Saltzman picks out-of-town fire chief

Mike Myers, 49, appointed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman

A Portland Fire & Rescue crew (KOIN, file)
A Portland Fire & Rescue crew (KOIN, file)

PORTLAND, Ore. (PORTLAND TRIBUNE) — A veteran out-of-state fire chief has been appointed to head Portland Fire & Rescue.

Mike Myers, 49, formerly headed the fire bureaus in both Las Vegas and St. Charles, Missouri. He was appointed by Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who is in charge of PF&R, in part because of his experience with emergency medical services (EMS) responses.

“EMS responses make up 80 percent of the bureau’s responses, and Myers has a reputation for innovation in that field,” says Saltzman.

Salzman selected Myers after a national search that included applicants from within PF&R.

According to Saltmzan, Myers is nationally recognized for his EMS leadership. He has been featured on the Discovery Channel for innovation, and holds a B.S. in healthcare administration.

Myers has more than 27 years experience with fire and rescue bureaus. He retired as chief for Las Vegas Fire & Rescue in early 2013 after 26 years of service. Myers began there in 1986 as a firefighter, and quickly rose through the ranks as a paramedic, fire training officer, assistant chief and deputy chief before earning the top job in 2011. Under his leadership, the department earned a rare accreditation with the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

In 2014, Myers returned to service as chief and emergency manager for St. Charles, Missouri. With a population of 70,000 and a unique mix of defense industry and commercial holdings, St. Charles is a regional partner with St. Louis. While there, he modernized the outlook and operation of the department.

Myers has also served as a principal member for the National Fire Protection Association on three committees and was an adjunct faculty member for the College of Southern Nevada for many years, having designed and taught the Fire Strategies and Tactics curriculum.

The position pays $180,752 annually.

Former Portland Fire Chief Erin Janssens retired in April after 28 years of city service. She became the first woman to serve as chief in June 2012 when former city councilor Randy Leonard appointed her to the job. She was the fire marshal at the time.

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