There are 40,000 coal-miners in Germany, spread across nine collieries. While the work is challenging, conditions have been improved by modern technology. However, it's still a dangerous job and the colliery emergency rescue teams have an important role. If there really is an emergency, it'll be all systems go at the emergency center in Herne in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.
As the Sago mines disaster proves, coal mining operations need well-trained rescue teams. This In Focus special takes a
look at how some of the safest coal mines in Germany function in times of emergency.
If you want to help the Sago miners, please visit the West Virginia Council of Churches.
In Focus documentaries and reports cover business and science, culture and education, historical and present day events as well as sports and leisure. This wide variety of topics is investigated in depth and presented in an informative format, making for captivating television, courtesy of Germany's Deutsche Welle news network.