Deputy Chief Richard Syroka was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on September 22, 1989. He was promoted to Lieutenant on August 18, 2000, and to Captain on January 31, 2010. On December 27, 2011 he was promoted
to Battalion Chief, and on March 21, 2014, he was promoted to Deputy Chief and assigned the responsibility of the Operations Bureau.
He began his career assigned to Fire Station 7 where he was trained as a Hazardous Materials Technician as well as in Confined Space Rescue. He was a Lieutenant at Station 16 and a Lieutenant in the Communications and Operations Bureaus. As a captain he was assigned to Fire Prevention and Operations. In 1994 Deputy Chief Syroka was awarded the Ohio Fire Service Valor Award. Chief Syroka served on Local 92’s Executive Board, on the negotiating team, as its Sergeant At Arms, and on its Charities Committees. He was also honored as the recipient of the John H. Brancheau Community Service Award. Chief Syroka has completed numerous courses at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University and Owens Community College in Fire Administration.
Currently he is the Deputy Chief of the Operations, Building Maintenance Bureau, and Fleet Maintenance Bureau.