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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.