Carrollton Fire Rescue
Debbie Carpenter is an Assistant Chief with Carrollton Fire Rescue, a mid-sized suburb of Dallas, TX, and an ISO Class I department answering both fire and EMS calls for service. Debbie has worked in Carrollton since 1995, filling every position from probationary firefighter to Assistant Chief. The honors that she has earned from her department include Firefighter of the Year in 1997 and Fire Officer of the Year in 2012. Through the fire department, Debbie was introduced to Parkland Burn Camp, where she has served for 20 years as a camp counselor at a week-long summer camp for children who have been hospitalized with burn injuries. She is extremely proud of the fact that there are several current counselors that were once her campers; it is an honor that she influenced their lives in a positive way and a privilege that they continue to impact hers. Debbie also serves on the board of directors of the Foundation for Laughter, a medical clowning non-profit that improves the health and education of families through the transformational power of laughter, employing professional clowns in hospitals nationwide.
Debbie earned a Master of Science in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University in 2016. She recognizes the opportunity and the responsibility she has to mentor other women interested in going into public service and to serve as a role model for young girls, showing them that they can do anything. Debbie counts among her biggest accomplishments the thank you notes she has received from Girl Scout troops and after school programs.
Debbie’s own passions include kayaking and mountain biking, and she has turned those hobbies into opportunities to partner with wounded veterans in long-distance canoe and kayak races and mountain bike trail building for wounded veteran multi-day events. If you find yourself in north Texas, Debbie will happily take you out on the water or on the trails.