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Eddie Burns Sr.

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Fire Chief
Dallas Fire-Rescue and
Adjunct Faculty
Since 2006, Eddie Burns Sr. has served as chief of Dallas Fire-Rescue, overseeing more than 2,000 employees and managing a departmental budget of more than $200 million. Over a professional firefighting career that began in 1979, he has served as executive deputy fire chief in the Fort Worth Fire Department, deputy fire chief in educational services, battalion chief, fire captain, fire lieutenant, fire engineer and firefighter.
He graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and management and earned a master’s degree in organizational management with an emphasis in conflict resolution and mediation, both from Dallas Baptist University. He completed specialized training at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program of the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. He earned an associate degree in fire administration at Weatherford College, and he has served as an adjunct instructor in its fire academy.
A Texas state-certified emergency medical technician, Chief Burns is also certified through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a master firefighter, master fire inspector, fire instructor, arson investigator and hazardous materials technician. He is also a Texas peace officer and court-appointed mediator.
Burns is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, the National Fire Protection Association and the North Central Texas Fire Chiefs Association.

Chief Burns has participated in the city of Dallas’ Executive Leadership Program, was named Weatherford College Alumnus of the Year and received the Servant Leadership Award from Dallas Baptist University.
Community and volunteer work includes establishing jobs for youth to receive financial incentives to stay out of trouble, serving as a coach and mentor for youth sports, volunteering for Big Brothers and Big Sisters and the Boy Scouts of America, participating in community strategies developed by the American Heart Association and serving as a volunteer camp counselor for Camp Jubilee for children with sickle-cell anemia, held at Camp John Marc in Bosque County in collaboration with Children’s Medical Center of Dallas.