Two Queensland teams finished in the top three at this year’s Australian Mines Rescue competition in Moranbah recently.
Queensland’s Anglo American Grosvenor mine, which hosted the event, came second and Kestrel mine third in the competition, which was won by South 32’s Appin team from Wollongong.
Competing teams qualified for the event after winning their regional events throughout the year across Queensland and New South Wales.
All teams participated in a challenging mix of underground and pit-top emergency scenarios.
These included technical skills assessment, fire fighting, search and rescue exercises and first aid, while a theory exam challenged the depth of their mines rescue knowledge.
Queensland Mines Rescue chief executive officer David Carey said hosting such an event took months of planning but was well worth the effort.
“This truly is an important event for the Australian underground coal mining industry,” Mr Carey said.
“It brings together the best mines rescue teams from Australian underground coal mines to compete and demonstrate their skills and knowledge.
“We celebrate the success of the best team on the day, but it’s the industry that gains the most from the experience and learning gained by team members.”
Anglo American Grosvenor mine site senior executive, Marc Kirsten, said Anglo American was pleased to host the competition.
“Across our industry, our focus on safety is paramount and supporting a strong mines rescue team is central to ensuring we have an efficient and effective emergency response,” he said.