Doe Run’s Maroon Mine Rescue Team Wins Top Honor at Fall Contest; Teams Gear up for International Competition

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The Doe Run Company’s two nationally recognized mine rescue teams (the Maroon Team and the Gray Team) tested their skills against 13 other teams at the 28th annual Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Competition, Sept. 21 to 23, at the Missouri University of Science & Technology’s (Missouri S&T) Experimental Mine in Rolla, Mo.

The Doe Run Company’s two nationally recognized mine rescue teams (the Maroon Team and the Gray Team) tested their skills against 13 other teams at the 28th annual Southeast Missouri Mine Rescue Competition, Sept. 21 to 23, at the Missouri University of Science & Technology’s (Missouri S&T) Experimental Mine in Rolla, Mo.

Doe Run’s Maroon Team earned first place in the contest’s mine field problem, the pinnacle of the competition. The first-place finish marks the Maroon Team’s fifth consecutive win in this category. Doe Run’s Gray Team placed first in the team technician competition. The Gray Team also captured second place in the first-aid competition and third place in the mine field problem.

Doe Run mine rescue team members are included below, with their hometowns:

Maroon Team:

  •     Luke Davis– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Denny Dickerson– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Andrew Hampton– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Steve Kearns– Farmington, Mo.
  •     Jerry Laramore– Belgrade, Mo.
  •     Ricky Martin– Steelville, Mo.
  •     Shawn Pratt– Viburnum, Mo.
  •     Steve Setzer– Viburnum, Mo.
  •     Alternate, Richie Brewer– Bunker, Mo.

Gray Team:

  •     Brad Beck– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Randy Hill– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Kevin James– Salem, Mo.
  •     Wayne Marlin– Salem, Mo.
  •     Garry Moore, Jr.– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Kenny Sherrill – Rolla, Mo.
  •     Charlie Walker– Salem, Mo.
  •     Kenny Wood– Bunker, Mo.
  •     Alternate, James Gamblin– Ellington, Mo.
  •     Alternate, Kelly Kalman– Winona, Mo.

“These competitions simulate the same type of pressure the teams would face in a real emergency, and in each challenge, Doe Run teams demonstrate the ability to respond cohesively and effectively,” said Bob Roscoe, who served on Doe Run’s mine rescue team for 20 years, and currently serves as Doe Run’s vice president of mining. “We are proud that our teams continue to excel in these competitions, and we’re even more impressed with their dedication to the safety of their fellow employees.”

As the only mine rescue contest held in an actual mine environment, the Southeast Missouri competition helps teams measure emergency response readiness, practice vital skills and learn best practices. Sponsored by the U.S. Mine Safety & Health Administration (MSHA), the Missouri Mine Rescue Association and Missouri S&T, the competition drew teams from six states.

In August, Doe Run’s Maroon Team also won the National Championship at the 2010 Metal/Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest. Doe Run has entered the Maroon Team into the International Mine Rescue Competition, Nov. 11-12, near Sydney, Australia. Doe Run’s technicians from the Gray Team (Kenny Wood and Garry Moore, Jr.) will also compete in the international competition.

In preparation for the Australia contest, Doe Run’s mine rescue teams will continue their rigorous training program. Mine rescue team members train eight hours monthly, preparing on emergency scenarios using the most current technology available. The regimen increases to 40 hours monthly during competition season, which sharpens skills and brings rescuers together to share best practices. Doe Run’s teams simulate emergency response disasters at the company’s West Fork Mine in southeast Missouri. Scenarios are often created by the opposing team or team alumni. Team members then collaborate and critique each other, and learn from the expertise and best practices shared by tenured team members.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and the largest integrated lead producer in the Western Hemisphere. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling facilities, located in Boss, Mo. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.doerun.com.

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