Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski Retires

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Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski will end 32 years of public service when he retires at the end of the day.

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Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Chief Krakowski began his career with Burbank Fire in August of 1980 and promoted through the ranks as a firefighter and paramedic, engineer and captain. Krakowski was promoted to Battalion Chief in 1994
and held that rank 15 years before being named Interim Chief in 2009, and elevated to Permanent Chief in 2010. He recently served five weeks as the acting City Manager until the arrival of Interim City Manager
Ken Pulskamp on December 3.

Chief Krakowski attributes his long career in Burbank to his colleagues. “32 years go by quick,” Krakowski said, “but it goes by easy when you work with good people.”

Pulskamp has begun an internal recruitment process to fill the Chief’s position. Fire Marshal Tom Lenahan, himself a 25-year veteran of the Burbank Fire Department, will serve as the acting Fire Chief during the search for a permanent replacement.

Burbank Fire Chief Ray Krakowski. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

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