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City of Moscow EMS Division Chief Nationally Recognized

August 20, 2019 (Moscow, Idaho) —  The City of Moscow is proud to recognize City of Moscow EMS Division Chief Debby Carscallen who has been recently announced as Paramedic of the Year for the 2019 National EMS Awards of Excellence by NAEMT and EMS World. Carscallen will be officially presented with this prestigious award on October 15 at the EMS World Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Carscallen was nominated for this national award by peers in the Moscow EMS community. Nominees for the Paramedic and EMT of the Year Awards are scored on how the nominee:

  • Provides superior patient care
  • Is an effective advocate for patients and their families
  • Works with peers to foster a positive work environment
  • Demonstrates professionalism in interacting with patients, their families, and other medical professionals
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuing professional education

Mayor Bill Lambert says of the award, “We are tremendously proud of Debby, who truly deserves this recognition. She is an integral part of the City’s and the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department’s team, and a shining example of the community of Moscow!”

Nicole Wheaton, Director of Emergency Services for Gritman Medical Center says in Carscallen’s nomination, “Debby is a paramedic whose purpose and focus are to serve her community and patients. Her positive attitude and humble demeanor have allowed her to achieve great things.”   

City of Moscow Fire Chief Brian Nickerson says, “Debby is well known for her outstanding contributions to the EMS profession and the patients she serves. Her outstanding skills as a Paramedic and Firefighter are invaluable to the Moscow and Latah County EMS community. She’s calm under pressure, is always an advocate for the patient and she is a professional and compassionate care provider to our patients. She is regarded as a coach, teacher, and leader to all in the public safety community in Moscow and Latah County.”   

Carscallen has been a member of the Moscow and Latah County EMS and Fire Community since she began as a volunteer EMT in 2002. For more than fifteen years she has served as a volunteer EMT, Paramedic, Ambulance Company 2nd Lieutenant, Firefighter, Rural Firefighter, Suppression Captain and also as a Reserve Police Officer for the City of Moscow.   

In 2017, Carscallen was hired as the EMS Division Chief for the City of Moscow Fire Department. The City partners with and provides support to the Moscow Volunteer Fire Department (MVFD) which provides fire and ALS Paramedic services to the greater Moscow community. Under her leadership the volunteer recruitment and retention for the EMS company of the MVFD has increased by more than forty percent with 65 plus actively serving volunteers EMT’s and paramedics.  

About NAEMT - Formed in 1975 and more than 72,000 members strong, the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) is the only national association representing the professional interests of all emergency and mobile healthcare practitioners. NAEMT members work in all sectors of EMS, including government agencies, fire departments, hospital-based ambulance services, private companies, industrial and special operations settings, and in the military. Contact: Kathleen Taormina, Marketing and Media Director,

About EMS World - EMS World is the leading brand for the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) field – and includes EMS World magazine,, EMS World Expo, Revista EMS World, and EMS World Americas. EMS World Magazine is the most authoritative source in the world for clinical and educational material designed to improve the delivery of prehospital emergency medical care. provides the web's most comprehensive EMS news coverage, product information, job listings, videos and a host of educational features and columns. EMS World Expo is an annual EMS focused education conference. The conference is hosted in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The event offers classes on tools, technologies, and trends in prehospital care and also features an exhibit hall. Visit


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Phone: 208-882-2831

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Moscow, ID 83843
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