About the Training Bureau

The Training Bureau is responsible for conducting training for members from the time they are hired until they retire. We are charged with ongoing training as required by the Department as well as training in new equipment or operations that are introduced.

Recruit Training

The Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Training Bureau is a State of Ohio chartered Fire Fighter II and accredited Emergency Medical Technician Training Facility. New recruits are required to successfully complete the 260 hour Fire Fighter II.

Continuing Education

The State of Ohio requires all certified Firefighter/E.M.T.’s to complete a total of 124 hours of continuing education every three years in order to rectify their license.

In 2012 The Training Academy provided online continuing education for E.M.T.’s in the amount of 16 hours per firefighter. Online continuing education for fire topics, 11 hours per firefighter was provided.

Field Officer Training Program

The Field Officer Training Program is based, in part, on our department’s mission to protect our community from emergencies by providing highly trained and skilled members to respond to incidents. The program is designed to identify personnel and place them in situations to mentor all members of the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department, from the new recruit to the seasoned veteral=n. A Field Training Officer is a line firefighter who is trained and ready to assist with various training needs of line personnel. Field Training Officers provide support, learning experiences and practical instruction in both fire and E.M.S. topics.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (C.P.R.)

The Training Bureau is an American Heart Association Chartered Training Center. In 2012, the Training Bureau conducted/assisted in providing C.P.R. renewal course for all Toledo Fire & Rescue members, C.P.R. Heart Saver First Aid for 80 Toledo Police Academy Recruits and Heart Saver renewal for 14 City of Toledo Forestry & Parks employees, and 8 Water Reclamation employees. The Training Academy facilitated the training of 804 civilian.

Paramedic Education Program

The Toledo Fire & Rescue Department requires all new recruits to obtain E.M.T. – Paramedic Certification within two years of graduation from the Training Bureau.

The Training Bureau, under the Accreditation/Certification of the University of Toledo Medical Center, developed and delivered both the prerequisite course, Anatomy & Physiology, and the Paramedic Education Course for 24 members in 2012. Projected completion date fro the course is May 2013. (Both of these courses are college level courses.)

V.E.S. (Vent-Enter-Search)

V.E.S. is when firefighters either create openings, or break windows to gain access from an exterior position to carry out a primary, targeted, area-limited search in a high-risk area of a fire building. This program was developed and initiated by the Training Bureau in June of 2012. This course includes both classroom instruction and lifelike scenario application.

Clinical Ride Time Scheduling

We have agreements with regional colleges, hospitals and adult educations centers to assist in the clinical requirements for their E.M.T. – Basic, and E.M.T. – Paramedic students, hospital emergency room nurses, medical residents and doctors to experience ride time on Toledo Fire & Rescue apparatus. With our line personnel functioning as preceptors, ride time is scheduled for the Lucas County Life Squads and Toledo Fire & Rescue Transport Units. In 2012, 678 ride times were scheduled on Life Squads.

Regional Relationships

The Training Bureau develops partnerships with area private industries and maintains relationships with surrounding departments. We open our doors to these entities to make our Airport Highway Training Facility available for various uses and training scenarios.

Training Bureau Staff

 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.


Battalion Chief Michael Benadum was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 11, 1992. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2007, and promotion to Captain came in 2012. Battalion Chief Benadum served as the Assistant Battalion Chief of the Allen-Clay Joint Fire District, Genoa, Ohio, retiring in January of 2015. Battalion Chief Benadum holds numerous certifications in both Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Battalion Chief Benadum is currently assigned as to the Training Bureau.


Acting Captain John Rodriguez was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on October 3, 1997.  On March 31, 2000, he received his E.M.T.-Paramedic certification, and on June 26, 2015 he was promoted to Lieutenant. He currently serves as the Acting Captain for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Training Bureau. Acting Captain Rodriguez is a certified State Fire Instructor for the State of Ohio.


Private John Martin was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 16, 1993 and currently serves as training officer for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department Training Bureau. Private Martin is a certified State Fire Instructor for the State of Ohio.


Training Bureau

545 North Huron Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Phone: 419-936-3419
Fax 419-936-3527