The Estate Services Emergency Response Team has won the 6th Victorian Surface Mine Rescue Competition. Estate Services provides emergency response at TRUenergy’s Yallourn Coal Mine in the Latrobe Valley.

Estate Services took out the overall Competition Trophy as well as trophies for Industrial rescue, team skills and the theory exercises.

Oscar 1, the CFA mine emergency response team based in Bendigo, was successful in the first aid and fire fighting exercises, and took out the Overall Safety award. Mark Hackenberg, captain of the New South Wales based Cadia Valley/Northparkes Combined Emergency Response Team, took out the captain’s award.
“The Surface Mine Rescue Competition provides practical training experience to members of mining operations, encouraging them to build skills that are vital to any emergency rescue squad. It is particularly pleasing to see the improvement in teams and individuals continually raising the bar in their pursuit of excellence,“ Minerals Council of Australia Assistant Director for Safety and Health, Ms Megan Davison said.

The surface competition, now in its sixth year, was designed specifically for the open cut coal mines in the Latrobe Valley. The exercises were conducted at Loy Yang Power’s Loy Yang Mine.

The industry’s commitment to the health and safety of its workforce has resulted in very few emergency incidents occurring on mine sites. To enable response teams to test their skills and identify areas of improvement, the mine rescue competition was established.

“Mine Rescue Competitions can give a years’ worth of training in one day,” Ms Davison said.

The teams that competed in the 4th Victorian Surface Mine Rescue Competition were:

  • Estate Services Team (Yallourn coal mine)
  • Deanmac Fire & Rescue Team (Loy Yang coal mine)
  • Oscar 1 Quarry mine Emergency Response Team (Bendigo)
  • Cowal Gold Mine Emergency Response Team (Barrick Gold Mine, Cowal, NSW)
  • Cadia Valley/Northparkes Combined ER Team (Newcrest/Rio Tinto, NSW)

The Minerals Council of Australia congratulates all the competitors in this year’s competition for their spirit of competitive goodwill and their commitment to emergency response. The MCA acknowledges the very strong support from the sponsors for this important event. We also thank the many volunteers from across the industry who all contributed to the success of the event.

We would like to especially acknowledge this year’s main competition sponsors, William Adams, Cat Rental and RTL without whose generous support the competition would not be possible.

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