Advancing the EMS profession

National EMS Awards 

Each year, NAEMT collaborates with other national EMS organizations to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions in EMS. By submitting a nomination, you not only recognize the candidate, you also honor and recognize the EMS profession – and all EMS professionals – who provide quality emergency patient care to their communities every day.

The 2024 nomination period will open on March 1.

Select an award below to learn more about each award. The award recipient in each category receives $1,000 in cash, three core program registrations, and $1,200 for travel and lodging at the EMS World Expo/NAEMT Annual Meeting held the same year as the award. Award recipient is announced in NAEMT News and EMS World, and recognized at the NAEMT General Membership Meeting and the opening ceremony of EMS World Expo.

National EMS Awards of Excellence

  • NAEMT EMT of the Year Award, sponsored by Demers-Braun-Crestline-Medix

  • NAEMT Paramedic of the Year Award, sponsored by Velico

  • Community Paramedic of the Year Award

  • NAEMT EMS Educator of the Year Award, sponsored by Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group

  • NAEMT EMS Medical Director of the Year Award, sponsored by Bound Tree-Sarnova

  • NAEMT Military Medic of the Year Award, sponsored by North American Rescue

  • NAEMT-AAP Pediatric EMS Award, sponsored by Handtevy Pediatric Emergency Standards, Inc.

  • Dick Ferneau Career EMS Service of the Year, sponsored by Ferno

  • Volunteer EMS Service of the Year Award, sponsored by Digitech

  • NAEMT-ACEP EMS Safety in EMS Award, sponsored Technimount

  • EMS Caring Award, sponsored by Dynarex

  • Wellness and Resilience Award, sponsored by FirstNet, Built with AT&T

National EMS Awards of Excellence Recipients

  • Paramedic of the Year

  • EMT of the Year

  • Military Medic of the Year

  • EMS Educator of the Year

  • EMS Medical Director of the Year

  • Pediatric EMS Award

  • Volunteer EMS Service of the Year

  • Career EMS Service of the Year

  • EMS Caring Award

  • Safety in EMS

  • Wellness and Resilience Award

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Rocco V. Morando Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

NAEMT Education Service Award

  • Selection Criteria for Education Service Award

  • 2016 Recipients

  • 2017 Recipients

  • 2018 Recipients

  • 2019 Recipients

  • 2020 Recipients

  • 2021 Recipients

  • 2022 Recipients

  • 2023 Recipients