May 24, 2019

Northern emergency response teams test skills

Northern emergency response teams test skills

Five Queensland mines will field teams in the 2019 Northern Australian Emergency Response Competition (NAERC) in Darwin on June 1-2.

NAERC brings together emergency response teams from across Queensland and the Northern Territory to test their training and response capabilities for real-life emergency events.

Queensland’s Incitec Pivot Limited (IPL), Mount Isa Mines (MIM), Ernest Henry Mining, South 32 Cannington and Minjar Gold’s Pajingo operation are expected to take up the challenge this year.

They will be up against McArthur River Mining (MRM), Kirkland Lake Gold, Rio Tinto Gove operations, Newmont Tanami, and South 32 GEMCO (all from the Northern Territory).

The event is being hosted by the Minerals Councils of Australia NT, with partners Kirkland Lake Gold, Charles Darwin University and ERGT, and will be held at Charles Darwin University’s Casuarina campus.

MCA NT said this year’s theme was ‘Integrity and Team Work’, emphasising the importance of these factors in managing and responding to emergency situations

The 10 teams will be given a ‘call to response’ to attend realistic simulations in road accident rescue, first aid, breathing apparatus skills, hazardous materials, rescue from heights and firefighting.

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