And the Beat Goes On By Billy Goldfeder
By John M. Malecky September, 2022
And the Beat Goes On
By Billy Goldfeder
FSP Books & Videos
433 Main Street
Hudson, MA 01749-`1331
Price: $20.00 (DVD)
This is a Fire Engineering video from 2007. It is about 40 minutes long. The presenter is a deputy chief from the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department in southwest Ohio. He has been a chief officer since 1982 and has served on several IAFC And NFPA committees. The song “And the Beat Goes On” by Cher is the theme of his presentation and it is sung at low volume throughout it. His main focus are the problems faced by the fire service in many respects. His aim is for improvements, from better leadership, to training, to equipment and manpower to name a few. Since this presentation there have been some improvements through the years, but there is much still to be realized! He mentions and shows many fatal fires from both large cities and small towns illustrating the fact that firefighting is a job that is never forgiving. He does not fault leadership in all cases, but stresses that officers and chiefs must continuously strive to be up to date and cognizant of the need to be professional. He stresses the need to avoid “NTS.” I will invite you to see the video to discover what that means! He cautions against being a “buddy” to your crew, by disregarding essential training for instance is an example. I remember in the movie “Patton” where the general offered to attack 100-miles away to relieve troops defending Bastogne. One of the British generals made a comment about his men doing it because he is popular and he told him that he was not popular. His men would do it because they were good soldiers! It is a presentation that will keep us thinking that there is always room for improvement and that is what should be pursued!
Chief Goldfeder is donating all the royalties from this DVD to the National Fallen Firefighters Association (www.FireHero.org) and the DC Raymond Downey Scholarship Charity Fund (www.ChiefRayDowney.org).
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