Chief Brian Byrd was appointed to the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department on February 5th of 1988. He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1992, Captain in 1997, Battalion Chief in 2000, and was appointed Chief of Toledo Fire & Rescue Department on August 3, 2018.
As a Lieutenant, he received certification as a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic from the Northwest Ohio Paramedic Training Program at the Medical College of Ohio, where he received both Academic and Clinical Excellence Awards.
Graduating from St. John’s Jesuit High School as a National Merit Scholar, Chief Byrd has attended the Pennsylvania State University, the University of Toledo, Owens Community College, and the National Fire Academy. He is a member of the Department of Homeland Security-Emergency Medical Services Subcommittee and the Ohio EMS Board Medical Transportation Committee and Critical Care Subcommittee. He also serves as the Lucas County Coordinator for the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Emergency Response Plan. He has received the Life Saving Award from the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department and the Heroism Award from the Safety Council of Northwest Ohio. Chief Byrd is involved in the community as a member of the Advisory Board for the Salvation Army and the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Ohio. He is also involved in numerous health and community initiatives locally and in the state of Ohio.