The competition was planned by the Society of Mining Metallurgy and Exploration’s Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Organization. The organization formed in 2015 in an effort to teach the important skills of mine rescue to future employees, earlier.
“Practicing life-saving skills and knowing learning to react in an emergency can never begin too early,” said SME volunteer, Wayne Davis. “This group of volunteers saw that and we are dedicated to ensuring these students have these extra skills on their resume when they leave the classroom.”
Around 30 students came from the three universities to compete and observe. The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) provided judges and assistance to the teams.
“We are glad to see the next generation of miners take such interest in these life-saving skills,” said Virginia Mine Chief Randy Moore. “Safety is a priority at DMME and I was glad to see these talented young people perform at a professional level in this competition.”
Virginia Tech Team #1 took home second prize and West Virginia University placed third. Photos from the event can be found on the SME Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue Organization’s Facebook page.