University of Kentucky and Kentucky Mining Institute to Host Kentucky State Mine Rescue Contests in Lexington

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Mine rescue contest file photoThe University of Kentucky Department of Mining Engineering will coordinate the Kentucky State Mine Rescue contests AugustĀ 21-23 in Lexington. The event brings coal miners, industry personnel, officials from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing and the Mine Safety and Health Administration to Lexington for three days of mine safety contests.

The purpose of the event is to simulate an actual underground mine disaster, giving rescue teams a chance to stay sharp in the event of an actual emergency. Forty-seven mine rescue teams from eight states will participate in the competition.

The contests will be held at the Lexington Convention Center Heritage Hall and will begin at 8:00 a.m. each day. The public is welcome to attend.

For more information contact: Geaunita Caylor (cell) 859-494-1621; g.caylor@uky.edu

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