has been a member of the Burbank Fire Department since June 1991 as a
Paid On Call (P.O.C.) firefighter. He was hired as a fulltime
Firefighter/Paramedic in Sept. 1994 and in 2006 he tested and was
promoted to the rank of Engineer. In 2008 Dave was promoted to
Lieutenant and then appointed Battalion Chief in charge of Operations in
2013. He was then appointed as the Fire Chief in October 2015. As Chief,
he directs a fire department of 29 full-time and 25 paid-on-call
personnel as well as the City of Burbankís Emergency Service Disaster
Agency (ESDA). Chief Gilgenberg holds a Bachelorís Degree in Business
(Benedictine University) and a Masterís Degree in Fire Service and
Homeland Security Management (Southern Illinois University). He has held
the position of rescue specialist on the Illinois USAR Taskforce #1
Rescue Team and is currently the Technical Rescue Chief for MABAS
Division #21. Dave is a lifelong resident of Burbank, is married and has
two children. Chief Gilgenberg can be contacted at the City of Burbank
Fire Department at 708-599-7766 or by email at
The goal of the Burbank Fire Department is to save lives and property
and to prevent the citizens of Burbank from further danger by natural or
man-made disasters and accidents.
This function is performed in different ways: public education in our
schools and the business community, CPR training; and through the City
of Burbank newsletter, which informs residents of various fire safety
measures that should be performed in their homes.
The Fire Department is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with an
average shift of 9 full-time firefighters and paramedics. Shifts consist
of 24 hours on duty, followed by 48 hours off. Manning consists of 2
Officers, 2 Engineers, and 4-6 Firefighter/Paramedics, depending on
staffing. The Department has one of the newest fleets of firefighting
apparatus in the area. Within the fleet there are four Engines, one
Aerial Tower, one Heavy Rescue Squad, one Technical Rescue Trailer,
three Advance Life Support Ambulances (paramedic staffed), two Service
Vehicles, and three Command Vehicles.
The Burbank Fire Department is part of the 1st Fire District, which
consists of 14 surrounding agencies. Personnel within the Fire
Department have advance training in fire suppression, technical rescue,
and hazardous materials incidents. The Burbank Fire
approximately 20 paid-on-call members which are support staff to the
full-time personnel. These members respond from home when alerted by a
call and function as both firefighters and paramedics on the scene of
fires and other emergencies.
The Burbank Fire Department was formed on June 21, 1942, by a group of
men from what was then called Stickney Township. The original Burbank
firehouse was built by volunteers and was located at 85th & Mayfield
Avenue, on what is the current site of Station One Fire House.
The first engine was fabricated from a refurbished oil tanker. Things
certainly have changed in 63 years. Today, the Burbank Fire Department
has two stations: Headquarters, located at 6530 W. 79th Street, and
Station One located at 8455 S. Mayfield.