Teams competing in mine rescue event in Lexington

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Competition in the 2014 National Metal and Nonmetal Mine Rescue Contest gets underway Tuesday in Lexington.

Field competition takes place through Wednesday, with five-member teams facing a mine emergency scenario. The team members have to search and account for missing miners following standard mine rescue procedures.

On Thursday, competition includes first aid and technician team. The two-man technician team must ensure that multi-gas and self-contained breathing apparatuses work properly. In the first aid competition, teams have to be able to perform medical emergency techniques.

The U.S. Labor Department says 40 teams from 18 states are participating in the competition at the Lexington Convention Center. For more information on the teams, visit .

The Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration will judge the competition.

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