Wyoming teams win surface mine rescue competition

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Updated: 8/19/2014 11:53 am

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Rescue teams from Wyoming have taken the top three spots in a competition for emergency responders at surface mines.

The Gillette News-Record reports the International Surface Mine Rescue Competition was held last week at a heavy equipment dealership in Gillette. Seven teams had to respond to a mock accident involving an equipment collision that caused one death and three injuries.

The rescue team from the North Antelope-Rochelle mine in the Powder River Basin south of Gillette finished first. Cloud Peak Energy's Antelope mine, also south of Gillette, was second. A team from Solvay Chemicals in Rock Springs was third.

The other four teams were from California, Nevada and Wyoming.

Rob Brewer, a former member of the Antelope mine team, says rescuers learn from each other during the competition.

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