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Message from Fire Chief Eric Garcia

Eric Garcia

Welcome to the Burbank Fire Department (BFD) website! Please explore this website to find useful information about our services and public safety topics.

BFD is a career fire agency protecting 17.16 square miles. The resident population of Burbank is approximately 108,000 with a daytime population of about 200,000. BFD provides a variety of services to the community including fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire prevention, hazardous materials response, emergency preparedness and public education.

There are 136 personnel (120 sworn and 16 non-sworn) committed to BFD’s mission, vision and core values. The minimum staffing level per shift is 36 firefighters who are assigned to 6 stations throughout Burbank. BFD’s Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget is approximately $35 million.

BFD has become an Internationally Accredited Agency by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International/Center for Public Safety Excellence and has received a Class 1 Public Protection Classification rating from the Insurance Services Office. These accomplishments demonstrate that BFD meets industry best practices in numerous areas such as fire suppression and community risk reduction.

BFD has automatic aid and mutual aid agreements with all of our surrounding cities. Burbank, Glendale and Pasadena are the three founding cities of the Verdugo Fire Communications Center, which dispatches 13 other area fire departments. The agreements and the regional dispatch system provide a seamless response to even the most challenging emergencies.

The dedicated men and women of BFD are constantly striving to make Burbank a safer place to live, work and visit. I am honored to lead BFD as we maintain our proud tradition of high quality and reliable service. Thank you for visiting our website!


Command Staff

Danny Alvarez                
Steve Briggs                John Owings

Danny Alvarez
Assistant Fire Chief

Steve Briggs
Battalion Chief/Fire Marshal

Fire Prevention Bureau


John Owings
Battalion Chief
Training & Safety  
Kenet Robertson Mark Hatch Tray White
Kenet Robertson
Battalion Chief
"A" Shift
Apparatus & Equipment
Mark Hatch
Battalion Chief
"B" Shift
Emergency Medical


Tray White
Battalion Chief
"C" Shift
Facilities, Communications
& Hazardous Materials
Baumgardner Sana Arakelian Ford  
Eric Baumgardner
Emergency Management 
Sana Arakelian Ford
Fire Administrator




Burbank Fire Department Publications

Burbank Fire Strategic Plan 2010-2015 

Strategic Plan 2017-2022

 Burbank Fire Standards of Cover 2011

 Standards of Cover 2011



Mission Statement

The mission of the Burbank Fire Department is to protect and serve the community by mitigating the impact of fires, medical emergencies, and hazardous situations on life, the environment, and property through prevention, public education, and preparedness while adhering to the Department's Core Values.


Vision Statement

The Burbank Fire Department through dedication, service, and care will strive to meet the evolving needs of the community by providing a progressive, modern Department that will maintain high levels of service, ensure responsible use of City resources, and focus on the professional development and training of all personnel.


Core Values

We are committed to honesty and maintaining the highest ethical standards when interacting with the public, our colleagues and ourselves. We will perform with sincerity and openness to earn the trust and respect of others.

We will provide extraordinary service to our citizens while displaying pride and professionalism

to our organization.

We hold ourselves accountable to each other and the community through teamwork, participative decision-making, continued training and education.

We are steadfast in our allegiance toward each other and in our duty to serve the public.


We believe we have a duty to be involved in the community where we work. We are committed to fulfilling our responsibility and to deepening our involvement.

We view the people of our community and our visitors as friends who deserve caring and compassionate service.