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Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan to Retire

Burbank’s last three fire chiefs gathered for Chief Lenahan’s swearing-in. (L to R) Curtis Reynolds, Ray Krakowski, Lenahan,& Mike Davis (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan has announced that he will retire from the City on December 28, 2017, and become Fire Chief of the Hollywood-Burbank Airport in January 2018.

Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“Chief Lenahan has been a leader within the Burbank community,” stated City Manager Ron Davis. “He has been instrumental in achieving both a Class 1 rating for Burbank Fire Department along with becoming an internationally accredited agency, which means the Department is a highly elite team. For this and Chief Lenahan’s years of service, we are grateful.”

“I can not help but feel great about our community retaining his leadership through the appointment with the Hollywood Burbank Airport,” said Davis.

Lenahan began his career with the City of Burbank Fire Department as a Firefighter 30 years ago. He continued to rise through the ranks as Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, and Battalion Chief. He served as Assistant Fire Chief, in charge of the budget, personnel, and other administrative functions from January 2009 – June 2012.

Throughout his time with the BFD, Lenahan has seen several changes and improvement.

“We continue to have one of the most progressive and innovative Emergency Medical Services in California and we are always on the cutting edge of service delivery efficiencies,” said Lenahan. “Most recently we have become an Internationally accredited Fire Department from the Center of Public safety Excellence as well as an ISO Class I rated Fire Department. Not many fire departments in the US have both distinctions.”

Chief Lenahan had a brief tour of duty as the Fire Marshal beginning in July of 2012 before assuming the position of Fire Chief in January 2013.

He is also the Office of Emergency Services Region I, Area C Coordinator, which covers approximately 126 square miles of Los Angeles County and includes the cities of Alhambra, Arcadia, Burbank, Glendale, Monrovia, Monterey Park, Pasadena, San Gabriel, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. This mobilization was recently seen in the La Tuna fire that threatened Burbank homes.

Prior to becoming a Burbank Firefighter Lenahan was a Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy for 5 years.

“Thank you to Burbank for allowing me to serve in such a noble profession,” Lenahan said. “In my new position with the Hollywood Burbank Airport I look forward to continuing the strong relationship with the City and Burbank Fire as we embark in the construction of a new terminal at the Airport.”

Lenahan took over the operations of the fire department in January of 2013 (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Four Firefighters Recognized For Exceptional Service

Four Burbank firefighters were recently recognized by Fire Chief Tom Lenahan and the Burbank Fire Department for exceptional service. Capt. James Baldridge,  Firefighter Paul Konzen and Firefighter Andrew Chest received Letters of Appreciation and Firefighter Grant Coffin received a Commendation of Service in acknowledgement of their ongoing work with the BFD.

Captain Jim Baldridge (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Captain Jim Baldridge (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“Captain Jim Baldridge has always been a conscientious employee who could be counted on to get things done,” commented Capt. Peter Hendrickson, the BFD Public Information Officer. “(He) is driven by the betterment of the organization and his passion for the fire service.”

Baldridge’s commitment to preserving the Fire Department’s history manifests in several ways. He leads the department’s Centennial Historical Book Committee, a group of volunteers who have been collecting information and photos and putting them together in a chronological history of the Burbank Fire service. Hendrickson noted the department is anxiously awaiting completion of the historical book.

Baldridge has been an active member in the recent restoration of the BFD Muster Club’s antique fire apparatus. He also assisted on work at Jay Leno’s “Big Dog Garage” and put in several hours of mechanical work and polishing of equipment at Fire Station 13.

Firefighter Paul Konzen (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Firefighter Paul Konzen (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“Firefighter Konzen maintains the knowledge necessary to keep our department at the forefront of the annual TICP frequency changes, spending countless hours programming the department’s Bendix King (BK) VHF radios and providing training to the membership,” stated Hendrickson. “Often, Konzen can be seen late into the night, on his own time, at one of the stations programming BKs to ensure compliance.”

