The Alabama Mining Association (AMA) announced Thursday the results of the inaugural Alabama Surface Mine First Responder competition, held earlier this month at the world-class facilities of the Alabama Fire College in Tuscaloosa.
The event featured six teams participating in two days of training followed by two days of competition and was hosted by the Alabama Mine Safety & Training Foundation, a 501c(3) organization created by the AMA. The intense and highly realistic competition was developed with assistance from the Florida Mine Safety Program and was modeled after the Florida Mine Safety Program’s surface mine emergency response training and competition.
The AMA plans for the Emergency Response Training and Mine Rescue Competition to become an annual event that highlights the 21st the fundamental commitment of the mining industry of the last century to safety and the communities in which modern Alabama mining companies operate. The goal is for the event to be a cutting-edge opportunity to learn and practice life-saving skills and safety leadership principles.
The winners of the inaugural Alabama Surface Mine First Responder competition are:
Best Overall Team
2n/a – Carmeuse – Gray Team
3rd – Carmeuse – Blue Team
first aid contest
1st – Carmeuse – Gray Team
2n/a – Carmeuse – Blue Team
“The Alabama Mining Association is excited about the incredible success of the inaugural Alabama Surface Mine First Responder Competition,” said AMA President Patrick Cagle. “It’s a fun and challenging way to prepare for an emergency and reinforce the critical importance of practicing safety every day on the jobsite. Alabama 21st century, the mining industry is built on safety and sustainability, and our member companies take great pride in continually staying at the forefront of best practices that keep mining employees, contractors and communities safe. mining. Going forward, we believe this annual event will help develop even more safety leaders in Alabama’s mining industry. Thank you to everyone who made this event possible and to all the hard working men and women across Alabama who show their commitment to mine safety 24/7.”
The AMA expresses its sincere gratitude to the entrants, judges and partners who made the Alabama Surface Mine First Responder competition possible, including the Alabama Fire College and lead instructors David Brazier and Phillip Porter.
Learn more about the Alabama Surface Mine First Responder competition here.