62nd Annual Mine Rescue Contest

Beaver, Wv — The 62nd annual West Virginia Mine Contest began Tuesday, August 29 at the national mine health and safety academy.
This is an event that allows mine rescue teams to put their training to work. Mine rescue team members are full-time employees of the coal company and are required to have at least one year of mining experience along with being required to take the initial mine rescue training class.
The teams participating in the contest are all from West Virginia except for one team who traveled from Virginia to participate.
“Mine rescue teams can be used in any type of scenario from an inundation, to a mine collapse, to an explosion” exclaimed Leon Bailey who is the Deputy Director of the Southern West Virginia Mine Rescue Contest.
The contest will continue through Wednesday, August 30 at the national mine health and safety academy.

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Jonathan Chance grew up in Birmingham, AL where he experienced many different types of weather. The storm that is remembered more than any other is the 2011 Super Outbreak. The tornadoes passed within 20 miles of his home and affected the lives of many people around him.