New Mine Emergency Operations Facility Opens in Madisonville, Kentucky


150 School Street

Madisonville, KY 42431
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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.