Operations Battalion Chiefs

A-Shift - Battalion Chief James Wright, BS, EMT-P

James Wright is a Battalion Chief for Cole County Emergency Medical Services. Jim acquired his bachelor’s degree from Fredonia State University in 1994. After graduating from college, he worked as a Research Biologist for several institutions including Monsanto, Genome Systems and Washington University School of Medicine. While in the role at Washington University School of Medicine, Chief Wright published four articles appearing in peer reviewed science journals including Hearing Research and Audiology and Neuro-Otology. He has a passion for teaching and perviously served as an educational assistant instructor for Forest Park Community College tutoring Biology, Chemistry and Calculus, and as primary instructor of Anatomy & Physiology and Pathophysiology for Pamamedic schools for over 14 years. Chief Wright is still currently teaching as an Adjunct Professor of Paramedicine at Lindenwood University.

Being a huge fan of the 1970’s TV show Emergency, Chief Wright took a chance and followed his dream to become a Paramedic. In 1998 to switched his professional career to Emergency Medical Services. He served as a Paramedic for Abbott Ambulance, St. Louis Fire Department, and St. Charles County Ambulance District (SCCAD) for a total of 20 years prior to moving to CCEMS. 

Chief Wright stated as a Paramedic at CCEMS, where leadership quickly saw the leadership potential he possessed and was promoted in May 2019 to Battalion Chief. He is happy to be a part of a growing and developing EMS system in the heart of the state’s capital.  He is supported by his wonderful wife Christine who he married over 20 years ago, and his two boys, Brian and Bradley.


B-Shift - Battalion Chief Candice Carson, EMT-P

Candice Carson is a Battalion Chief for Cole County Emergency Medical Services.


C-Shift - Battalion Chief Dack Spang, EMT-P

Dack Spang is a Battalion Chief for Cole County Emergency Medical Services. Chief Spang discovered his love of emergency medical services and the feeling someone gets from helping someone in their greatest time of need as a volunteer on the Linn Fire Department in 1993. Chief Spang is a Managing Paramedic Officer (MPO) designation from the National EMS Management Association and is a graduate of Fitch and Associate’s Ambulance Service Manager (ASM) course. 

Chief Spang became a first responder in 1994 and in 1995 he became an EMT. The following year, 1996, Chief Spang became a Missouri licensed Paramedic. He started his professional EMS career with Osage Ambulance District.  In February of 1997, he was hired as a paramedic by Capital Region EMS, which became Cole County Emergency Medical Services in 2009.  While serving Cole county he has filled many roles including:  Paramedic, Field Training Officer (FTO), Captain, and Battalion Chief.  He received the Paramedic of the year award in 2014.

Outside of his professional duties, Chief Spang has a undying lover for God and his church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia, MO, where he serves as a Deacon. He is married to his life’s companion and has three wonderful children. He enjoys spending time with his family, metal detecting and coin collecting.  He specifically enjoys the history of the pieces he finds buried beneath the Earth.