Burbank fire officials expect up to 2,000 applicants to attend an orientation for the next academy as the department gears up to hire eight to 10 recruits.
The recruiting period for the latest fire academy ends Friday, the first time Burbank has participated in a tri-city session with Glendale and Pasadena since 2008.
The department expects 1,500 to 2,000 prospective candidates to attend an orientation Sept. 11 at Forest Lawn.
After administering the written exam, fire officials will conduct oral interviews during November, with the hope of assembling a competitive list to send on for background checks and interviews with the fire chief, said Assistant Fire Chief Thomas Lenahan.
Glendale, which hired 11 new recruits in June, has no plans to hire for the upcoming spring.
"We enjoy doing [the tri-city academy] and I know it's a good thing, but right now we don't have an active list. We accounted for any planned retirements and promotions in this last round of hiring," Glendale Fire Capt. Stuart Stefani said.