Roco Rescue



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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Red Stick Ready

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Roco participated in Red Stick Ready June 19th  at the Mall of Louisiana in Baton Rouge.  Red Stick Ready is an awareness program sponsored by the Baton Rouge Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. The program is designed to provide critical information to the citizens of East Baton Rouge Parish to help them prepare for, respond to and recover from all emergency situations. The agency is also releasing a series of television shows in an effort to enhance community outreach about preparedness.

The Mayor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness has achieved the highest national certification from the Emergency Management Accreditation Program (EMAP). Baton Rouge is one of only two cities in Louisiana to be certified as a “Storm Ready Community” by the National Weather Service.

According to JoAnne Moreau, Driector of the EBR Office of Homeland Secruity, pictured here with Roco’s John Voinche’,  says this event was a chance for citizens to interact with public agencies vital to the response effort during an emergency and how citizens of Baton Rouge can actually play a vital role during a parish city or parish wide emergency.

Agencies and companies participating in Red Stick Ready were Roco, The BR Fire Department, Department of Public Works, American Red Cross, Entergy, Council on Aging, MMRS, Office of Public Health, St. George Fire Department, EBR Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Medical Services, BR Police Department, Exxon, North Baton Rouge Chemical Industry Task Force and EBRP Public Schools.

To find out more about how you can be better prepared for emergencies go to
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