Service With Pride
The goal of the Burbank Fire Department is to save
lives and property and to prevent the citizens of Burbank from further
danger by natural or man-made disasters and accidents.
This function is performed in different ways: public education in our
schools and the business community, CPR training; and through the
City of Burbank newsletter, which informs residents of various fire safety
measures that should be performed in their homes.
The Fire Department is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an average
shift of 9 full-time firefighters and paramedics. Shifts consist of 24 hours
on duty, followed by 48 hours off. Manning consists of 2 Officers, 2
Engineers, and 4-6 Firefighter/Paramedics, depending on staffing. The
Department has one of the newest fleets of firefighting apparatus in the
area. Within the fleet there are four Engines, one Aerial Tower, one Heavy
Rescue Squad, one Technical Rescue Trailer, three Advance Life Support
Ambulances (paramedic staffed), two Service Vehicles, and three Command
The Burbank Fire Department is part of the 1st Fire District, which consists
of 14 surrounding agencies. Personnel within the Fire Department have
advance training in fire suppression, technical rescue, and hazardous
materials incidents. The Burbank
Fire Department employs approximately 20
paid-on-call members which are support staff to the full-time personnel.
These members respond from home when alerted by a call and function as both
firefighters and paramedics on the scene of fires and other emergencies.
The Burbank Fire Department was formed on June 21, 1942, by a group of men
from what was then called Stickney Township. The original Burbank firehouse
was built by volunteers and was located at 85th & Mayfield Avenue, on what
is the current site of Station One Fire House.
The first engine was fabricated from a refurbished oil tanker. Things
certainly have changed in 63 years. Today, the Burbank Fire Department has
two stations: Headquarters, located at 6530 W. 79th Street, and Station One
located at 8455 S. Mayfield.
show that approximately 95% of homes have smoke alarms. However, roughly one
third of those alarms donít work because the batteries are dead or missing,
or the smoke alarm itself is too old. This means hundreds of residents in
Burbank have a false sense of security. They know they have smoke alarms,
but do they know if the alarms will work? TEST FOR SUCCESS!!!!(Change the
clocks, Change the battery.)
and House Escape Plan
A fire at home can be a scary thing but the best way to be safe is to have
an emergency plan in advance. Work with your mom and dad to plan it out and
practice an emergency escape. Hang the drawing of the emergency plan on the
fridge or somewhere where everyone can easily see it. Below are some great
ways to start your emergency fire escape plan.
Fire Chief Richard Harper
of the Burbank Fire Department since 1978, starting as a Paid-on-Call (P.O.C)
firefighter. Chief Harper has been instrumental throughout his career at the
Fire Department updating apparatus, developing training programs and
procuring and establishing computer equipment and programs for the
Department. A 27 year veteran of the Burbank Fire Department, he was
appointed in May 2005. Chief Harper holds several fire service
certifications as well as many specialized training certifications. Chief
Harper is also active in the fire service on a statewide level. The Chief is
a committee member of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, member of the
Office of the State Fire Marshalís Ad-Hoc Committee, and is a member of the
Illinois Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Harper received his Masters Degree
in Public Administration from Governors State University. Chief Harper is a
lifelong resident of Burbank, is married, and has 3 grown children.
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