New rescue facility in Kentucky available to mines

By |  September 16, 2015

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) opened a mine rescue station Sept. 18 in Madisonville, Ky.

According to MSHA, the facility will serve mining operations in the Midwest during mine emergencies. The facility joins emergency response stations in Pittsburgh, Beckley, W.Va., and Price, Utah.

Joe Main, assistant secretary of labor for MSHA, is expected to deliver brief remarks during an event at the Madisonville mine rescue station on Sept. 18. Other MSHA officials, a representative from Kentucky’s Division of Mine Safety and others are also expected to deliver brief remarks. Tours of the facility are scheduled to follow.

MSHA says the Madisonville station will house a mine emergency unit team truck, a surface communication system, a first response underground communication system, infrared gas monitoring and a mobile gas chromatograph laboratory.

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