Konzen assists the Communications Division by researching radios and communications equipment and actively participating as a member of the Verdugo Radio Committee. He also maintains his contacts with the Forest Service that are very beneficial to the Burbank Fire Department; in June 2013, Konzen assisted in the design and acted as a dispatcher on a multi-agency drill. His involvement received a special thanks from the U.S. Forest Service.

Firefighter Andrew Chest (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Firefighter Andrew Chest (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Chest was recognized for both his excellent work and his ability to see a need within the department and take is upon himself to fill it. He has been working on a program for the BFD to have fire line medics out in the brush fire environment and he assisted the Emergency Medical Services Division with the research and purchase of two defibrillators for this program. Additionally, Chest is an EMT instructor for the B shift.

“He is also training to be a Crew Boss leader for the Monarchs hand crew,” added Hendrickson. “This has been a great program the department has supported for many years and Firefighter Chest is helping it out by becoming trained and certified to take out the crew.”

Chest also has been the first individual to finish online training and be certified for minor repairs for the turnout repair program. Turnouts are firefighters’ brightly colored protective suits. Chest’s ability to make minor repairs to turnouts and return them to service immediately saves the department money and weeks of waiting.

Firefighter Grant Coffin (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Firefighter Grant Coffin (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

“Firefighter Grant Coffin has done an outstanding job as a Firefighter/Hazmat Specialist assigned to Fire Station 12A this last year. His work while on emergencies, while training and around the station has been excellent,” commented Hendrickson. “Additionally, he has displayed a great attitude and a cooperative personality throughout the year. This has proven to have a noticeably positive effect on those around him. Furthermore, he has proven himself to be an aggressive, competent, and conscientious firefighter.”

As a member of the Hazmat Team, Coffin procures and maintains the Hazmat Team/BFD’s meters and monitors, including the Draeger Four Gas Detectors, the Canberra Radiation Detectors, the Hazmat Team’s Draeger XAM 7000 and the RAMP Bio-threat Detection Electronic Reader. Coffin trains BFD personnel in the use of these meters. Coffin recently successfully completed Flashover Instructor training and was selected to join the Apparatus Committee, completing a variety of safety and signage projects.

“Firefighter Coffin is an outstanding Burbank City Firefighter,” concluded Hendrickson. “He cares about his job and enjoys giving extra effort to help make our Fire Department stronger and better.”

Baldridge, Konzen, Chest and Coffin were congratulated at their respective fire stations earlier in January. In addition to Firefighter of the Year Eric Rowley, who was profiled in a recent myBurbank story, these four firefighters were honored by the Recognition and Awards Committee, comprised of BFD firefighters, and their names presented to Fire Chief Lenahan for their commitment to being and doing their best for their fellow firefighters and the people of Burbank.

Antique steamer fire engine. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Burbank Fire Department’s recently restored antique steamer fire apparatus. (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Tom Lenahan Named New Burbank Fire Chief

Burbank Interim City Manager Ken Pulskamp has named  Tom Lenahan to become the permanent Fire Chief for the City of Burbank.

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Photo By Ross A. Benson

Lenahan has been serving as the City’s interim fire chief since the departure of Chief Ray Krakowski who retired December 24, 2012.

Chief Lenahan began his career in public safety as a deputy with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1982. Five years later, he joined the Burbank Fire Department as a firefighter. During the last quarter century Lenahan has worked as a firefighter/paramedic, Engineer/paramedic, Captain/paramedic, EMS coordinator, Battalion Chief, Assistant Fire Chief, and Fire Marshall.

“This year marks the Burbank Fire Department’s centennial and Chief Lenahan has been here for twenty-five of those 100-years,” says Pulskamp. “I’m confident he will continue the tradition of providing top level public safety services to the residents of Burbank.”

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Burbank Fire Chief Tom Lenahan (Photo By Ross A. Benson)

Pulskamp selected Chief Lenahan after an internal recruitment that lasted approximately one month.

“I look forward to taking on the challenge and the additional responsibilities of Fire Chief,” says Chief Lenahan. “The City of Burbank and the Burbank Fire Department has provided everything to me and my family and I look forward to giving back.”

Chief Lenahan assumes his position immediately.