A Day in the Life

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Firefighters work a schedule consisting of two 24-hour shifts then four days off.

0700: Shift change. Personnel check their equipment and apparatus that they are staffing. It is each member’s responsibility to ensure that all tools and equipment are in proper working order.

0715: Workouts. Maintaining a high level of physical fitness is key to ensuring the safety of each member as well as the Burbank community.

0900: Line-up. Station Captains brief their personnel on what is expected for the remainder of the shift.
0915: Maintenance. Each day of the week designates particular areas, tools and equipment that need to be cleaned and/or maintained. This is also the time for Engineers to thoroughly inspect their apparatus.
1200: Lunch. Each member contributes money for two meals. A designated cook for the day will shop for groceries and prepare the meals.

1300: Various activities. This is an opportunity to review any changes in the shift objectives, perform fire prevention inspections, and/or attend company schools given by probationary Firefighters.

1700: Free time. If the objectives of the day are completed, members have time for personal tasks (i.e., study, train, cook, workout, etc.)

All of the above is in addition to the primary job which is protecting life, property and the environment every time the Burbank Fire Department responds to an incident.

Watch a video of the Kenwood Fire incident.