Miners, Emergency Responders and Safety Workers Can Advance Skills at Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition

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Miners, emergency responders and safety workers will have the opportunity to test their skills on Feb. 25 – 28 during the Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition hosted by the Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP).

Emergency response teams will be tested across a wide range of realistic emergency response scenarios during FMSP's annual mine rescue competition on Feb. 25-28 in Havana, Florida.

Through this year’s event, we hope to recognize miners, emergency responders and safety workers for their outstanding contributions to the safety and emergency response fields.

Miners, emergency responders and safety workers will have the opportunity to test their skills on Feb. 25 – 28 during the Second Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition hosted by the Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP). During the competition, which will be held at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Havana, Fla., emergency response teams will be tested across a wide range of realistic emergency response scenarios.

“Last year, our inaugural mine rescue competition was a huge success. Emergency response teams were given tasks that showed them what to expect in real emergency situations, which will help prepare them to perform potentially life-saving actions,” said FMSP Mining Program Manager Karen Miller, CMSP. “Through this year’s event, we hope to recognize miners, emergency responders and safety workers for their outstanding contributions to the safety and emergency response fields. As the deadline to register quickly approaches, we await incoming team, vendor and non-competitor registrations and hope to see new faces at this year’s competition.”

Starting Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 25-26, a number of free demonstrations will be available on topics of drones, body-worn cameras, dealing with traumatic incidents and more. Various eight-hour training sessions – such as rope rescue awareness, water safety and survival and a first aid refresher – also will be offered for a small fee. The team competition will begin on Tuesday with a multiple-choice exam, followed by a field exercise on Wednesday and a first aid practical on Thursday. The competition will come to an end on Thursday with a banquet that will include dinner, a team procession and an awards ceremony.

Registration to participate as a team or vendor is open until Feb. 22 and requires a team fee of $850 or a vendor fee of $400. The event also offers a non-competitor registration option for a fee of $150. To register, please visit http://flminesafety.com/competition/.

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