US mine safety agency supports Va. training, communication with $228,000 grant

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BIG STONE GAP, Virginia — A training grant totaling nearly $229,000 is being used to enhance life-saving communications and training for Virginia miners.

The Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy says the grant is from the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration. It will be used for the latest emergency response communications equipment and improvements in training and certification for miners.

The communications equipment will synchronize the department's emergency response system. The grant will also fund the purchase of mine rescue apparatuses should DMME mine safety inspectors and trainers have to go underground when proper ventilation is compromised.

The department says Virginia has more than 6,600 miners.

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