J. Robert “Bob” McKee has been promoted to director of emergency response and rescue for TEEX and Texas Task Force One (TX-TF1). He has served as associate director of the Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Division since July 2002. McKee replaces Tim Gallagher, who will continue to work with TEEX in an adjunct role.
In his new position, McKee will coordinate TX-TF1 emergency response within the state and nation, as requested. He also works with the Texas Pre-positioned POD Support Team on behalf of the Office for Domestic Preparedness of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
“We are confident that Bob will maintain the excellent training, service and response programs for which US&R is known, and position the division for success into the future,” said TEEX Director Robert L. Smith. “Bob has served admirably as associate director and has been instrumental in the ongoing success of TEEX’s training partnership with the United Kingdom.”
Prior to joining TEEX, McKee retired as fire chief and EMT-paramedic with the Mad River Township, Ohio, Fire Department. He served as a Task Force Leader with Ohio Task Force One before joining TX-TF1, and has been deployed to a number of tornadoes, floods and natural disasters, as well as to the World Trade Center collapse and the Shuttle Columbia disaster. McKee is a certified instructor in several areas of emergency response.