Bobby Kauer (more commonly known as “B.K.”) has two highly visible roles at Roco – one in services and one in training. In services, he manages a growing portfolio of business for Roco’s Contracted Safety and Rescue Teams (CSRT) for the Northeast. In this role, he interfaces with customers to assess jobs and coordinates with his team of experienced rescuers to staff jobs all over the Northeast. In his role as Chief Instructor, B.K. teaches on a wide variety of topics including rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and fall protection. His students are primarily industrial rescue teams and municipal first responders.
B.K. began working for Roco Rescue in 2004, when he joined on a part-time basis as an Instructor. His roots in technical rescue originate from his 22-year career with New York City’s Department of Corrections, where he was on the Emergency Services Unit (ESU). In that role, he trained alongside NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit, and later was an ESU Instructor. He was a first responder at Ground Zero on 9/11 and for 4 months afterwards did search and recovery work.
B.K. was born and raised on Long Island, in New York, and currently lives upstate in Orange County, New York. He’s a lieutenant with his local volunteer fire department. When he can get away for a few hours, he is likely to be found playing golf. He also loves being with his family – he and his wife have two grown daughters.