Current Fire Chief, Dewayne Burk, is a second generation Lawton Firefighter who joined the Department in January 1992. Chief Burk assumed the role of Interim Fire Chief in January 2013, when former Fire Chief Bart Hadley retired and formally accepted the Fire Chief’s position on April 1, 2013. Prior to accepting the position of Fire Chief, Chief Burk had been promoted through the ranks of the Lawton Fire Department where he held the positions of Apparatus Driver, Company Officer, Assistant Fire Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. Chief Burk has a Bachelors Degree in Bio-Chemistry from Cameron University, an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection and Safety Technology that he received from Oklahoma State University, and has completed the International Fire Chiefs Association’s “Executive Chief Officer” program.
Chief Burk was awarded a meritorious service award for “Service Above Self” for his actions in rescuing a burn victim from a neighboring community in 2007. The Chief has served as a Labor/Management Advocate across the State of Oklahoma and is a CLEET Certified Commissioned Peace Officer. Chief Burk has served in several elected positions throughout his career within the Lawton Firefighters Association, as well as several state firefighter boards to include the Oklahoma Fire Chiefs Association and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.
Chief Burk credits much of his success to the support he has received from his wife Tiffani and their three children. The Chief is quick to point out that his career has also benefited tremendously from the advice he received from the many mentors he had the pleasure of working with over the last 20+ years with the department. The Chief believes that in order to make a difference, you must be willing to get involved and that success is something you earn as opposed to being given. To contact Chief Burk, please call the Central Fire Station at (580) 581-3280.