Magazine article Insight on the News

Competition Keeps Mine Rescuers Sharp. (Nation in Brief)

Magazine article Insight on the News

Competition Keeps Mine Rescuers Sharp. (Nation in Brief)

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It's likely most of us don't give a lot of thought to a matter such as mine-rescue work until time of tragedy. But those who specialize in efforts such as those witnessed in the Quecreek, Pa., disaster and subsequent miracle in July have to stay at the ready, day in, day out. How do they stay prepared? Training, practice and continuing study, of course, but also through national and international contests. As a matter of fact, the 2002 National and International Mine Rescue Contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration, was held in Reno, Nev., just three weeks after the Quecreek incident.

"Mine-rescue contests are an ideal forum for sharpening skills that rescue teams undoubtedly will rely upon in the event of a real emergency," according to Dave D. Lauriski, assistant secretary of labor for mine safety and health. Twenty-eight teams were involved in the event, including groups from Canada, China, Peru and Poland. …

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