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.
Assistant 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. Chief Kaminski was promoted to the Assistant Chief on November 2, 2018. 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. Assistant 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. In 2017, Chief Kaminski completed his master’s degree in Emergency Management/Homeland Security from Arizona State University. Assistant Chief Kaminski is currently responsible for Homeland Security/Special Operations, Emergency Preparedness, and the Training Bureau.
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.
Deputy Chief James Price appointed to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on September 11, 1992 after completing his Associate Degree in Fire Science at Owens Community College. He received his paramedic certification in 1997 and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in 1998. He served the department in the Communications Bureau until transferring to Field Operations where he served as a relief officer on “B” Platoon and later as the shift officer at fire station #11 on “A” Platoon. Deputy Chief Price was promoted to Captain in 2005 and remained in Field Operations as a relief officer on “A” Platoon until 2009 when he accepted an assignment as station commander at fire station 18 on “B” Platoon. While at station 18, he completed the department’s Confined Space Training. In 2007, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Public Safety from Siena Heights University. Also in 2007 he obtained his State Fire Instructor’s certification. In 2010, Deputy Chief Price was promoted to Battalion Chief and then to Deputy Chief on November 2, 2018. He is a 2015 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy and he completed his MS in Executive Fire Leadership and Disaster Preparedness from Grand Canyon University in 2017. Chief Price is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau and EMS Bureau.
Deputy Chief Damon Williams was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 7, 1993. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2001, Captain in 2010, and Battalion Chief in 2013, and then to Deputy Chief on November 2, 2018. Deputy 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. He is trained as an Incident Safety Officer from the Ohio Fire Academy and as an All Risks Incident Dispatcher. He was assigned to Station 4 until his move to the Communications Bureau as a Lieutenant, where he served as the Acting Captain of Communications until his promotion to the position. As a Battalion Chief he has managed the Communications and Professional Standards Bureaus, and served as Battalion 2 and Relief Battalion on A-Shift, in the Operations Bureau. Deputy Chief Williams received the Presidential Certificate of Appreciation from the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association in 2016 and is currently finishing his Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University. Chief Williams is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of Communications Bureau, Professional Standard Bureau, Fire Investigative Unit and the Employee Assistance Program.
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.