NEWCREST CADIA VALLEY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM WINS 20TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN MINE RESCUE COMPETITION

Newcrest Cadia Valley Mine Emergency Response Team has narrowly defeated eleven other teams from across the country to win the prestigious Victorian Mine Rescue Competition proudly sponsored by Fire and Safety Australia.

The Competition held in Bendigo last weekend (Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September) brought together teams from both underground and surface mines. Teams competed in exercises testing emergency response theory, rescue skills, first aid, breathing apparatus, fire fighting, search and rescue and rope rescue capabilities, and in the Spence Herd Team Performance Challenge. Exercises are designed to simulate potential emergency scenarios and were adjudicated by a team of industry and emergency response professionals from across the country

MCA Victorian Division, Executive Director, Ms Megan Davison said: “The Victorian Mine Rescue Competition provides practical training experience to members of mining operations, encouraging them to apply teamwork to build skills that are vital to these specialised emergency rescue teams”.

“The competition fosters strong team spirit, competitiveness and goodwill among the rescue teams and their supporters, with over 200 people attending the presentation dinner on Sunday night. I congratulate all team members for commitment to emergency response.”

“This competition is an important part of the MCA’s health and safety strategy. Our goal of zero fatalities and injuries remains the minerals industry’s number one value and commitment.”

The competition has reached its 20th anniversary and we were delighted to have the competition’s founders and members from the original teams join us for the event.

Download complete article