Department Head Bio

Chief Eddie Burns Sr., 
 Portrait of Eddie Burns Sr.,

Eddie Burns Sr. has 38 years of Fire and Police experience. Chief Burns started his career in the fire service in July 1979.  In 1988, Chief Burns attended the Fort Worth Police Academy and was later assigned to the Arson/Bomb squad. Chief Burns was promoted to Captain, Battalion Chief, Chief Training Officers, and Deputy Fire Chief.  He spent 27 years in the Fort Worth Fire Department and retired as the Executive Deputy Chief, second in command.   In 2006 Chief Burns was selected to lead the Dallas Fire -Rescue Department. He served as Dallas’s top firefighter from 2006-2011. In 2015 Chief Burns was selected as Fire Chief in the City of Glenn Heights.  Chief Burns was recently promoted to Public Safety Director for the City of Glenn Heights in September 2017. Chief Burns is responsible for the oversight of all public safety functions including police, fire and emergency management.  

Chief Burns is certified through the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as a Master Structural Firefighter, Master Fire Arson Investigator, Master Inspector, Master Instructor and holds a Basic Peace Officer Certification through Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE). Chief Burns graduated Cum Laude from Dallas Baptist University with a Bachelor of applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice and Management and a Master of Arts in Organizational Management. Chief Burns is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program from the National Fire Academy in Maryland and was selected to attend the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government for Public Officials in 2006.

Chief Burns has been an adjunct instructor with Tarrant County College (TCD), Dallas Community College District (DCCD) and is currently an adjunct at University of North Texas at Dallas. Chief Burns is a Contract Instructor for the National Fire Academy where he teaches Leadership & Management classes. He also served as a guest instructor for Black Chief Officers Committee (BCOC) and has been teaching at the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute (EDI) for 10 years at Dillard University.