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  1. Illinois DNR
  2. Mines and Minerals
  3. Mine Safety and Training

Mine Rescue

Women's first aid team in front of the mine rescue station.

Women's first aid team in front of the mine rescue station. 1914

Since 1910, the State has maintained mine rescue stations and mine rescue teams to respond to mine disasters or emergencies. Although much has changed over the years, the mine rescue teams are still comprised of coal miners who are trained to respond to different situations or problems which may arise at an underground coal mine.

The division maintains an Emergency Search Team which has been trained in using portable seismic detection equipment capable of detecting trapped underground coal miners.

Mine rescue stations are currently located in Benton, Lively Grove, Harrisburg, and Springfield.