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Eric Burchak sworn in as interim chief of Cleveland Division of Fire

Burchak replaces Angelo Calvillo, who retired Friday after 33 years with the Cleveland Division of Fire.

CLEVELAND — On the same day that Angelo Calvillo worked his final day as the chief of the Cleveland Division of Fire, the city announced his replacement. 

On Friday, Mayor Justin Bibb administered the oath of office to Eric G. Burchak as the interim chief of the Cleveland Division of Fire. He immediately assumes the duties of fire chief, the 17th in the city's history. 

Burchak has been a member of the Cleveland Division of Fire since 1993. He began his career serving as a firefighter with Ladder 23 and also spent six years as an investigator with the Cleveland Fire Arson Unit. Burchak was promoted to lieutenant in 2000, to captain in 2007, battalion chief in 2013, and assistant chief in 2020.  He also served as the division's chief of operations and executive officer before assuming the position of interim chief.   

A 1986 graduate of Lakewood High School and West Side Institute of Technology, Burchak lives on Cleveland's west side with his wife, Joan. Their son Jarret is also a member of the Cleveland Division of Fire, having recently graduated with the 36th Cleveland Fire Academy. 

Assistant Fire Chief Anthony Luke will serve as the division's executive officer. 

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