City of Lincoln
Fire & Rescue Department
Battalion Chief, Leo Benes, EFO
Battalion Chief Leo Benes is currently assigned to fire station one at 1801 "Q" Street. Leo’s career with Lincoln Fire and Rescue began in March of 1986 as a firefighter on truck 7. He has had the opportunity to serve in all of Lincoln’s 14 fire stations. Assignments included service on the hazardous materials team at the level of technician. Promoted to the level of paramedic in June of 1995 on engine one. Leo then promoted to the level of Captain in August of 1995. He was assigned as Hazardous Materials captain on Engine 9 for almost 6 years. He was then assigned as EMS 2 for 1 year prior to serving as captain on engine 1 “C” shift until November 2007. At that time he was promoted to Battalion Chief of Emergency Services.
Leo has received many awards during his years of service. These include numerous Phoenix Awards, The Mayor’s Award of Excellence, Fraternal Order of Eagles Firefighter of the Year, Medal of Valor and Lincoln East Rotary Club Firefighter of the Year.
Chief Benes currently serves as Task Force Leader of FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team. Leo's most recent deployment was to aid the victims of hte devastating Boulder CO flooding. Leo has been deployed on many incidents throughout the nation. He over sees the department's fire recruit training and information services. Some of the most recent projects include the implementation of the Poly Com video conferencing system and the Power DMS information management system. He also serves on the CFAI reaccreditation committee. Leo assists Lancaster County Emergency Management as a CERT instructor. Leo serves as the President of the Board of Directors with Nebraska’s Serious Injury and Line of Duty Death Response Team to honor injured and fallen firefighters.
Leo graduated with distinction from Southeast Community College Applied Science of Fire Protection Technology. He is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg Maryland.
Leo spends his free time with Bev, his wife of 35 years. They enjoy relaxing with their two grown daughters and son-in-laws. Their most enjoyment comes from spending time with the three grandchildren.
This page last updated: 07/30/14