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Going for the Gold
>>AMY SUSAN: Crew Mason is Captain of the Penn State Mine Rescue Team, just one of the 13 teams to travel to Missouri from across the country to compete in the longest running underground mining competition on the nation. And this is the 28th year the Missouri Mining Association, along with the Federal Mine Program and the Missouri Department of Labor's Mine and Cave Safety Program have held the competition for rookies like the Penn State team to learn from veterans like Bob Roscoe's national champions, Doe Run. Fortunately, the Missouri mining competition presents a lot of real-life situations to provide mine rescuers of the experience they need to save lives. Along with the written exam, miners put their rescue skills to the test as they simulate an underground rescue operation. And Mason couldn't have agreed more as this team took the back seat while another team completed the underground portion of the course. But when you are dealing with an injured miner, being quick is not the only key factor, as rescuers like Mike Emerick and his team from Chicago, Illinois, Vulcan. Materials, must assess the situation to the best of their ability, communicate to the injured party, treat the injury and, most importantly, get them out of the mine safely, which is why miners from all over the country continue to come back to Missouri. And as they take the gold home for a fifth consecutive year, a first for the competition, Doe Run knows the win is a direct result of his team's cooperation and commitment to safety.