October 30, 2014
National Mine Rescue Day
Today, October 30, 2014, is National Mine Rescue Day. Prairie State is proud to honor the service, commitment and skills of their Mine Rescue Team and their exceptional performance at the recent Illinois state contest. The U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will commemorate the second annual Mine Rescue Day today during a meeting of the Holmes Mine Rescue Association at the National Mine Health and Safety Academy in Beaver, West Virginia. The date for Mine Rescue Day was selected because of its historic significance. On Oct. 30, 1911, the first national mine rescue demonstration was held in the United States. It was organized by Dr. Joseph A. Holmes, who, in 1910, was appointed as the first director of the U.S. Bureau of Mines by President William Howard Taft. Holmes and Taft attended the inaugural event at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.
On this date last year, the newly created national Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA), which mine emergency response stakeholders overwhelmingly supported, formally came into existence. The HMRA provides support and guidance for mine rescue to the more than 13,000 mines throughout the country. It also serves as a vehicle to disseminate guidelines, training and tools to the mining community.