Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010 | 3:30 p.m.
A 24-year veteran of the Las Vegas Fire and Rescue department will succeed current Chief Greg Gammon when he retires in January to take a position at the College of Southern Nevada.
The Las Vegas City Council ratified the promotion of Deputy Chief Mike Myers to the position of fire chief today at its meeting.
Myers has worked with the department since 1986 as a firefighter, paramedic and fire training officer before assuming the role of assistant fire chief in 2002, officials said. He also served as interim fire chief for several months in 2007 and 2008.
In 2007, Myers became the deputy fire chief and oversaw medical services and communications. City officials said there was a 40 percent increase in cardiac arrest patient survivability during his tenure in that position.
The department also reduced its response times, with almost 83 percent of emergency calls being dispatched in fewer than 90 seconds in 2008, officials said.
Myers will begin serving as fire chief Jan. 10, 2011, when Gammon officially retires.