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2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition Results

Location

430 West Vine St.

Lexington, KY 40507
See map: Google Maps
  • Mine Rescue Awards Banquet Slide
    Winner of the Combination (Mine Rescue/First Aid) Competition: Mine Rescue Services LLC’s “Southeast Kentucky Team” (Corbin, Kentucky).
  • Mine Rescue Awards Banquet Slide
    Winner of the Mine Rescue Competition: Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” from Whitesville, West Virginia.
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    Winner of Day 1 Mine Rescue: Drummond Company Inc.’s “Shoal Creek Red Team” (Jasper, Alabama).
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    Day 2 Mine Rescue: Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” (Whitesville). Mark Bolen, Team Captain.
  • Mine Rescue Awards Banquet Slide
    Winner of the First Aid Competition: Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. – Oak Grove Resources LLC’s “Oak Grove Blue Team” (Hueytown, Alabama).
  • Mine Rescue Awards Banquet Slide
    Winner of the Mine Rescue Competition: Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” from Whitesville, West Virginia.
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    A rescue team member checking a breathing apparatus.
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    Judges observing a Buchanan Mine Rescue team member during the bench competition.
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    A mine rescue team working a problem during the mine rescue portion of the competition.
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    A team documenting and recording findings.
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    A mock-up of a refuge alternative, an area where a distressed miner can go during an emergency to await help.
  • A team, tethered together, ready to work a problem.
    A team, tethered together, ready to work a problem.
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    A Fresh Air Base: a communication relay point located inside of a mine that serves as a staging area for mine rescue teams and communicates the findings of the team to the Command Center.
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    A team in the process of saving an injured miner.
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    A team in a state of readiness as they prepare to rescue a miner.
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    A team works to stabilize an injured miner before transport from the mine.
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    During the First Aid portion of the competition, a team triages a patient to prepare the miner for transport out of the mine.
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    Preshift examiner checking air quality.
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    Map reviewers scoring a mine rescue team’s map.
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    Judges tabulating a mine rescue team’s scores.
Event Date: 
September 17, 2015

Testing their readiness for worst-case mine rescue scenarios, 65 teams from 12 states put their skills and knowledge to work in the 2015 National Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition, which was held in Lexington, Kentucky, from September 14-17, 2015. Sponsored by the National Mining Association and administered by the, the four-day competition included team and individual competitions. 

Alpha Natural Resources’ “Southern West Virginia Team” from Whitesville, West Virginia, won the Mine Rescue Competition while two of Arch Coal Inc.’s teams – Lone Mountain Processing Inc.’s “Lone Mountain Team” from Holmes Mill, Kentucky and Beckley Complex’s “Beckley Gold Team” from Eccles, West Virginia – rounded out the top three. See a full list of the winners .

Three years ago MSHA changed the structure of the national mine rescue contests, shifting greater participation to industry stakeholders. Since that change, the contests have been highly successful in training and preparing the nation’s mine rescue teams to undertake some of the most risky emergency responses, as they are called upon to travel deep into the earth to find missing or trapped miners. 

The mining industry held its first mine rescue competitions in 1911. The inaugural event took place in Pittsburgh, PA with President William H. Taft among the dignitaries in attendance.