On Saturday, Don Marrelli, the director for Carbon County Ambulance, was named the Rural Utah EMS Director of the Year. His crew from the Carbon County Ambulance department would like to congratulate him on such great work as well as thank him for all that he does for them and the people of Carbon County.
Don started his career in EMS in 1988 when he became an EMT and began working for Carbon County Ambulance. He has been involved in EMS for 31 years and has been the EMS Director of Carbon County for 21 years.
When he became the EMS director, he could tell there was a disconnect to the Utah Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (BEMS) and rural EMS, so he decided to get involved. Don is on the BEMS Grant Committee. He has met with the governor and lieutenant governor to initiate changes in the way grant money is issued to rural emergency services agencies.
Don also serves on the peer review board and does inspections on ambulances for Utah BEMS. He is an EMT instructor, course coordinator and training officer. He was instrumental in the development of the Utah BEMS strike teams and served as the team leader for the southeastern region. Don served as the vice chairmen of the Rural EMS Director Association during the first years as it was being developed.
Don has been a leader, advisor and friend to most of the rural EMS directors as well as to his ambulance crew and any EMT that needs assistance in learning the ins and outs of EMS. Don has a strong desire to not only improve Carbon County EMS, but to help other EMS agencies improve. He will often travel to other rural EMS agencies and attend their commission and/or training meetings to help or make recommendations on problems or situations they may need assistance with. Don is deserving of this award for all the hard work he has put into serving rural EMS, the Carbon County Ambulance Department and EMS in general.
“We as rural EMS directors are privileged to work next to him and call him our friend,” rural directors shared.