Safety and rescue / Rescue
Formal organisation for rescue in mines is a very recent feature in the story of coal mining. The National Mines Rescue Service was formed in the early years of 20th century.
The rescue brigades were maintained in a state of the utmost efficiency and readiness with adequate equipment to deal with any emergency at their own or any other colliery where their services might be required. The training of all local brigades took place at the rescue station in Glebe Street, Stoke, and subsequently in the former pit head baths at Berryhill colliery. The rescue station was funded entirely by the North Staffordshire Colliery Owners’ Association on an annual tonnage basis.
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