Students from “around the globe” attended the recent Confined Space Tech II class in Baton Rouge. Yet another large group with 5 of them coming all the way from Qatar. Thanks guys for another awesome class!
As part of our mission to develop a rescue community, we are asking teams to share their rescue experiences with the blog group. This month, Motiva in Convent, LA relates an interesting real-rescue their team faced.
This Motiva team has been working together for 20 years! They practice quarterly to keep their skills sharp, and have had to use their skills in action. Like so many of our guys, they find the Petzl ID to be a very useful and user friendly piece of equipment.
Here’s the story the Motiva team shared.
Once the initial medical assessment was completed, a Sked stretcher and backboard were requested because of the narrow stairway leading to the engine room. A haul team was positioned on the dock using a crane as a high point. Crane was “locked & tagged out” once put into position. A main line and tag lines were lowered onto the barge and a 4:1 hauling system was set-up on the dock (multiple directionals were used because of the dock configuration).
A secondary medical evaluation was performed, and the patient was packaged in the Sked. The patient was then brought up from the engine room. Once on the deck, two safety lines (1head/1feet) were placed on the patient because he had to be slid along the handrail to be removed from the tug.
Once on the barge, the patient was connected to the main line and hauled up to the dock. From this point, medical care was transferred to Acadian Ambulance.
Special thanks to James Louque, HTU-2 Operations, V.E.R.T. Captain, C-Shift at Motiva’s Convent Refinery for taking the time to share their experience.
The Rescue Team at Motiva-Convent Kneeling: Brady Edmonston, Derres Gautreaux, James Louque 2nd row: Ryan Roussel, Ted Roussel, John Guidry, Brian Crochet Back row: Todd Devare, Jesser Louque, Edward Turner, Randy Rogers
The rescue team from the BP deep water oil platform Nakika trained last week at the Roco Training Center in Baton Rouge. Pictured below is the team with Roco Instructors Russ Kellar and Keith Pridgen and Roco President/CEO Kay Goodwyn. The Nakika is only 8 miles from the Deepwater Horizon, the site of the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Because of its proximity, the Nakika was used as a triage point for injured workers from the Deepwater Horizon. There’s no doubt, these emergency responders have been personally touched by this disaster.
The team has been together for about four years and were eager to talk about how dedicated they are to safety on their rig. In fact, the Nakika boasts a 2,500-day stretch without an incident or injury.
They also say they love the Roco Blog – thanks, guys, and safe travels back home!
38 students representing 11 companies from around the United States participated in Roco’s Rescue I Plus class last week in Baton Rouge.
Here’s a class photo with our six instructors (from left to right) Bobby Kauer, Robert “Soup” Campbell, Mike Adams, Dwaynne Ardeneaux, Troy Gardner and Terry Addison. Also pictured is Equipment Manager Lisha Ezell (left) and Kay Goodwyn President/CEO of Roco (center). To date this was the largest class Roco has put on at our training center.
Tim Robson joined Roco full-time in 1996 after working as a professional firefighter and a member of the Heavy Rescue Team for the Albuquerque Fire Department. As a Chief Instructor for Roco, Tim teaches a variety of emergency response courses and has been instrumental in the development of our Trench & Structural Collapse Rescue programs. In addition to teaching, Tim leads our on-site rescue and safety services at Intel where he specializes in multi-tasking, from rescue stand-bys to confined space program management to leading safety meetings and the list goes on. Tim is also responsible for coordinating other Roco Stand-by jobs in this region.Tim hails from Mandeville, Jamaica where the tropical heat prepped him for his current climate in New Mexico where he lives today. Tim spent 6 years with the United States Marine Corp, where he specialized as a Rescue Diver/ Rescue Swimmer. After his time in the military, he joined the Albuquerque Fire Department and served as a Rescue Squad Officer for FEMA’s New Mexico Task Force 1. Tim has participated in four deployments for FEMA, including the Pentagon following the Sept. 11th attacks. While at the Pentagon, Tim led a Rescue Squad whose charter included victim recovery, debris removal, and the shoring of the remaining, unstable structure. It was on this mission that Tim developed a new shoring system that was later adopted by trench and shoring pros within the organization (FEMA).
His inspiration for becoming a rescue professional?
It all started with his time in the good ol’ USMC. What kept him interested was the diversity – he trained as a Plane Captain, Power-plants Mechanic, and Combat Water Survival Specialist Instructor. Teaching others became an essential part of his skill set. During his service he was deployed to Egypt, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, the Mediterranean, Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm. And he still liked being an instructor!
His best advice for the novice?
“Fast is slow, smooth is fast. No emergency is worth you not going home!”
What does he do for fun?
Tim says he likes to run, bike and play golf to unwind and release a little stress. He also enjoys time with his family.