The Appin team from Wollongong has taken out the 2016 Australian Mines Rescue Competition, followed by Queensland’s Oaky North team and Grosvenor.
Rio Tinto’s Kestrel mine near Emerald in central Queensland played host to the event, helping put 60 mines rescue brigadesmen from across Queensland and New South Wales through their paces.
This year’s competition saw eight teams from New South Wales and Queensland mining companies work through a series of scenarios designed to mirror the reality of emergency response situations.
They consisted of a mix of underground and pit-top scenarios covering technical skills assessment, firefighting, search and rescue exercises as well as testing first aid skills.
A theory exam challenged the depth of teams’ mines rescue knowledge and a scenario using virtual reality technology allowed the teams to simulate their application of skills and hazard awareness.
Kestrel mine acting general manager Wouter Niehaus said its had been a great honour to host the competition.
“We may work for different mines and companies, but we are miners first and coming together like this is a fantastic opportunity to shape our industry positively. Congratulations to the winners and all the teams,” he said.