Missouri S&T to participate in mine rescue competition

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On April 24, 2018

Missouri S&T’s team in action. Photo by Sam O’Keefe, Missouri S&T.

Two mine rescue teams from Missouri S&T will compete in the 48th Annual Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest in New Iberia, Louisiana.

The competition, which is designed to simulate a mine emergency, will take place April 30-May 3. Two Missouri S&T teams will compete against multiple teams from the professional mining industry, such as Doe Run, Vulcan Materials Co. and Morton Salt. There are approximately 25 teams competing this year.

The competition consists of a written skills test; two hands-on simulated underground mine disasters; 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) and Missouri Department of Labor Cave and Mine Safety will judge the competition.

Missouri S&T Black and Missouri S&T Gold will both compete at the event. Both teams are trained by DeWayne Phelps, senior lab mechanic in the mining and nuclear engineering department at S&T.

The following S&T students are members of the Black Team:

Ethan Kerr, captain, a senior in mining engineering from Union, Missouri

Adam Reiter, gas man, a junior in mining engineering from Fenton, Missouri

Zack Griffie, map man, a sophomore in mining engineering from St. Louis

Meena Lahiri, first aid, a junior in mining engineering from Chesterfield, Missouri

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

Ben Hall, fresh air base, a senior in mining engineering from Rolla, Missouri

Creighton Miles, fresh air base assistant, a sophomore in mining engineering from Advance, Missouri

Rob Wymore, cable puller, a junior in mining engineering from Imperial, Missouri.

The following S&T students are members of the Gold Team:

Tanner Eliuk, captain, a senior in mining engineering from Fulton, Missouri

Joshua Miller, gas man, a senior in mining engineering from Rolla, Missouri

Jared Proctor, map man, a senior in mining engineering from Collinsville, Illinois

Suzanne Taylor, first aid, a senior in mining engineering from Maryland Heights, Missouri

Holden McComb, co-captain, a senior in mining engineering from Littleton, Colorado

Caroline Dziak, fresh air base, a senior in mining engineering from Bridgewater, New Jersey

Botlhe Masedi, fresh air base assistant, a senior in mining engineering and economics from Maun, Botswana

Joshua Schoonover, cable puller, a sophomore in mining engineering from Cainsville, Missouri.

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  • Joe Main says:

    Great to see that the Missouri S&T Mine Rescue teams attending the New Iberia Louisiana Mine Rescue contest. The New Iberia contest is one of the best. Was there 2 years ago. Joe Main