September 11, 2017 - Virginia Mining Institute held it's 51st VMI Safety Day Contest in Blacksburg, VA during week of August 7-10, 2017. Special thanks to all that made this contest happen with special thanks going out to the mine rescue teams that participated and the companies that allowed them to attend. Thanks to all the judges from Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Ohio and MSHA District 5 and MSHA Academy.
VMI would also like to thank the following members and/or volunteers Ernest Edgell, John Teets, Bob Baker, Judy Horne, Glen Thompson, Bill Messick, Ethan Smith, Morgan Smith and Ron Glasgow for their work at this event. Special "shout out" to the following for their support and/or donations to our contest: West River Conveyors & Machinery, Ecko Fire Protection, Lee Supply, Heintzman, Strata Products, Draeger, Safety Train, Silver Spur Conveyors, Blue Wolf and Coronado.
The trophys presented at this contest went to the following recipients:
1st Place: Kevin Yeary, Contura Energy, Paramont Contura
2nd Place: Brian Keith, Contura Energy, Paramont Contura
3rd Place: Jimmy Bonner, Drummond Company, Inc., Shoal Creek Black Team
BG 4 Bench
1st Place: Scot Jordan, Drummond Company, Inc., Shoal Creek Black Team
2nd Place: Jackie Dillon, Buchanan Minerals, Buchanan Red Team
3rd Place: Shaun Bailey, Buchanan Minerals, Buchanan Black Team
BioPak 240 R
1st Place: Caleb Schoeff, Wellmore Energy Company, Wellmore Red
2nd Place: Shannon Moore, Wellmore Energy Company, Wellmore Red
3rd Place: Robert New, Greenbrier Minerals, LLC, Central Appalachian Mine Rescue
Mine Rescue - Day 1
1st Place: Wellmore Energy Co., Wellmore Red - Shannon Moore, Captain
2nd Place: Buchanan Minerals, Buchanan Black Team - Jimmie Houck, Captain
3rd Place: Commonwealth Virginia, The Regulators - Anthony Sturgill, Captain
Mine Rescue - Day 2
1st Place: Contura Energy, Paramont Contura - Adam Phillips, Captain
2nd Place: Alden Resources, LLC, Alden Resources Team - Fred Shannon, Captain
3rd Place: Wellmore Energy Company, Wellmore Red - Shannon Moore, Captain
Mine Rescue Overall
1st Runner Up: Alden Resources, LLC, Alden Resources Team - Fred Shannon, Captain
2nd Runner Up: Contura Energy, Paramont Contura - Adam Phillips, Captain
Grand Champion: Wellmore Energy Company, Wellmore Red Team - Shannon Moore, Captain
Congratulations to all these individuals and teams. Your dedication and expertise to mine rescue is greatly appreciated and these awards are well deserved.
The next VMI meeting will be held on Monday, September 18, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at V & V Restaurant in Richlands, VA. Program for the evening will be given by representative(s) from State Electric.