Oct 19, 2016

Kestrel hosts national mines rescue competition

Kestrel hosts national mines rescue competition

Rio Tinto’s Kestrel mine in central Queensland will host the 54th Australian Underground Mines Rescue competition tomorrow (October 20).

The event will see eight mines rescue and emergency response teams from across Queensland and New South Wales compete in a range of simulated emergency situations to test their skills and share their extensive knowledge. These include the use of emergency equipment, fire-fighting, treating multiple casualties and an underground rescue scenario.

Kestrel mine acting general manager Wouter Niehaus said Rio Tinto was proud to support the competition, which played an important role in helping to continually improve safety in Australian mines.

“The safety of our people is our first priority and this requires continuous planning and training for emergency situations,” he said.

“Mines rescue competitions are a critical part of the training regime for these teams and really put their skills to the test.

“This is a chance for rescue teams from across New South Wales and Queensland to learn from each other and share best practice techniques, which benefits the whole industry.”

The Queensland teams competing are Grosvenor, Cook, Oaky North and Oaky No.1.

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