CAPTAIN BRENT F. BURTON
Los Angeles County Fire Department
Brent F. Burton was born and raised in the southwest area of Los Angeles referred to as the Crenshaw / Leimert Park district. He served as the President of the Stentorians, the Los Angeles County Black Firefighter’s Association, for a period of 10 years. His tenure on the Executive Board of the Stentorians spanned a total of 16 years.
During his time on the Stentorians’ Board he was able to create many programs and initiate and complete many projects. Burton is the immediate past President of the African American Firefighter Museum, were he currently serves as an Advisory Board member. Since the passing of the Museum’s beloved historian, Arnett “The Rookie” Hartsfield in 2014 at the age of 96, Burton has taken on the role of sharing the knowledge and history that Hartsfield imparted on him.
Burton is a graduate of the third EDI class. He has been an instructor at EDI since 1995 where he currently teaches five subjects. He has attended courses at the National Fire Academy, served as a Training and Safety officer and Oral Interviewer Rater for his Department.
Captain Burton is well known throughout the fire service community in Los Angeles. He is involved with many other non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles Community. He is the founder and CEO of the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, a non-profit organization founded in 2003, where he currently mentors and instructs youngsters in the elementary and high school system, in the greater Los Angeles region.