Escape from coal mine fires is a topic receiving attention from every segment of the industry. The U.S. Bureau of Mines recently used risk analysis to show that the two most important factors in saving lives during a mine fire were reduced delays and improved miner training. Delays include time lost in detecting the fire, spreading the word to evacuate, and grouping everyone together to escape. Miner training includes proficiency in using the self- contained self-rescuer and in finding a safe escape route from the mine. A third factor, stopping quality, was less critical, but could not be ignored.