Chief Brian Byrd officially sworn in as Toledo's new fire chief

Chief Brian Byrd officially sworn in as Toledo's new fire chief

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The city of Toledo now has a new fire chief.

Chief Brian Byrd took the oath Friday morning following the retirement of now former chief Luis Santiago.

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In a packed hall at One Government Center, friends, family and many city officials and well-wishers witnessed Byrd take his oath of office to serve as Toledo's newest chief of fire and rescue.

The 33-year TFD veteran was making plans to go Louisiana when he answered the call of duty.

Both Santiago and Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz expressed their faith in Byrd's ability to lead the fire department and serve the city of Toledo.

And Chief Byrd said he is confident having such a great team behind him.

"It's a lot of responsibility, it really is. But we've got a lot of really good people around us, and I've got all the help in the world. And I'm the type of person if I need help, I'm going to ask for it. This isn't a place for ego, it's a place to get a job done,"  Chief Byrd said.

In a new tradition started today, outgoing chief Santiago pinned a note of wisdom to Chief Byrd's new badge.

The message? Well, Chief Byrd says that's between him and Santiago.

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