2014 Central Mine Rescue Contest

Mine rescue competition begins in Kellogg
Coeur d'Alene Press
May 17, 2014

KELLOGG - Since 1975, teams have gathered in Kellogg to test their mettle in a variety of mine rescue events.

On Friday, seven teams met in the parking lot of the Silver Mountain Resort to continue the tradition of the Central Mine Rescue Competition, with three of the teams coming all the way from Alaska.

"There's a lot of pride involved in the competition," Danny Peterson, director of the Central Mine Rescue Unit, said.  "But there's also a lot of camaraderie too with the teams taking time to get to know each other."

Early Friday morning saw the beginning of the field event, where six of the seven teams were read a scenario with a problem to solve.  Once the scenario was read, the teams entered a course created to resemble conditions of an actual mine.

Throughout the day the teams cycled through the approximately 50-minute scenario.

Other events on Friday included the team technician event, where an apparatus was checked for deficiencies.

Today, the competition will conclude with the rope rescue and first aid events.  Peterson said the public is welcome to come and watch the action.