[Congressional Record Volume 160, Number 49 (Thursday, March 27, 2014)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
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RECOGNIZING CHUCK LANZA
HON. DEBBIE WASSERMAN SCHULTZ
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
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.