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Surface Mine Rescue Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Surface Mine Emergency Response Competition were announced last night at a gala presentation dinner at the Goldfields Institute of Technology.

Proudly hosted by the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME), the competition sees mines rescue teams compete in simulated emergency situations with the ultimate goal of improving emergency response skills and knowledge.

CME Chief Executive Reg Howard-Smith said the event was focused on training industry personnel to respond to hazards present in the resources sector.

“Our people work hard in challenging conditions and we want to make sure they go home safe and healthy every day,” said Mr Howard-Smith.

“The event prepares teams to respond to any emergency situation, while sharpening the skills they hopefully will never have to put to use,” said Mr Howard-Smith.

A total of seven teams competed this year across nine challenging scenarios including team skills, confined space rescue, fire-fighting, vehicle extrication, rope rescue, hazardous chemicals, first aid, incident management scenario and a theory assessment.

Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines (KCGM) 1 took out the overall honours for Best Team, followed by La Mancha Resources in second place, and in third place KCGM 2.

The other winners include:

  • Best Captain: Drew Miller, KCGM 2
  • Best New Team: KCGM 1
  • Best New Captain: Bill Randall, KCGM 1
  • Team Skills: La Mancha Resources
  • Vehicle Extrication: KCGM 1
  • HazChem: La Mancha Resources
  • Rope Rescue: KCGM 2
  • Theory: Norton Gold Fields
  • Team Safety: KCGM 1
  • Fire Fighting: KCGM 2
  • Incident Management Scenario: Graham Bailey, MMG Golden Grove
  • Confined Space Rescue: La Mancha Resources
  • First Aid: KCGM 1
  • Theory Individual: Steve D’Souza, Norton Gold Fields
  • Overall BA Skills: La Mancha Resources
  • Overall First Aid: La Mancha Resources

CME congratulates the competing teams, event managers and volunteers who all worked tirelessly over the weekend to produce a very successful event.

CME also thanks hosts Focus Minerals for the use of their facilities over the weekend.