Battalion Chief’s

David Hitt

Battalion Chief

david.hitt@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief David Hitt was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on May 11, 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in November of 1992 and served an assignment in the relief pool before becoming a shift Lieutenant at Station 7. In January of 2002 he was promoted to Captain and served as the Captain of Training and, while there had the responsibility of being the department's Program Director for the State of Ohio's Training Charter. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2008.

During his career Battalion Chief Hitt has been assigned to Station 6, 7, 11, and the Bureau of Professional Standards. Chief Hitt is currently assigned as (Senior) Battalion Chief 3 on "A" platoon.

Robert Krause

Battalion Chief

robert.krause@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Robert Krause was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 16, 1993. On June 19, 1998 he was promoted to Lieutenant, and on February 14, 2003 to Captain. He was promoted to Battalion Chief in June of 2009. He has been a certified paramedic since 1981.

Battalion Chief Krause has served as Captain of Communications, the Training Academy, and Fire Station 6. He also served as Battalion Chief of the E.M.S. Bureau.

Battalion Chief Krause holds certifications as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Fire Service Instructor, and E.M.S. Services Instructor. Battalion Chief Krause attained his Bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati, Masters Degree from Bellevue University, and is working toward his Doctorate in Leadership Studies at Bowling Green State University.

Battalion Chief Krause is currently operating as Battalion Chief 1, "A" platoon.

Karen Marquardt

Battalion Chief

karen.marquardt@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Marquardt was appointed to Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1996, and, spent most of her career at Station 16. Battalion Chief Marquardt was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, then to Captain in 2009. April 1, 2011, she was promoted to Battalion Chief.

Battalion Chief Marquardt helped negotiate 3 collective bargaining agreements, two with Toledo Firefighters Local 92, and one with Toledo Fire Chiefs Association. She has also served for nine years on the Toledo Firefighters Health & Welfare Board of Trustees, serving as chairperson for six of those years. During her career Battalion Chief Marquardt has also worked in the Bureau of Professional Standards, and the Training Academy.

Battalion Chief Marquardt is a certified Fire Instructor for the State of Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University.

David Rodriguez

Battalion Chief

david.rodriguez@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief David Rodriguez was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989. His promotion to Lieutenant came on March 21, 1997, and Captain on May 18, 2009. Promotion to Battalion Chief was on March 15, 2013. Battalion Chief Rodriguez received his Paramedic certification in April of 2007.

Battalion Chief Rodriguez is a Hazardous Material Technician, as well as trained in Confined Space/Trench Rescue.

During his career Battalion Chief Rodriguez has served in Fire Communications, Training Academy, and was the Captain of Station 6.

Battalion Chief Rodriguez is currently assigned as Battalion Chief 3 on "B" Platoon.

Timothy Clapp

Battalion Chief

timothy.clapp@toledo.oh.gov

Following his father’s footsteps, Battalion Chief Clapp was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 16, 1993. Battalion Chief Clapp was promoted to Lieutenant on March 28, 1999, then to Captain on August 8, 2007. His promotion to Battalion Chief was on March 15, 2013.

Battalion Chief Clapp is a Hazardous Materials Technician and is also trained in Confined Space/Trench Rescue and High Angle Rescue.

During his career, Battalion Chief Clapp has worked at stations 9, 19, 21, and Captain of Station 17.

Battalion Chief Clapp is currently assigned as Battalion Chief 3 on "C" Platoon.

Douglas Haack

Battalion Chief

douglas.haack@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Haack was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989. He earned his Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic certification on June 17, 1997.
Battalion Chief Haack was promoted to Battalion Chief on December 27, 2013.

He currently serves as Battalion Chief 3 on "C" Platoon.

Orlando Gonzalez

Battalion Chief

orlando.gonzalez@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Orlando Gonzalez began his career with the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department with his appointment on September 11, 1992. His promotion to Lieutenant came in 2003, Captain in 2010, and then to Battalion Chief in 2014.

