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BP Rescue Team trains in Baton Rouge

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The rescue team from the BP deep water oil platform Nakika trained last week at the Roco Training Center in Baton Rouge. Pictured below is the team with Roco Instructors Russ Kellar and Keith Pridgen and Roco President/CEO Kay Goodwyn. The Nakika is only 8 miles from the Deepwater Horizon, the site of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

Because of its proximity, the Nakika was used as a triage point for injured workers from the Deepwater Horizon. There’s no doubt, these emergency responders have been personally touched by this disaster.

The team has been together for about four years and were eager to talk about how dedicated they are to safety on their rig. In fact, the Nakika boasts a 2,500-day stretch without an incident or injury.

They also say they love the Roco Blog – thanks, guys, and safe travels back home!
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Largest Group Yet!

Monday, September 20, 2010

38 students representing 11 companies from around the United States participated in Roco’s Rescue I Plus class last week in Baton Rouge.

Here’s a class photo with our six instructors (from left to right) Bobby Kauer, Robert “Soup” Campbell, Mike Adams, Dwaynne Ardeneaux, Troy Gardner and Terry Addison. Also pictured is Equipment Manager Lisha Ezell (left) and Kay Goodwyn President/CEO of Roco (center). To date this was the largest class Roco has put on at our training center.




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Tim Robson, Chief Instructor/NM Site Manager

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Tim Robson joined Roco full-time in 1996 after working as a professional firefighter and a member of the Heavy Rescue Team for the Albuquerque Fire Department. As a Chief Instructor for Roco, Tim teaches a variety of emergency response courses and has been instrumental in the development of our Trench & Structural Collapse Rescue programs. In addition to teaching, Tim leads our on-site rescue and safety services at Intel where he specializes in multi-tasking, from rescue stand-bys to confined space program management to leading safety meetings and the list goes on. Tim is also responsible for coordinating other Roco Stand-by jobs in this region.

Tim hails from Mandeville, Jamaica where the tropical heat prepped him for his current climate in New Mexico where he lives today. Tim spent 6 years with the United States Marine Corp, where he specialized as a Rescue Diver/ Rescue Swimmer. After his time in the military, he joined the Albuquerque Fire Department and served as a Rescue Squad Officer for FEMA’s New Mexico Task Force 1. Tim has participated in four deployments for FEMA, including the Pentagon following the Sept. 11th attacks. While at the Pentagon, Tim led a Rescue Squad whose charter included victim recovery, debris removal, and the shoring of the remaining, unstable structure. It was on this mission that Tim developed a new shoring system that was later adopted by trench and shoring pros within the organization (FEMA).

His inspiration for becoming a rescue professional?
It all started with his time in the good ol’ USMC. What kept him interested was the diversity – he trained as a Plane Captain, Power-plants Mechanic, and Combat Water Survival Specialist Instructor. Teaching others became an essential part of his skill set. During his service he was deployed to Egypt, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the Mediterranean, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. And he still liked being an instructor!

His best advice for the novice?
“Fast is slow, smooth is fast. No emergency is worth you not going home!”

What does he do for fun?
Tim says he likes to run, bike and play golf to unwind and release a little stress. He also enjoys time with his family.
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Braving the Heat with Help from the Feds

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Roco Instructors Brad Warr, Chris Hansen and Bobby Kauer are braving 100-degree temperatures as they teach 20 members of the Sherman (TX) fire department Technician level rope and confined space rescue. Grant money allowed the department to schedule a Fast-Track™120…Roco’s premier 12-day rescue class. Thanks to KTEN News in Dennison, TX for the coverage.


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Lion Oil Recertification Course at the Roco Training Center

Friday, June 25, 2010

Despite the humidity, the Lion Oil team was happy to accommodate a photofinish that includes Roco's Chief Instructor/Director of Training,Dennis O'Connell (Top Left) and Roco's President, Kay Goodwyn (Center). What a great job the Lion Oil team continues to do!

 
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