Rob O'Neal

Rob throwing some lead down range.

Rob’s experience with weapons and personal protection began as a teenager growing up outside of Utica. He started shooting a BB gun as an adolescent, but it wasn’t until he was 18 that he purchased his first firearm. Since then, he has had an overwhelming respect and love for firearms.

Experiences and Positions

  • New York State Peace Officer
  • Captain in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol
  • Flight Crew Mission Observer for Emergency Services and Search & Rescue Missions
  • Former Patrol Officer with Syracuse University Department of Public Safety
  • Former Armed Security Officer and Training Supervisor  for Diamond Security, LTD
  • Former Peace Officer and Investigator at Suffolk County SPCA Law Enforcement Unit

Licenses and Certifications

  • National Rifle Association-Firearms instructor (Pistol)
  • American Heart Association- BLS CPR, Heartsaver CPR and First Aid Instructor
  • Proboard National Fire Instructor I & II
  • Proboard National Fire Inspector I
  • Proboard National Fire and Life Safety Educator I
  • Proboard National Hazardous Materials Operations
  • New York State Recruit Firefighter I & II
  • New York State Fire Instructor I & II
  • New York State Hazardous Materials Technician
  • New York State Codes Enforcement Officer
  • New York State Paramedic
  • New York State Peace Officer w/ Firearms
  • New York State Boating Safety Certification
  • New York State Snowmobile Safety Certification
  • National Guild of Hypnotists- Consulting Hypnotist
  • Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)- Advanced Open Water Diver

Education and Training

  • New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) Emergency Vehicle Defensive Driving (EVDD) Operators Course (EVOC) & Trailer Towing for Emergency Responders
  • ICS-300 Incident Command System (ICS)
  • ICS-400 Advanced Incident Command System
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) IS-00100.LEb – Introduction to the Incident Command System for Law Enforcement (ICS-100)
  • IS-00100.a – Introduction to the Incident Command System (ICS-100)
  • IS-00200.a – ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
  • IS-00700.a – National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction
  • IS-00800.B – National Response Framework, An Introduction
  • Investigating Animal Cruelty – New York State Humane Association and Broome County Sheriff’s Office
  • United Stated Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol, National Ground Search & Rescue School
  • Cazenovia College- Basic Course for Police Officers
  • OCAP (Pepper Spray) Training
  • Handcuff Training
  • Impact Weapon (Baton) Training

Affiliations and Memberships

  • National Rifle Association- Life of Duty Member
  • National Guild of Hypnotists
  • United States Air Force Auxiliary- Civil Air Patrol
  • Member of his Local Fire Department

Rob organized and played in many paintball and airsoft competitions in his younger years. Over time, he expanded his skills using a variety of pistols, rifles and shotguns.

Rob’s Law Enforcement career includes many hours of classroom time with training on the law, training on handcuffs, defensive tactics, Impact Weapons, OCAT (pepper spray), Advanced Driving (Emergency Vehicle Operations Course) and hands on experience with situations that called for him to put that training to use on many occasions. To further his experience and fill the never ending desire for learning, Rob has taken many firearms, emergency services, and survival courses from SEMO, FEMA and many other notable organizations.

Working as a paramedic in Oneida, Onondaga and Suffolk counties, Rob has gotten to experience pre-hospital emergency medicine in all kinds of environments. Rob graduated from Faxton- St. Lukes EMS Education’s Paramedic program. Upon graduating, Rob went to work at Rural Metro in Syracuse, NY where he gained vast experience in inner-city Syracuse643; this is also where Rob began teaching CPR and First Aid classes.

Rob works full time as a Fire Protections Specialist “Fire Marshal” for the NYS Office of Fire Prevention and Control. Rob also works part time as a Paramedic for a local ambulance. In his down time, Rob enjoys spending his time at home with his wife and son. Rob is also a member of his local volunteer fire department. In his free time Rob enjoys recreational shooting and is an avid SCUBA Diver.