About The Communications Bureau

The Communications Bureau’s overall mission is to receive phone, radio or computer messages from 9-1-1 call takers, the general public or other agencies; interpret or evaluate these messages; and then take the proper action by dispatching the appropriate resources to the emergency or handling the non-emergency situation.

Located in the Lucas County 9-1-1 building located at 2144 Monroe St., the Toledo Fire and Rescue’s Communication Bureau (Alarm Office) is the vital link between the public’s request for assistance with fire and medical emergencies and the Toledo Fire’s emergency response units. The Communications Bureau is a 24-hour operation charged with maintaining reliable communications among all fire division members, with administration and all secondary support agencies.

Fire Lieutenants oversee fire dispatch operations and are directly involved in all unusual or working fire incidents such as first, second, and third alarm fires, HAZMAT, water rescue, and confined space incidents. The fire dispatchers are charged with notifying the appropriate number and type of fire apparatus via mobile radio or alert receiver and dispatching these units as quickly and expeditiously as possible. The fire dispatchers gather and maintain all information related to the emergency and then forward this information to responding units. The fire dispatchers are also responsible for the notification of support agencies such as Red Cross, public utilities, Coast Guard, Environmental Services and more.

Toledo Fire and Rescue Department operates on the Lucas County 800MHz Radio System. The Communications Bureau is responsible for the operation and maintenance of all Toledo Fire radios, alert receivers, and other communications equipment that operate on the system.

Toledo Fire & Rescue Dispatch in the fourth site for the Ohio Fire Chief’s Emergency Response Plan.



Department Staff


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.



Captain Angela Magers was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 22, 1996.  Promotions for Captain Magers came in 2006 to Lieutenant and 2010 to Captain.  Captain Magers moved to the Communication Bureau in the spring of 2015.







Lieutenant Stephen Rutkowski was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 24, 1997.  Lieutenant Rutkowski was promoted to Lieutenant on March 15, 2013. He currently serves as a staff Lieutenant in the Communications Bureau.







Communications Bureau

2144 Monroe Street
Toledo, Ohio 43624
Phone 419-936-3550
Fax 419-936-2758