Eddie Chapa has two complimentary roles: he is a Chief Instructor, teaching primarily industrial teams and drawing on his deep experience in the oil and gas environment. Simultaneously, he is also a key member of our industrial business development team. When he’s not traveling across the country teaching industrial training courses in fall protection, confined space rescue, rope and high angle rescue, and trench rescue, he is drawing on his past experience in industry to help meet the needs of plant managers and identify solutions that help keep industrial teams safe and up-to-speed on their training.
Eddie started his career as a Paratrooper in the U.S. Army before transitioning to work as Operations Lead for BP Offshore in Houston, Texas. In that role he trained and led a 15-member fire brigade and rescue team. He first encountered Roco Rescue during his time at BP while he was conducting research on the best emergency response rescue training programs. Eddie and his BP colleagues trained with Roco Rescue in 2002 and, just over one year later, Eddie joined Roco Rescue as a part-time instructor. He became a full-time Roco Rescue employee in 2015 when he retired from BP.
In addition to his expertise in a wide variety of technical rescue disciplines, Eddie has also completed training in MEM (Major Emergencies Management) and Helicopter Underwater Escape training. He resides just outside of Houston, Texas, with his wife and three children.