Missouri S&T hosts mine rescue competition

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On September 23, 2016
Missouri S&T's two mine rescue teams will compete against industry teams at the 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition Oct. 3-6 at S&T's Experimental Mine. Sam O'Keefe/Missouri S&T

Missouri S&T’s two mine rescue teams will compete against industry teams at the 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition Oct. 3-6 at S&T’s Experimental Mine. Sam O’Keefe/Missouri S&T

The Missouri Mine Rescue Association, in conjunction with Missouri University of Science and Technology, will host its 34th Annual Mine Rescue Competition designed to simulate a mine emergency Monday, Oct. 3 through Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Missouri S&T Experimental Mine.

Missouri S&T teams will compete with teams from industry, such as Doe Run, Vulcan Materials Co. and Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. There are 16 teams competing.

The competition consists of a written skills test; two hands-on simulated mine disasters (both  underground); a first-aid portion with a written test, hands-on CPR and a first-responder scenario; and a team technician portion with a written test and technical troubleshooting of breathing apparatuses and gas instruments.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will judge the competition.

Teams competing are: Central Plains Cement/Talon; Doe Run Gray and Doe Run Maroon; Eastwood Fire Dogs; Gateway; Hutchinson Salt; Lyons Salt Co.; Martin Marietta; Mississippi Lime; Missouri S&T Black and Missouri S&T Gold; Solvay Chemicals Silver; Vulcan Materials Black and Vulcan Materials Blue; and Waste Isolation Pilot Project (Wipp) Red.

The Missouri S&T teams and members are as follows:

Missouri S&T Black Team

Tebogo Letshwiti, captain, a senior in mining engineering from Mogobana, Botswana

Katherine Burke, gas and team technician member, a senior in mining engineering from Fort Myers, Florida

Ethan Kerr, map and first-aid captain, a sophomore in mining engineering from Union, Missouri

Meena Lahiri, first-aid underground and first-aid member, a sophomore in mining engineering from Chesterfield, Missouri

Dan Heidrick, co-captain, a junior in mining engineering from Fenton, Missouri

Suzanne Taylor, fresh air base and first-aid member, a senior in mining engineering from Maryland Heights, Missouri

Jared Proctor, fresh air base assistant and team technician member, a senior in mining engineering from Collinsville, Illinois

Caroline Dziak, cable puller, a senior in mining engineering from Bridgewater, New Jersey

Missouri S&T Gold Team

Will Hoover, captain and team technician member, a senior in mining engineering from St. Charles, Missouri

Tanner Eliuk, gas and first-aid member, a junior in mining engineering from Fulton, Missouri

James Nash, map and team technician member, a senior in mining engineering from Bunker, Missouri

Elizabeth Shuman, first-aid underground and first-aid captain, a senior in mining engineering from St. Louis

Joshua Miller, co-captain, a senior in mining engineering from Liberal, Kansas

Kevin Cahill, fresh air base, a senior in mining engineering from St. Louis

Bradley Kgwabi, fresh air base assistant and first-aid member, a senior in mining engineering from Manu, Botswana

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