From The Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY)



Contacts:  Liz Burke (212) 981-5263; (917) 573-1440 / Andrea Vividor (212) 981-5193





(NEW YORK – May 27) This year’s Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY) Convention, which will be held from August 19-21 in Niagara Falls, NY, promises to be the most informative, educational, and family-friendly gathering yet.  FASNY has assembled a top team of panelists to discuss the most pressing issues facing our firefighters today, including:


o   Loveland-Symmes (OH) FD chief Billy Goldfeder, examining recent major fires and detailing the lessons learned from each

 o   Ex-Shreveport, LA fire chief J. Gourdon Routley, looking at firefighter safety in relation to large commercial fires


o   Phoenix, AZ fire chief Al Brunacini, discussing best practices in leadership, management and organization of the fire service


o   Deputy Fire Coordinator Tiger Schmittendorf of the Erie County Department of Emergency Services, offering unique insight into solutions to the challenges fire service leaders face back at the firehouse as well as risk management for all fire personnel


Chief Billy Goldfeder, EFO, a firefighter since 1973, serves as Deputy Fire Chief of the Loveland-Symmes FD in S.W. Ohio. LSFD is an ISO Class 2, full service ALS department providing a full range of traditional and non-traditional emergency & community services. A Chief Officer since 1982, he has served as a Fire Chief in Ohio, Virginia and Florida. Chief Goldfeder also served as a Public Protection representative covering southern New York, for I.S.O. as well as a Company Officer, starting with the Manhasset-Lakeville F.D., in Long Island, N.Y.

A 1993 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, he is the former Chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs VCOS Section. In 2001, Chief Goldfeder was honored with an appointment of Hon. Battalion Chief of F.D.N.Y. and is a member of the Board of Directors of the September 11th Families Association,  the Board of Directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and provides assistance to the NIOSH Fire Fighter Fatality Investigation and Prevention Program . Additionally, he is the recipient of numerous operational and administrative awards and recognitions and received the Loveland-Symmes FD Departmental Award of Excellence in 2003, the ISFSI Fire Instructor of The Year Award for 2004, the Dana Hannon Fire Training Award for 2004,  the Int’l Association of Fire Chiefs Presidential Award for 2005, the 2007 IFSTA Everett E. Hudiburg Memorial Award for firefighter training excellence, the 2007 Nassau County (N.Y.) Frances X. Pendl Fire Service Humanitarian Award, the 2008 Firefighter Cancer Support Network Dallas Jones Memorial Award and in 2008, the Chief Billy Goldfeder Fire Service Organizational Annual Safety Award was created, named and sponsored by VFIS and the Int’l Association of Fire Chiefs.

Chief Goldfeder recently completed his 6th year as a Commissioner on the Commission of Fire Accreditation International. He serves as an Associate/Contributing Editor for FIRE ENGINEERING, FIRE RESCUE, FIREHOUSE as well as Firehouse.Com and is a member of the Fireman’s Fund Heritage Program Advisory Board. He has spoken on, as well as published numerous articles on, subjects such as combination FD’s, fire command and tactics, firefighter/fire ground safety, apparatus design and deployment and fireground staffing. His monthly column “Close Calls” appears in FIREHOUSE Magazine and his bi-weekly radio show “Through The Smoke” is hosted on

Chief Goldfeder has served on several NFPA and IAFC Committees, is the Chair of the IAFC’s Safety, Health and Survival Section, serves on the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting Task Force (IAFC) and has been an Instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (F.D.I.C.) for the past 25 years as well as a member of the FDIC Advisory Board for the past 15 years.  He has and does provide consulting services for municipal and private corporations with a clear focus on firefighter safety and survival. Chief Goldfeder, along with Captain Gordon Graham, police/fire service risk management expert, attorney and California Highway Patrol Captain, hosts and sponsors  the website:


J. Gordon Routley is a fire protection engineer who provides consulting services to fire departments and fire service-related organizations in the United States and Canada. He previously served as Fire Chief in Shreveport, Louisiana; Assistant to the Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona; and Fire Department Safety Officer in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He is currently the Technical Advisor to the Fire Chief in Montreal, Canada.


He was the project leader for the City of Charleston Fire Assessment and Review Team and has conducted more than 30 firefighter fatality investigations.  In addition, he works with the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation on the Firefighter Life Safety Initiatives Project and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Safety, Health and Survival Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.


Phoenix Fire Chief Alan Brunacini is one of the preeminent authors and pioneers of the Fire Service industry. He is a 1960 graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in political science at Arizona State University in 1970. He graduated from the Urban Executives Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, followed by a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State in 1975.


Tiger Schmittendorf serves the County of Erie (Buffalo NY) Department of Emergency Services as Deputy Fire Coordinator and created a recruitment effort that doubled his own fire department’s membership and helped to net 525+ new volunteers countywide. He is a regular columnist for FASNY’s The Volunteer Firefighter and is a frequent presenter on the subjects of leadership, incident management, safety, recruitment and retention. He is a nationally-certified fire instructor and has been a firefighter since 1980. Visit his blog at:


The Niagara County Volunteer Firemen’s Association Convention Committee has gone above and beyond to make the 137th annual FASNY Convention one that the whole family can enjoy.  Attendees are urged to bring their loved ones to take in all that Niagara Falls and surrounding Niagara County has to offer, from the legendary waterfalls to local activities such as outlet shopping, boat rides, wine trails and historic sites.


Convention headquarters will be at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, with meetings and other events taking place at the Conference Center Niagara Falls.  Organizers are working with the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation to secure discounts for major attractions and to help FASNY members and their families plan their visit.