PINEVILLE – Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced today that three of its mine rescue teams recently participated in three mine rescue competitions in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The Pinnacle White Team, based at the Pinnacle Mining Complex in Wyoming County, took home second place honors at the Tennessee State Mine Rescue Competition earlier this week. The Pinnacle Blue Team took second place at the Southern West Virginia Mine Rescue Association Mine Rescue Competition held in Beckley last month and also placed third earlier this month at the Kentucky Mine Institute Competition in Lexington.
Over 40 rescue teams from six states competed at the West Virginia competition with nearly 60 teams from nine states at the Kentucky competition and 19 teams from six states at the Tennessee competition. The three-day competitions had events ranging from first aid, bench and pre-shift events to the more complex simulated mine rescue scenarios. Mine rescue teams are required to complete 96 hours of training and compete in a minimum of two competitions annually. Cliffs mine rescue teams regularly exceed those minimum requirements.
“I am very proud of all of our dedicated mine rescue teams at Cliffs,” said Mark Nelson, vice president of operations for Cliffs North American Coal. “Our teams’ performances at these recent competitions are another confirmation of the high caliber of our mining professionals and the passion they have for the industry.”
Mine rescue team members are volunteers that devote an extensive amount of time at trainings and competitions so they can continually improve and be ready to handle real life rescue situations if they should occur.
Cliffs mine rescue team from their operations in Oak Grove, Ala., also participated in the competitions and had a solid showing.