20 Teams Meet in West Virginia to Compete in Mine Rescue Contest

August 13, 2008

Twenty mine rescue teams from four states are gathering in Morgantown, West Virginia to test their skills.

A mine rescue competition scheduled for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 will include simulated underground mine emergencies, tests of air packs and fixes of any problems found, and pre-shift mine examinations.

The teams represent coal companies in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Competition organizers say the simulated emergencies could include missing miners, underground explosions and fires, a roof collapse or a mine being flooded.

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