Extreme Coal Exhibition

By: Marie Luby Email
By: Marie Luby Email

This week marks the first-ever Extreme Coal Exhibition and Conference at the Expo Center in Pikeville.

This underground fire suppression system is one of the newest technologies designed to meet M-SHA's latest safety regulations.

“Easy setup, easy tear down, easy to move,” Adam Brenneman said.

It's just one stop in what organizers call a shopping mall of cutting edge equipment and methods to advance Kentucky's economic giant and keep its silent heroes safe.

“This equipment that they're using is so much more advanced than it was 10, 15, 20 years ago,” James Hunt, TECO Coal, said.

This gadget is one of James Hunt's favorites.

Rescuers can use it to find everything from roof fires to lost miners.

“There's a huge market in Kentucky for this kind of equipment and this kind of a show,” David Clardy said.

Upstairs there's a series of presentations about mining cleaner, and more efficiently.

“Anywhere from actual mining itself to processing the coal after it comes out of the ground to reclaiming the surface once we're all done,” Rick Sweigard said.

“We do take pride in what we do, and we do try to do it safely, and we try to be accountable and responsible about things,” Hunt said.

Hunt hopes the Extreme Coal Exhibition and Conference spreads that message for years to come.

You can still visit Extreme Coal Friday from 8 in the morning until noon at the Expo Center.

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