January 2008 

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New Chief To Head Las Vegas Fire & Rescue

The City Council recently ratified the appointment of Greg Gammon to head up the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department. Gammon will fill the vacancy left by David L. Washington, who retired in October of last year.

The process to find a replacement involved a national search with nearly 40 candidates considered. Those candidates were from all over the nation as well as several from inside the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department.

Gammon is a 23-year veteran of the department. He has worked his way through the ranks as a firefighter, paramedic, captain, battalion chief, fire marshal, deputy chief of Support Services, deputy chief of Operations and was named senior deputy chief in December of 2006. He was appointed by the governor to serve as the city of Las Vegas representative on the state Homeland Security Commission.

As fire chief, Gammon will oversee 16 fire stations and more than 700 employees, who provide fire suppression, public safety, emergency medical services, bomb squad and HAZMAT services, rescue operations, public education, fire prevention, arson investigation and emergency management operations.

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is one of only eight departments to achieve two of the highest honors in the fire service. The department is both an Insurance Services Offices, Inc. (ISO) Class One Department, and is accredited with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International, Inc. (CFAI). Together these honors represent the highest of excellence in response times, fire suppression, fire prevention, public education, emergency management, future planning and human resources.

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