About The Professional Standards Bureau
As a professional public safety agency, the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department and its employees are held to a higher standard of integrity than the community it serves. The department has established the Professional Standards Bureau to help maintain this level of integrity and professionalism. All employees are subject to the department’s policies and procedures and to the Code of Conduct.
The Professional Standards Bureau will respond to any credible information concerning misconduct by department employees, and is charged with the responsibility of investigating any serious allegations of misconduct involving an employee. Through the use of various investigative techniques, the Professional Standards Bureau gathers the necessary information needed to determine the truth surrounding an allegation. The employee’s rights are important and are protected through any investigation, along with the integrity and confidentiality of the investigation itself.
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 Field Operations and Professional Standards Bureaus.
Battalion Chief 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. Besteda was promoted to Battalion Chief on December 27, 2013.
Battalion Chief Besteda is a Hazardous Material Technician and holds a Fire Service Instructor certificate.
Battalion Chief Besteda is an United State Army veteran, serving four years, eight months in the Army. Battalion Chief Besteda served in the first Gulf War, Desert Shied/Desert Storm, and earned the Combat Infantry Badge during his deployment. Battalion Chief Besteda is currently assigned the Battalion Chief, Professional Standards Bureau .
Captain Armentrout earned his Fire Science degree from Owens Community College and is presently attending Bowling Green State University majoring in Fire Administration.
Captain Armentrout began his assignment in the Professional Standards Bureau in the December of 2014.
Lieutenant Darryl Murphy was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989. Lieutenant Murphy was promoted to Lieutenant on June 20, 2012. He currently serves as a staff Lieutenant in the Professional Standards Bureau.
Professional Standards Bureau
545 N. Huron
Toledo, OH 43604