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TAMARAC, Fla. (February 23, 2022) – In a unanimous vote, Tamarac City Commission appointed Mike Annese as Tamarac Fire Rescue’s (TFR) new Fire Chief, during today’s Regular Commission Meeting.
Most recently, Annese served as Acting Fire Chief from September 2021- February 2022. The 24-year Tamarac Fire veteran began his career with the City in 1998, as a firefighter/paramedic. He served in several roles in the department, including Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief, Fire Lieutenant and Rescue Supervisor.
Under his leadership, TFR joined Broward County's Closest Unit Response Program, which allows any available and equipped vehicle within two minutes of an emergency to respond regardless of the agency’s jurisdiction. He was integral in TFR’s efforts to administer more than 2,000 COVID-19 vaccines to Tamarac residents. He was also instrumental in maintaining the department’s distinguished Commission on Fire Accreditation International and Class 1 rating with the Insurance Services Office.
“It is an honor to serve the City of Tamarac and the fire department as Fire Chief,” said Annese. “I want to thank the men and women of Tamarac Fire Rescue who work tirelessly every day to keep our community safe. I look forward to continuing the excellent performance and service that Tamarac residents have come to know.”
Annese holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration and a master’s degree in Disaster Preparedness and Executive Fire Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He is a licensed paramedic and holds many fire service certifications.
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ABOUT THE CITY OF TAMARAC
Tamarac covers a 12-square mile area in western Broward County and is home to nearly 72,000 residents, according to the 2020 U.S. Census, and approximately 2,000 businesses. Ideally situated, Tamarac provides easy access to highways, railways, airports and waterways, and a wealth of cultural and sports activities. Tamarac’s median age continues to grow younger and the population more diverse, as people recognize the City as a great place to spend their lives. For more information, visit www.Tamarac.org.