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2021 40 Under 40 | Carly Alley | California

40 Under 40 nominees were selected based on their contributions to the American Ambulance Association, their employer, state ambulance association, other professional associations, and/or the EMS profession.

Carly Alley
Executive Director
Riggs Ambulance Service
Merced, California
Nominated by: Rob Lawrence


Carly Alley is the Executive Director of Riggs Ambulance Service of Merced California, a position she has held since early 2019. Before that and since 2007, Carly has held every operational role from EMT, through Operations Supervisor and then Manager to her current position. Carly completed her Ambulance Service Manager class in 2016 and has seen Riggs through a recent successful RFP process to remain operating in the Merced area. Carly is a Paramedic and began her public service career as a wildland firefighter with the US Forest Service.

Reason for Nomination

Carly Alley is worthy of praise and recognition in this year’s 40 under 40 program. She has risen through the ranks of her Merced CA based EMS system to be the Executive Director. She has a deep understanding of the operation of every facet of running and operating a 911 and Inter Facility Transport service, and she leads from the front. Recently, EMS1 selected and covered Carly as a female EMS leader who is a great example as a role model for gender equality in the industry. It noted that Carly is ‘blazing a trail for others to follow’. In addition to her duties as Rigg’s Chief, Carly is also a newly appointed Board Member of the California Ambulance Association where she is making a wonderful contribution. As the EMS industry matures, we must look to our under 40s to take the reigns of EMS leadership and administration. Carly has already achieved the role of a chief officer and will invariably offer much more in the future in both the state and national EMS arenas.

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