Battalion Chief’s

Gerald Takats

Battalion Chief

gerald.takats@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Takats was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on May 11, 1984. Promotions followed to Lieutenant in 1992, Captain in 2000, and Battalion Chief in March of 2009.

Battalion Chief Takats is a Hazardous Materials Technician and is also trained in Confined Space/Trench Rescue. Battalion Chief Takats holds certification as a State of Ohio Fire Service Instructor and has completed the Battalion Chief's Program at Bowling Green State University.

Battalion Chief Takats is assigned as (Senior) Battalion Chief 2 and works out of Station 4 on platoon "B".

Brian Byrd

Battalion Chief

brian.byrd@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Brian Byrd was appointed to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on February 5th of 1988. He received his first promotion, to Lieutenant, in 1992. As a Lieutenant, he received certification as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic from the Northwest Ohio Paramedic Training Program at the Medical College of Ohio, where he received both Academic and Clinical Excellence Awards. Deputy Chief Byrd received promotions to Captain in 1997 and Battalion Chief in 2000.

Graduating from St. John’s Jesuit High School as a National Merit Scholar, Battalion Chief Byrd has attended the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, and the National Fire Academy. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security-Emergency Medical Services Subcommittee and the Ohio EMS Board Medical Transportation Committee and Critical Care Subcommittee. He also serves as the Lucas County Coordinator for the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Response Plan. He has received the Life Saving Award from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department and the Heroism Award from the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio. Battalion Chief Byrd is involved in the community as a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio. He is also involved in numerous health and community initiatives locally and in the state of Ohio.

Battalion Chief Byrd is currently assigned as Senior Battalion Chief on Platoon B.

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.

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.

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.

Damon Williams

Battalion Chief

damon.williams@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Damon Williams was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 7, 1993. He was promoted to Lieutenant on September 6, 2001, and assigned to Communications as a shift supervisor of the fire dispatchers. Later he was assigned as Acting Captain of Communications from 2004 until his official promotion to Captain on January 19, 2010. Promotion to Battalion Chief was on March 15, 2013.

Battalion Chief Williams is a National Incident Management System, All-Hazards Type III Communications Unit Leader (COML), certified by the State of Ohio, Dept. of Public Safety and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

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.

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.

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.