Utah Power and Light Co.'s Silver team capped a winning season Friday by taking first place at the Twelfth Annual Rocky Mountain Coal Mine Rescue, Benchman and First Aid contest, held at College of Eastern Utah.
The team won over 16 other teams in both the mine rescue and combination competitions. The combination winner is determined by adding points from the mine rescue and first aid contests.Earlier this year the team took first place in mine-rescue contests in Laramie, Wyo., and Trinidad, Colo.
They hope to qualify next year for the national competition in Louisville, Ky., which is held every other year. Members of the winning team are: Gary Christensen, Price; Bob Hill, Huntington, Emery County; Kevin Tuttle and Gordon Larsan, Orangeville, Emery County; Lloyd Huntington, Castle Dale, Emery County; and Harold Sorenson, Emery, Emery County.
Ray Guymon, Huntington, and Herman Nava, Price, are the trainers.
During the competition, each team was given a written problem that included a map of the mine, and outlines various situations including as mine cave-ins, poisonous gases, explosions and victims. Using a simulated mine set-up on a football field and wearing full breathing apparatus, team members are required to plan and carry out a rescue. Points are given for speed.
First-aid contests simulate a situation in which injured persons must be cared for speedily. Benchman are given faulty apparatus that must be put into working condition.
Winners were presented large trophies at a banquet held in the National Guard Armory.