About Emergency Medical Services Bureau 

The Emergency Medical Services Bureau (EMS) is dedicated to the provision and support of the Toledo Fire and Rescue firefighter E.M.T.-Basic’s and E.M.T.-Paramedics who provide care to citizens of Toledo who have become injured or acutely ill. The bureau provides quailty care through professionally trained personnel and the use of modern emergency equipment.



All Toledo Firefighters are certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s). New recruits are provided a 130-hour EMT-Basic course as part of their initial training. Recruits are then required to pass the National Registry of EMT’s exam for State certification. New hires are required to obtain advanced training to the level of certified EMT-Paramedic. Continuing education is provided by the TFRD Training Bureau. This training enables personnel to maintain required certifications, while at the same time improving the level of care provided to the citizens of Toledo. Continuing Education for paramedics is currently provided by Lucas County Emergency Medical Services and enables paramedics to maintain required certifications.

Basic Life Support Response (BLS)

The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department (TFRD) uniformed personnel are trained to a minimum level of Emergency Medical Technician- Basic. These Firefighters/EMT’s provide Basis Life Support (BLS) first response to citizens and visitors of Toledo. The TFRD, in 2007, instituted a new service to the citizens in the form of BLS transport. This service has enabled fire personnel to respond, treat and transport those people in our city who are in need of basic emergency care.


Automatic External Defibrillator

All Toledo Fire and Rescue apparatus are equipped with AED’s and trained personnel to operate them. The occurance of cardiac arrest in the out -of-hospital environment is a major health concern that strikes down approximately 300,000 people annually. The American Heart Association has promoted the “chain of survival” concept. The chain of survival outlines the patient’s best chances of surviving a cardiac arrest and living a viable and productive life. The four links in the chain of survival are early access, early CPR (cardio pulmonary resuscitation) ,early defibrillation (AED) and advanced care. The thrid link in the chain of survival is the accessable AED. Toledo Fire and Rescue Depatement is committed to having AED’s on all units to be utilized for life saving defibrillation in the event of a cardiac arrest.


Advanced Life Support Response (ALS)

Advanced life support response in Toledo is a cooperative effort between TFRD and Lucas County, which provides equipment with tax dollars generated from Lucas County residents. TFRD Paramedics staff five Lucas County Life Squads and numerous ALS capable response units that are located throughout the City of Toledo. Their mission is to reach the patient and begin the provision of ALS care in a safe, efficient and expedient manor.

Medics on Bikes (MOB)

The Medics on Bikes program utilizes TFRD firefighters and eight (8) mountain bikes to provide EMS coverage at large scale events throughout the city. This allows for rapid response of personnel into congested areas that would not be easily accessible to mobile response units. Examples of such events are fireworks, parades and numerous events that are held on Toledo’s riverfront.


Quality Assurance

The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department will exhaust all efforts to ensure that the best possible service is being provided to citizens of Toledo.



Emergency Medical Services Bureau Staff


MarquardtAssistant 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 and to Captain in 2009. On April 1, 2011, she was promoted to Battalion Chief. Chief Marquardt 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.

Currently serving as Assistant Chief, she previously was the Battalion Chief of the Bureau of Professional Standards.




Price_JamesBattalion Chief Price joined The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department in 1992 after completing his Associate Degree in Fire Science at Owens Community College.  He received his paramedic certification in 1997 and was promoted to Fire 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.

James was promoted to Fire 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. In 2007 he obtained his State Fire Instructor’s certification.

In 2010, James was promoted to Battalion Chief and he is now assigned to Emergency Medical Services Bureau.  He is a 2015 graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at The National Fire Academy and is pursuing his MS in Executive Fire Leadership and Disaster Preparedness.



Captain Mark Benadum was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 20, 1998. Promotions followed on September 24, 2005 to Lieutenant, and Captain on August 17, 2012. Captain Benadum has been assigned to Station 6, 18, Fire Communications, and the Training Academy.

He graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in 1994, and received his E.M.T. – Paramedic certification in 1996. Captain Benadum is a State of Ohio Fire Service Instructor and Fire Safety Inspector.





Lieutenant Zakariya Reed was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 25, 1996.  On July 7, 2008, he received his E.M.T.-Paramedic certification, and on June 26, 2015 he was promoted to Lieutenant.

During his career Lieutenant Reed has served at stations 9, 16, 17, and Life Squad 3. His current assignment is Paramedic Supervisor in the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Emergency Medical Services Bureau.









Emergency Medical Services Bureau

One Government Center, Suite 1710
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-245-1275
Fax: 419-936-2917