Alpha mine has 'Right Mix'

ALPHA Natural Resources’ Kingston mine rescue crew earned the top prize at the recent Friends of Coal regional competition festival in southern West Virginia.
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Courtesy Alpha Natural Resources.

Donna Schmidt

Kingston joined fellow crews from Rockspring Development, Brooks Run Mining and a southern West Virginia regional team at the contest, which was also attended by teams from several other coal companies.

"We are proud of how dedicated and professional these men are,” mine emergency coordinator and preparedness director Perry Whitley said.

“They take their jobs as mine rescue volunteers very seriously. All of our mine rescue teams should be proud of the work they do, because they are role models for all of us."

The Kingston team, calling itself the “Right Mix”, is made up of captain Oscar Hughes, No.1 gas man Greg Fernett, No.2 gas man Josh Birchfield, map man Daniel Bragg, tail captain Ernie Watkins, briefing officer Jason Stone and patient Sean Tichnell.

In May the Kingston mine rescue team was also top at the two day Alliance Mine Rescue Competition in Beckley, West Virginia – a competition that attracted more than 40 crews from various coal companies across the region to test skills with real-life scenarios including equipment malfunctions and a smoke room.

All 12 of Alpha's affiliated mine rescue teams participated in that event, as well as two teams that are part of the Pennsylvania Mine Rescue System but made up of Alpha employees.