUR Problem? Chief Goldfeder tackles this reader question:

Many departments seem to have a generational difference these days, including ours. Older members don’t want to train and think every expense is “bells and whistles.” I want everyone included and to bridge these gaps – bringing a group together and becoming a team. Could you offer me some advice to make this happen?”

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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