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The Mine Safety and Health Association, an agency under the United States Department of Labor, officially announced their partnership with the Kentucky Coal Academy's Madisonville Community College Mine Rescue and Fire Brigade Training Program Friday, Sept. 18 at a ceremonial ribbon cutting.
Kentucky Coal Academy Mine Rescue team member Taber Tichenor was recently named the 2015 National Mine Rescue Bench BioPak Champion after competing in the National Mining Association’s Coal Mine Rescue, First Aid, Bench and Preshift Competition, which was held Sept. 14-17 in Lexington.
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The MCC Mine Rescue Team’s competed at the Kentucky Mining Institute (KMI) 2015 Kentucky State Safety Competition, held Aug. 18-21, in Lexington. David Mackey and Greg Gates finished fourth and 16th out of 47 individuals, respectively, in the Pre-shift Competition; Mackey received the pre-shift travelling trophy for being the top Kentucky finisher. Taber Tichenor and Rob Boucher finished fifth and 35th out of 43 individuals, respectively, in the Bench Biopak 240R Competition. After day one and day two of the group Mine Rescue Competition, the MCC Team finished 24th overall.
June 9 2015 SE Ill Mine Rescue Comp
Congratulations to our Madisonville Community College (MCC) Mine Rescue Team, who recently placed second in day one of the fourth annual Southeastern Illinois College (SIC) Mine Rescue Skills Competition, held June 9-10 in Harrisburg, Illinois.
Kentucky Coal Academy (KCA) Madisonville Community College (MCC) Mine Rescue Team Member David Mackey was recently awarded first and second place in the Western Kentucky Mining Insitute's (WKMI) 2015 Safety Days state and federal pre-shift examiner contest, respectively, held May 20 and 21 in Madisonville, Kentucky.
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Kentucky Coal Academy Coordinator Rick Caskey has been a mining instructor at Madisonville Community College for the past 17 years. Caskey said helping to rebuild the coal industry’s workforce with a new generation of efficient and safety-conscious miners was a challenging yet rewarding experience.
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Brenda is a single mother of five children and a coal miner