Fire Chief Allison Armstrong was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 21, 2000. Her promotion to Lieutenant came in 2010, to Captain in 2011, and to Battalion Chief on September 27, 2019. Chief Armstrong earned her E.M.T.-Paramedic Certification in May of 2008. She holds a Associates in Nursing from Owens Community College, a Bachelor of Nursing from Mercy College and a Master of Health Informatics from University of Cincinnati. She is also a State of Ohio Certified Fire Safety Inspector. State of Ohio Fire Instructor including NFPA 1403 Live Fire Instructor. Chief Armstrong is also a member of the federally deployable Ohio-1 Disaster Medical Assistance Team based out of Toledo, Ohio, which provides medical treatment to those affected by disasters. Chief Armstrong has served at many levels within our department including house Captain at 25A and 17A. She most recently served as the Battalion Chief of the EMS Bureau.
Assistant Fire 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, Grants, Fire Investigation Unit, and the Professional Standards Bureau.
Deputy Chief Bryce Blair was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department in 1993. He achieved his E.M.T. – Paramedic certification in the same year that he was promoted to Lieutenant, 2000. In 2006, he was promoted to Captain. His promotion to Battalion Chief came in 2012.During his career, Deputy Chief Blair has been assigned to Communications Bureau as Dispatch Supervisor, House Captain of Station 5, and shift officer at Station 19. Deputy Chief Blair holds certifications as a Divemaster and Fire Service Instructor. He has training in Rope Rescue, Confined Space/Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse. Deputy Chief Blair has attained a Bachelors degree form Miami University, a Master degree from University of Toledo, and recently completed his Doctorate from Bowling Green State University. Currently he is the Deputy Chief of the Operations, Building Maintenance Bureau, and Fleet Maintenance Bureau.
Following his father’s footsteps, Deputy Chief Clapp was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 16, 1993. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1999, Captain in 2007, Battalion Chief in 2013, and to Deputy Chief on March 7, 2022 . Deputy Chief Clapp is a Hazardous Materials Technician and is also trained in Confined Space/Trench Rescue and High Angle Rescue. During his career he has worked at stations 9, 19, 21, house Captain of station 17, and Senior Battalion Chief assigned to “B” Platoon. Chief Clapp is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief of the Fire Prevention Bureau, EMS Bureau, and Health & Wellness.
Deputy Chief Daniel Brown-Martinez was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on July 20, 2001. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 2011, Captain in 2014, Battalion Chief in 2019, and to Deputy Chief on March 7, 2022. Deputy Chief Brown-Martinez holds an Associates Degree in Fire Science from Owens Community College, Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Studies with a Focus in Management graduating Summa Cum Laude from Siena Heights University and is currently pursuing a Master of Organizational Leadership from Siena Heights University. He is a hazmat technician and has been certified as a paramedic since April 2003. Chief Brown-Martinez is currently assigned as the Deputy Chief over Training, EAP, Communications, Recruitment, Public Education, and the Community Engagement Bureau.
Battalion Chief Ted Sheares was appointed to the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on March 31, 2000. He was promoted to Lieutenant September 2011 and to Captain in 2014. Battalion Chief Sheares holds a Associates in Law Enforcement Technologies from the University of Toledo and a Bachelors of Applied Science from Siena Heights University with a Major in Public Safety Studies and a Minor in Health Care Management. He is a State of Ohio certified hazmat technician and fire instructor. Battalion Chief Sheares most recently served as house Captain at Station 4 on C-shift. He currently serves the Toledo Fire & Rescue Department as the Executive Finance Administrator.