Mine rescue competition held at Hazard High

By: Maisie Insko Email
By: Maisie Insko Email

"An area of the mine that caught on fire." says Rockford Moore, from Perry County Coal.

Thankfully Moore is talking about a mock situation but accidents do happen in mines, which is why 22 teams from across the country have come to Hazard to put their life saving skills to the test.

To an ordinary person the competition area looks like a field with just a lot of cones but to these rescue teams it represents life underground.

"Heaven forbid something like this, an explosion, or some other kind of disaster happens we are prepared for that." Moore says.

Teams are judged by MSHA officials during the mock rescue. The team with the quickest time and least amount of deductions wins.

"The main thing is bragging rights, we won the contest and for a whole year we get to say we are the best." says MSHA Official Ron Burns.

And although the top benefit is rescue preparation, the revenue generated by all the out-of-towners coming into Hazard is giving the local economy a big boost

"All of the motel rooms are full these people are staying here, they eat here and by gas here and travel around. They get done fairly early and then go see the sights of Hazard." adds MSHA Official Marvin Hoskins.

The event is hosted by the Hazard High School Band of Gold.

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