Notification of Training Opportunities


National Mine Safety Academy

Beaver, WV
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Event Date: 
April 02, 2019 to April 03, 2019

The 2019 Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Rules Training will be held April 2 – 3, 2019 at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy, Beaver, West Virginia.  Team representatives, state agencies and MSHA are being given an opportunity to receive interpretations directly from the Chief Judges and Assistant Chief Judges.


MSHA will also audio conference the Rules Training to a number of outlying locations. 

Contact information for satellite/audio space availability. 






Birmingham, AL

Warrior Met Coal

Keith Plylar



Cell 205-792-9194

Western KY

River View CoalWaverly, KY

Jerry Hedgepath


270-389-6700 ext. 6814
Cell 270-952-6677



Kevin Vaughn 


270-389-6700 ext. 6723
Cell 270-836-3636

Owensville, IN

Gibson South Mine
3455 S. 700 W.
Owensville, IN  47665

Zach Brown


Cell 812-483-5690

MSHA is offering the training via WebEX as well for those not able to attend the training in person.  The WebEx information is as follows:



Meeting number: 649 046 196

Host key: not displayed

Meeting password: M!ne2019



Call-in toll-free number (Verizon): 1-888-790-4945

Call-in number (Verizon): 1-203-480-5081 

Attendee access code: 758 446 6


Can't join the meeting? Contact support here:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that this Webex service allows audio and other information sent during the session to be recorded, which may be discoverable in a legal matter. You should inform all meeting attendees prior to recording if you intend to record the meeting.

The sessions will be presented from the Academy Auditorium on Eastern Standard Time. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Bench Rules for BG-4

Bench Rules for BIOPAK 240-4



At the end of the Bench Session

Preshift Rules



At the end of the Preshift Rules Session

First Aid Rules



Break for Lunch



At the end of the First Aid Rules Session




At the end of the Skills Session (This session will not be audio/WebEx conferenced)

Preshift Problem Designers’ Meeting



At the end of the Skills Session (This session will not be audio/WebEx conferenced)

First Aid Problem Designers’ Meeting


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

9:00 a.m.

Mine Rescue Rules



At the end of the Mine Rescue Session on this day (This session will not be audio/WebEx conferenced)

Mine Rescue Problem Designers’





Answers to Questions

The Academy may be able to provide housing for Non-MSHA participants this year.  You may contact Kimberly Spencer, or Natasha Cordle,, or 304-256-3252 as soon as possible if you would like to be put on a waiting list for housing.  Any requests for lodging or meal waivers should be made as soon as possible via email to Dr. Michael Faughnan, with a courtesy copy to Kim Spencer, and Natasha Cordle,  Attached is a listing of hotels in the area surrounding the Academy.

The 2019 Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition Rules will be posted on MSHA’s Mine Rescue home page ( as soon as possible, and will remain there until after the 2019 Competition Season.

Attendees should bring a copy of the Rules to the training.  No copies are being made for handout.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Erica Warren at or 606-546-5123 ext. 124.