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Mining laws require trained, properly equipped mine rescue personnel to be available at all mining operations. These personnel make up what is known as a “Mine Rescue Team.” These crews are usually made up of volunteers who, through their mine rescue responsibilities, risk their own lives in order to save their fellow miners. Today, local, state and federal governments may also have teams trained to respond in the event of a mine emergency or disaster. Within the parameters of underground mine rescues, a self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) is used to provide breathable air while working in gaseous or otherwise dangerous atmospheres.

Pictured on the right:
Rescue crew at Benwood, WV prepares to go underground after a mine explosion on April 28, 1924. The explosion killed 119 miners and occurred just thirty-five minutes after the workers entered the mine.

Rescue crew at Benwood, WV

Pictured on the right:
Underground mine rescue team (under apparatus), brings victim to the surface for emergency medical care.

Underground mine rescue team



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