Battalion Chief Gonzalez is a Hazardous Materials Technician, a member of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and Fire Service Instructor. During his career, Battalion Chief Gonzalez was assigned to stations 7, 9, House Captain of Station 14 as well as relief Battalion Chief and Alarm Office Supervisor.

Battalion Chief Gonzalez is currently assigned to C-Shift.

Michael Nicely

Battalion Chief

michael.nicely@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Michael Nicely was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 11, 1992. Promoted to Lieutenant in 2008, he served 15 years as both a Lieutenant and Private ay Station 17. Promoted to Captain in 2011, he served as a relief Captain until receiving the bid to Station 6 in January of 2014. On May 23, 2014, he was promoted to Battalion Chief.

Battalion Chief Nicely became a paramedic in 2009. He earned a Bachelor's Degree with a major in History and a minor in Film from the University of Toledo in 1999. He finished his associate degree in Fire Science at Owens Community College in 2001.

Battalion Chief Nicely is a veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard where he served as a Military Police soldier and participated in two REFORGER operations in western Germany along with service during Desert Storm.

In his off time Battalion Chief Nicely is currently working towards a degree in Fire Administration through Bowling Green State University. He also works with Veterans Matter, an organization working toward ending veteran homelessness in America, one veteran at a time.

Battalion Chief Nicely currently serves as "relief" on "B" Platoon.

Todd Besteda

Battalion Chief

todd.besteda@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Todd Besteda joined the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on June 28, 1996. Battalion Chief Besteda was promoted to Lieutenant on March 25, 2009, and was then promoted to Captain on August 4, 2011. He was promoted to Battalion Chief on December 27, 2013.

Battalion Chief Besteda is an United State Army veteran, serving four years, eight months in the Army. He served in the first Gulf War, Desert Shied/Desert Storm, and earned the Combat Infantry Badge during his deployment. Battalion Chief Besteda is a Hazardous Material Technician and holds a Fire Service Instructor certificate.

Battalion Chief Besteda is currently assigned to "B" Platoon.

Dustin Armentrout

Battalion Chief

dustin.armentrout@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Dustin Armentrout was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 21, 2000. Promotions followed to Lieutenant on March 2, 2011 and then to Captain on February 26, 2014. He was promoted to Battalion Chief on May 18, 2017

Battalion Chief Armentrout earned his Fire Science degree from Owens Community College and is presently attending Bowling Green State University majoring in Fire Administration.

Battalion Chief Armentrout is currently assigned to Field Operations as a relief Battalion Chief.

Dexter Baker

Battalion Chief

dexter.baker@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Dexter Baker was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 22, 1996. He was promoted to Captain on March 15, 2013 and served as the Captain of station 25 until his promotion to Battalion Chief on May 18, 2017.

Battalion Chief Baker is currently assigned to Field Operations as a relief Battalion Chief.

Michael Benadum

Battalion Chief

michael.benadum@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Michael Benadum was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 11, 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, and promotion to Captain came in 2012. Battalion Chief Benadum served as the Assistant Battalion Chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Genoa, Ohio, retiring in January of 2015. Battalion Chief Benadum holds numerous certifications in both Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Battalion Chief Benadum is currently assigned as a relief Battalion Chief.

Matthew Brixey

Battalion Chief

matthew.brixey@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Matthew Brixey was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 31, 2000. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2009, to Captain on March 15, 2013, and to Battalion Chief on June 1, 2018.

Battalion Chief Brixey is a Dive Master and a HAZMAT Officer/Safety Officer for the Hazardous Materials Team. He is trained as a Confined Space Rescue Technician along with Trench Rescue Operations, Rope Rescue Operations and Structural Collapse Technician for the Confined Space/U.S.A.R. Team.

Battalion Chief Brixey holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Owens Community College and a Bachelors Degree of Science in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University.

Battalion Chief Brixey is currently assigned to Field Operations as a relief Battalion Chief.