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In a statement, TFRD says the hiring process has been slowed significantly by the COVID-19 pandemic, but they are now back on track to increase staffing levels.

TOLEDO, Ohio – A message to the people of Toledo on the sign outside the Toledo Firefighters Local 92 Hall on Washington St. sends a clear message about what the union thinks about fire department staffing and what it means to the city.

As of Friday, the sign read “Your fire brigade is dangerously understaffed today”.

WTOL 11 reached out to Dan Desmond, the president of Local 92, who says the department has been unable to meet minimum staffing requirements more often than not this month, which he believes is a dangerous situation for the people of Toledo.

“It’s not that we can be Family Dollar when they’re short on staff and just close and lock the door until someone comes to work – KFC can’t open until 2pm because they can’t get anyone to come in that morning . We have to be staffed. We have to be responsive, it’s a huge security problem, ”said Desmond.

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Desmond says with many firefighters approaching retirement, staffing is extremely important. He says the solution to the problem is simple: hire more people.

On Saturday, Private Sterling Rahe, Public Information Officer for Toledo
The Fire and Rescue Service sent a response to the union’s concerns on behalf of the ministry.

According to the statement, the COVID-19 pandemic is mainly responsible for slowing down the hiring process, which was in full swing in 2020 until the test sites closed.

The statement went on to say that the city currently has 49 recruits in the fire academy and has plans for additional classes.

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The sign at the union follows another personnel issue that WTOL 11 was made aware of.

Earlier this week a letter was sent to some of TFRD’s 9-1-1 dispatchers offering them the option of giving up their vacation for a fee.

Anyone who wants to forego vacation can take the money instead, the letter says.

Private Rahe says there is no shortage of dispatchers, but this was expected as the city works on moving to a new nationwide 9-1-1 system.

“The way we fought across the country, we are no different. The difference is that it is a 24/7 operation, there is no shutdown,” said Rahe.

The regional 9-1-1 system is scheduled to come into force this autumn.

Read the full Toledo Fire & Rescue statement:

The city of Toledo and the TFRD administration have been working to increase staff for some time. Efforts to recruit and hire a class were in full swing until the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic hampered the hiring process indefinitely as the National Testing Network (NTN) resource locations were closed. NTN is the agency that provides entrance exams and physical agility tests (the Firefighter Mile) for the Fire and Rescue Department of Toledo. The test sites were closed for several months, which nullified our goal of setting a fire class of 50 in December 2020. With the reopening of the test sites, the city administration immediately resumed the hiring process. At this point in time, the city of Toledo currently has a class of 49 recruits who are already in the academy process. To this end, we are well on the way to recruiting additional classes. The City of Toledo Administration has in no way neglected its duty to hire a sufficient number of firefighters. We understand the negative effects of the pandemic and are really empathetic. The city plans to hire a sufficient number of firefighters to relieve current members and reduce the potential for staffing problems.