Captain Brent Fitzgerald Burton was born and raised in the Crenshaw/Leimert park district in the city of Los Angeles. He attended Los Angeles High School where he lettered in football and basketball.

In 1985 at the age of 19, he was hired as a firefighter with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, finishing as the youngest member and at the top of his recruit class. At the age of 21 he became a certified paramedic and worked on various paramedic units throughout the County.

At the age of 28, Burton promoted to the rank of Captain. At the time of his promotion, he was the youngest company officer in the Department. During his 31-year career in the fire service, he has been able to serve in various capacities and develop major projects. Over his career he has worked in some of the Fire Department’s busiest assignments. Some of the areas he has been assigned to have included, West Hollywood, Florence-Firestone, Watts, Huntington Park, View park, LaDera Heights, Rosemead, Altadena, East Los Angeles, Hawthorne and Inglewood.

Prior to being hired by the LA County Fire Dept, Burton was introduced to the Stentorians; an organization of Black firefighters in Los Angeles founded in 1954. Within two years of joining the organization, he became a member of the Executive Board. Burton served a total of 16 years as a Board member and served as President of the Stentorians for 10 years. He is a founding member and the immediate past President of the African American Firefighter Museum near downtown Los Angeles.

He is the founder of the Junior Firefighter Youth Foundation, a program that works with youngsters in elementary and high schools in the Los Angles County Region. Burton also serves as the Chair of the Mentoring Committee for the 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, and he is the current Board chair of the Los Angeles CARES Mentoring Movement. Burton is a CERT instructor for the Fire Department. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and experiences with others.

Burton is currently assigned to the Recruitment Unit for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.   He is the proud father of three grown children, the grandfather of three boys and he resides with his wife in the Baldwin Hills community of Los Angeles.