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  • Fire Deptartment turns to education

    Fire Deptartment turns to education
    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...
  • A bona fide trial by fire

    A bona fide trial by fire
    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...
  • Burbank fire chief retires after 32 years with department

    Burbank fire chief retires after 32 years with department
    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...
  • Fire department recruits find academy tougher than they thought it would be

    Fire department recruits find academy tougher than they thought it would be
    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...
  • Burbank tobacco wholesaler goes up in smoke, fire knocked down

    Burbank tobacco wholesaler goes up in smoke, fire knocked down
    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...
  • A look ahead at 2013 for Burbank

    A look ahead at 2013 for Burbank
    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....
  • Universal Studios fire out at site of closed Terminator 2 ride

    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...
  • Burbank names department veteran as new fire chief

    Burbank names department veteran as new fire chief
    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...
  • 170 firefighters battle blaze at Valley Village apartment complex

    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...
  • Burbank house fire causes $120K in damage

    An attic fire caused an estimated $120,000 worth of damage to a Burbank home Thursday, fire officials said. At 11:50 a.m., 23 Burbank fire fighters responded to the blaze at 2013 Monterey Ave., said Burbank Fire Capt. Peter Hendrickson. The fire was...
  • Burbank brush fire knocked down, size estimate revised down to 1-acre

    Burbank brush fire knocked down, size estimate revised down to 1-acre
    Firefighters on Monday were able to knock down a 1-acre brush fire above DeBell Golf Club. At one point, the blaze was thought to be much larger — up to 20 acres — but fire officials said that was due to the steep canyon hillside. The...
  • Op-ed: With fire season upon us, US Forest Service night flying helicopter ready

    As firefighters struggle to contain the Powerhouse fire that is raging between Santa Clarita and Antelope Valley, we are reminded of the terrible devastation that fire, wind and dry fuel can bring. We are also seeing the tremendous utility of night...