About The Field Operations Bureau
While the Field Operations Bureau manages several bureaus, the main focus is managing the day-to-day operations of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department. The collection and evaluation of data pertinent to the operation of the department is done on a continuous basis in an effort to promote growth and ensure effective procedures. Bureaus that fall under the Field Operations Bureau include Safety, twenty-two buildings under Building maintenance, involvement in the planning and construction of new fire stations, and the apparatus of the department under the Fleet Vehicle Maintenance.
Field Operations Bureau
The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department’s daily emergency response personnel are managed under a “platoon” system. This system consists of three platoons organized as Platoons A, B, and C. Each platoon works a 24-hour tour of duty, or “shift”, with 48 hours off duty. The minimum daily staffing of our 19 fire stations is 107 firefighters which includes officers, such as Lieutenants and Captains. Each station has a Captain assigned as the Station Commander/Company Commander, charged with the responsibility of the condition of their station, and all the apparatus and equipment of the department stored within. Stations also have Lieutenants assigned as Company Commanders whose responsibilities include command of one or more units and the members assigned during their tour of duty.
The City of Toledo is divided into three Battalions, 1, 2, and 3. Each Battalion is managed by a Battalion Chief, with one of these Battalion Chiefs assigned as “Senior” Battalion Chief who is responsible for citywide staffing and activities.
Toledo Fire & Rescue Department operates with 18 Engines, 2 Squads, 3 Ladder Trucks, 10 B.L.S.Transport Units, and 6 A.L.S. Transport (Paramedic) Units. Included with responding to emergencies, line personnel responsibilities include: training, building familiarization, and maintenance of apparatus, equipment, and station.
In addition to day-to-day emergency response, Toledo Fire & Rescue also deploys several technical rescue teams: Hazardous Materials Team, Confined Space/Trench Rescue, Water Rescue, High-Angle Rope Rescue, along with a Fire Boat.
Fleet Maintenance Bureau
The Fleet Maintenance Bureau has four members assigned to this area, with one being the Wheel Officer. Duties that fall under their responsibility include maintenance and repair of all S.C.B.A.’s, or self-contained breathing apparatus, preventative maintenance and repair of 49+ pieces of front line and reserve apparatus, and, 48 passenger vehicles assigned to the department. Fire Vehicle Maintenance is also responsible for coordinating the N.F.P.A. (National Fire Protection Association) requirements for the testing of all fire hose, ground ladders, fire pumps, and aerial mounted ladder trucks.
Fleet maintenance Bureau is charged with the responsibility of requisitioning, receipt, and issuance of all supplies and equipment for the upkeep and maintenance of all department apparatus, tools, equipment, and station housekeeping. They repair all equipment and tools, and are required to stay current on development of fire equipment so that the newest and best equipment can be purchased and deployed. Fleet Maintenance Bureau writes the specifications, tests, and either accepts or rejects all new apparatus for the department.
The fire boat is in service during the normal summer boating season. The responsibilities of the fire boat include assisting the dive water rescue crew, responding to fires along the water front, standing by at fireworks, regattas and other activities along the river, responding to boat fires, and assisting the Police and the Coast Guard for injuries happening on boats.
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.
Captain Michael Benadum was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, and promotion to Captain came in 2012. Captain Benadum served as the Assistant Battalion Chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Genoa, Ohio, retiring in January of 2015. Captain Benadum holds numerous certifications in both Fire and Emergency Medical Services.
Captain Benadum is currently assigned as the Captain of Field Operation Bureau.
Lieutenant Craig Ellis was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 22, 1996. He was promoted to Lieutenant on April 4, 2009. During his career, Lieutenant Ellis has been assigned to Fire Stations 7, 17, 18, and an instructor at the Training Bureau.
Lieutenant Ellis is a Hazardous Materials Technician, has training in Confined Space/Trench Rescue, and is a member of the Northwest Ohio Urban Search & Rescue Team (U.S.A.R.).
Lieutenant Ellis holds an associates degree in Applied Science, Automotive Technology from the University of Northwestern Ohio-Lima, and is working towards an Associates Degree in Fire Science at Owens Community College.
Lieutenant Ellis is currently the Wheel Officer at the Fleet Maintenance Bureau.
Field Operations Bureau
545 N. Huron
Toledo, OH 43604