City council names new fire chief

Longtime Fire Department employee Mike Myers was named Wednesday by the Las Vegas City Council as the next fire chief.

He will replace Chief Greg Gammon, who is retiring in January.

Myers joined the department in 1986 and served as a firefighter, paramedic and training officer through 2002, when he was promoted to assistant fire chief. He was interim fire chief from August 2007 to January 2008.

Additionally, from 2007 to the present, Myers was deputy fire chief for medical services and communication.

He oversaw the addition of a cardiac arrest treatment that has dramatically increased survival rates, and during his tenure the number of calls dispatched in less than 90 seconds increased from 56 percent of calls in 2006 to 83 percent in 2008, according to the city.