WIPP Team Wins Top Honors At Missouri Mine Rescue Championship

  • Assistant Secretary Joe Main left, poses with the WIPP Blue Mine Rescue Team who took first place in the field competition. Team also was named “Best Out of State”.
  • Assistant Secretary Joe Main, left, with the Vulcan Materials Blue Mine Rescue Team who placed second in the field competition.
  • Assistant Secretary Main, center, with members of the WIPP Blue Team who won first place in the first aid competition.
  • Assistant Secretary with the Team Technician winners, Jason Hook and Kevin Callister
  • A properly working breathing apparatus is critical for all mine rescuers
  • Noting of key information is important for rescue teams
  • Concentration and focus are required during rescue operations
  • Team members must be coordinated in all of their rescue actions
  • Rescue team member surveys the situation at hand
  • Mine rescue team members have break from competition
  • Mine rescue team members under apparatus and in competition
  • Judge in background watches team member in competition
  • During contests, conditions are made to look as real as possible
  • Rescue team member checks readings
Event Date: 
October 05, 2015

This week, the 33rd Annual Mine Rescue Contest, sponsored by the Missouri Mine Rescue Association, was held in Rolla, Missouri.  Twenty-six mine rescue teams from metal and nonmetal mines across the state participated in this contest.

The mine rescue team of the Waste Isolation Pilot Project (WIPP), or WIPP Blue Team, was the big winner at the contest.  The WIPP Blue Team also captured the award for “Best Out of State” team and took home honors for winning first place in the first aid competition.

The Vulcan Materials Blue Team won second place in the field competition, while the team from Newmont Mining earned third place.

The Solvay Chemical Silver Team placed second in the first aid contest.  The Doe Run Maroon Team placed third in the first aid contest and also won the award for “Best in State.”

MSHA Assistant Secretary Joe Main attended the last day of the contest and provided remarks at the contest banquet.