Genesis Alkali’s Mine Safety Rescue ‘Blue Team’ Named Top Competitor at International Competition

Genesis Alkali’s Mine Safety Rescue ‘Blue Team’ Named Top Competitor at International Competition

Genesis Alkali’s “Blue Team” was one of the top competitors at the International Mines Rescue Competition, which took place September 11-16 in Beaver, West Virginia.

Genesis went up against teams from all over the world including, the United States, Australia, Canada, Colombia, Finland, India, Poland and Zambia. The Genesis Blue team was invited to the International competition after taking first place overall in the National Mine Rescue Competition back in August.

The international competition tested the knowledge and skills through challenges based on emergency scenarios, including mine fires and roof collapses. During the events, teams simulated rescues, fighting fires, high-angle rope rescue, first aid, team theory, and technical and team skills. In addition to testing understanding and abilities, the event provides comprehensive learning opportunities for teams to develop greater mine rescue skills and maintain response readiness.

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“Mine rescues competitions are demanding tests for highly trained first responders who may face mine emergencies,” Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health Chris Williamson said. “These events help prepare mine rescuers and ensure that first responders remain safe even as they selflessly risk their lives to save others.”

In all, this year’s competition included four teams from the U.S.; five from Canada; three teams from Australia, India, and Zambia; two from Colombia; and one each from Poland and Finland.

We’re all very proud of our Genesis Alkali miners who represented Genesis Alkali at the event and demonstrated why we continue to be among the mining industry safety leaders.

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