LOGAN - Students from China’s Shanxi Province recently completed training at the Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College.
The training focused on communications, rescue and safety. The students began with an orientation session that included a meeting with First Lady/President of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. They continued with basic classroom instruction, enhanced by the first-class interactive experiences provided by The Academy.
The group had the opportunity to participate in an abbreviated version of a Mine Emergency Rescue Demonstration or MERD. They were instructed in the activation of a command and communication center. This included the deployment of the mine rescue team, as well as the search and rescue dog.
“These training exercises immerse the students in real life situations without the hazard exposure,” said Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies Director Carl Baisden. “The more time a student spends in simulation the better prepared for real work experiences.”
The Academy for Mine Training and Energy Technologies at Southern has the reputation for unsurpassed, state-of-the-art training, to re-create these real life scenarios. “Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College has created a gold standard for mine training in Southern West Virginia. These students are looking for that expert training, with the latest technology and best resources available. Southern offers that to them.” Tomblin said.
Providing off-campus tours was also part of the learning agenda. The students visited a local mine site, and the Advanced Fire and Rescue Training Center. The Center offered Underground Fire Demonstration; including rescue station and computer-based training experience.
The students were also given tours of the local area, the State Capitol Complex, West Virginia State Museum and the Governor’s Mansion.
“This is an extraordinary partnership and we look forward to successfully providing other students this opportunity over the next four years,” Tomblin added.