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Colonial Beach, Va. (June 20, 2016) – Wesley Melson, Rescue Chief of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad (CBVRS), received the 2016 Regional “Excellence in EMS” Award for Outstanding Achievement in EMS from the Rappahannock Emergency Medical Services Council during a special awards ceremony recently.
Melson was nominated for the award by LifeCare Medical Transports in Fredericksburg, Va., where he is Deputy Chief of Operations for the organization’s Northern Virginia division. Also, he has served as Rescue Chief of Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad since 2012, and is Vice President of District 10 of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
Over the past 22 years, Melson has built an impressive resume in the EMS field, starting with his involvement as a junior member of CBVRS and the Colonial Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He was a career firefighter/paramedic with Caroline County Fire and Rescue, where he was promoted to Lieutenant after two years. For 12 years, he served in the Emergency Communications Center of Stafford County. Under his leadership at CBVRS, the organization was awarded the Virginia Governor’s Award as the Outstanding EMS Agency in the state for 2011.
A graduate of the University of Virginia’s Institute and the VAVRS Leadership Summit, he holds a number of teaching and training certifications to ensure that his EMS colleagues are following the established guidelines and protocols. Some highlights of his extensive work as an instructor include teaching professionally at the Rappahannock Criminal Justice Academy and the FBI Academy at Quantico, Va.
Calling Melson “a true leader,” the nomination from LifeCare Medical Transports goes on to say: “As a mentor to so many providers over the years in both Colonial Beach and Caroline County, Wesley has provided calm, direct guidance during a plethora of stressful, long-distance transports to the closest area hospital. It is both an honor and privilege to work with an EMS provider, educator and leader of Wesley Melson’s caliber.”
“I am very honored and humbled to receive this prestigious honor and to stand alongside the other EMS award winners at the ceremony,” said Melson, whose wife, parents and children are active members of CBVRS. “I would like to thank my family and my colleagues at Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and LifeCare Medical Transports for their ongoing support of my career in emergency medical services.” ... See MoreSee Less