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New Mine Emergency Operations Facility Opens in Madisonville, Kentucky

Location

150 School Street

Madisonville, KY 42431
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    Assistant Secretary Main, center right, greets visitors to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
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    Assistant Secretary Main, right, President Rhoades, center, inside facility with others prior to ceremony.
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    Assistant Secretary Main, center, inside the MSHA mobile command center with ceremony attendees.
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    Mine rescue equipment on display at event.
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    John Urosek, chief of Mine Emergency Operations for MSHA, addresses those gathered.
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    MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main delivers opening remarks.
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    Attendees mingle prior to ribbon cutting ceremony.
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    Preparing to cut the ribbon!
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    MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main, right, and Madisonville Community College President Judith Rhoades, cut the ribbon on the new MSHA mine rescue facility.
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    Inside MSHA’s Mobile Mine Emergency Command Center.
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    Assistant Secretary Main, center right and Madisonville Community College President Judith Rhoades, center left and other mining industry officials. In the background is MSHA’s Mine Rescue Command Vehicle.
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    Kevin Stricklin, MSHA’s administrator for Coal Mine Safety and Health, speaks with John Urosek, chief of Mine Emergency Operations for MSHA.
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    Assistant Secretary Joe Main, right, is interviewed for local television.
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    Members of MSHA’s mine emergency operations group at the Madisonville facility.
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    New Madisonville facility offers space for all MSHA mine rescue vehicles
Event Date: 
September 18, 2015

On September 18, 2015, MSHA opened its newest mine rescue station in Madisonville, Kentucky.  The station houses a fully equipped mine emergency unit team truck, surface communication system, a first response underground communication system, infrared gas monitoring and a mobile gas chromatograph laboratory, which will be used to serve mining operations in the Midwest in the event of a mine emergency. The Madisonville station joins other emergency response stations in Beckley, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Denver, Colorado, and Price, Utah. 

Joseph A. Main, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health, other MSHA officials, and representatives from Alliance Coal, Alpha Natural Resources and Kentucky’s Division of Mine Safety, delivered brief remarks during the September 18 dedication ceremony.  Afterward, attendees received a tour of the facility.  “Miners need to know that when it comes to mine rescue and response in our nation, we’ve got your back,” said Assistant Secretary Main.

For more information, please see A Boost for Mine Rescue in the Midwest on the US Department of Labor blog.