Toledo Fire Department Chief announces his retirement

Santiago promoted to chief in 2011

Toledo Fire and Rescue Department Chief Luis Santiago says he is hanging up his gear.

He announced Wednesday he is planning to retire Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.

Santiago was appointed chief of the department on July 2, 2011.

He has been a Toledo firefighter since May, 1984.

He was promoted to Lieutenant in 1988, Captain in 1993, Battalion Chief in 2000 then deputy/assistant chief in 2007 before being awarded the top spot.

Under Santiago, the department remains one of the few nationally accredited departments in the United States.

The fire department received the prestigious ISO rating of 1 in June, 2017.

In 2017, the Toledo Fire and Rescue Department responded to more than 60,600 incidents of which 53,904 were emergency medical service calls.

Santiago holds various certificates from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s National Incident Management System and the United States Coast Guard.

He is a member of the Lucas County Fire Chiefs, the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

Santiago also serves on Toledo Zoo Foundation Board, Toledo Fire Museum Board and is a founding board member for the Toledo Fire & Rescue Foundation.

He has also served on the advisory board of the State Fire School of Bowling Green State University, the Board of Trustees of Knight Academy. was a trustee of the Toledo Firefighter Health Plan and was an assistant football coach for St. Francis High School for 26 years.

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