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Awards- September 2017


National Mine Rescue Contest Tests Mine Emergency Response Skills

More than 60 teams representing coal mines from around the country participated in the 2017 National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench, and Preshift Competition, September 11-14 at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beckley, West Virginia.

Mine rescue contests help prepare teams of specially trained first responders to operate effectively in a real mine emergency. Co-hosted by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Holmes Mine Rescue Association, the competition gauges the readiness of teams and their individual members — sharpening skills and testing individual knowledge in a series of simulated emergency scenarios, such as a mine fire, explosion or roof collapse.

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