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2013 Burbank Fire Department Recruit Academy

Do you have what it takes to be a Burbank Firefighter?  Click on the link below and check out just a small sample of what it was like to go through the recent 14-week academy.  The academy consists of rigorous mental and physical training designed to provide the recruits with the ability to safely and effectively perform their job of serving the citizens of Burbank.  Nine recruits completed the academy and hit the floor as Probationary Firefighters on April 14th.





Firefighter Michael Cary
Firefighter Christopher Donan
Firefighter Richard Dunn

Firefighter Alex Jauregui

Firefighter Hai Nguyen
Firefighter Stephen Nielesky 
Firefighter Wesley Peebles
Firefighter Jeffrey Ponton
Firefighter Joel Ray




Burbank Firefighters Endorse Endorse 2 winning Candidates in Election

Burbank Firefighters Welcome Back Councilmembers Talamantes and Gordon


     The Burbank Firefighters Local 778 endorsed Incumbent Councilmembers Jess Talamantes and Dr. David Gordon in the recent General Municipal City Council Election.  Both members were successful in their bids for reelection and will begin their next term on May 1st, 2013.  "We are very pleased our two candidates prevailed and we look forward to working with both of them to ensure the citizens of Burbank are kept safe and continue to receive high quality, professional fire and emergency medical services from the Burbank Fire Department", stated Local 778 President Mike McDonald.  

Spark of Love

Join the Burbank Firefighters in helping make this a better Christmas for underserved children in our community by donating to the

"Spark of Love" Toy Drive



“For 19 years, ABC7 and Southern California Firefighters have joined forces to run the “Spark of Love” Toy Drive.  This campaign collects new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment for the underserved children in our communities.  Toys collected in the respective counties are distributed locally.  Please help us celebrate our 20th Anniversary by dropping off a toy or sports equipment at your local fire station, or if you prefer, you can donate on line at and we will do the shopping for you.  Every dollar collected goes towards the purchase of toys, sports equipment, and gifts for local children and teens.”







Firefighters Go Pink For Breast Cancer Awareness Month



     It is breast cancer awareness month and once again Burbank Firefighters have traded in their usual blue and black uniform shirts for pink ones October 14th though the 19th as they raise awareness for breast cancer research. "We all know somebody, one way or another that has been affected, and I fully support the cause" Fire Chief Ray Krakowski stated. The Burbank Fire Department joins the International Association of Firefighters and many other local and national groups in the fight against cancer. In the United States, breast cancer is the second most common cancer among women, according to the American Cancer Society. “No one is outside the reach of cancer,” Burbank Firefighters Local 778 President Mike McDonald said. “Whether personally afflicted or in support of friends, family, neighbors or coworkers, most of us have experienced the impacts of cancer, and feel it a privilege to be associated with this worthy cause.”


     Burbank Firefighters Local 778 is supporting the cause by selling specially designed pink shirts, hats, blankets, etc. They will also be wearing the pink shirts on duty, which they purchased themselves, during several shifts during the month of October.  All proceeds from the sales will be donated directly to the Susan G Komen for the Cure. You can purchase these items from the comfort of your home at (please click on the link below).








Burbank Firefighters Donate $10,000 to Memorial Stadium

Burbank Firefighters Donate $10,000 

to Burbank/Burroughs Memorial Field



The Burbak Firefighters donated $10,000 to the Burbank/Burroughs Memorial Stadium project.  What the Firefighters are most proud of, is that they never solicit money from the community to turn around and donate it and take credit for the donation.  100% of Burbank Firefighter donations come from our Community Service Fund that is solely funded from money deducted directly from all members' paychecks.  The Stadium was dedicated on February 25th, 2012 and is truly a thing of beauty.  It will be a great asset for kids and citizens throughout our great city.  Above, Burbank Firefighters pose in front of a wall in front of Memorial Field that recognizes $10,000 donors.  Pictured are (L-R): Captain Mark Hatch, BFF Director Peter Hendrickson, BFF President Mike McDonald, Michael Hastings (Fundraiser for Memorial Field), Engineer Paul Magnante and Firefighter/PM Jim Carrick.


Below, Burbank Firefighters pose in front of the goalpost pads that recognize the Firefighters for their contribution to the project.




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