Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFR) Chief Mike Myers announced his retirement today. Myers has been with the fire department since 1986, and has served as chief for the last two years. His final day with LVFR will be Feb. 7, 2013.
“My wife was offered a job in Chicago, which is a wonderful career opportunity for her,” said Chief Myers. “With over 25 years of service to LVFR, the timing is right for my family and me to make this change. I am very proud that the LVFR team has continued to excel during my time here with performance improvements, infrastructure improvements, improved policy and budgetary savings.”
Over his time with LVFR, Myers worked his way up through the organization, serving as a firefighter, a paramedic, a fire training officer, assistant fire chief, deputy fire chief and ultimately chief.
“Mike has had an outstanding career serving his community with distinction,” said City Manager Elizabeth N. Fretwell. “He has left the fire department a better organization, especially in his work to make the LVFR more efficient and to improve the survivability of cardiac arrest patients.”
Some of the LVFR accomplishments during Myers’ time as chief included the opening of two new fire stations, reaccreditation from the Centers for Public Safety Excellence, a new sick leave policy that reduced sick time and overtime by 10 percent, a program to increase the survival rate of heart attack patients and the completion of a comprehensive study looking for efficiencies within the department by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).
“While he will leave big shoes to fill, his legacy will live on as we continue to refine, and perhaps redefine, how we will continue to provide the high quality service for which the LVFR is so well known,” said Chief Public Safety Officer Karen Coyne. “We all wish Mike and his family the very best.”
The city will now begin the process to find a replacement for Chief Myers.