The event will be held August 27 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Frank J. Pasquerilla Conference Center in Johnstown.

The keynote speaker will be Alpha Natural Resources Executive Vice President Allen Dupree.

Other presentations include “Resources and Lessons from PA-BMS for Mine Rescue Practices, Training and Development” by Department of Environmental Resources Bureau of Mine Safety Emergency response/training Manager Jeffrey Stanchek; “Latest Innovations for MSHA’s Mine Emergency Operations” by Christopher Snyder and Kim Diederich from MSHA Technical Support; “Enhancing Training for Benching a BG4” by Launa Mallett of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH); and “Escape Respirator Update and Challenges” by NIOSH’s Bob Stein.

Other talks include “Looking Under the Helmet: Recognizing Mental Health Issues in Mine Rescue” by Judith Shabbick, who serves as chairperson of the Mine Families First Response and Communications Advisory Council, Special Medical Response Team; “Good Medicine in Bad Situations” by SMRT’s Rod Shabbick; and “Training Materials for Mine Rescue Instructors,” which will be offered by PSU’s Joseph Flick and mining consultant Joseph DeSalvo.

Lunch will be provided, and registration is required.

To register, please contact Holly Meisel at 814-865-7472 or

This program is provided as part of a MSHA Brookwood-Sago funding grant.