Brian Byrd

Chief

brian.byrd@toledo.oh.gov

Chief Brian Byrd was appointed to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on February 5th of 1988. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1992, Captain in 1997, Battalion Chief in 2000, and was appointed Chief of Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on August 3, 2018. 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. Graduating from St. John’s Jesuit High School as a National Merit Scholar, 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. 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.

Karen Marquardt

Assistant Chief

karen.marquardt@toledo.oh.gov

Assistant Chief Marquardt was appointed to Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1996, and, spent most of her career at Station 16. Assistant Chief Marquardt was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, then to Captain in 2009. April 1, 2011, she was promoted to Battalion Chief. She was promoted to Deputy/Assistant Chief on May 23, 2014. Assistant Chief Marquardt helped negotiate 3 collective bargaining agreements, two with Toledo Firefighters Local 92, and one with Toledo Fire Chiefs Association. Assistant Chief Marquardt 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 Assistant Chief Marquardt has also worked in the Bureau of Professional Standards, and the Training Academy. Assistant Chief Marquardt is a certified Fire Instructor for the State of Ohio, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University. Assistant Chief Marquardt is currently serving as Assistant Chief. Her areas of responsibility include the Training Bureau, Bureau of Professional Standards, and Administrative Services

Verdell Franklin

Chief Financial Officer

verdell.franklin@toledo.oh.gov

Battalion Chief Verdell Franklin was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 11, 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant on January 19, 2010, and to Captain on July 17, 2013. On March 7, 2014 he was promoted to Chief Financial Officer and assigned the responsibility of the Fire Administration Office. He began his career assigned to Fire Station 17 where he was trained in Confined Space Rescue. Chief Franklin has an Associate’s degree of Applied Business Accounting from Owens Community College and holds a Bachelors of Science from Franklin University in Accounting.

Richard Syroka

Deputy Chief

richard.syroka@toledo.oh.gov

Deputy Chief Richard Syroka was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989. He was promoted to Lieutenant on August 18, 2000, and to Captain on January 31, 2010. On December 27, 2011 he was promoted to Battalion Chief, and on March 21, 2014, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and assigned the responsibility of the Operations Bureau. He began his career assigned to Fire Station 7 where he was trained as a Hazardous Materials Technician as well as in Confined Space Rescue. He was a Lieutenant at Station 16 and a Lieutenant in the Communications and Operations Bureaus. As a captain he was assigned to Fire Prevention and Operations. In 1994 Deputy Chief Syroka was awarded the Ohio Fire Service Valor Award. Chief Syroka served on Local 92’s Executive Board, on the negotiating team, as its Sergeant At Arms, and on its Charities Committees. He was also honored as the recipient of the John H. Brancheau Community Service Award. Chief Syroka has completed numerous courses at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College in Fire Administration. Currently he is the Deputy Chief of the Operations, Building Maintenance Bureau, and Fleet Maintenance Bureau.

John Kaminski

Deputy Chief

john.kaminski@toledo.oh.gov

Deputy Chief John Kaminski was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 11, 1997. He was promoted to Lieutenant on June 11, 2007 and promotion to Captain came on July 9, 2010. Promotion to Battalion Chief was on March 15, 2013 and Deputy Chief on May 27, 2016. During his career he has been assigned to Stations 7 and 17, as well as assignments as the Wheel Officer, Staff Safety Officer, and Captain of the Bureau of Professional Standards. Deputy Chief Kaminski earned an Associates Degree in Business Management from Owens Community College and a bachelor’s degree in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University. He is currently working toward a master’s degree in Emergency Management/Homeland Security from Arizona State University. Deputy Chief Kaminski is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations/Homeland Security, Communications Bureau, Safety, and Fire Investigation Unit.

Orlando Gonzalez

Deputy Chief

orlando.gonzalez@toledo.oh.gov

Deputy 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, Battalion Chief in 2014, and then to Deputy Chief on July 26, 2017. Deputy Chief Gonzalez is a Hazardous Materials Technician, a member of the Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Team, and Fire Service Instructor. During his career, Deputy Chief Gonzalez was assigned to stations 7, 9, House Captain of Station 14 as well as relief Battalion Chief and Alarm Office Supervisor. Deputy Chief Gonzalez is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of Fire Prevention Bureau-Public Education, and Emergency Medical Services.