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

I recently viewed your video about the importance of driver operators slowing for intersections (and stopping if necessary). We unfortunately had an incident in our department involving a crash with a citizen’s vehicle while responding to a car fire. We have an active investigation underway. Preliminary findings indicate that our apparatus was at fault for not properly clearing the intersection.

We do have driving/training policies that are thorough (i.e., EVOC class requirements, license class B, testing), but I’d like your thoughts on continuing education for drivers, and maybe even the officer, on the importance of driving safely.

And, do you have any suggestions on the best practices in creating lessons learned from incidents like this? I’m an assistant safety officer and have been in the department for 16 years. This is our first incident of this type, and we want to be thorough in finding the root cause and implementing effective training and awareness.

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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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