Round Mountain wins first place at the Elko Mine Rescue Olympiad

Congratulations to the Round Mountain Rescue Team for winning the 2018 Emergency Mine Rescue Safety Olympiad!  

The two-day event brings together 17 mine rescue teams from across the country to participate in intensive training and mine rescue simulations in Elko, Nevada.

The first day of the competition focused on skill development with seven workshops ranging from fire, rope and confined space training to medical triage and written exams. The second day tested the teams’ skills with a 35-minute mine rescue simulation.

The Round Mountain Rescue Team finished first place overall. The team placed first in written testing, first in hazmat, second in fire, third in medical  and won the ‘Rope Champion’ trophy. 

“Our mine rescue team applied their training and demonstrated their excellent skills at the mine rescue Olympiad,” said Greg Teixeira, Mine Rescue Trainer, Round Mountain. “To have such a successful weekend against some of the best mine rescue teams in the country shows Round Mountain is equipped with a talented team that can handle any emergency that comes our way.”

The Round Mountain Mine Rescue Team trains eight hours a month, with two-week intensive training leading up to this annual competition.

This is Round’s 21st year at the competition, finishing first in 2012, 2014 and 2016. 

The Round Mountain Mine Rescue team with their first place trophy. 
From left to right: Adam Reinke, Justin Naegle, Ryan Cline, Andrew Horsch, Sam Lauver, Greg Teixeira, David Reid, and Patrick Sweeney. 

Adam Reinke and Patrick Sweeney evaluate a scenario during the mine rescue simulation 

The team works to ‘secure’ the scene and treat any victims during the 35-minute mine rescue simulation