the legislature established the Division of Industrial Relations Mine Safety
and Training Section (MSATS) in 1909 to establish a safe workplace for Nevada’s
miners, they probably didn’t envision that the staff’s expertise would play an
important role in training and preparing United States Marines to deploy and
fight in the caves of Afghanistan.
one-time request by the Marine Corps Mountain Warfare Training Center (MCMWTC)
to conduct safety training for deployed troops that encounter conditions in the
caves of mountainous regions similar to those of abandoned mines in Nevada, has
developed into an ongoing volunteer effort.
“We have worked with the Marine
Corp instructors to develop courses in underground mine rescue, awareness of
dangerous mine gases, basic geology and basic underground navigation, mapping
and surveying,” said Jeff Bixler, MSATS Chief Administrative Officer. “It has
been an honor to work with the Marines to assist them in ensuring that our
soldiers are knowledgeable and prepared.”
formal curriculum, written in partnership with the US Marine Corp, has recently
been approved by the Marine Corp Education Office at the Pentagon level.
training is conducted several times a year by mine inspectors at the
Division. The sessions, which take place
over a 3 day period, encompass both field and classroom instruction. More than 90 active duty Marines to-date have
participated in the Division’s training sessions.
a recent letter received by the Division, Commanding Officer Colonel J.J.
Carroll, Jr. expressed the MCMWTC’s gratitude: “We sincerely appreciate your contribution to the Training Center and
assure you it assisted in providing a higher quality of mountain warfare
capability for our military. Your devotion to our men and women is a wonderful
reminder to them of the great Americans for whom they train and fight.”
uniqueness of this training has caught the attention of other branches of the
US military and future training could be modified to meet the requirements of
ever changing mission needs.
staff has also been approached about developing a pocket-guide to be used to identify
basic geological hazards. The guide
would be implemented and used throughout the Marine Corp organization.
a section within the Division of Industrial Relations, Department of Business
and Industry was created by the Legislature in 1909 to establish a safe
workplace for Nevada miners. The mission of MSATS pursuant to Chapter 512 of
the Nevada Revised Statutes is to establish and determine mine operator
compliance with state and federal regulations and assist mine operators in
meeting compliance through development of training programs and by providing
consultation and technical assistance. To learn more, visit http://dirweb.state.nv.us.
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