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(VICTORIA, TEXAS)  Victoria Fire Chief Taner Drake will retire from the City on June 30 to move closer to his children and grandchild in the Houston area.  Drake has been the Fire Chief in Victoria for more than seven years and was hired on May 10, 2011.

“Taner brought his vision of an efficient fire department with him and he has improved every aspect of the City’s fire operations including reduced response times, more efficient training and setting quantifiable goals for the department,” said Charmelle Garrett, Victoria City Manager. “I will miss his superior management skills, but I know he and his wife want to be closer to their children and grandchild that live in the Houston area.”

Under the seven years of Taner Drake’s tenure as Fire Chief, the Victoria Fire Department built a new fire station, adopted a flex system that moved personnel between vehicles depending on the need, built a new training facility, improved the medical training of 9-1-1 operators, established peer reviews with hospitals on life-critical calls, and improved the City’s fire protection code from a 4 to a 2 lowering home insurance rates. In 2017, the Fire Department Medical and Fire Divisions responded to more than 11,000 emergency calls.

Prior to taking the position as Victoria Fire Chief, Drake had 18 years of experience in the Odessa Fire Department having served as a Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Central Captain, and Operations Assistant Chief.  He was the Assistant Fire Chief of Emergency Medical Services in Odessa, Texas when he was hired to be the Fire Chief of Victoria. In Odessa, Drake also served as the Assistant Fire Chief of Fire Operations with responsibility of eight front line fire apparatus and a staff of more than 150 emergency personnel.  

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