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Havana hosts surface mining emergency response competition

Participants in a first aid refresher course on Monday practiced administering first aid to training manikins as part of the Inaugural Surface Mining Emergency Response Training and Competition taking place in Havana.

It also is the first surface mine rescue training and competition to take place in the Southeastern United States.

The event took place at the Florida Public Safety Institute (75 College Drive) in Havana and concluded on Thursday, March 1.

The event provided an opportunity for miners, emergency responders and safety workers to test and hone their skills across a wide range of realistic emergency response scenarios, while also being recognized for their outstanding contributions to the safety and emergency response fields.

The four-day event began on Monday, with training sessions and free demonstrations on topics including rope rescue, first aid and medical response to trauma.

On Tuesday, the team competition kicked off and included a multiple-choice exam.

On Wednesday, there was a field exercise, during which teams were deployed to an area and faced with a rescue scenario.

Thursday’s first aid practical was the final portion of the team competition.

Special to The Herald