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Daily Mountain Eagle – Rick Watson Mine Rescue Teams going through the simulation course wearing breathing devices and utilizing environmental testing gear. Jasper year was the annual event.
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Cagle, says the annual Mine Rescue Contest helps mine rescue teams keep their training mining. Cagle said that mining rescue teams are a vital component of mining safety. Cagle said the main focus of the training is keeping miners as safe as possible. Mine safety training has become part of the culture in the mining industry — particularly in underground mining. This event is important, especially in Alabama because 80 percent of the coal produced in Alabama is metallurgical coal which is used to make steel.
If that holds, Cagle feels that demand will bring new investments in the industry in Alabama. Kenneth Russell, who is the Bevill State Director of Workforce Solutions non-credit training was on hand at the mine rescue training media day event.
He worked as a safety director for 29 years with Walter Energy and is recognized as an expert in the field. Bevill State trained two mine rescue teams that are state-sponsored. Why is this competition so important? Russell says that mining is a dangerous occupation.
Jobs events in coal mining are rare, they are a fact of life. According to Russell, it could be an explosion, a gas or water inundation, or an event that could require the recovery of a sealed area of a mining. The events that prompt rescue team into action do not always involve injuries or fatalities.
They had to clear blocks in the mine using specialize equipment that allowed them to breathe in places where there was no air. Each of these events allows teams to gain valuable hands-on experience working in areas with an irrespirable atmosphere.
Experienced team members work mining inexperienced members in real life situations. He feels that the shortage of experience in that area is another reason the mining rescue contest is valuable.