Summerlin in Las Vegas
Summerlin in Las Vegas – One of the key elements of making a planned community, such as Summerlin in Las Vegas attractive to potential home buyers is the knowledge that the local fire and police departments are active, vital and able to handle any emergency which may arise. In a recent interview, Las Vegas Fire Chief Mike Myers promised to maintain the high standards for which Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is currently known. Myers pledged to continue to meet the department’s performance goals. Speaking to a group of homeowners in Sun City Summerlin, he said he was only doing his job.
Despite the current economic slump, Myers said homes in Las Vegas and Henderson NV homes, as well as those in other surrounding communities, would continue to receive the attention they have known in the past. Myers added that level of protection this would continue into the future despite recent manpower cuts and a tight fiscal situation. The department currently is rated as among one of the most efficient nationwide, an honor Myers intends to maintain.
Myers took over for outgoing chief Greg Gammon last January and since then has met with civic groups and homeowners throughout the region two or three times each month, spreading the word that he will be running the department in a businesslike fashion and making the most of the 510 firefighters currently on the payroll.
Myers said he has already had to make some tough decisions to run the department on the current budget of $106.8 million. With budget cuts for fiscal year 2012 decreasing by $2.5 million, he expects even more belt-tightening in the future. This will in no way impact the department’s ability to service Las Vegas and surrounding communities, however, according to Myers.
Myers said the point of the public meetings is primarily to gather ideas from local homeowners on running the department and to share ideas gleaned from other nearby communities. He said he wanted to hear homeowner reactions to the department and tell them his plans for departmental improvements planned for the future.
Myers has served for 24 years with the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue admits he has no business degree, but asserts that his years of experience with the department make him uniquely qualified to keep costs down and efficiency high during difficult economic times. During his recent talk, Myers noted the numbers required to maintain the department’s standing wit the Commission of Fire Accreditation International, as well as the national Insurance Services Office. Most response times to fires are currently less than six minutes; Myers said his goal is to reduce that in 90 percent of calls to 5.2 minutes.
In 2010, Las Vegas Fire & Rescue responded to 87,412 calls, 2,124 of which were fires and over 80,000 of which were medical emergencies. Though specifically trained to fight fires, many of the departments fire fighters also have training in many other types of emergencies, including medical emergencies.
A new station will open in 2012 in Sun City Summerlin with two other new stations planned for openings next year in Las Vegas.