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  • Nationwide Mine Rescue Skills Competition Rules
  • More Information

    The Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD)
    Exercise Contest Guidelines
    The Mine Emergency Response Development (MERD) exercise contest guidelines provide for the development of MERD exercises that will fulfill the requirements of a mine rescue contest for the purpose of 30 C.F.R. §49.60. A local mine rescue contest is training that provides an objective evaluation of demonstrated mine rescue team skills and can be a MERD exercise or a practical simulation exercise, such as a fire or explosion drill, where the team participates in simulated mine rescue team exercises and wears breathing apparatus.
    An Introduction to Mine Rescue Team Training and Competition
    Video Clip
    This video covers the basis for the safe, efficient rescue and recovery methods followed during a mine rescue competition. Trained personnel, readily available in the event of a disaster, are vital in the development of an efficient mine rescue team. Experience has shown that efficiency in mine rescue training can be promoted by having mine rescue crews compete in mine rescue contests. This video is intended to be introductory information and instruction. A viewer will gain a basic understanding of the workflow and procedures that a mine rescue team follows during a mine rescue competition.
    Mine Rescue Instruction Guide (IG) Series
    MSHA's Mine Rescue Instruction Guide (IG) series is intended to help your mine to meet mine rescue team training requirements under 30 CFR Part 49. The materials in this series are divided into self-contained units of study called modules. Each module covers a separate subject and includes suggestions, handouts, visuals, and text materials to assist you with training.
    FedReg. Doc. E9-14128 - Mine Rescue Teams at Underground Coal Mines
    This final rule revises MSHA's existing standards for mine rescue teams for underground coal mines. On February 10, 2009, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (Court) held that MSHA's Mine Rescue Teams rule, issued on February 8, 2008, is inconsistent with Section 4 of the Mine Improvement and New Emergency Response (MINER) Act in three respects. This final rule revises those portions of the existing rule in accordance with the MINER Act, consistent with the Court's decision.
    Metal/Nonmetal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame
    The Mine Safety and Health Administration has established the Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame to honor individuals who through their accomplishments and commitment stand out as exceptional in the field of mine rescue. After a series of tragic mine disasters in the early 1900s, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA's predecessor agency, recognized the need for a trained and organized group of miners equipped to perform rescue operations. Through this need was born the network of volunteer mine rescue personnel available today. American miners work together with the knowledge that should an emergency arise, a well organized, trained, and equipped group of mine rescue experts will be available to respond.
    Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame
    The Mine Safety and Health Administration has established the Coal Mine Rescue Hall of Fame to honor individuals who through their accomplishments and commitment stand out as exceptional in the field of mine rescue. After a series of tragic mine disasters in the early 1900s, the U.S. Bureau of Mines, MSHA's predecessor agency, recognized the need for a trained and organized group of miners equipped to perform rescue operations. Through this need was born the network of volunteer mine rescue personnel available today. American miners work together with the knowledge that should an emergency arise, a well-organized, trained, and equipped group of mine rescue experts will be available to respond.
    Mine Rescue Day
    Since mining began in our nation, many in the mining community have been called upon to rescue miners trapped by mine fires, explosions, roof falls, inundations of water or harmful gases and other emergency conditions in coal and metal and nonmetal mines.
    The History of Mine Rescue - A Journey Through Time...

    "In the Beginning ..." - A History of Early Mine Rescue

    Links to Mine Rescue Associations
  • National Mine Rescue Association
  • United States Mine Rescue Association


  • Mine Rescue Capsule used in Quecreek Rescue

    This is the capsule that was used to rescue 9 miners in the Quecreek Mine Rescue, July 29, 2002. It symbolizes the importance of mine rescue and mine rescue teams, their skills, determination, and their devotion. Our thanks to all....