The Burlington Fire Department has proudly completed its 119th year of service to our community, and we continue to strive to provide the highest level of life safety and property protection possible. We do this through fire suppression, emergency medical services, hazardous material response and mitigation, and specialized rescue operations. In addition, we continue to provide public fire education, fire inspection, and investigation programs that have proven to make our community a safer place to live and work.
This past year proved to be the Department’s busiest year ever, ending with over 7,000 calls for service. The Department has seen an overall increase in call volume of 19% collectively over the past five years. We continue to build on our capabilities while meeting the increasing challenges both inside and outside of our community. This past year we added emergency medical skill sets, and we continue to build our urban search and rescue capabilities and equipment inventory. This past year the Department held its first ever Firefighter Recognition/Retirement event. Many members of the Department were recognized for heroic acts, career achievements, and retirement from service. The event was a huge success and was made possible by the combined efforts of our Fire Commissioners and Department staff.