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February 3, 2021 - Below is a message from Jeff Kravitz, President, Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA)

Holmes Mine Rescue Association (HMRA) committees have been working with MSHA for over a year to develop new unified rules for Mine Rescue, Skills, Bench, First Aid, and Technician events.  These rules will take effect this year.  HMRA and MSHA are offering free virtual training via WebEx next week, and we hope that you will join us.  The following is the MSHA announcement:





The 2021 National Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Technician rules training will be held February 9-11. Team representatives, state agencies, MSHA and others are being given an opportunity to receive interpretations directly from the Co-Chairmen from each of the four disciplines.



Due to COVID-19 limitations MSHA is offering the training via WebEX only.  The session will be recorded to be available for review by anyone who is unable to attend.  The WebEx information is as follows:



2021 Unified Mine Rescue Rules Meetings


February 9-11, 2021, via WebEx and phone conference.






2021 Rules Documents


[Links to these documents will be posted on





·        240R BioPak Rules



·        BG4 Rules



·        First Aid Rules



·        Mine Rescue Rules



·        Mine Rescue Team Skills Rules



·        Technician Team Rules



·        [DRAFT] Unified Mine Rescue Team Contest Training Module Study Guide












Mine Rescue Rules Interpretations Meeting Agenda and Connection Info 








Tuesday, February 9

10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Technician Team Rules

Tuesday, February 9

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Bench Rules




Wednesday, February 10

10:00 AM – 12 Noon

First Aid Rules

Wednesday, February 10

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Mine Rescue Rules




Thursday, February 11

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

First Aid Problem Designer

Thursday, February 11

10:30 PM – 12 Noon

Technician Team Problem Designer

Thursday, February 11

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Bench Problem Designer

Thursday, February 11

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Mine Rescue Problem Designer



To join the meeting(s), use the link and call-in information below:



Join by phone


·        US Toll Free: 1-877-465-7975

·        US Toll: 1-210-795-0506

Access code: 199 844 3630

HMRA and MSHA are monitoring conditions relative to the pandemic and will make an announcement regarding the proposed Unified National Contest (tentative to be held August 30-September 2, 2021 in Lexington, KY) by April 30.

Thank you and Stay Safe!

Jeff Kravitz

President, HMRA