Two mine rescue teams from Missouri S&T are competing in the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest in New Iberia, Louisiana, says a report by Missouri S&T News.
The two Missouri S&T teams are competing with teams from the professional mining industry such as Doe Run and Morton Salt in a competition designed to simulate a mine emergency.
This competition includes 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.
The Mine Safety and Health Administration and Missouri Department of Labour Cave and Mine Safety will judge the competition.
Both the Missouri S&T Black and Missouri S&T Gold teams were both trained by DeWayne Phelps, senior lab mechanic in the mining and nuclear engineering department at S&T.
Phelps says: “Last year at this competition, our Gold Team finished second in the aid competition and third in the team technician competition, while our Black Team finished second in the aid competition. The industry teams that we competed against were very impressed with both of our teams’ success last year, and we hope to see similar results this year.”