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What advice can you offer an ‘outsider chief’?

The key is to remember the “buddy to boss” boundaries and focus on the job, not the friendships

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

I just took a chief position at a mid-size combination department in a new state. I don’t know any of the members – only the top brass from networking and then my interview process. Any tips for an ‘outsider’ chief?”

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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