Roco has expanded its Baton Rouge warehouse to accommodate a Department of Defense contract that was awarded in 2009. This contract with the U.S. Air Force supplies customized Confined Space & Structural Collapse Kits to Pararescuemen (PJ’s) worldwide. “The additional space will allow us to process and store specialized equipment kits that are going to these elite teams,” according to VP/COO John Voinche’.
The four-year contract also includes Roco’s 110-hour tactical training course, which is provided for the Pararescue teams once they receive their equipment kits. Roco has had the honor of working with these teams since August of 2001 when we conducted our first Tactical Confined Space & Structural Collapse course. In fact, this class took place just prior to the 9/11 attacks — when structural collapse training took on a whole new meaning for emergency responders.
“We are so very proud to be a part of this effort which provides specialized training and equipment to these unique rescue teams,” says Voinche’. He added, “These customized Roco kits have since been used in all parts of the world including Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti.”