Chief Luis Santiago began his career with the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department when he was appointed in May of 1984. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1988, Captain in 1993, Battalion Chief in 2000, Deputy/Assistant Chief in 2007, and was appointed Chief of Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 2, 2011. Chief Santiago holds various certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System, the National Fire Academy and the United States Coast Guard. A member of the Lucas County Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs, he also serves on the Advisory Board of the State Fire School at Bowling Green State University, the Board of Trustees of Knight Academy and is a former trustee of the Toledo Firefighter Health Plan.
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 Emergency Medical Services, Training Bureau and the Bureau of Professional Standards.
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.
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, Fire Prevention Bureau and also oversees the Building Maintenance Bureau.
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, and Fire Investigation Unit.