Kentucky Coal Academy

Dave Shinall

Six underground mine rescue teams qualified for national competition yesterday during the Kentucky Coal Academy’s first Regional Skills Championship in Madisonville. First-place team captain Zach Brown said yesterday’s tough competition made his six-man rescue squad better life-savers.

"I think that in the event of an emergency it will make us better capable to respond to people trapped, or if we have to, get a mine back to operation. I do think it will make us better at that area," Brown said.