Sandra Eisworth

Sandra Eisworth currently serves as accountant for Roco Rescue. As such, she is involved in all financial and accounting matters for Roco, from managing payables, receivables and invoicing, to payroll, accounting, tax reporting, and handling insurance matters.

Sandra joined Roco in 1990 and was the company’s very first full-time employee. From the beginning, Sandra has worn many hats, handling all accounting functions as well as being involved in inventory and sales. As the company grew, her role evolved so that she was able to narrow her focus to accounting matters. For three decades now, Sandra has been a critical part of Roco’s tremendous growth and success. “It’s amazing how large the company has grown since I started here,” she says.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Science in Finance from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining Roco Rescue, she worked in public accounting. Although she enjoyed her work, she decided that long-term she wanted to be more intimately involved in helping grow a small or medium-sized business. When she learned about Roco Rescue in early 1990, she decided that this was the opportunity she’d been seeking. Sandra soon became in-house accountant for Roco and was also involved in other aspects of running the business, from managing inventory to interfacing with employees, contractors, and customers.

Sandra’s role has evolved since joining the company, especially as it has grown. Although she now focuses more closely on accounting and finances, her tasks are still fairly diverse. “My tasks really vary day-to-day,” she says, “from fielding requests for information, reporting to outside agencies, handling employment verifications, dealing with insurance, invoicing, and managing compensation for our contractors.”

Sandra enjoys the diverse nature of this work. “Different things come up each day, so it’s interesting to see what I may end up working on during the day,” she says. But by far what she enjoys most is her co-workers at Roco Rescue. “What I love most is the people,” she says. “I enjoy getting to work with everyone here at Roco Rescue, from the employees to the customers.” Sandra attributes her tremendous job satisfaction to the quality of people at Roco, and the culture that’s been created by CEO Kay Goodwyn.

“She has been so wonderful to work for all these years,” Sandra says. “She’s very supportive of all of us, and you can tell she truly cares. This is not just a company to her. She cares about the employees, she cares about the customers – she’s just a very humble, honest, and smart businesswoman.”

Sandra resides just outside of Baton Rouge in the small Louisiana town of Central. Outside of her work with Roco, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and traveling. Sandra is also a “Great Aunt,” and one of her very favorite things is spending time with her niece’s two young boys – they are truly the light of her life!

With more than 30 years’ experience, Sandra looks forward to continuing to work for Roco and to further its mission by providing exemplary service. “I want to increase my knowledge, learn, and grow, to be more productive and efficient, and to improve my communication skills.” She sees Roco’s continued mission as one of excellence…by providing the best equipment and exceptional training and highest level of customer service, while treating its valued customers sincerely, with respect, honor, and dignity.

Roco Rescue Chief Instructor, Brad Warr

Brad Warr

Brad Warr is a Chief Instructor for Roco Rescue, he came on board in 2003 and teaches a wide variety of technical rescue classes including rope rescue, confined space rescue, trench rescue, and structural collapse. He is also a member of Roco’s Contracted Safety & Rescue Team (CSRT), providing standby rescue services for plants, refineries and other industrial facilities.

Brad became a firefighter for the Nampa (ID) Fire Department in 1998 and was promoted to Captain in 2006, he recently retired earlier this year. His responsibilities included training the department’s Heavy & Technical Rescue Team. Before joining the fire department, Brad worked for three years as an Emergency Response Technician for a large manufacturer in Boise, Idaho, where he was responsible for OSHA compliance, emergency medical response, confined space/rope rescue response and hazardous materials response.

Brad lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife and is the proud father of five grown boys. When he isn’t instructing he enjoys hunting and all-season mountain biking, including in the Idaho snow on his fat-tire bike.

Roco Rescue Chief Instructor, Troy Gardner

Troy Gardner

Troy Gardner teaches a wide variety of technical rescue courses in his role as a Chief Instructor – a position he’s held since 2008. He is qualified in multiple areas including rope rescue, confined space, trench rescue, structural collapse, vehicle extrication and hazmat. He teaches primarily industrial and municipal courses and recently began helping lead Roco’s Instructor Development Course.

Troy’s work as a firefighter with the Bossier City Fire Department in northwestern Louisiana introduced him to technical rescue back in the mid-1990s, when he was selected as one of the original team members for the special operations rescue team. As a member of that team, he routinely volunteered to offer any assistance in training sessions when it came to rope rescue or confined space skills. He also served as the department’s Safety Officer for four years. He retired from the fire department in 2017 after a 25-year career. For the last 11 years of his career as a firefighter, Troy worked concurrently as a Roco Rescue Chief Instructor during his off-shifts and on vacation time.

Prior to joining the fire service, Troy served in the U.S. Marine Corps, including a 9-month tour in the Middle East during Operation Desert Storm/Shield.

Troy is from Bossier City, Louisiana, and in his free time he loves to be outdoors. A few of his favorite activities are skiing, golfing, hunting, and going to the lake with friends. He and his wife love going to any beach that will allow them to scuba dive. They also love travelling to new places and are both motorcycle enthusiasts who love to be together on the open road on their Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Roco Rescue Chief Instructor, Terry Addison

Terry Addison

In his role as Chief Instructor, Terry leads training courses throughout the United States in confined space, high angle, structural collapse, tactical, trench, and fall protection rescue. Terry’s instructional skill-set draws on his experience in law enforcement, fire protection, and the U.S. Air Force.

