Double Line-of-Duty Deaths: Lessons Learned

4 Hour Program

A summary analysis, enhanced by a slide presentation, of how and why the Toledo Fire Rescue Department (TFRD) experienced two line-of-duty deaths on January 26, 2014. The focus is what exactly took place and the lessons learned from those events. Students will view scene photos, photos of their gear and equipment and what it alone looked like after the event, and the entire unedited radio traffic. The TFRD chief presented this presentation, which the instructor was assigned to create, to all department members, and it has been viewed 98 times inside and outside of the department. The program concludes with a question-and-answer period and a dedication to Toledo’s two fallen members.


Battalion Chief Michael Benadum

Michael Benadum is a 36-year veteran of the fire service veteran. He has been a member of the Toledo (OH) Fire Rescue Department for 25 years, where he is a battalion chief in the Field Operations Bureau. He is a fire officer 1, a fire instructor,a fire inspector, paramedic, and an incident safety officer. He was the internal investigator for a double line-of-duty-death Incident on 01-26-14. He retired as a second assistant battalion chief from a combination fire department. He has served on numerous departmental committees.