Miami-Dade Fire Rescue gets new chief

Dave Downey replaces William "Shorty" Bryson

Published On: Jan 30 2013 04:39:36 PM EST   Updated On: Jan 23 2013 03:11:28 PM EST
DORAL, Fla. -

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue has a new chief.

The Miami-Dade Commission unanimously approved Dave Downey as the new chief on Wednesday.

Downey will replace outgoing Chief William "Shorty" Bryson, whose last day will be on February 1.

Downey, 49, is being promoted from Assistant Fire Chief.

He has been with the county’s fire rescue department since 1988.

Bryson has been chief since Aug. 2011.