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2008 Metal/Nonmetal National and International Mine Rescue Contest 2008 Metal/Nonmetal National and International Mine Rescue Contest 2008 Metal/Nonmetal National and International
Mine Rescue Contest


The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is pleased to announce the 2008 Metal and Nonmetal National Mine Rescue Contest to be held July 15-17 at the Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority in Reno, Nevada. We would like to take this opportunity to personally invite you to participate.

The contest will be comprised of four events: field competition consisting of a 2-day preliminary and a 1-day final competition (the top seven teams from day 1 and day 2), an apparatus benchman contest, a multi-gas instrument benchman contest, and a first aid contest. Each event will include a written examination.

MSHA feels the mine rescue teams in the United States of America provide the best trained, best equipped rescue capability in the world. MSHA hopes your company will continue to show their support for mine rescue by participating in this national competition.

If you have any questions concerning the contest, please contact Eddie Lopez at (214) 767-8401,


Pre-Registration: To ensure your team's listing in the official program, please use this link for a copy of the Team Entry Form. The form must be completed and returned with your entry fee payment of $500 per team by May 31. Please make checks payable to the Silver Legacy Resort. Payment and entry form should be mailed to the following address. If possible, please provide a digital photograph of your team members with your entry form. Photographs will be included in the 2008 National Mine Rescue Contest Program. Early entry is encouraged to ensure accurate planning and smooth coordination for the competition.

Each team participating in the 2008 Contest is entitled to receive up to ten (10) Awards Banquet tickets at no additional cost.

Team Registration: Team registration will be held at the Silver Legacy Resort (Silver Legacy) on Monday, July 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Please see the Hotel Reservations section below for more details on the Silver Legacy.


Room reservations are the responsibility of each individual team. For the convenience of our participants, a block of rooms have been set aside at the Silver Legacy for a special rate of $85 a night plus tax. If you wish to stay at the Silver Legacy, please call their reservation line at 1-800-687-8733 and refer to code: MSHA08 to take advantage of the special rate. The cut-off date for room reservations at the reduced rate is June 11.


Written tests will be given to all participants prior to the preliminary field competition on Tuesday, July 15 at the Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority. The preliminary field competition will be conducted on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 15 and 16. The final competition will be conducted on Thursday, July 17. Teams not working the field problem may choose to compete in the bench, gas and first aid competitions on Tuesday and Wednesday; however, a team member may not participate in more than one of these events.


The Awards Banquet is scheduled for Thursday, July 17 at the Silver Legacy. Your team participation fee entitles you up to ten (10) Awards Banquet tickets at no additional cost. However, should you need additional tickets; the cost per ticket will be $35 which includes tax and gratuity. To reserve tickets, make checks payable to the Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Please use this link for a copy of the Banquet Ticket Order Form. Payment and form should be mailed to the following address. The banquet will be arranged for open seating so tickets should be purchased before May 31 as only a limited number of tickets will be available after this date. Tickets will be available for pick up during registration. If you have any questions concerning the banquet, please contact Christine (Tina) Mayhugh by e-mail at or Robin Latimer at (202) 693-9546;


Equipment can be shipped to The Freeman Companies and held for delivery to the Reno Sparks Convention Center. Each individual company is responsible for contacting them directly at (775) 356-6200 or fax (775) 356-6236 to arrange their own shipment and to coordinate delivery. Their warehouse shipping address is: Please note that each package/box must be labeled clearly with the Individual Company Name and must state: (1) For Mine Rescue Contest 2006; and (2) To be delivered to Reno/Sparks Convention Center - 7/14/2008.

Equipment will be accepted at the Convention Center on Monday July 14 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Access to the holding room at the Convention Center is from Kietzke Road through roll up door 15 on the east side.

Electrical outlets will be available for teams to plug in their ice freezers at the Convention Center. BG-4 teams should bring plastic forms (4 inches in height) that enable them to make ice blocks for their apparatus.

There will not be any washing/drying facilities available at the Convention Center to clean face pieces after competing. It's recommended that you bring towels and wipe down materials if necessary.


Code of Federal Regulations (30 CFR), Part 49.7 requires each member of a mine rescue team to be examined annually by a physician who shall certify that each person is physically fit to perform mine rescue and recovery work for prolonged periods under strenuous conditions.

The designated official in charge of your team must be present during registration to sign and verify that all participating team members have received the required physical examination within one year of the contest date and are physically fit, trained and qualified under 30 CFR, Part 49.7 to compete.