Mine rescue skills put to the test
The National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia, played host to the 2014 West Virginia Alliance Mine Rescue Skills Competition May 13-15. Thirty-seven teams representing coal mines from throughout the region participated in the annual event that tests a variety of critical skills team members need if they are tapped to respond to an actual mine emergency.
This year's competition was broken down into four blocks of skills training: mine rescue ventilation and exploration, mine rescue smoke exploration, firefighting, and mine rescue support.
Mine rescue team members tended to injured miners, battled a fire and located miners who were trapped underground.
Click here to view a slideshow of the event.