NewsLocal NewsCleveland Metro

Actions

New interim chief sworn in for Cleveland Division of Fire

Burchak, Eric_IMG_0265_5x7.jpg
Posted at 6:54 PM, May 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-13 18:55:28-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Mayor Justin Bibb swore in Eric. G. Burchak on Friday as the interim chief for the Cleveland Division of Fire.

He assumes the role immediately, the city said.

According to the city, Burchak graduated from Lakewood High School in 1986 and the West Side Institute of Technology. He's been a firefighter with the department since 1993 when he served on Ladder 23. He made lieutenant in 2000, captain in 2007 and was made battalion chief in 2013. In 2020, he was promoted to assistant chief for the division of fire and has served as the chief of operations and executive officer. He's also a graduate of the 124th Cleveland Police Academy and has worked with the Cleveland Fire Arson Unit as an investigator for six years.

He now serves as the city's 17th division of fire chief.

Burchak's son, Jarret, is also a Cleveland firefighter—having recently graduated from the 36th Cleveland Fire Academy.

The city said Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Luke will now serve as the fire executive officer for the city.

RELATED: Cleveland Fire Chief Angelo Calvillo retiring in May
Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.