At last week’s meeting, the Las Vegas City Council unanimously ratified Fernando Gray as the city’s new chief of the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department. Gray has more than 25 years of fire services experience and was selected for the director position by City Manager Jorge Cervantes.
Gray started his career as a firefighter/paramedic in his hometown of Dallas, Texas. During his 21 years with the department, he served in nearly every position, including driver engineer, lieutenant, budget and administration officer, EMS shift duty officer, captain, training officer, battalion chief, deputy chief, assistant fire chief of operations and retired as the chief of staff (second in command).
Following his career in Dallas, Gray was appointed fire chief for the city of Aurora, Colorado, in 2017 and served in that position for five years before being chosen to lead Las Vegas Fire & Rescue.
Gray is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and has a Masters of Public Administration from Sam Houston State University.
He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Science from Texas A&M University. In addition, he completed the International Association of Fire Chiefs Executive Development Institute and obtained the prestigious Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Gray is also an alumnus of both the Naval Post-Graduate School’s Executive Leaders Program and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Senior Executives Program.