KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Kansas City longtime fire chief has announced his retirement.
Smoke Dyer says his last day is July 30. City Manager Troy Schulte says he hopes to have a replacement in a few months.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/MKWgJO ) that Dyer and several dozen senior firefighters are taking advantage of a retirement incentive package.
Dyer was hired to lead the Kansas City Fire Department in 2000 and spent 13 years as fire chief in nearby Lee's Summit before that. He also served for almost a decade on the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Councilman Ed Ford says Dyer's retirement comes at a time when the fire department needs to look at putting more emphasis on first response and ambulance calls rather than putting out fires.