Missouri S&T mine rescue team wins competition

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On May 10, 2016
The Missouri S&T mine rescue Gold Team took first place in a recent competition in New Iberia, Louisiana. From left, advisor Jimmie Taylor and team members Deanna Fitzgerald, Will Hoover, Drew Hanneke, Tanner Eliuk, Holden Henry, Katie Sewester and Ross Hoover.

The Missouri S&T mine rescue Gold Team took first place in a recent competition in New Iberia, Louisiana. From left, advisor Jimmie Taylor and team members Deanna Fitzgerald, Will Hoover, Drew Hanneke, Tanner Eliuk, Holden Henry, Katie Sewester and Ross Hoover.

Missouri University of Science and Technology won the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Competition May 3-5 in New Iberia, Louisiana.

Missouri S&T’s Gold Team finished first overall after placing first in the smoke chamber, first aid and on the field and second place in team tech. The Missouri S&T Black Team finished ninth out of 16 teams.

The competition involves a simulated mine disaster that is set up and monitored by the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. In addition to the rescue simulation, other events include first aid, gas testing and maintaining a complex self-contained breathing apparatus. Written exams are also administered.

Deanna Fitzgerald, a 2015 mining engineering graduate and a graduate student in explosives engineering from Salisbury, Missouri, had perfect timing in joining the Gold team. “Overall, it was a great experience and extremely educational, and I am very happy I joined, even if it was for one semester,” she said.

“The best thing about this trip was getting the chance to see how quickly and effective all the mine rescue teams can work and their support for each other. It was wonderful to see that before any team takes the field, they leave the holding area with a round of applause. It is quite moving when you sit back and think about what these teams are actually trained to do.”

Gold Team members are:
Will Hoover, a senior in mining engineering from St. Charles, Missouri
Drew Hanneke, a senior in mining engineering from O’Fallon, Missouri
Tanner Eliuk, a junior in mining engineering from Fulton, Missouri
Holden Henry, a senior in mining engineering from Ellington, Missouri
Katie Sewester, a 2014 mining engineering graduate and a graduate student in explosives engineering from Viola, Kansas
Ross Hoover, a senior in mining engineering from St. Charles, Missouri

Black Team members are:
Katherine Burke, a senior in mining engineering from Honolulu, Hawaii
Ethan Kerr, a sophomore in mining engineering from Union, Missouri
Bradley Kzwabi, a junior in mining engineering from Maun, Botswana
Meena Lahiri, a freshman in mining engineering from Chesterfield, Missouri
Tebogo Letshwiti, a junior in mining engineering from Mogobane, Botswana
Josh Miller, a senior in mining engineering from Liberal, Kansas
Elizabeth Shuman, a junior in mining engineering from St. Louis
Suzanne Taylor, a junior in mining engineering from Maryland Heights, Missouri

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