March 2020
In this edition of the Florida Mine Safety Program e-newsletter, you'll find information about the Third Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition.

Third Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition 

We had an incredible time at our Third Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition, which was held Feb. 24-27 in Havana, Fla. The competition featured dozens of amazing teams, vendors, sponsors and spectators. To view all of the photos from the competition, click here.

Congratulations to the award winners: 

Overall Grand Champion
Nyrstar TN Mines - Nyrstar Grey Team
Field Exercise
First Place: Nyrstar TN Mines - Nyrstar Grey Team
Second Place: Mosaic - New Wales
Third Place: U.S. Silica - U.S. Silica Team

First Aid Practical
First Place: Nyrstar TN Mines - Nyrstar Grey Team
Second Place: Nutrien - White Springs Phosphate ERT
Third Place: Mosaic - New Wales

Novice Standings
First Place: Nyrstar TN Mines - Nyrstar Blue
Second Place: Lhoist North America - Montevallo Plant
Third Place: Carmeuse Lime & Stone - Longview Warriors

Blind Knot-tying Competition
First Place: Nyrstar Gordonsville - Nyrstar Black Team (Nick Alcorn) 
Second Place: Nevada Gold Mines - Cortez (Mitch Cannon)
Third Place: Nutrien - White Springs Phosphate ERT (Steven Vani)

Team Trainer
First Place: Vulcan Materials - Vulcan Black (Oscar Frederick)
Second Place: Nyrstar TN Mines - Nyrstar Grey Team (Brian Millington)

Special Recognition Award
Moseline Augustin - Florida Public Safety Institute
For Outstanding Services Performed February 26-27, 2020
Making Headlines: FMSP Hosts Surface Mining Emergency Response Training

WCTV, the CBS-affiliated television station covering North Florida, did a story on the Third Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition. A reporter interviewed emergency response team members and mining professionals during the field exercise portion of the competition. This coverage provides important insight into the mining industry. 

Click here to access the website article and a video clip of the full television broadcast. 
National Mine Rescue Contest Hall of Fame Inductee Joseph A. Olivier

Joseph A. Olivier began his mine rescue career in 1974 as a team captain. In 1988, he joined the National Mine Rescue Team. As a National Team member and captain, Joe participated in two regional mine rescue competitions, as well as one international competition.  

Today, Joe serves as the contest director for the Southern Regional Mine Rescue Contest. Joe is passionate about the mine rescue community, and developed the quote that can be found on the Third Annual Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition T-shirts, safety buttons and stickers. The quote reads, "WE ARE MINE RESCUE PEOPLE, WE KEEP HOPE ALIVE."

Thank you for all of your hard work, Joe!
Passing of a True Certified Mine Safety Professional and Safety Pioneer

Certified Safety Pioneer H.L. Boling passed away on Sunday, March 1,  following a lengthy and courageous battle with leukemia, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and neurological disorders. 

For more than 40 years, H.L. was one of the most influential mining safety professionals in the U.S., and his impact extended to many other countries. He was a true friend, mentor and servant leader to countless people and organizations.

Rest in peace, H.L.
The Florida Mine Safety Program (FMSP) aims to educate those who partake in mining operations by assisting mining companies and mining contractors with their health and safety training. For more than 30 years, the program has operated as a federally-funded grant program under the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA), whose mission is to prevent death, disease and injuries in the mining industry. This is done through a variety of training courses, conferences and informational seminars offered by FMSP. These courses highlight proper emergency evacuation plans, health and safety standards and more. FMSP diligently works to ensure that miners working in both Florida metal and nonmetal operations are aware of the health and safety standards and are effectively trained to take precautionary measures. Through a collaborative effort, FMSP and MSHA Educational Field and Small Mine Services (EFSMS) work together to reduce the frequency and severity of mining accidents and ensure a safe environment for all.
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