Kenny Lucero is a long-time member of Roco’s on-site rescue services team at a large computer manufacturing facility near Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Roco team is responsible for confined space program management at the plant site along with various other safety services such as fall protection, rope access and CPR training. This specialized team, consisting of three Roco team members, has been on the jobsite for more than 20 years. While their focus is confined space rescue, it is really more about making sure the day-to-day work is done safely so that a rescue is not required. However, the team must be ready to go into action at a moment’s notice when lives are on the line.
As a CSRT Crew Chief for the New Mexico team, Kenny is responsible for personnel scheduling, training and certification management. The team also covers additional Roco standby rescue services in the region, including the West coast. Because of this, the NM team members must be flexible in their work environments based on their particular assignment, which could be a local power company or a large national laboratory for the Department of Energy.
Kenny joined Roco in 1996 and became a CSRT Crew Chief and Roco Rescue Instructor in 1999. Prior to this, he spent 20 years with the Albuquerque Fire Department. He retired as a Lieutenant and was also a member of FEMA’s New Mexico Task Force 1. With the Task Force, he responded to several national disasters including the Pentagon after the attacks of 9/11.
When asked about the most rewarding part of his job, Kenny responded, “It’s like Roco has been a continuation of my service in the fire department. Many of my co-workers from the AFD now work part-time for Roco as well. I also find it very rewarding to offer clients and customers our world-class rescue services and training that is second to none!”
Outside of work, Kenny enjoys working out, fishing and watching sports – particularly baseball and softball. His son, Reece, played college baseball, his daughter, Shelby, played softball at the University of New Mexico and his son-in-law currently plays in the MLB. Of course, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Joni, and their new grandson, Ryder.
Kenny describes the mission of Roco: “To instill professionalism, dedication and pride to our customers and students with our skills, experience and training so they are kept safe and able to perform lifesaving skills when needed.”