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Washoe County Practices Mine Rescues

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Saturday the Washoe County HASTY team was at an area just south of Gold Hill and Silver City where hundreds of mines are nestled in the hills.
“Do not go near the mines,” said Sgt. Bill Devine with the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. “You may even come across an open hole that isn’t marked and doesn’t have a fence around it. That makes it even more unsafe.”
Officials estimate that nobody has been inside of these mines since the 1930’s if not before. Law Enforcement wants to keep it that way.
It is illegal to enter a mine in Nevada as a private citizen. However, there are some cases in which people do, and that is why training like this is important. It allows Washoe County crews to better respond to emergency situations where people may fall into them, or trespass.
Devine says his agency helps counties across the state rescue people who fall into mines.
“(Washoe County) helps us learn about mine rescues and work with it closer in the event we let anything go on,” said Randy Harris, Comstock Mining Health/Safety Manager. “These are the folks along with Storey County that I’ll be calling to come out and help me.”
And it does happen. Last summer, he says, a 17-year-old fell into an 80-foot mine while dirt biking. He survived with only a broken ankle.  
The team will be out in the same area practicing similar exercises for a few days.

Written By Landon Miller 
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