| Jul 29, 2011
| 4:12 PM
In his 35 years on the job, retiring Burbank Fire Capt. Ron Bell witnessed the departure of Lockheed and the machine shops that soon followed.
He has seen changes in how firefighters protect themselves when battling blazes and worked with the...
| Aug 11, 2011
| 5:08 PM
A residential fire on Santa Anita Avenue near Bel Aire Drive Thursday afternoon began after a gas stove suddenly caught fire, causing about $25,000 in damages, fire officials said.
Burbank Fire Capt. John Nare said an oven malfunction caused the fire...
| Sep 2, 2011
| 3:59 PM
Fire officials say they plan to focus on education and training for the coming year, citing the importance of constantly improving service to residents.
“Every year, we go back to the beginning, we look at what we’ve been doing and how can we...
| Jan 24, 2012
| 5:36 PM
At 6-foot 5-inches, crawling through a 16-by-16-inch hole with more than 50 pounds of gear is no easy task for Burbank Fire Engineer Matt Garland.
When it’s dark, smoky and loud and the floor moves like a teeter-totter, he lets muscle memory...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 3:53 PM
After 32 years with the Burbank Fire Department, Ray Krakowski retired on Friday.
Krakowski rose through the department’s ranks after starting in 1980 as a firefighter and paramedic, and later being promoted to engineer, captain and battalion...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 5:24 PM
With a fire extinguisher strapped to his back, Jeff Ponton gripped a pull-up bar one recent morning and lifted his 146-pound body while his classmates cheered him on.
“Up!” yelled Burbank Fire Capt. Tray White, 13 times. “C’mon...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:40 PM
It took firefighters in Burbank more than three hours Friday morning to knock down a three-alarm fire that destroyed a wholesale cigarette and tobacco business.
The fire at Wholesale Giant Inc., at 4410 W. Victory Blvd., was reported at 3:30 a.m., with...
| Dec 31, 2012
| 1:44 PM
The year 2013 is already shaping up to be a busy year, with several issues rooted in the past expected to come to fruition. While the year ahead will no doubt unleash its own bounty of surprises, here are some issues we can all count on happening in 2013....
| Jan 23, 2013
| 4:22 PM
A two-alarm blaze reported at the closed Terminator 2: 3D ride at Universal Studios Hollywood has been mostly extinguished, park officials said.
The fire was reported about 1:15 p.m.
Several dozen firefighters responded to the fire to help protect other...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 12:47 PM
Burbank on Thursday named a 25-year department veteran to the top post, replacing Ray Krakowski, who retired last month.
Tom Lenahan, a former fire marshal who’s been serving as the city’s interim fire chief in recent months, was named to...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 11:34 AM
More than 170 firefighters battled a “major emergency” structure fire at a Valley Village apartment complex Wednesday, authorities said.
Firefighters first were called out to the 5200 block of Bellingham Avenue around 10 a.m. for a fire...
| Aug 25, 2010
Burbank fire officials expect up to 2,000 applicants to attend an orientation for the next academy as the department gears up to hire eight to 10 recruits.
The recruiting period for the latest fire academy ends Friday, the first time Burbank has...