Chief Larry Tan || Director Emeritus

LAWRENCE E. TAN, Esq, NRP is Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the New Castle County (Delaware) Department of Public Safety, a nationally accredited municipal emergency medical services (EMS) agency. He is a Director Emeritus and Past President of the International Association of EMS Chiefs (IAEMSC).

Chief Tan received his paramedic education from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas, graduating in 1982 following completion of his field internship in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tan graduated summa cum laude from Wilmington University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resources Management. He received his Juris Doctor degree from Widener University School of Law and has been admitted to practice law by the Supreme Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the United States District Court of New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Chief Tan attended the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program in June 2008.

Chief Tan has been a member of the National Faculty for the Counter Narcotics and Terrorism Operations Medical Support (CONTOMS) Program conducted by the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service and United States Park Police. He serves on the federal InterAgency Board (IAB) for Equipment Standardization and Interoperability as a member of the Health, Medical and Responder Safety (HMRS) SubGroup, and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate First Responder Working Group. Chief Tan also served on the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) Steering Committee for the national “EMS Culture of Safety” project and served two terms on the FEMA Region III Regional Advisory Council. He is a member of the Delaware EMS Oversight Council, which has a statutory responsibility to monitor statewide EMS system performance.

In 2008, he received a congressional appointment to the National Commission on Children and Disasters. The Commission was charged with conducting a comprehensive study to examine and assess the needs of children as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies.


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