[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 49 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)]

[Extensions of Remarks]

[Pages E462-E463]

From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]





                        RECOGNIZING CHUCK LANZA





                     HON. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ


                               of florida


                    in the house of representatives


                        Thursday, March 27, 2014


  Ms. WASSERMAN SCHULTZ. Mr. Speaker, I rise to recognize the

accomplishments of Chuck Lanza, the outgoing Emergency Management

Director for Broward County, Florida.

  Mr. Lanza is one of the exemplary professionals responsible for

safeguarding the lives of the residents of Broward County, and our

community will miss him dearly.

  The goal of the Broward County Emergency Management Division is to

provide effective emergency management by coordination of public and

private resources, development of response plans, implementation of

emergency operations, and preparation through training and education.

  Chuck Lanza has been a fearless leader in ensuring that our South

Florida community is always well prepared and his 28-year career

reflects the best of what an emergency management professional should


  He began his career in 1978 with the Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue

Department where he rose to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief.

  In 1995 Chuck was named Emergency Manager for Miami-Dade County and

remained in that position until 2003.

  From 2005 to 2007, Chuck served as the Fire Chief for the Broward

Sheriff's Office Department of Fire Rescue, a dual service Fire and EMS

Department responsible for regional services including Hazardous

Materials, Technical Rescue and Air Rescue.

  Before taking over as Broward County's Emergency Management Director

in 2008,


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Chuck spent a year as Fire Chief for the Seminole Tribe of Florida.

  I am particularly grateful for the years I had the opportunity to

work directly with Chuck as he helped my constituents and South

Floridians prepare for each new hurricane season through education,

outreach and resources.

  Chuck's commitment to his work and his community led him to the top

of his profession. I thank him for his efforts to protect and save the

lives of countless Floridians, and for a career dedicated to helping

people and strengthening our resolve and our response in the face of

natural and man-made disasters. I'm sure I speak on behalf of all South

Floridians in wishing him well in his future endeavors.