Melodie Kolmetz

Medical/Emergency Response Womens Firearms Training Instructor
Brief info

My family has always been involved in the Fire Service. I grew up hearing stories about fires, car accidents, and medical emergencies, so I always wanted to be a volunteer and serve my community. I have been in EMS since 1991 and the Fire Service since 1997.

I became fascinated by the world of medicine and was fortunate to be accepted to and graduate from the first Physician Assistant class at the Rochester Institute of Technology . I have been practicing as a PA since 1995. I have worked in various settings, including primary care practice and hospital settings.

My family has always been involved in Emergency Services. I grew up hearing about fires, car accidents, and medical emergencies in our community and helping my grandmother bring coffee and cookies to fire scenes as part of the Ladies Auxiliary.  I always wanted to be involved in helping people and serving my community. I began my work in Emergency Services when I turned 18 and have been involved ever since.

 

I became fascinated by the world of medicine and was fortunate to graduate from the first Physician Assistant class at Rochester Institute of Technology. I have been practicing as a PA since 1995 in various settings, including primary care practice and specialty settings both in the hospital and in outpatient settings.

 

Growing up in the country, I was exposed to firearms and hunting from an early age.  I received my pistol permit many years ago but did not do much with it until I was introduced to Rochester Personal Defense.  My husband and I saw that the Utah/Florida permit class was being offered locally and we signed up.   I was so impressed with the training that I just continued to take classes until I was invited to become a member of the team.    I especially enjoy working with the Rochester Personal Defense Women’s Training Division.  My favorite part is seeing women so empowered after just an eight hour class day.

 

I appreciate that RPD focuses on safety and emergency preparedness, not just firearms training.  I truly believe that everyone should have CPR and basic hemorrhage control training.  We can’t predict when we might become a spontaneous responder at an emergency scene.

Philosophy

Having been involved in the emergency services more than half my life, having a good sense of situational awareness is now second nature to me.  This is important as an emergency responder and medical provider but just as important in everyday life.  As a caregiver and educator, it is a privilege to help students develop this skill set.  It is so important to train regularly, especially for high yield, low frequency situations.

My favorite quote explains my philosophy:

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” — Edmund Burke

  • 1995. New York State Dept. of Health Certified First Responder
  • 1995. -Present American Heart Association Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • 1995. -Present American Heart Association Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS)
  • 1996. -2013 New York State Dept. of Health Emergency Medical Technician
  • 2011. Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS)
  • 2011. Council for Accreditation in Occupational Hearing Conservationist
  • 2012. Basic Disaster Life Support
  • 2012. Advanced Disaster Life Support
  • 2012. American Burn Life Support
  • 2013. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training and Development Program
  • 2013. Fundamentals of Critical Care Support
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Pistol
  • 2013. Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Instructor
  • 2013. New York State Dept. of Health Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Personal Protection Inside The Home
  • 2013. NRA Certified Instructor for Home Firearm Safety
  • 2014. NRA Certified Instructor for Basic Shotgun
  • 2014. Rochester Personal Defense, LLC Instructor Training Refresher
  • 2015. Masters of Physician Assistant Studies-Education
  • 2016. Defensive Handgun 1 Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. FAST Handgun Instructor for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • 2016. Range Safety Officer rating for The Second Amendment Foundation’s Training Division (SAFTD)
  • New York State EMS Certified Lab Instructor
  • New York State EMS Certified Instructor Coordinator
  • American Heart Association CPR Instructor
  • Emergency Care and Safety Institute Instructor
  • Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS) Instructor
  • Prehospital Trauma Live Support (PHTLS) Instructor
  • NRA Basic Pistol
  • Ladies Handgun training courses with Rochester Personal Defense, LLC
  • Ladies only courses for handgun safety and training
  • Adult Mental Health First Aid Instructor
  • Paramedic-Gates Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc.
  • Board of Directors Member & Secretary for the Society for Total Emergency Programs (STEP) Council of the Genesee Region, Inc.
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