Real Mine Emergencies Benefit from Rescue Contests

RENO, Nev., Aug. 19 /U.S. Newswire/ -- Just three weeks after
one of the most successful mine rescue efforts in history, more
than 30 rescue teams from the U.S. and abroad will compete in the
2002 National and International Mine Rescue Contest, August 20-22,
at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St. The
contest is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety
and Health Administration (MSHA).
"The rescue of the nine Quecreek miners in Somerset, Pa., last
month was a remarkable example of training and teamwork at their
best," said Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for
mine safety and health. "Mine rescue contests are an ideal forum
for sharpening skills that rescue teams undoubtedly will rely upon
in the event of a real emergency."
Twenty-eight American teams, including five from Nevada, will
participate in the three-day event, along with groups representing
Canada, China, Peru and Poland.
The rescue capsule that successfully pulled the nine miners to
safety from 240 feet below ground also will be on display.
Mine rescue competitions test the knowledge of highly trained
teams of miners who have diligently studied and practiced to
respond to a mine emergency. Teams must work through a hypothetical
mine emergency -- such as an underground fire, flood or cave-in --
while judges rate them on their adherence to mine rescue procedures
and how quickly they complete specific tasks.
Mine rescue training began in the United States in 1910. The
training efforts evolved into local and regional competitions
leading up to the national contest.
For complete results of the competition, visit MSHA's web site
Schedule of Events
Aug. 20 - begins at 9:15 a.m. (national competition)
Aug. 21 - begins at 7:30 a.m. (includes international
Aug. 22 - begins at 7:30 a.m. (final competition)
Editor's Note: A list of participating teams is attached
2002 National Mine Rescue Teams
Kennecott Minerals, Greens Creek Mining Company (Juneau)
Coeur Silver Valley, Inc. Galena/CMR Mine (Wallace)
Hecla Mining Company, Lucky Friday Mine (Mullen)
Carmeuse Lime, Inc., Maysville Mine, Maysville Operations
Cargill Deicing Technology, Cargill-Avery Island Mine (Avery
Morton Salt Company, Weeks Island Mine (New Iberia)
The Doe Run Co., Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division
(Viburnum) (2 teams)
Stillwater Mining Company, Nye Operations (Nye)
Newmont Mining Corporation, Eastern Nevada Operations (Carlin)
Barrick Goldstrike Mining, Meikle/Rodeo Mine (Elko)
Bechtel Nevada, U1A Complex (Pahrump)
Bechtel SAIC, LLC, Yucca Moutain Mine (Las Vegas)
Newmont Midas Operations, Inc. (Midas)
New Mexico
IMC Potash, Carlsbad Mine (Carlsbad)
Westinghouse Tru-Solutions, Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
(Carlsbad) (2 teams)
Mississippi Potash, Inc. Mississippi Potash, East and West
New York
Cargill, Inc., Cayuga Mine (Lansing)
Morton Salt, Fairport Mine (Grand River)
Morton Salt (Grand Saline) Kleer Mine (Grand Saline)
Solvay Minerals, Inc. (Green River) - 2 teams
General Chemical Corp., General
Chemical Mine (Green River) - 2 teams
FMC Corporation, FMC Westvaco Mine (Green River) - 2 teams
OCI of Wyoming, L.P. Big Island Mine (Green River) - 2 teams
2002 International Mine Rescue Teams
Cameco, McArthur River Mine (Saskatoon, SK)
Pingdingshan Coal Co. Ltd (Pingdingshan, HN)
Doe Run Peru Mine Rescue Team
White Eagles 2002 (Wroclaw)
United States
USA-Southwestern Wyoming Mutual Aid Association (Green River,
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(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press)