Instructor Coordinator Kathy Pardo posing in the driver-side window of a Gerrish Township fire engine.

Instructor Coordinator

Kathy Pardo

Paramedic | Firefighter

Kathy oversees the department EMS Education, coordinating and instructing lesson plans to meet both State licensing requirements and Medical Control mandates. She is an Instructor Coordinator and Paramedic.  Kathy has 30 years in EMS and Fire Service and has been a member of Gerrish Twp. Fire and EMS since 2000. Kathy is also a Firefighter and certified as a Fire Officer III.



          • Paramedic and Instructor Coordinator
          • American Heart Instructor
          • International Trauma Life Support Instructor
          • Certified Firefighter II
          • Hazardous Materials Operations
          • Fire Officer III
          • Fire Instructor I

Education, Experience, and Associations

            • Paramedic Education in Northern Michigan
            • EMS Instructor Coordinator Education from McLaren Regional
            • Medical Examiner Investigator Roscommon and Crawford Counties
            • Paramedic/Firefighter Frederic Fire Dept/EMS
            • Past Firefighter/Paramedic Higgins Fire Dept/EMS
            • Past EMS Coordinator Higgins EMS
            • Active member Society Michigan EMS Instructors
            • Active member Michigan Assoc Medical Examiners


          • Kathy raised her two children in the Roscommon area and currently resides in the Village of Roscommon with her husband Jesse Carlson.  
          • Is active with the Roscommon County Commission on Aging Roscommon Center providing health and safety education to local seniors.
          • Founded the Roscommon Farm Market and managing it for five years.
          • Served on the Beaver Creek Twp Board twenty years.
          • Was a teacher’s aide with the Crawford AuSable School District six years.
          • Volunteered with MSU Extension Services youth programs in Crawford County, receiving volunteer of the year awards.
          • Previous years found her active with Camp Fire Girls programs, Girl Scouts and church activities.

Hobbies and Interests

  • Kathy enjoys gardening, crafts, spending time with her grandchildren, camping in Northern Michigan with her family which includes her tiny dog Brutis. She is the current Secretary Treasurer to Roscommon County Firefighter’s Assoc and Secretary for Roscommon County Fire Chiefs Assoc.

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