The Hazard District Office Rescue Team took first place in the first Office of Mine Safety and Licensing (OMSL) interagency mine rescue contest. Energy and Environmental Cabinet Deputy Secretary Hank List presented the winning plaque to team. The statewide competition took place on the 23-acre OMSL mine rescue field in Pikeville.
District office teams from Pikeville, Madisonville and Hazard vied for the statewide title after winning regional contests. OMSL has six district offices, each manned by experienced rescue teams. Harlan, Barbourville and Martin district offices participated in the earlier events. Hazard team members are David Mullins, Bob Banks, T.K. Hays, Mike Eldridge, Rodney Eversole, Randy Campbell, Gary Fugate, Leon Mullins, Daniel Bentley and Jeff Brock.
The contests prepare OMSL mine rescue personnel with training for command center and mine rescue operations to respond to major mining disasters.