Mining is one of most dangerous professions out there. Should there be a fire, collapse, or explosion skilled teams of men and women are called upon to rescue trapped workers hundreds of feet below the earths surface. These people are essential in saving lives. From Sept 9-12 roughly 90 teams from 12 states will put their skills on display against each other in the 2013 National Mine Rescue, Bench, and Preshift Competition in Columbus, OH. It is sponsored by the National Mining Assoc. and administered by the US Department of Mine Safety. This four day competition includes team and individual competitions, as well as displays and exhibits.
Teams are rated on how well they adhere to mine procedures and how fast they respond. The bench contest test how well they know their equipment and that is it working properly. First-aid contest prove they can care and carry and injured miner. In the prshift teams are evaluated on how well they can identify hazards before the start of a shift.
President William Taft attended the inaugural competition in 1911 in Pittsburgh, PA.
The complete schedule can be found here: http://coalminerescuecontest.com/wp-content/uploads/National-Coal-Mine-Rescue-Schedule-of-Events-for-Participants-and-Attend….pdf
Source: Coal Miners Rescue Contest