Terry is currently the Fire Chief with the South Salt Lake City Fire Department. Additionally, he is a sworn law enforcement officer for the State of Utah and has served as a tactical medic on the South Salt Lake City Police Department’s SWAT Team. He was also a cross-deputized federal marshal and has served on the Joint Criminal Apprehension Team as a task force officer and team medic. Terry has been teaching rescue training courses for Roco Rescue since 2000, and he plans to work full-time for Roco Rescue once he retires from the fire department.

Throughout his career, Terry has been recognized for his outstanding service as both a firefighter and a law enforcement officer. He received the United States Marshal Service Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Award as well as the South Salt Lake Fire Officer of the Year Award and South Salt Lake Firefighter of the Year Award. He is a member of the Utah Fire Chiefs Association, the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the International Association of Firefighters, and the International Association of Arson Investigators. Terry is a certified rescue technician in the areas of structural collapse, confined space, rope, and trench rescue. He also is certified in emergency response hazardous materials awareness and operations and is a HAZMAT Technician. He is a POST Firearm Instructor and an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician and holds an MPA in Emergency Management. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and two grown children.

Bobby “B.K.” Kauer

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 is a captain 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 daughters, Kayla and Kiana, and 2 grandkids.

Eddie Chapa

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.

Devin Payne

As Director of CSRT (Contracted Safety and Rescue Team) Logistics, Devin is in charge of fleet and equipment management for Roco’s standby rescue services division. This includes planning for all jobs to cover the technical equipment needs, trucks, trailers, boats and other specialized personal protection equipment for the crews. Devin is responsible for inventory control and equipment maintenance to ensure that all gear is operational and ready to go. He also represents Roco Rescue at industry events and trade shows, and when the need arises he fills in as on-site Crew Chief on standby rescue jobs. He has worked with Roco Rescue’s Services Teams since 2006.

Devin started his career in rescue as a volunteer firefighter in Zachary, Louisiana. He joined Roco Rescue on a referral from his twin brother, Denver, and worked in a part-time capacity until 2006, at which point he joined the company full-time.

Aside from being a certified first responder, Devin is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS). He and his family reside just outside of Baton Rouge, not far from where he was born and raised. Devin, like his brother, was a standout wrestler in high school. Today, he enjoys offshore fishing and hunting with his brothers, and spending time with his wife and young son.

Denver Payne

In his current role as CSRT Planning & Operations Director, Denver Payne is responsible for managing more than 70 full-time and part-time standby rescue team members. His duties include staffing and scheduling jobs, managing employee certifications, and screening new hires. He has worked on the standby services (aka CSRT or Contracted Safety and Rescue Teams) side of the business, initially as a standby rescue crew member, since 2006.

Denver started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Zachary, Louisiana. He learned about Roco Rescue through a fellow municipal firefighter. His career with Roco began with a part-time role in the warehouse, where he handled equipment shipping and inventory control. In 2006, he left the Zachary Fire Department to join Roco Rescue full-time; and, in 2015, he became a CSRT Crew Chief. His most recent promotion to Planning & Ops Director came in 2019.

Aside from his background as a firefighter and first responder, Denver is a Certified Occupational Safety Specialist (COSS). He and his family reside in Baton Rouge, near where he was born and raised. He began wrestling at age 11, and was a two-time state champion in high school. Today, Denver loves to travel and experience new places. He also loves spending time with his family and especially his wife and young daughter.

Carroll Campbell

Carroll Campbell is one of Roco Rescue’s foundational team members. Having worked alongside the company’s co-founders since its inception in 1982, he helped Roco Rescue grow from a small, start-up business to the global leader in rescue that it is today. Carroll most recently served as Administrative Advisor and as Customer Relations Director for the Roco Training Center, ensuring that the thousands of students who pass through the company’s state-of-the-art training center each year have the best training experience possible, preparing them for rescue scenarios in facilities around the world.

Carroll previously worked full-time for the Baton Rouge Fire Department while also instructing part-time for Roco Rescue. He retired from the BRFD after 31 years of service and is currently the Fire Chief for the Brownsfield Fire Protection District. He joined Roco Rescue full-time in 2000, and since then, has continued to successfully balance his role as Fire Chief with his role at Roco Rescue.

Carroll is a certified firefighter and a certified industrial fire chief. This past year, he was also named the Adjunct Instructor of the Year at Louisiana State University. He lives in Baton Rouge, where he and his family have resided for more than sixty years.

Ish Antonio

Ish Antonio manages Roco Rescue’s tactical training programs. He oversees the development of the program as a whole and he is one of the primary instructors, teaching courses throughout the United States with an emphasis on FBI and Navy Seal training. He has been involved in Roco Rescue’s tactical training program since 2001, when he helped launch of the company’s very first tactical training course.

Ish started his career in rescue with the United States Air Force’s Pararescuemen (PJs) and served his country in this capacity for twenty years. While stationed in New Mexico in 1994, Ish accepted a part-time opportunity with Roco Rescue as an instructor. The training was primarily for a customer in high-tech manufacturing, but it nonetheless leveraged some of Ish’s technical know-how from the PJs. After six years working on the industrial side, Ish moved to the tactical training side, where he has remained ever since.

Since Ish has been with Roco Rescue, the company has been recognized as a leading expert in tactical rescue and as a proclaimed confined space training expert for the Department of Defense.

Ish lives in New Mexico with his wife, and whenever an opportunity arises, they enjoy visiting their three adult children and four grandchildren.