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Metal/Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Hall of Fame 2004 Metal/Nonmetal
National Mine Rescue Contest

Hall of Fame Inductee


WILLIAM (Bill) FRANKOM
WILLIAM (Bill) FRANKOM


In 1971, Bill started his mining career, in the Uranium industry, at Rio Algom Mining Corporation where he worked until 1990. In 1977, he joined the Mine Rescue Team as a Briefing Officer and one year later became the Team Trainer. While serving as Team Trainer, Bill's team participated in and won the 1980 Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Competition in Dallas, Texas. Bill became an active member in numerous rescue associations serving the mining and local communities. Bill and his Rio Algom Team personally participated and assisted in the Wilberg Coal Mine Fire.

In 1990, Bill went to work at the Echo Bay Battle Mountain Gold Mine where he trained both surface and underground rescue teams. He went to Barrick Goldstrike in 1995 and became Mine Rescue Trainer for teams serving the Meikle and Rodeo Mines. It was here that he developed and hosted the first underground mine rescue contest in Nevada. His mine rescue involvement has also taken him abroad on two occasions. He traveled to Peru to teach mine rescue techniques. Bill has served on the National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Advisory Committee where his calm nature and extensive knowledge was appreciated.

Bill retired in February, 2004, and is enjoying life at home on his property overlooking the South Fork Reservoir near Elko, Nevada.