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May 4, 2007
The University's Fire Science Academy hosted the third annual Northern Nevada Underground Mine Rescue Competition, April 20-21, in Carlin, Nev.
Developed in collaboration with the Nevada Mining Association, the U.S. Department of Labor Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the Fire Science Academy, the annual competition offers rescue teams from companies throughout the western United States an opportunity to hone their skills in preparation for real emergencies at their mine sites.
More than 100 competitors representing 16 mine rescue teams from Nevada, Wyoming, Alaska and Idaho, and a team representing Barrick's underground mining operations in Bulyanhulu, Tanzania, participated in the two-day event, which included competitions in breathing apparatus, gas monitoring and first aid.
"I've been involved with mine rescue competitions for more than 20 years and the teams this year were exceptional," said Randy Squires, an associate director of the Fire Science Academy. "We had a number of experienced competitors tell us this year's was one of the best they've ever attended."
Competition awards went to Solvay (Wyoming) for first and second place, and Barrick Goldstrike Mines (Nevada) for third place.
Recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency response programs and facilities in the world, the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy has been training and preparing organizations, businesses and government agencies in crisis and emergency management, hazardous materials containment, rescue operations, and industrial fire fighting for more than 30 years.