Illinois Fire Service Institute


sean burke

Associate Director, On-Site Fire Fighting Program Director/Operations Officer

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Sean has served as our Assistant Director for Firefighting Programs since 2014. In that role Sean is responsible for overseeing the planning and execution of all firefighting programs statewide.

Sean has been a member of the IFSI field staff since 2009. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Sean started with the Chicago Fire Department in 1980, where he spent 22 years in the Englewood area. Sean has held every testable position (Engineer, Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief) for the Chicago Fire Department. Sean retired after 35 years of service, as the Battalion Chief assigned to the 18th Battalion at 71st Street and Parnell in the Englewood area.
Sean graduated from St. Meinrad with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and with a minor in Education. He has also completed the Fire Science program offered at Chicago City Wide Colleges.

Sean is a second-generation firefighter, following in the footsteps of his father who served as Assistant Chief on the Lombard Fire Department until 1968.
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